“Three years after the CIA set up a phony hepatitis vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration told a group of American health educators last week that the agency no longer uses immunization programs as a cover for spying operations.” [NYT, here’s the letter]
The stupidity of the CIA operation is simply outrageous. So now people in Pakistan do not want to get vaccinated because they think it is a CIA plot. And they would have been right.
Amazingly, the operation that destroyed the faith of people in vaccination failed in its efforts. It resulted in babbing of polio vaccines because of fear that the CIA is involved.
Does anyone really think a letter from the CIA will change things? The CIA and the US security state exists to destroy trust.
Just like the NSA messed up high tech organizations across the globe with its security high jinks (costing perhaps $180 billion), now the CIA is harming global health efforts.
At this rate, our security effirts could well lead to more deaths than the terrorists they are fighting.