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CDC Aims for Unprecedented Expansion of Policing Powers

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Where exactly would this new authority to control communicable diseases stop?

With its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on Aug. 15, 2016,1  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved to dramatically expand the power of the U.S. government over the lives of the American people. This may be the clearest example to date of an agency gone amok.

In a recent commentary on the NPRM, Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), observed:

Today, the American people are challenged, as they have never been before, to confront the expansion of government authority over our bodies and the bodies of our children, specifically the exercise of police power to take us into custody and isolate us without our consent whenever public health officials believe we are sick or could become sick.2 

The CDC, with its NPRM, is seeking to “restrict the freedom of a person entering the U.S. or traveling between states if they believe the person is infected or could become infected with certain kinds of communicable diseases.”2 

Would this new authority open the way for the U.S. government health officials to eventually restrict travel via automobile, bus and train from state to state? Could state public health authorities eventually prevent me from walking across the street or riding my bicycle from one town to the next if I were found to have a cold or the flu? Where exactly would this new authority to control communicable diseases stop?

The NPRM calls for airline and cruise ship personnel to increase surveillance of travelers into the U.S. and those traveling between states, but states have the greatest authority under the Constitution to use police powers to control infectious diseases within state borders.  The CDC also provides substantial funding to states to maintain high uptake of all federally recommended vaccines.  So, as Fisher points out, the NPRM indicates the CDC plans to enlist the “participation of federally funded state health departments”2 —which means that state policing authorities could eventually be doing a lot more detaining, isolating and quarantining of people in the U.S., who appear “unwell” but are otherwise simply going about minding their own business.

So, how would all of this work in real life in the event I had a rash or coughing fit while running into a federal or state public health official in the supermarket or at the gym? Were the NPRM to be implemented, it is certainly possible that we could, indeed, be “vulnerable to detention and quarantine if health officials decide you are, or could become, a transmitter of measles or other infections.”2

Just how would public health officials make such a determination? Well, since our medical records are part of big electronic medical records and vaccine tracking systems accessible by government officials, they could simply take a peek at our electronic medical records and see if we have gotten every single dose of every single vaccine recommended by the CDC.

And what specifically is meant by “other infections“? How open-ended is this term?

Is the CDC trying to expand its authority to detain and quarantine people without their consent? Yes, says Fisher.

In a nutshell, the federal government is consolidating and strengthening power that was originally used to prevent persons with yellow fever and cholera from disembarking from ships entering U.S. ports in the 19th century and causing epidemics on land. For most of our country’s history, the list of contagious diseases that allowed government health officials to detain and quarantine people without their informed consent was appropriately very short, confined to a few very serious contagious diseases, including yellow fever, smallpox, cholera, diphtheria, infectious tuberculosis, and the plague.2

So, now what are we talking about? Anything that has the potential to infect others? As Fisher points out, there are “many viral and bacterial infections that occur quite often in our country, like bronchitis and the stomach flu.” And nearly every infection has the potential to spread and cause harm or even death to some people. But that does not mean that health officials should be empowered to “take you into custody and isolate you if you look sick or have been around someone who is sick.”2

Some symptoms that “could get you detained” under the CDC’s NPRM include vomiting, diarrhea, and a fever of more than 100 degrees—symptoms that can be caused by everything from “allergic reactions, inflammatory bowel disease, salmonella and norovirus infections to hangovers and the common cold.”2

It is not difficult to imagine all kinds of people who are simply not feeling well being rounded up by public health authorities under the assumption that they might have a “communicable disease” and thus pose a danger to society.

So, what would happen were you to be taken into government custody? The NPRM language suggests that you could be held for up to 72 hours without the right to contact a lawyer to appeal your detention. You would be asked to sign a contract with the CDC agreeing to submit yourself or your minor children to such “public health measures” as “quarantine, isolation, conditional release, medical examination, hospitalization, vaccination, and treatment.”2

And what if I don’t want to sign a contract with the CDC? Then what? According to Fisher:

[E]ven if you don’t voluntarily agree to sign that contract, public health officials can still do whatever they want to do to you because ‘the individual’s consent shall not be considered a prerequisite to any exercise of any authority’ by the CDC. And if government officials do release you from detention, you can be electronically tracked and monitored, including by electronic tracking devices you have to wear or by email, cell phone texts, video conferencing and voicemail.2

Does any of this remotely sound like the United States of America? No. The NPRM is a blatant power grab by an agency that has seemingly lost its way, and it represents a serious threat to the American way of life as we know it.2


20 Responses to CDC Aims for Unprecedented Expansion of Policing Powers

  1. Num Guy Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 8:30 am

    This power grab will continue and continue to get worse unless Big Pharma is stripped of its immunity!!

    Our corrupt Congress gave them immunity in 1986 against all lawsuits even if event of death resulting from a vaccine. That is 30 years of immunity!! During this time the number of vaccines has increased tremendously. Why do we have twice the number of childhood vaccines compared to say Japan or Sweden?!!!

    The only way to stop from becoming a police state is to repeal this immunity. Please google “Repeal Immunity for Drug Companies Against Vaccine Injuries” and sign the petition on moveon.

    Please sign and share with friends and family and make a difference.

  2. Watchmom3 Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I am sickened by the magnitude of greed and maliciousness of the CDC and several other govt agencies. It reminds me of those who didn’t think there was anything wrong with the extermination of millions of Jews and since then, many other ethnic groups. Wake up people! May God protect us from this madness.

  3. John Doe Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I’m waiting for Congress to act on stripping Big Pharma from its immunity. And that won’t happen until the Sheeple (those called the ‘bread and circus’ crowd since they are more concerned about their immediate pleasures and are easily amused) vote for candidates that realize what is happening to our freedoms, all in the the name of “Public Welfare.”
    Wake up before it’s too late.

  4. BETH Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I would like to see a scientific study conducted for Measles & Chickenpox that allowed parents of unvaccinated children to participate under controlled conditions. I would gladly expose my children to Measles & Chickenpox if they were allowed the high dose vitamin C supplements that have been shown to treat these diseases to no more than a small rash. This would give my children lifelong immunity and prove once and for all that vitamin deficiency is causing this problem and the lies of big Pharma and the Junk Food industry are not about what is good for our children. In my opinion this is much less risky than the vaccine cocktails they are currently offering. Give us educated choices and help us to have healthy kids.

  5. Madison, GA Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Why does it feel like we’re headed to a society like depicted in the movie series The Hunger Games where everyone lived in “Districts.” The Democrats want to take away all the guns; Big Pharma wants to vaccinate everyone with poisons and populate the USA with a new disabled population unable to fight any battles; and the CDC wants to help by restricting travel and movement.

  6. Mr Anon Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Woah! Did anyone take time and read the federal register link listed above?

    Make sure to examine very carefully the definition of “ILL PERSON”

    One could potentially be detained (apprehended as they like to say) for 72 hours , which is not a clearly defined 72 hours, but more as a “guideline” (think pirates of the Caribbean, because that is basically the entire proposal) for the following symptoms

    Headache with stiff neck (so basically anyone who spends time on a computer or cell phone, or the near-entire US population)

    Bruising (hope you didn’t bump the table before your flight)

    Decreased consciousness or confusion (better decide quick whether you want window or isle and snort a line of coffee grounds as soon as you wake up)

    Persistent cough (think 1/2 of your office in early winter)

    and the final kicker “obviously unwell”

    So think anyone will have any grounds to stand on? Nope

    In a few places throughout the proposal they at least pretend to warrant “Public Feedback”

    Well my feedback is this is freaking ludicrous. If your organization wants to start force quarantine US citizens especially across state travel than no “indigent” clause (make sure to understand “indigent” quite clearly). The CDC can be 100% responsible for any accrued costs to the traveler for any mandated/forced treatment. If the government won’t give you the money , try your best buddies at Merck (like maybe your ex-Director that’s now the president, GSK, Sanofi or maybe GSK)

  7. rosemaryjanemoore Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    We as a nation need to ceeape vaccine exemption in place for our children and our children’s children.

  8. Julie Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    This is my definition of a tyrannical government, and there is no way in hell that I will comply.

  9. willyard Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    People are going to find it safer to leave the US and cross the border and live among the drug lords in Mexico.

  10. Mary Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    This power grab needs to be stopped….NOW…..AND DEALT WITH HEAD ON.
    I am an RN and I am adamant that there is absolutely NO justification for this. This is simply a reflection of an out-of-control central government hell bent upon taking power.
    Whom ever it is that is tracking these issues and writing these articles MUST NOW initiate a full scale alternative media blitz designed to educate ALL alternative media readers.
    AS WELL a petition MUST be started and posted to the whitehouse website DEMANDING THAT THIS BULLSHIT STOP NOW!

  11. Julie Goodell Reply

    September 28, 2016 at 8:16 am

    This era will end and when it does, CDC executives and some big Pharma executives will be given substantial prison terms that seem unimaginable now. When things swing out of control in one direction, they correct too far in the other direction. If I worked at the CDC I would be quite concerned.
    My family had a saying when things looked bleak: “It’s a long road what don’t have no turning up it.”

  12. druadic Reply

    September 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

    The CDC will go down in flames so fast it’s not even a joke once patriots across the country tear them limb from limb. Try this with me and you’ll find out how fast someone quits breathing.

  13. Debbie Pierro Reply

    September 29, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Looking for a directive for being heard. We the people coming together as one voice and who is best to receive that effort?

  14. Michele M Reply

    September 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Welcome to the Neo Nazi State of America folks..be afraid , very afraid.

  15. Joan Rengstorf Reply

    September 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    What the CDC is doing, and has done, to push the vaccine agenda for profit is DISGUSTING. Forcing a medication or medical procedure on anyone is a violation of the Nuremberg Code and a direct violation of my freedoms as an American citizen. This comment section could never be long enough for me to list ALL of the reasons why I am completely opposed to vaccines, including a history of mitochondrial distinction. Both my kids suffered developmental regression following vaccination and I will NEVER allow ANYONE to put those poisons in them again. Until the National Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 is repealed and vaccine manufacturers are held to the same accountability, safety testing and LIABILITY as other medications, I will continue to fight this EVERY way I can. This subject makes me and many other great healthcare workers want to jump ship. I am ashamed of the CDC and the government for continuing to push this agenda agenda the way they are, and remove parental rights they way they have. All for the sake of putting profits over people. MY HEALTH IS NOT FOR SALE

  16. Glenda Spears Reply

    September 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    My child. My choice I choose not to vax injure my child .

  17. Debi Sullivan Reply

    September 29, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I will fight to my dying breath to stop this evil machine of corruption..Medical decisions should never be forced…EVER..and the greed involved with this whole scheme is just pure evil..

  18. theodora kerry Reply

    October 3, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Don’t know why the article didn’t let the readers know since government protocol requires any rule change be subject to public comments/objections before going through, it’s urgent that everyone reading this register an official comment w/ the CDC regarding this proposed rule by the deadline of Oct. 14. It’s imperative that you register your comment now!!! Here’s the link (cut and paste if necessary)

    Also, start talking with your Congressional Reps and Senators about this power grab. ASAP!!!

  19. Brandon Horn Reply

    October 6, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    These articles on this are just false. I am very critical of the CDC, FDA, etc. when it’s warranted, but in this case it is not. Whoever started this mess simply didn’t read what the CDC said and everyone else is parroting it. So please don’t worry. The CDC did not expand it’s power to force vaccinate or to detain you without due process. In fact if you read it, it specifically states that you have any and all due process remedies available to you if they stop you. The CDC must have the right to stop people temporarily. Otherwise all it takes is some idiot with ebola to refuse to quarantine him/herself and it’s all over with.

    Here is an actual quote from the document: “Individuals seeking to challenge the legal basis for their quarantine may do so through whatever legal mechanism may be available. HHS/CDC does not express an opinion regarding what form the legal action should take or what legal remedies may be available to individuals seeking to challenge their public health restrictions.”

    The above is a specific commentary by the CDC that everyone has all due process rights.

    Here is the actual document: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/15/2016-18103/control-of-communicable-diseases

    • Donna Reply

      October 20, 2016 at 11:42 am

      While I did not read the entire and very long document that the CDC & HHS put out – I read some of the part that legally protects everyone except the person being “suspected” of having a “contagious” whatever. Like the mandating of vaccines to “protect the herd” to the advertising of medicines to “help us” to the cut, burn, poison of cancer treatments, to the advertising that is going out to the public on the media – I saw a Gardisil one for boys now – Holy Cow. And the results of the tests – go watch Sile Lane on TEDX Madrid – she kind of explains the crazy world of medicine and “research” that never gets published. A whole house of cards. but in the case of this thing from the CDC & HHS – plus the refusal to allow Dr. Thompson to speak at a trial. I don’t trust anyone who tells me they have MY best interest at heart and that too much is made of so “little”. No, people don’t know how it is all so very connected and being managed by so few.

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