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NVIC Calls U.S. Proposal to Apprehend and Involuntarily Quarantine Travelers for Rashes and Cough A “Violation of Civil Liberties”

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“This is a clear case of federal government overreach.” — Barbara Loe Fisher

A Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM): Control of Communicable Diseases was published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Aug. 15, 2016 that will amend federal public health law to allow health officials to take into custody and involuntarily quarantine travelers, who have symptoms of or have been exposed to someone with symptoms common to measles, chickenpox and a wide range of other communicable diseases. The non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is calling the proposed change to the Public Health Service Act “a violation of civil liberties.”

If the NPRM becomes law, it will affect American and non-American travelers entering the U.S. or traveling between states, particularly on commercial airlines and ships. The CDC is proposing to enlist commercial airline and other public transportation personnel to step up surveillance on and report “unwell” passengers with rashes, cough, diarrhea and other symptoms of illness.

“This is a clear case of federal government overreach,” said Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC Co-founder and President.

Measles is not Ebola and chickenpox is not smallpox. U.S. health officials should not be expanding police power to take people into custody and place them in involuntary quarantine whenever they believe someone is sick or could become sick with illnesses that are far less serious than hemorrhagic fever and the plague.

If the NPRM becomes law, it appears U.S. health officials could hold a person in custody for 72 hours without the right to contact an attorney to appeal the detention. Detainees could be asked to sign a contract with the CDC that gives consent to the “public health measures” being applied to the adult or a minor child, which may include “quarantine, isolation, conditional release, medical examination, hospitalization, vaccination, and treatment.” However, the NPRM states that “the individual’s consent shall not be considered a prerequisite to any exercise of any authority” by the CDC. After release, the person can be electronically tracked and monitored, including by electronic tracking devices attached to the body.

“It is not a good idea to make the public’s airport experience even more difficult by enlisting flight crews to report passengers with symptoms that could be nothing more than eczema, acne, norovirus, or the common cold,” said Fisher.

It opens up the possibility for the detention and vaccination of an entire airplane full of passengers for a suspected case of measles or chickenpox. What started out as a vacation could be turned into a nightmare spent in an airport quarantine center.

The proposed law change particularly focuses on measles. “The ongoing persistence of measles in the United States provides a good example of the need for this NPRM,” states the CDC, and “every case of measles in the United States is considered a public health emergency because of its extremely high transmissibility.” Administration of MMR vaccine is part of the “post exposure” treatment protocol that can be applied before a detained person is released from the custody of health officials. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that drug companies selling government licensed and recommended vaccines in the U.S. cannot be held liable in a civil court of law for vaccine injuries and deaths.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. health officials are targeting measles for eradication using global mandatory, mass MMR vaccination campaigns similar to the global smallpox and polio vaccine campaigns. Although smallpox has been on the U.S. isolate and quarantine list for more than a century, polio was never put on that list, which also includes yellow fever, cholera, diphtheria, infectious tuberculosis, plague, hemorrhagic fever, SARS and pandemic influenza.

Constitutionally, U.S. states hold the majority of police power to control transmission of communicable diseases within state borders, but the federal government has authority to patrol U.S. borders and restrict travel between states. In 2014, a Presidential Executive Ordersignificantly expanded the authority for public health officials to apprehend and quarantine persons with symptoms of infections that are “highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.”

Americans have until Oct. 14, 2016 to make public comment to the CDC. For more information on the NPRM, read or watch a referenced commentary and access other U.S. government police power information here.

Act Now & Make Your Public Comment to CDC

9 Responses to NVIC Calls U.S. Proposal to Apprehend and Involuntarily Quarantine Travelers for Rashes and Cough A “Violation of Civil Liberties”

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  2. Mark Reply

    September 25, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I have been trying to inform people the CDC, FDA, FCC, OSHA and ALL other federal agencies DO NOT HAVE JURISDICTION IN ANY OF THE 50 STATES. THEIR JURISDICTION IS LIMITED TO THE 10-MILE SQUARE KNOWN AS WASHINGTON D.C.!!! – ONLY. That is what is in the US Constitution. However, none of the elected officials have honored that fact. They have abused their power and passed all sorts of Bills knowing full-well the public have been dumbed down. People are ignorant on the true nature of politics in this country, claiming we live in a democracy when, in fact, it is a Republic. As Ben Franklin said, “We have given you a Republic. Now only if you can keep it.”

  3. Pam W Reply

    September 15, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    This is quite disturbing. I will be alert to new updates. Thank you for this eye-opening information.

  4. Num Guy Reply

    September 15, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Hello:

    Big Pharma has been protected by our corrupt Congress since 1986 against all lawsuits even in the case of death resulting from vaccines. Unless this law is overturned, things will only get worse.

    Please google “Repeal Immunity for Drug Companies Against Vaccine Injuries” and please sign the petition on moveon to overturn this law.

    Thank you.

  5. Linda Abernethy Reply

    September 15, 2016 at 7:10 am

    These power mongers are totally out of control. How about not allowing/welcoming sick “immigrants” and their children into our country. This is a good place to start with public health concerns. I really don’t think health of the public is the actual concern. What could be the agenda?

  6. Shawn Siegel Reply

    September 15, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Though via their powers of detainment, isolation and quarantine the CDC may be able to coerce you into consenting to an agreement, which includes consent to be vaccinated, the language of the proposal does not allow vaccination if that consent isn’t given. The referenced phrase – “the individual’s consent shall not be considered as a prerequisite to any exercise of any authority” – is actually part of a longer phrase – “…provided that the individual’s consent shall not be considered as a prerequisite to any exercise of any authority under this part” – which will not give them authority to vaccinate without consent, without agreement, unless it were so granted elsewhere in the proposal, which it is not. This is further corroborated by the following, from § 70.18: Agreements:

    “An agreement will typically include a statement indicating the individual chooses to enter into the agreement on a voluntary basis, without duress or coercion, and with full knowledge of the facts and circumstances of his/her individual case. Individuals who decline to enter into such agreements will not face criminal or other penalties for not entering into such agreements.”

    Giving credence to the characterization of ebola, for instance, as equivalent to a plague, acquiesces to the industry’s constant, purposeful hyperbole. Ebola is an hemorrhagic disease that can be treated.

    Considering the current state of political affairs, with the entrenched corruption and conflicts of interest, and with the pharmaceutical companies in particular creating and through the steadfast unquestioning cooperation of the mainstream media controlling the narrative, the notion that our elected representatives can, or will, make a difference is a delusion – at best, wishful thinking. That has aptly been demonstrated time after time, as Coleen Boyle proves herself a hostile Congressional witness, yet is never declared in contempt, or appropriately ejected from the hearing. The decision as to the adoption of the proposed changes will be made by non-elected officials, and is a virtual given.

    This isn’t about rights. It’s about power.

    • Marco Caceres Reply

      September 15, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Posted for Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC):

      Of course it is about power, Shawn. The NVIC press release and video commentary make that perfectly clear and so does the NPRM. Most people, who are involuntarily taken into custody by government officials for 72 hours without access to an attorney and asked to “voluntarily” sign a contract that includes acceptance of “public health measures” like vaccination, are going to comply in order to be set free. In addition, a distinction appropriately should be made between Ebola and measles because those two infections are quite different in terms of morbidity and mortality.

      In your criticism, it is unclear what course of action you are suggesting people take, but giving up and doing nothing will simply guarantee the NPRM will become law without the American people demonstrating any opposition on the public record.

      Exercise of freedom of speech and conscience and active citizen participation in government, including voting legislators in and out of office, is how laws are made and changed in the United States. Much of what has happened in the past century with regard to oppressive mandatory vaccination laws has happened because Americans have taken their freedom for granted. Until we stop doing that, nothing will change.

      NVIC continues to urge everyone to take action and make a public comment to the CDC ( https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/15/2016-18103/control-of-communicable-diseases ), as well as visit politicians in local district offices during this election time and let them know what they think about this CDC power grab. The NVIC Advocacy Portal ( https://nvicadvocacy.org/members/Home.aspx ) makes it easy to contact elected state and federal officials and there is more information about government police powers here ( http://www.nvic.org/vaccine-laws/government-police-powers.aspx ).

      Barbara

  7. Robert Reply

    September 15, 2016 at 12:59 am

    “Administration of MMR vaccine is part of the “post exposure” treatment protocol that can be applied before a detained person is released from the custody of health officials.”

    How utterly stupid is that? If a person has actually contracted measles, he or she will now have *natural* immunity once they recover; a vaccine post-infection is totally superfluous!

  8. Redpill1 Reply

    September 13, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve tried to alert people to where the CDC was headed for the last couple of years when Healthy People 2020 was exposed. Most of the people I encounter online have been so indoctrinated to only listen in sound bites and read even less. I get comments about how this is a discussion board not a dissertation site if my comment is detailed and long. The thing is you can’t reveal the horrors and the violation of constitutional rights in a readers digest condensed form. Than there are the people who call you a conspiracy theorist and passing lies. It is unbelievable how hardwired the American people are into believe anything the government tells them. You would think after 911 people would wake up but since they actively gave away many freedoms to be safe, it appears they also gave away their ability to use critical thinking and common sense.

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