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CdcpoliticsBy Barbara Loe Fisher, Cofounder of the National Vaccine Information Center

I remember the day in 2007, when I was standing in front of a Maryland country courthouse videotaping interviews with mothers and fathers lined up with children, who had been thrown out of school for failing to show proof they had gotten chickenpox and hepatitis B shots.  State public health officials were threatening the parents with fines and jail time and suddenly, as we were talking, men in uniforms with guns and dogs emerged from the courthouse and headed toward us. In the pit of my stomach was the sickening feeling that people in countries throughout history have felt when the exercise of freedom of thought, speech and conscience is met with a demonstration of police power wielded by agents of the State.

Today, the American people are challenged, as they have never been before, to confront the expansion of government authority over our bodies and the bodies of our children, specifically the exercise of police power to take us into custody and isolate us without our consent whenever public health officials believe we are sick or could become sick. At stake is the preservation of human rights and cultural values that have been part of America since the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights defined civil liberties two centuries ago.

Are public health officials getting ready to apprehend and quarantine you or your child if they believe you are, or could become, infected with measles or any other communicable disease they decide is a threat to the public health?

Are they enlisting airline and other public transportation personnel to help them conduct a dragnet that will be easy for you to get caught up in when you travel? 

Once you are detained, can they hold you for 72 hours against your will until you agree to be vaccinated or they declare you are no longer a threat?

Is this for real or not?  You be the judge.

 CDC Moves to Amend Public Health Service Act

During the last days of summer, while we were vacationing, shopping for school supplies or, in the case of Virginia families, while we were busy pleading with legislators to protect the medical and religious vaccine exemptions in state vaccine law, public health officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were quietly publishing a very long Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the August 15, 2016 Federal Register to amend federal public health law.  The part of the Public Health Service Act they want to strengthen is the part that gives them power under the US Constitution  to restrict the freedom of a person entering the U.S. or traveling between states if they believe the person is infected or could become infected with certain kinds of communicable diseases. 

You only have until Oct. 14, 2016 to make a public comment to the CDC and contact your legislators in Congress, so please take this seriously because what the CDC is proposing applies to all Americans who travel outside the country or between states, especially on commercial airlines. In the future, it could extend to any form of transportation when you cross state lines, including by bus, train or car.

Involves States With Police Powers

This Notice of Proposed Rule Making – or NPRM - involves the participation of federally funded state health departments and state facilities, too, because the majority of police power to detain, isolate and quarantine citizens belongs to the states. Many state legislatures, which have legal authority to pass laws controlling communicable diseases within state borders, voted to give public health officials expanded police powers after Sept. 11, 2001 by adopting the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA) and The Turning Point Model State Public Health Act  created at Georgetown University’s Center for Law and the Public’s Health and the CDC Collaborating Center Promoting Health through Law.

Read more at NVIC

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Morag MacDonald Lyons

As long as grass grows --Sutherland Clearances
Runrig.Crofts, Shielings and Bothies
A public meeting was called and a letter was sent to the Newspapers .
"We have no country to fight for,as our glens and straths are laid dessolate,and we have no wives nor children to defend as we are forbidden to have them .
We are not allowed to marry without the consent of the factor, the ground officer being always ready to report every case of marriage, and the result would be banishment from the country.
For these wrongs and oppressions,as well as for others which we have long and patiently endured , we are resolved that there shall be no volunteers or recruits from Sutherlandshire .
Yet we assert that we are as willing as our forefathers were to peril life and limb in defence of our Queen and country were our wrongs and long endured oppression redressed , wrongs which will be remembered in Sutherland as long as grass grows and water runs "
"Aye ready aye laughing so stand firm ,no wearying ,we are the people"

John Stone

They can't eliminate measles. The vaccine is only patchily effective and it sheds. Three years ago when we had the hullaballoo in Wales and vastly exaggerated media reports of the numbers of cases (fanned by local health officials) there was a bigger outbreak in the North of England in a highly vaccinated population: this received almost zero publicty. Fergus Walsh, the BBC mouth, mentioned it being down to something called "bad luck". Meanwhile we hear talk of extra boosters.

This is probably like the situation with whooping cough with the vaccine becoming ever less effective, and the unvaccinated being blamed.

Bob Moffit

Tyranny is tyranny .. whether imposed by snarling dogs alongside heavily armed military forces ... or ... by public health officials wearing white hats .. posing as the good guys only interested in protecting the public's health.

As Ronald Reagan once said: "The 10 most terrifying words in the English language are .. "Hi, I'm from the government and I'm here to help".

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