Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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Lately, the swine flu has been a topic of discussion from coast to coast. According to World Net Daily, Massachusetts is poised to allow the police to seize power and violate Constitutional rights in the event of an outbreak.

The "pandemic response bill" passed the state Senate and is currently awaiting approval from the House. What wonderful things are written into this legislation?

  • Forceful quarantining of citizens in the event of a health emergency
  • Compelling health providers to vaccinate citizens
  • Forceful entry into private dwellings and destruction of private property
  • Punishment of those who fail to comply
Are they frickin' kidding me? Does anyone truly agree with these Gestapo tactics? This is something that should make EVERY American cringe regardless of their political ideology.

The punishment for refusing to comply with an order of quarantine could be 30 days in jail and a $1000 PER DAY fine until compliance is met.



As stated in the bill, upon declaration by the governor that an emergency exists that is considered detrimental to public health or upon declaration of a state of emergency, a local public health authority, with approval of the commissioner, may exercise the following authorities (emphasis added):

  • to require the owner or occupier of premises to permit entry into and investigation of the premises;
  • to close, direct, and compel the evacuation of, or to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated any building or facility, and to allow the reopening of the building or facility when the danger has ended;
  • to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated, or to destroy any material;
  • to restrict or prohibit assemblages of persons;
  • to require a health care facility to provide services or the use of its facility, or to transfer the management and supervision of the health care facility to the department or to a local public health authority;
  • to control ingress to and egress from any stricken or threatened public area, and the movement of persons and materials within the area;
  • to adopt and enforce measures to provide for the safe disposal of infectious waste and human remains, provided that religious, cultural, family, and individual beliefs of the deceased person shall be followed to the extent possible when disposing of human remains, whenever that may be done without endangering the public health;
  • to procure, take immediate possession from any source, store, or distribute any anti-toxins, serums, vaccines, immunizing agents, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutical agents or medical supplies located within the commonwealth as may be necessary to respond to the emergency;
  • to require in-state health care providers to assist in the performance of vaccination, treatment, examination, or testing of any individual as a condition of licensure, authorization, or the ability to continue to function as a health care provider in the commonwealth;
  • to waive the commonwealth's licensing requirements for health care professionals with a valid license from another state in the United States or whose professional training would otherwise qualify them for an appropriate professional license in the commonwealth;
  • to allow for the dispensing of controlled substance by appropriate personnel consistent with federal statutes as necessary for the prevention or treatment of illness;
  • to authorize the chief medical examiner to appoint and prescribe the duties of such emergency assistant medical examiners as may be required for the proper performance of the duties of office;
  • to collect specimens and perform tests on any animal, living or deceased;
  • to exercise authority under sections 95 and 96 of chapter 111;
  • to care for any emerging mental health or crisis counseling needs that individuals may exhibit, with the consent of the individuals

State and local agencies responding to the public health emergency would be required to exercise their powers over transportation routes, communication devices, carriers, public utilities, fuels, food, clothing and shelter, according to the legislation.


Well doesn't that just take care of all those "rights" thingys? Let's see. I'd say this would be a clear violation of Amendments 1, 4, and 5.

Some states have already started legal actions in response to the hysteria. Yes, I said hysteria.

Also from WND:

According to the CDC

, the following states have implemented legal actions in response to the H1N1 virus:

Florida – the Florida surgeon general suspended distribution permit requirements Florida statutes to allow wholesale distribution of Tamiflu and Relenza. The state has also distributed a series of blank quarantine order forms, including a voluntary home quarantine agreement, a quarantine to residence order, a quarantine to residence order (non-compliance), a quarantine to facility order, quarantine detention order, quarantine of facility order, building quarantine closure order and area quarantine closure order.

Iowa – In addition to the facility quarantine order listed above, Iowa has also made available forms for voluntary home confinement, home quarantine and home isolation.

Massachusetts – Massachusetts lists its own procedures for isolation and quarantine.

North Carolina – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released a draft isolation order that would provide for imprisonment for up to two years and pretrial detention without bail for any citizen who fails to comply with an isolation order.

Washington – Washington grants authority to local health officers to issue emergency detention orders causing citizens to be immediately and involuntarily isolated or quarantined for up to 10 days.

In addition, governors and health commissioners in the following states have declared a state of emergency since April following concerns about the H1N1 virus: California, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.


A report by the British Medical Journal cited that less than half of the doctors and nurses within Great Britain would actually take the vaccine themselves. I've lived through a swine flu fear in the mid-70's. ONE person died from the flu itself; HUNDREDS were killed or injured by the vaccine. Pardon me if I'm not getting my panties in a twist over this.

All this hoopla reminds me of the panic of the 1990's when Y2K was thought to be a big threat. Was I prepared for that? Yep. Did I obsess about it? Hell, no. Even during that period of mass paranoia, the government and law enforcement didn't plan on going to such extremes as this.

Before they violate the sanctity of my private dwelling to take away my Constitutional rights, rest assured that my Second Amendment rights will be exercised.

Did Heinrich Himmler rise from the dead when I wasn't looking?


Bungalow Bill said...

Aren't you glad you live close the hills? I can't believe what is going on with freedom in this country.

blackandgoldfan said...

I'm VERY glad, BB. We are witnessing a gradual erosion of liberty that will eventually culminate in another revolution. This time, it'll be against our own government instead of a foreign one.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you saw this about the vaccine.

Also today's Philly inquirer has a piece stating the risks of a killer pandemic are totally overblown and based on faulty data.
The vaccine is potentially far worse than the flu.

The Keeper Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK) said...

I think this is the crisis that they are hoping for... and I think they are largely manufacturing it to begin with.

blackandgoldfan said...

cbullitt: I will check that out. At this point in time, I don't think the American people would believe the government if they said the sky was blue. I'll check out the link. Thanks!

blackandgoldfan said...

KOOK: The government...manufacture a crisis??? lol

It's one of two things. Either a diversion from the sinking poll numbers or using fear for control.