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Proposed health bill holds dangers

July 1, 1993

Proposed health bill holds dangers

By Joe Baker

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

Another highly restrictive piece of legislation is in the works in Washington. The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is advancing The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act.

This act, if adopted, will grant states and the federal government almost unlimited powers to arrest, transport, quarantine, drug and vaccinate anyone suspected of carrying a potentially infectious disease.

You need not be ill with the disease, merely “suspected” of harboring the organism that causes it. The legislation was issued on Halloween, and some think it more of a trick than a treat.

The Boston Globe carried a story saying that the act’s authors, Lawrence Gostin, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and James Hodge of Johns Hopkins University, had taken care to balance the need for controlling disease with protecting a person’s civil rights.

When the paper discovered conflicting statements, it promptly pulled the story from its website.

The complete 40-page bill may be obtained at www.publichealthlaw.net

Many civil libertarians are skeptical of the legislation’s claimed protection of individual rights. They note that suspicion of exposure to a dangerous disease is enough to force an individual or individuals to undergo a medical examination. Officials can issue detainment orders and, in the case of an urban attack or even the suspicion of one, thousands of people could be forced into isolation camps, and doctors, with police aid, will be compelled to perform medical exams and tests.

The act employs a very broad, loose definition of infectious diseases. It more or less is what the government says it is, much like the vague definition of “terrorist” under the USA Patriot Act.

The proposed law would allow states to seize anyone’s property to house people deemed exposed to an infectious disease.

Under Section 504 of the act, public health authorities could compel individuals to be vaccinated or drugged with medicines selected by the state. Refuse, and you will be charged with a misdemeanor, be subject to arrest and may be put in isolation or quarantine.

Any officials associated with these procedures will be exempt from liability under this plan, while individual rights under the Constitution, Bill of Rights and other instruments, will be suspended; no appeals. All state laws in conflict with the act will be repealed.

Such things as exemption from these provisions on grounds of medical, religious or philosophical grounds, will be eliminated.

Civil libertarians see these draconian measures as simply a pretext for population control toward other ends. For one, it would provide an effective way to put dissidents where they could not do or say anything.

Dr. Leonard Horowitz, Harvard-trained public health authority and consumer health advocate, wrote a book titled Death in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism and Toxic Warfare.

Dr. Horowitz commented: “I wrote this book, and included its extraordinary documentation, to prove to my colleagues in public health that they have been completely hoodwinked, and worse, have been made unwitting accomplices in a depopulation agenda largely directed by the CIA.

“Since April 2000, the CIA has overseen all of HIV/AIDS science, and following 9/11, the agency has been running virtually the entire government and affecting public health policies,” he said. “We need to soundly defeat any public health policy or authority that intends to violate the Nuremburg Code and force people to submit to state-ordered vaccinations, which, given accumulating scientific evidence, is really medical experimentation and pharmaceutical genocide in the economic, if not political, sense.”

One of the actions that can be taken is to contact your legislators and demand scientific proof that these vaccines, such as the new smallpox vaccine, are safe and effective. Let them and others know where you stand on this issue.

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