Skip to comments.TB Patient Apologizes For Causing Scare
Posted on 06/01/2007 7:17:20 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
The tuberculosis patient who sparked an uproar over his decision to fly against medical advice said he's "very sorry" for the pain he has caused.
But Andrew Speaker said he didn't think he was contagious and no one ever said he would be putting people at risk.
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Apologize vaguely for PR purposes, but be careful to admit no wrongdoing of any kind.
Its a good thing this selfish crud is a lawyer, he’s going to spend his life in court.
The sign says ....
And why does SHE wear the mask. Lawyer privilege.
she also can’t be forced to testify about conversation that they had, she can testify to what he did, but if the “marital privilege” exists in GA, wifey can’t talk
Now ... let’s address all of this hysteria over the TB Guy. It turns out that he’s an attorney. A personal injury attorney, no less. His name is Andrew Speaker.
Everyone seems to be in a lather over the idea that he endangered an entire plane load of people by coming back to the United States on a Czech airliner.
Methinks we’re approaching the point of hysteria here.
According to Speaker, all the time he has been diagnosed with TB he has been interacting with his family, his daughter and his finance, now wife. He had been told repeatedly that he did not present a threat to others. Did they tell him not to travel to Europe? Yes, they did. But Speaker has a tape of these people telling him not to travel to Europe not because he was a threat to others, but because they felt they had to warn him not to travel to cover their own rear ends.
I believe that the bottom line here is that this man felt that his best chance of recovery was to get to that TB hospital in Denver. He also believed that he did not present a contagious threat to others. Doctors had repeatedly told him that he was not contagious and not a treat. Then they tell him that he can’t come back home.
Put me in his place... same circumstances ... same promises that he wasn’t a threat .. and I’m going to do everything I can to get around the government bureaucracy and get to Denver. The American government would just not be worthy of my trust in this situation. The CDC says now that they were working hard to get him home. Somehow I’m having a hard time believing that.
We need to stop hammering this guy and try to figure out why our great Homeland Security system couldn’t keep him out of this country. He was on a no-fly list. His name was on a computer at every border crossing. Yet he got through. Let’s study that situation, and leave this guy alone to try to recover from his disease.
Oh ... and before we move on, we need to say this. Andy Speaker is a personal injury lawyer. Turn the situation around just a bit. Let someone who was on that airplane contact him for representation. How long before we would see the lawsuits fly!
Bottom line. The guy has a life-threatening disease. He wanted to get home. He was told that he wasn’t a threat to other people. He saw the impossible American government bureaucracy getting in his way. He did what he had to do to protect himself. You would do the same.
That's Situational Ethics. Your daughter is sick. She will die. You can't afford the medicine. Do you break in to the pharmacy and steal the medicine? Well, who wouldn't??
But it's that thinking that leads to a total breakdown. It's right out of the Frankfurt School. Sure. Go ahead. The government laws are in your way -- go right ahead and circumvent them. And then, when you're caught, you can spend a long time in jail. That's just how it works, Situational Ethics or not.
My point is that some mitigating factors are sometimes used to "excuse" behavior which is inappropriate. I believe in personal responsibility and facing the consequences for our actions.
If he were gay, this entire flap would not be happening.
“And why does SHE wear the mask.”
To complete her “Naughty Nurse” ensemble, of course.
Not only that, as a spouse she can’t even be forced to testify to what he did. (At least in Texas, unless it invovles domestic/child abuse. Rules may be different, elsewhere.)
I think he wanted to make sure the marriage happened before the hottie realized he was a dufus.
Why would you think things are going quite well when someone who was on the no-fly list was able to leave the country and get through the northern border? Seems to me that things are not going quite well when he traveled out of country without a problem. What if he had ebola instead of TB? How many people would be dead now?
And what’s up with the father-in-law who is a TB researcher at the CDC? That is a coincidence that rreeeaaaallyy bothers me.
Yeah, the press is probably going way overboard, and IMHO, they’re missing the real story which is the porous borders. But to think things are going swimmingly is to ignore the implications of this incident.
It's time this punk takes his medication.
At the border, the guard was ordered to don
the rest of us peons don’t get protection.
If he is exuding TBC [and the warning indicates
that he is for ‘non-peons], then her clothes, her eyes,
her hair, her arms, are now all contaminated.
But then, these are the same folks who think imported,
and widely spread, epidemics of incurable diseases
are a GOOD thing.
I saw a picture of her without the mask. They’re guilty.
In some places, though, she *can* be forced to testify to things he did or said before their marriage in Greece in mid-May, as they might relate to this situation - seeing as how he was diagnosed in January.
This Edwards clone lives life like its all about him.
I say he deserves all the lawsuits he will get.
Why is the guy’s wife a duck?
You know someone is going to sue.
I like Boortz, but I don't agree with him on this one. If you are told not to travel and then you do it any way, it's wrong. This guy strikes me as a "me first, screw everyone else" type.... or at least his behavior seems that way to me.