From the December 2001 Idaho Observer:


Emergency powers proposal would usher in martial law under guise of “public health”

By Vaccination Liberation

Attorneys commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have advanced health policy legislation that dramatically suspends civil rights in case of a declared biological urgency. The text of the “Model State Emergency Health Powers Act” gives public health officials and governors of the several states the power to arrest, transport, quarantine, drug, and vaccinate anyone suspected of carrying a potentially infectious disease. The Boston Globe originally broke the story last Halloween. The story was almost immediately forwarded to medical freedom activists throughout the country who responded en masse in outspoken opposition to the totalitarian proposal. The article was quickly removed from the Globe's website.

The 40-page model was authored by Lawrence O. Gostin and James G. Hodge of the Center for Law and the Public's Health at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities.

While stating that their proposal considered the “civil rights of the individual,” the appeals process described in the text in reality describes the nearly absolute powers of public health authorities to detain people against their will and force them to submit to whatever medical intervention deemed appropriate by authorities. The process gives little hope that the individual will prevail in an appeal and that he will continue to be detained throughout the process.

Unless intentional harm can be proven, the proposal states, “Neither the state, its political subdivisions, including the governor, public health authorities, the police, or other state officials, [will be held liable for] the death or injury to persons, or damage to property, as a result of complying with, or attempting to comply with this Act or any rules promulgated pursuant to this Act.”

Department of Human and Health Services Secretary Tommy Thompson acknowledged existence of the CDC model. He said, “We need not only a strong health infrastructure and a full stockpile of medical resources, but also the legal and emergency tools to help our citizens quickly.”

Under the proposed law, one case of smallpox in a public school could trigger authorities to urge a governor to declare a state of emergency. Once such is declared, the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and most cherished civil liberties will be immediately suspended in addition to states being empowered to take immediate possession of private property under the doctrine of eminent domain.

Under Section 406 of the proposal under the heading, “Compensation,” it is explained that, “Compensation shall not be provided for facilities or materials that are closed, evacuated, decontaminated, or destroyed when there is reasonable cause to believe that they may endanger the public health...”

Under the “Mandatory Medical Examinations” section (502) of the law, persons refusing to submit to medical examinations and/or testing are liable for misdemeanors and forced isolation. If public health authorities suspect individuals may have been exposed to broadly defined infectious diseases, or otherwise pose a risk to public health, officials may issue detainment orders. In the case of an urban attack, or even one suspected, possibly thousands of people could be marshaled into isolation camps, according to the law.  In this case, physicians, assisted by police, will be required to perform state medical examinations and tests.

Under the law, “infectious diseases” are very broadly defined. “An infectious disease may, or may not, be transmissible from person to person, animal to person, or insect to person,” the authors explain in the text. 

Section 504 of the Act details vaccination and treatment protocols. Following these mandates, public health authorities may compel people to be inoculated and/or drugged with any medicaments selected by the state. Individuals refusing to be vaccinated or treated would be liable for a misdemeanor, subject to police arrest, isolation or quarantine.

“Section 807” repeals existing state laws that are in conflict with the Act. Under this part, for instance, previous laws granting medical, religious, or philosophical exemptions to vaccination would be repealed.

Secretary Thompson explains that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led a process to develop a Model State Emergency Health Powers Act that will be an important tool for state and local officials to respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.”

Thompson also sated that, the proposed model has been developed “Over the past six months.”

According to the CDC production, “Preparing for the Next Influenza Pandemic” which was broadcast via satellite to health departments all over the world February 26, 1999, the federal government has been developing the infrastructure for total control of medical emergencies since 1973. The CDC stated that, after the swine flu debacle in which high percentages of the 45 million people who were inoculated against the disease developed a different disease called Guillean Barre, President Nixon ordered that the Federal Guidebook to Pandemic Preparedness be prepared. 

The CDC admitted that the guidebook was still in “draft form” as of 1999, but that President Clinton ordered the formation of the Working Group on Influenza Preparedness (known by the CDC as “the GRIP”) take up where the guidebook left off.

Dr. Leonard Horowitz, author of the internationally acclaimed exposé, “Emerging Viruses: Aids and Ebola -Nature, Accident or Intentional,” reviewed the model plan. Dr. Horowitz was so appalled by what he read that he stated, “As in the days of this nation's founding, 'when a long train of abuses and usurpations, evinces a design to reduce our basic, God-given rights under absolute despotism,' our Constitution says it is our right, and our duty, 'to throw off such Government,' and to provide new guards for our future security. The history of the present public health system is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations. It's time to assert our sovereignty and rights under one God in following His laws rather than the lunacy of man's laws, including this 'model' CDC legislation.”

Should the governors of the several states opt to support the passage of this model, its success would depend upon the cooperation of healthcare delivery personnel. Dr. Horowitz' new book, “Death in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism and Toxic Warfare,” released June, 2001, is dedicated to, “the army of healthcare professionals, allied academicians, and research scientists whose humanitarian motives made them highly susceptible to 'behavioral management' and who, like good 'Manchurian candidates, unwittingly commit murder and genocide in the name of 'public health'.

May this book serve to break the spell under which they operate” (see ad page 22).

The controversial legislation may be downloaded from:

www.publichealthlaw.net/MSEHPA/MSEHPA.pdf.

Note: This file is in Acrobat PDF format.