Five Eyes Health Agenda

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Five Eyes Health Agenda

The intelligence services care so much about your health that they devote conferences to discussing your bowel movements.  They don’t want you catching a cold or feeling unwell.  They care about you.  They really do care.   We are not in the middle of  a bio-war and the virus is completely natural.    Oh, and please stop spreading disinformation about vaccines.  What are you?  A Russian (Chinese) bot?  Nothing to see here….move along.

 

 

A few quotes from the article by Dr. Gemma Bowsher from King’s College London. Strengthening Cooperation on Health Security Intelligence Across the Five Eyes: Conference Of Defence Associations Institute.

During the pandemic, the security sectors of all members of the alliance; Canada, Australia, USA, New Zealand and. the UK have been deployed to fulfil public health roles in support of domestic responses (Gad et al. 2021). Additionally, intelligence Agencies, such as the UK’s GCHQ have been tasked with handling specific threats such as vaccine disinformation, whilst the CIA has been examining questions of viral origins (Fisher & Smyth 2020).

How signal of an emerging hight threat pathogen is detected is essentially an intelligence problem (Levy & Wark 2021, Wilson & McNamara 2020).

COVID-19 has demonstrated the grave risks of global health insecurity.

Health disinformation in particular has appeared as a tool of cyber-warfare by hostile states, and so too has the targeting of health sector infrastructure, both digital and physical.

Health disinformation has been characterized as the future of biowarfare (Bernard et al. 2020); able to perpetuate and propagate pathogen transmission through secondary effects, as 
well as engendering hostility and violence towards health actors (Broniatowski et al. 2018).

The growing calls for ‘intelligence-led approaches’ to disease control reflect an overdue focus from the intelligence sector on ‘health security’, a domain encompassing a variety of traditional and evolving threats ranging from pandemics to engineered bioweapons (Walsh 2020, Bowsher et al. 2016, Bowsher et al. 2020, Lentzos et al. 2020). Repeated inattention to this critical threat paradigm demands high-level recognition from decision-makers and practitioners across health and security networks to remedy the systematic failures experienced across Five Eyes nations.