Monday, May 18, 2009

Criminal Minds - the Anthrax Episode last week - SPOILERS -- And my soapbox question

This episode got on my nerves in a couple ways.

But first, I will say I liked the concept because let's face it - bioterrorism is a real threat. I liked that they made it homegrown. Because for one thing, I think people forget that is a real issue in this country as well.

but what irritated me the most was Reed is exposed. Okay. That is predictible but believeable. And that it progresses more quickly than regular anthrax, okay once again I can go with it. But when he got to the poitn of aphasia (sp??) it had affected his brain. Now, there is this mysterious antidote (there is no antidote to anthrax per se - just antibiotics). The army has developed an anthrax vaccine of questionable protection and even more questionable side effects (a proposed cause of gulf war syndrome by some scientists). Anyway, there is this miracle CURE and Reed is just fine. no brain damage. Okay that is stupid in my book. So thus the irritation.

Now the other irritant is something that extremely up for debate. The premise of the show is that the public should not know about the attack. That it would cause panic and therefore be bad. and worth risking lives (even family members lives) to protect the secret.

This is something I totally disagree with. I think we have a right to know what is happening, so we can take precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Also, I think that it could cause a panic (the media panic regarding swine flu is an example) but at least people can take precautions. Also, I think they underestimate people's strength.

They say in this episode if people knew how many attacks had been prevented since 9/11 they would be more afraid. I think that is total bullshit. I think if we knew, maybe we would feel SAFER because we could see that the government IS protecting us and doing their job and has the systems in place. Without the knowledge I feel like they are taking tax dollars and we are NO safer than before. So my opinion is we 1. have a right to know, and would 2. feel safer if we know.

What are your thoughts?

8 comments:

GotchaLookin said...

I agree with "1. You have a right to know." This right is essential to protect in a free democracy. When it is denied, as when the right to informed consent before receiving the anthrax vaccine was denied by Executive Order 13139 signed by Bill Clinton - then bad things happen - like losing over 20,000 military personnel to subverted immune systems and the auto-immune diseases that follow. For more info, have your movie theater arrange to screen Scott Miller's documentary "A Call to Arms 2009 Edition".

GotchaLookin said...

US Health and Human Services currently only recommends doxycycline for the treatment of inhalation anthrax disease. Ciprofloxacin is not recommended because prolonged exposure can result in ruptured tendons, but may be used as the antibiotic of last resort. Also, the human anthrax vaccine is explicitly not licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration for the prevention or treatment of inhalation anthrax disease. The anthrax vaccine, BioThrax, is only proven to be effective in providing temporary tolerance to anthrax skin infections, for a period not lasting more than one year after receiving a shot. This would only protect military personnel from casual contact with anthrax infected material by slowing the progress of the disease until doxycycline can be administered by medical personnel. BioThrax does not directly target anthrax bacteria for destruction by the human immune system.

Mary Welk said...

#1: I agree we have a right to know, if only because we tend to blame everything on people from foreign countries and forget about the hundreds of off-the-wall groups and disturbed individuals born and raised right here in the US who threaten or commit crimes that can be labeled terrorism. Remember, the bombing in Oklahoma City was carried out by a native-born American with a grudge against the government.

Mary Welk said...

#2: I agree that we would feel safer, not more afraid, if we heard the success stories, the stories of how terror attacks were prevented. People would also take it more seriously when communities, companies, etc. put into place policies regarding evacuation of buildings, care of the wounded, etc. Some people tend to think it's all a game when they're asked to practice an evacuation or HAZMAT event. Maybe if they knew how often events were prevented from happening by the FBI, etc., they would take these practices more seriously.

vern said...

i watched this episode of Criminal Minds TV Show and i am completely agree with Merry. People should take these exercises seriously. these are for their own safety.

musictime said...

I have a rather shallow comment, when compared with the issues of truth/"protecting the public from mass panic".
What was the point of Reid getting pricked by that plant in the garden? Did that have anything to do with the plot? Just wondering...

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Yuri said...

The end of this ep was so X-Files