In one of the worse offenses against your rights yet, the CDC issued a Federal Register notice on August 15th to amend the Public Health Act. This notice states that CDC would like to expand their government police powers to apprehend people who look “unwell”. Public comment is only open until October 14, 2016.
Notice of Proposed Rule Making – or NPRM – involves the participation of federally funded state health departments and state facilities giving police power to detain, isolate and quarantine US citizens.
You Can Be Fined and Jailed for Disobeying CDC Orders
And if the CDC finds you guilty of disobeying their orders and they believe you transmitted an infection to someone else, you can be fined “$100,000 if the violation does not result in a death, or one year in jail, or both, or a fine of no more than $250,000 if the violation results in a death, or one year in jail or both.” Plus they have added this curious language without explanation: “Violations by organizations are subject to a fine of no more than $200,000 per event if the violation does not result in a death, or $500,000 per event it the violation results in a death.”
By the way, this is about far more than just measles. The language is frighteningly vague and you could get in trouble for coughing too much on an airplane.
http://www.enhancedonlinenews.com/news/eon/20160913005591/en 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. (oh goody, more surveillance)
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.
Are you shaking yet?
This is a HUGE overreach of government power . Americans have until Oct. 14, 2016 to make public comment to the CDC.
1) Contact your U.S. Congressional Representative and both of your U.S. Senators Representatives and ask them to stop this outrageous federal overreach and unnecessary expansion of police powers by demanding the CDC withdraw the proposed rule. To find who represents you in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate, register/login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal, https://nvicadvocacy.org/members/Home.aspx, click on the “national” tab on the top of your home page, and the names of your personal U.S. Congressional Representative and your two U.S. Senators will be listed on the right hand side. Click on their names to be linked to all of their contact information. Send your letter by email, fax or regular mail then follow-up with a personal phone call expressing your concerns.
2) Submit public comments with your concerns directly to the CDC on the proposed rule by Oct. 14, 2016 11:59 pm EST.
3) Share this alert with family and friends by forwarding this email or sending them to http://NVICAdvocacy.org on our National page or to our note on National Vaccine Information Center Facebook.
SAMPLE LETTER TO U.S. LEGISLATORS:
Oct. 11, 2016
The Honorable FIRSTNAME LASTNAME
Washington, D.C. 20515
RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by CDC and HHS Concerning Quarantine
CDC Docket No. CDC-2016-0068
Dear Representative or Senator LASTNAME,
As a constituent of yours, I am writing to you for your assistance. I have serious concerns about an overreaching proposed HHS/CDC Rule that would expand police powers to forcibly detain, isolate, vaccinate and quarantine citizens. This Notice of Proposed Rule Making was published in the Federal Register on 8/15/16 and is currently open for public comment until 10/14/16.
I am asking you to demand that the CDC withdraw this proposed rule for the following reasons:
· The proposed rule is a violation of civil liberties. 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.” The proposed rule 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.
· The proposed rule is a clear case of federal government overreach. Federal and state laws are already in place to address the control of outbreaks of serious communicable diseases. When similar rules have been proposed in the past they have been withdrawn over concerns of civil rights violations and the cost to implement. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-04-01-quarantine_N.htm
The proposed rule has very subjective and unreasonably broad definitions of illness. The proposed rule defines a potentially “ill” person deserving of special government scrutiny to be someone with “areas of the skin with multiple red bumps, red, flat spots or blister like bumps filled with fluid or pus that are intact or partially crusted over,” warning ominously that “the presence of skin rash, along with fever, may indicate that the traveler has measles, rubella (German measles), varicella (chickenpox) meningococcal disease or smallpox.” These definitions (on pages 54239-40) are very subjective and will open the door for travelers to be detained for something as simple as a skin rash while suffering from a bad sunburn, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, the hives, or severe allergies and a mild fever that could be due to an old fashioned cold. Measles is not Ebola and chickenpox is not smallpox.
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