by Don Via Jr., The Free Thought Project:
The state of New York is attempting to set an incredibly dangerous precedent. With a bill, A416, pre filed in the assembly for 2021 who’s veiled language, if enacted into law, seems to establish a de facto dictatorship in New York and could result in the indefinite detention of anyone merely suspected of being a public health threat. Though many outlets have reported this, the fact is that the US has a history of such atrocities, and now, other governments are considering similar measures.
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The bill states (bold added for emphasis):
“The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2120-a to read as follows:
3 § 2120-a. Removal and detention of cases, contacts and carriers who are or may be a danger to public health; other orders. 1. The provisions of this section shall be utilized in the event that the governor declares a state of health emergency due to an epidemic of any communicable disease.
2. Upon determining by clear and convincing evidence that the health of others is or may be endangered by a case, contact or carrier, or suspected case, contact or carrier of a contagious disease that, in the opinion of the governor, after consultation with the commissioner, may pose an imminent and significant threat to the public health resulting in severe morbidity or high mortality, the governor or his or her delegee, including, but not limited to the commissioner or the heads of local health departments, may order the removal and/or detention of such a person or of a group of such persons by issuing a single order, identifying such persons either by name or by a reasonably specific description of the individuals or group being detained. Such person or group of persons shall be detained in a medical facility or other appropriate facility or premises designated by the governor or his or her delegee and complying with subdivision five of this section.”
I don’t need to tell you precisely how draconian this is, it should be clear enough. And it is quite concerning. Though immediately following this section, the bill also outlines the provisions for a detainee’s release, the overall tone is enough for anyone that’s been paying attention to the wishy washy and overtly totalitarian response of government to this crisis to be weary. This is particularly worrisome give the United States abhorrent track record of purposefully endangering public health.
The wording of the legislation indicates the “indefinite” nature of ones detention is to be determined (depending on the judgment of the Governor and his Council), but it is the egregious violation of civil liberties that is at the forefront of concern. That any person, even suspected of carrying any communicable disease can, as per the language of this bill, be arrested and forcibly quarantined in an isolation facility before it is even fully determined whether or not they pose any major risk is a human rights nightmare. It is a response that students of history may recall being more akin to that of the Soviet Bloc, rather than the supposed “land of the free” United States of America.
But of course as we are talking about New York and pseudo-mafioso Andrew “Capo” Cuomo. The events of 2020 have already shown us that he is all too comfortable flirting with crossing these lines. Dancing on the border of potentially violating the Posse Comitatus Act, deploying the New York National Guard to perform a number of activities including seizing medical ventilators from upstate hospitals. As well as a number of other questionable policy moves, extensively covered by New York native and independent journalist Jason Bermas.
As elaborated by the former Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate Spike Cohen —
“Not only does A416 give Cuomo the ability to detain and remove people without trial, appeal or oversight, it would also grant that power to anyone he wishes. “Including, but not limited to” means pretty much whoever he wants.
This bill turns the Governor into an overlord who can appoint anyone he wishes to remove whomever they wish, as long as they decide that person is a “threat”.
The reference to “clear and convincing evidence” is a smokescreen, because there’s no due process here for them to have to prove it in court. Every person in New York can be ruled a “threat”.
This isn’t guilty until proven innocent. This is guilty with no chance to prove innocence.
Republicans in Albany will complain, watch it pass and then do nothing to get rid of it, just like every other bad law or regulation in NY.”
Although reintroduced by Democratic Assemblyman Nick Perry this session, the bill was originally introduced in 2015 /16 in response to the Ebola epidemic. An article from Reason points out — “It’s difficult to believe that the bill’s reintroduction didn’t come specifically in response to COVID-19. Though it’s a serious virus, it is also no Ebola, which carries an average case fatality rate of 50 percent, with some outbreaks reaching as high as 90 percent.
“It’s also difficult to believe that the bill in practice would not “take away, or violate any rights, or [sic] liberties that all Americans are entitled to under our constitution, either state or federal,” as Perry claims. Though he presents his bill as a last-stop measure for a pandemic on par with Ebola, the vagueness of its approach gives the state a great deal of discretion in locking people up who might have some sort of unnamed illness, as well as people who merely interacted with someone who might have that illness.”
The author continues on to call this notion “especially misguided” given how institutions such as prisons and jails have been a hotbed for infection.
However, this is not the first time that the creation of state-mandated isolation facilities has been proposed. Though it is the first time in recent memory they have taken the bold step to attempt legislating it into reality. In November of last year independent journalist and contributor at the Free Thought Project, Derrick Broze provided coverage of CDC documents detailing plans for pandemic response measures that include forced removal from homes, separating patients and children, and neighborhood and regional facilities to quarantine “high-risk individuals”.
In September of last year I posted a piece I wrote on my page Break The Matrix covering news out of a Zero Hedge article that our neighbors to the north in Canada have already begun forcibly detaining citizens in secret facilities. An excerpt reads — “Authorities in Quebec City, Canada have announced they will isolate “uncooperative” citizens in a coronavirus facility, the location of which remains a secret. During a press conference, Dr. Jacques Girard, who heads the Quebec City public health authority, drew attention to a case where patrons at a bar were ordered to wait until their COVID-19 tests came back, but disregarded the command and left the premises before the results came back positive. This led to them being deemed “uncooperative” and forcibly interned in a quarantine facility.”
(Since its posting, the video of the English translation of the press conference sourced in the article has been deleted by YouTube. But through some digging I was able to locate the specific excerpt of the original broadcast spoken in French — here)
What’s more, unsettling as it is this sentiment has already been touted in other high places of government; as last April, World Health Organization Health Emergency Director, Dr. Michael J. Ryan, also publicly advocated for forcibly removing citizens from their homes and detaining them in approved isolation centers. In August it was reported that the country of New Zealand had already begun following through with this practice themselves.
Most recently, on January 17, it was reported by The Daily Mail that Germany will now repurpose refugee camps into detention centers to forcibly quarantine those who defy covid restrictions. Apparently in 2021, Germany rounding up enemies of the state and forcing them into camps doesn’t set off any red flags.
Additionally, on January 20th it was reported that China has completed construction of a massive quarantine camp in Hebei province outside Beijing. Capable of holding over 4,000 detainees, reports confirm that it will not only house the infected but the close contacts of the infected as the regime carry out their contact tracing protocols.
This is particularly concerning given the Chinese government’s track record of heavy-handed authoritarianism. There are also horrendous human rights abuses currently being carried out against the Uyghur Muslim population in Xinjiang, as they are racially persecuted and placed in “re-education” camps.