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"The FDA didn't do its job," says Jones, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
"Our men and women are too valuable and they're not going to be guinea pigs." Jones, who has asked the Pentagon's inspector general to launch a probe into the growing anthrax controversy, warns that Clinton's executive order "might encourage more men and women to get out of the military.
"But this capability for our president is currently being jeopardized by the reckless mandatory vaccination of all service members against anthrax," he says.
"The threat is not imminent and the integrity of the military institution is being compromised to implement a strategic or blanket program that is doctrinally unprecedented and unsound.
The order authorized use of experimental vaccines -- those not approved by the FDA and therefore illegal -- to be administered to members of the armed forces without informed consent.
Some congressmen saw this as an attack by the president on the House Government Reform subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations, where testimony indicated the Pentagon had violated the FDA's procedures on how to administer the anthrax vaccine.The lack of trust we are breeding in the force today could sacrifice our military's capability to protect our troops on a tactical basis when threatened in the future." by Tod Ensign and Glenn Alcalay If you have any lingering thoughts that the government's failure to disclose radiation experimentation on humans was driven by misguided national security concerns, throw them in the nearest nuclear waste dump.At least some officials knew what they were doing was unconscionable and were ducking the consequences and covering their tails.I think Clinton did it to give cover to what the DOD [or Department of Defense] is doing." And with the FDA having rolled over, Jones says, he is even more determined to learn why the White House and the Pentagon doubled the contract of Michigan-based Bio Port Corp., which manufactures the vaccine, from .7 million to .8 million and at the same time reduced the volume to be delivered by 2.3 million shots (see "Why Bio Port Got a Shot in the Arm," Sept. The Pentagon has claimed the inoculation protects against all anthrax strains, and Bio Port made the same claim to Insight -- despite the fact that an experiment at the Fort Detrick chemical and biological warfare center in Maryland using guinea pigs showed nine of the 27 anthrax strains tested killed 50 percent of the vaccinated subjects.Kwai-Cheung Chan, the director of the special studies and evaluations, national-security and international-affairs division of the General Accounting Office, testified before the House Government Reform Committee that there have been no studies to "determine the optimum number of doses of the anthrax vaccine.