Friday, June 01, 2007

TB Man Takes on CDC, Skips Past Homeland Security

TB Man, Patient Zero, Andrew Speaker. Yes. The jet-setting tuberculosis carrier has a name and he's been foolish enough to let it out. At least he has an excuse to wear a mask.

Mr Speaker is speaking to ABC News about his six flights around the US and Europe after the Centers for Disease Control declared him a public health risk.

Blames CDC

And it gets wierder.

The flights were for his wedding and honeymoon in Europe. The bride's father -- is an expert on TB at the CDC.

He now claims CDC never told him he couldn't travel. Says he has a tape recording of that session. He says when the story got out in Europe -- CDC abandoned him, telling him to charter a $100,000 charter flight back to the states on his own. He couldn't afford that -- so he hopped a commercial flight instead.

Security Gaps Exposed

And how did Speaker get through security repeatedly when he was on no fly lists for his medical condition? One of the border guards who spotted him let him go -- because he didn't look sick. From WHDH:

"The inspector ran Speaker's passport through a computer, and a warning -- including instructions to hold the traveler, don a protective mask in dealing with him, and telephone health authorities -- popped up, officials said. About a minute later, Speaker was instead cleared to continue on his journey, according to officials familiar with the records. "
Yeah, and Mohammed Atta didn't look like a terrorist with his short hair and starched white shirt. (ABC)

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