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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Friday, September 15, 2006


Suppose severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) had rapidly spread worldwide in 2003.

Suppose avian influenza (bird flu) or avian influenza A (H5N1) hits the United States and spreads uncontrolled.

Preparation for pandemics is the responsibility of government at all levels. One of the tools available is quarantine. We all think we know what quarantine is, don't we? We're just told to stay at home until we're better, right?

No, there's much more to it than that. On August 16, 2006, the Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service (CRS) sent an updated 24-page report to its Congressional subscribers. The report, entitled Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority, discusses federal quarantine authority to include military enforcement of health measures. There's much more to quarantine than just staying home and eating chicken soup.


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