Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Swine Flu And The Police State

Rahm Emmanuel recently said - and I paraphrase - never let a crisis go to waste, indicating that bad news is good news for those who seek to capitalize for political gain. What he never mentioned, however, was the value of manufactured crises.

Not to suggest that the swine flu outbreak was the product of any nefarious action, but its magnitude has certainly been vastly inflated. One reason may be to accentuate the debate on universal health care, but the current machinations in various states point to a much more potentially dangerous scenario. One such state is Massachusetts.

According to Chelsea Schilling of WorldNetDaily, there is a "pandemic response bill" under way in the Massachusetts legislature that would give authorities broad and chilling powers in the event of a perceived health emergency. Passed by the Massachusetts state Senate on April 28, Pandemic Response Bill 2028 is awaiting approval in the House. If passed, all it would take for the state authorities to exert draconian control and a stunning cessation of constitutional liberty is a declaration by the governor that an emergency exists, and individual freedom would be lost.

Among the provisions of this bill are the state's ability to forcefully enter private dwellings, compel health providers to vaccinate citizens, inoculate citizens against their wishes, and imprison those who refuse to comply. They will also have the authority to restrict or prohibit assemblages of persons. According to Barbara Loe Fischer, president of the National Vaccine Information Center:

"Public health doctors have persuaded legislators to pass pandemic influenza legislation that will allow state officials to enter homes and businesses without the consent of occupants, to investigate and quarantine individuals without their consent, to require licensed health-care providers to give citizens vaccines and to ban the free assembly of citizens in the state."
This disturbing trend is not limited to Massachusetts, either. Other states pursuing the same measures are Florida, Iowa, North Carolina and Washington. All of this over a virus that has not yet claimed nearly as many lives as other influenza viruses do every year. Perhaps the virus was not manufactured, but there is little doubt that the accompanying hysteria has been.

Rahm Emmanuel is no doubt licking his chops over the potential presented here for complete control of the masses.

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