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CV-1984: Tyranny in Texas As Police Show Up At El Paso Residents’ Doorsteps Ordering Quarantine

This article was originally published by Aaron Kesel at Activist Post

We all knew that the CV-1984 pandemic was going to cause the loss of our individual freedoms, liberties, and rights. But now tyranny has risen in Texas and police are showing up at the doorsteps of citizens deemed non-compliant with contact tracing measures in El Paso, Texas and ordering them to quarantine for 14 days.

Cases of CV are once again spiking in urban areas across Texas, but the state has done the unthinkable. Well, at least we thought, “this is America, what happened in China can’t happen here, right?” Wrong!

Police have turned to drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus across the U.S., not just in Texas, but the entire country is facing a loss of liberties.

This week, police officers were dispatched to the homes of residents who have tested positive in the Texas city of El Paso to order them to quarantine for 14 days. Those who disobey the order could find themselves brought before a judge or facing a $500 fine.

Similar draconian measures are being replicated across the US, with the country passing eight million infections on Thursday and epidemiologists warning that the nation is surging toward a “third wave” of coronavirus cases.

At least 41 U.S. states have seen a rise in new cases over the last two weeks alone, with the number of new daily infections being reported as 71,600, near record highs. Hospitalizations have similarly hit record highs in thirteen states, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Activist Post previously reported how Rockland County, New York was issuing subpoenas for CV contact tracing after residents refused to be tracked. Those residents were given a choice to be tracked or face a civil penalty of up to $2,000 a day.

As Activist Post has reiterated, measures being put into place now will likely remain long after the pandemic has stopped and the virus has run its course. That’s the everlasting effect that COVID-19 will have on our society.  The coronavirus is classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization – and it may very well be a legitimate health concern for all of us around the world – but it’s the government’s response that should worry us more in the long run.

You can watch the local news report on the worrying forced quarantine efforts in El Paso, Texas below:

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Dr. Fauci Warns of Winter Once Again: “I Think We’re Facing a Whole Lot of Trouble”

Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning yet again of a troublesome winter. The “authorities” don’t seem to want to stop talking about how bad things are going to get in the coming months. Especially when it comes to this scamdemic.

Winter is approaching and so is the prospect of a “twindemic” if you believe the fear mongers in the mainstream media and the government authoritarians. It almost seem like they are signaling to us that there will be another lockdown for any reason they can come up with.

Fauci’s Warning: “Hunker Down” Over Winter, Second Lockdown Coming

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an expert in infectious diseases for the last four decades, told CNBC’s Shepard Smith Monday evening that it was more critical than ever to do these five things: wear a mask, social distance, avoid crowded spaces, do things outdoors where possible (if you aren’t on house arrest), and wash your hands frequently.

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“I think we’re facing a whole lot of trouble,” Fauci said. “We have a baseline of infections now that vary between 40,000 and 50,000 per day. That’s a bad place to be when you’re going into the cooler weather of the fall, and the colder weather of the winter. In addition, we would like to see the percent positivity be coming down.”

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A second lockdown is becoming more likely by the day as the cases continue to allegedly go up. Fauci claims there isn’t talk of shutting down again. But Fauci also said masks shouldn’t be worn and now insists everyone wears one. “We’re not talking about shutting anything down; we’re talking about using public-health measures as a vehicle, or a gateway, to keeping the country open, to keeping the economy going. It is not an obstacle,” the con man said according to Market Watch. 

Fauci also said there is no way that he’s giving up on the behavior modification and assistance with the New World Order.  “This is an outbreak of historic proportions, the likes of which we have not seen in 102 years,” he said, citing the 1918 flu. “There’s no chance that I’m going to give up on this and walk away from it no matter what has happened.” Fauci is dedicated to this agenda, and he says it himself.

I know people have already said I should stop suggesting storing food and water,  but I don’t’ care. Prepare. Stock up on food and water. If nothing else, you will be buying yourself more time.  Those who have planned the upcoming destruction, chaos, and violence are banking on people not picking up the suble clues as to what’s coming.

If Fauci isn’t giving up then neither should you.

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Chiefs fan who attended live game tests positive for COVID. Now 10 others are in quarantine.

The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday announced that they advised at least 10 fans to self-quarantine after possibly being exposed to COVID-19 during a recent game.

What are the details?

According to CBS Sports, at least one NFL fan tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the Chiefs’ Sept. 10 opener against the Houston Texans.

The game was one of two that week that permitted fans in attendance.

In a statement, the team said, “The individual and the individual’s group were seated in the lower level of the stadium. By design, the stadium’s COVID protocol plan limited potential exposure to a single seating zone within the stadium. All staff with known interactions with the positive case were required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including a mask. Additionally, the protocols in place at the stadium require all attendees to be wearing masks inside the stadium.”

The Kansas City Department of Health said that those fans being asked to quarantine were all sitting in the same “pod” as a person who was reportedly infected with COVID-19.

In a statement, Dr. Rex Archer — Kansas City health director — said, “I want to remind everyone that COVID-19 is anywhere and everywhere. While we’re all tired of it, frustrated and even angry at how it has altered and stricken our lives and livelihoods, we must continue to think of those who have not and will not survive it.”

“We still don’t understand why it strikes some so viciously while others have only mild symptoms. If you have an existing or prior health condition such as cancer, diabetes, heart or lung disease, or if you’re older than 65, you should not be taking unnecessary risks like being in large crowds,” Rex added. “We hope those around you aren’t taking those risks either and possibly bringing the virus home to you.”

The outlet reported that there were a total of 15,895 fans in attendance at the stadium.

ESPN reported that all players’ tests came back negative following the game.

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Australia is a Full Scale Pilot Test For The New World Order

Several journalists and content creators have noticed that Australia looks like the most totalitarian police state that has existed in recent history.  It has become a full-scale pilot test for the elitists to see how well they can implement the New World Order.

Australians have been subjected to some of the most horrendous basic human rights and dignity violations during this entire scamdemic. The elitists are using Australia to test out these authoritarian measures, such as getting the public used to a police state in which the military and police both patrol the streets ready to commit violence against other humans for refusing to quarantine when not sick or not wearing their New World Order issued muzzle…I mean, face mask.

“These guys know full well what they are doing. They are psychopaths, but they aren’t stupid,” says Brian in the above video. The politicians are redistributing both wealth and power away from the public and consolidating it into their own hands. We are in big trouble if we cannot get the military and the police who are committing violence on behalf of the tyrants to realize what they are doing to humanity.

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All of this is over 17 new cases of COVID-19. This absolutely horrifying that people continue to buy this scam. “Heavy-handed tyranny and oppression is happening everywhere,” Brian adds. If you don’t think this is coming back to the United States in the form of a second lockdown, think again.  The media has been preparing us for a “dark winter” and a “second wave” since the first false wave happened.

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Wake up. Time is now extremely short. If you don’t have food or water, now is the time to get what you can. If you don’t have emergency plans, now is the time to make some with your family.  If you are already well prepared for any disaster, the best thing you can do is to stay alert and fearless.  Dont’ live a life terrified (they enslave you with your fear), but make sure you know what’s going on. The best preparedness plan includes one of awareness of this situation we’ve found ourselves in today.

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New York exempts celebrities from forced mandatory quarantine — which normal people could be jailed for violating

Millions of New Yorkers continue to live and operate under strict coronavirus-related restrictions enacted by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

But apparently famous musicians don’t have to follow the same rules.

What is the background?

On Friday, for example, de Blasio said there is “no plan” as to when he will allow residents in the Big Apple to enjoy indoor restaurant dining.

“There’s not a context for indoor dining. We’re never saying it’s impossible. But we do not, based on what we’re seeing around the world, we do not have a plan for reopening indoor dining in the near term,” he said, the New York Post reported.

Meanwhile, Cuomo has imposed a strict 14-day quarantine requirement for visitors traveling from 31 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Those who violate the quarantine are subject to a $10,000 fine and 15 days in jail, according to the Post.

That requirement, however, will not apply to celebrities traveling to New York City for the Video Music Awards later this week.

Why are celebrities exempt?

According to the Post, the VMAs received an exception from the state Department of Health:

They can “participate in the production of the show,” a spokeswoman for Cuomo said, “but they will only interact with other members of the cast and crew and will quarantine when not working.” To receive the exemption, the VMAs agreed to police itself with “rigorous safety protocols including testing and screening and compliance checks by a special compliance officer.”

“The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Citywide Events is working in close coordination with the production to ensure guidelines are being followed,” a spokesperson for de Blasio said.

An NYPD unit will reportedly conduct “compliance checks.”

This year’s VMAs will be held at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn; it will take place with limited to no audience. It is one of the first major events to take place in New York City since the city largely shut down back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Ariana Grande are scheduled to perform.

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Horowitz: New study finds very weak asymptomatic coronavirus transmission

For the first time in history, governments across the globe have quarantined the healthy with the sick for fear that asymptomatic carriers are spreading the virus and killing people in droves. But after months of crushed liberty and destroyed livelihoods, is there any proof that asymptomatic carriers are indeed super-spreaders? Shouldn’t we first investigate this theory before we force universal shutdowns and universal muzzle-wearing?

A recently published contact tracing study of 3,410 close contacts of 391 SARS-CoV-2 cases in a Chinese province near Wuhan during the peak months of the virus found that transmissibility seems to increase commensurately with the severity of symptoms presented by the infected individual. Of the 127 secondary infections that were traced to the original 3,410 cases, just eight were from individuals confirmed as asymptomatic.

All asymptomatic individuals were followed up with 14 days later by study administrators to confirm that they had not presented symptoms. The study was published on August 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal.

The study’s authors conclude not only that asymptomatic transmitters compose only a tiny slice of the spread, but that the rate of transmission increases with the severity of the illness, further validating the strategy of focusing on the sick, not the healthy:

The secondary attack rate increased with the severity of index cases, from 0.3% (CI, 0.0 to 1.0%) for asymptomatic to 3.3% (CI, 1.8% to 4.8%) for mild, 5.6% (CI, 4.4% to 6.8%) for moderate, and 6.2% (CI, 3.2% to 9.1%) for severe or critical cases (P for trend < 0.001). Manifestation of certain symptoms, such as fever (6.7% [CI, 5.3 to 8.0] vs. 3.3% [CI, 1.6 to 4.9]) and expectoration (13.6% [CI, 10.6 to 16.7] vs. 3.0% [CI, 2.1 to 3.9]), in the index cases was associated with an increased risk for infection in their close contacts.

Researchers also found, as other studies have already concluded, that most of the secondary infections occurred among household members. Thus, putting together the low rate of asymptomatic transmission with the fact that most cases (of all severity levels) are spread in the home, why should we destroy our civilization over the concern of asymptomatic spread? Where is the evidence that a non-symptomatic individual merely passing someone for a few seconds in a store will transmit the virus?

One might dismiss this study because it was conducted by Chinese researchers, but if there is a political bias in Chinese research, wouldn’t it be skewed to the side that says asymptomatic people spread the virus?

Let’s not forget that the World Health Organization said in May that asymptomatic spread was “very rare.” Then, like any time a major scientific figure reveals the truth, the WHO suddenly recanted that position when the media raised a howl. But the “experts” never explained where the evidence exists to show major community spread through asymptomatic individuals.

A U.S.-based study from the University of Florida, Gainesville Department of Biostatistics, observed similar low rates of transmission among the asymptomatic. They found symptomatic individuals transmitted the virus at rate 28 times higher than asymptomatic individuals. Another Chinese study from May found very weak transmission capability among asymptomatic infections.

From lockdowns and school closures to mask-wearing and quarantining people without symptoms, our government continues to violate the Constitution and destroy our civilization without providing evidence for the premises they assert as scientific law.

It would be one thing if just 10% of people are asymptomatic and the other 90% of those infected get fatal cases. But given that some estimates show more than two-thirds of those infected are asymptomatic, and we know most of the remaining individuals are not at risk of dying unless they have certain conditions, the asymptomatic quirkiness of this virus is actually something to celebrate, not a pretext for fear and panic.

Add to that the fact that nearly all these studies conclude that most transmission of any kind occurs at home (not passing someone for three seconds in Walmart) and the current restrictions, indiscriminate quarantine, and mask-wearing are completely indefensible.

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After meth lab found in San Francisco hotel for homeless and those in COVID-19 quarantine, journalist decries ‘chaotic, horrible mess’

After woke San Francisco officials thought it would be a good idea to use hotels to house the homeless along with those in COVID-19 quarantine, a meth lab recently was discovered in one of the hotels — and a journalist covering the issue told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday that it’s turned into a “chaotic, horrible mess.”

What’s the background?

The city contracted with hotels to provide rooms and meals under its Shelter in Place program for those at risk for COVID-19, who need to be quarantined, or who have no home, KTVU-TV reported.

Problem is, a strong chemical odor was coming from a room at the Civic Center Motor Inn about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the station said, after which police arrested two registered guests of the hotel who were suspected of operating a low-level meth lab there.

City Journal contributor Erica Sandberg has been covering the issue for a while, writing back in June that the city’s plan to put homeless people in hotels was “not going well.”

So, on the heels of the meth lab discovery, Sandberg appeared on Carlson’s Wednesday show and decried San Francisco’s “complete disaster” of a program.

“People were given rooms,” she told Carlson. “Unfortunately, they were also given a tremendous amount of drug paraphernalia.”

Sandberg noted that homeless were given “everything from needles, to meth pipes, crack pipes, [and] foil to smoke fentanyl with,” it wasn’t long before it all became a “chaotic, horrible mess.”

“It didn’t have to be that way,” Sandberg added to Carlson. “In fact, what we could have done is use these hotels as sober places. They could have been places for recovery, [to address] mental health issues, but instead it was the opposite. So it turned out to be a complete disaster.”

Anything else?

When the meth lab was busted, a hotel guest named Samantha told KTVU a police officer knocked on her hotel room door: “I was just like shocked. He’s like, ‘There’s a meth lab right above your room so we need you to evacuate cause it could explode at any time.'”

A man who wanted to be identified only as Sami who works at a nearby business added to the station that he “would like for the government to have a bit more of monitoring of the space. I do see that a place like this can be abused to be used for those kind of activities.”

Quite a few headline-grabbing issues have found their way of late to the City by the Bay:

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New York City Police Use Pandemic To Create COVID-19 Checkpoints

This article was originally published by Mass Private I at Activist Post. 

A recent article in The New York Post revealed how the NYPD used the pandemic to justify creating COVID-19 checkpoints.

New York officials have stopped 353 cars at entrances to the Big Apple to warn travelers of the mandatory two-week quarantine rule. The stops were made from Wednesday through Friday at bridges and tunnels, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.

Police are using the pandemic as an excuse to circumvent the Fourth Amendment by asking a vehicle’s occupants to answer questions like have they spent more than 24 hours during the previous 14 days in any state on New York’s restricted list?

The city has the audacity to claim that these stops are “quick and educational.” There is nothing quick and educational about being stopped and questioned by government officials.

Is there anything educational about fining people $10,000 dollars?

Travelers who violate the quarantine rule could face up to $10,000 in fines. There are currently 35 states plus Puerto Rico on the list.

Earlier this year, The Orlando Sentinel called COVID-19 checkpoints security theater and worried about the cost to taxpayers. COVID-19 checkpoints have also been set up in Rhode IslandNorth CarolinaColoradoMississippiLouisiana, and Texas.

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A WKZO article shows U.S. military personnel conducting a COVID-19 checkpoint at Penn Station.

A few dozen travelers got off a train from Miami at New York City’s Penn Station on Thursday and were greeted by a team of public health workers and mayoral office staff who handed them informational fliers about the state’s new COVID-19 quarantine rules.

Government officials use COVID-19 as an excuse to question and interrogate visitors.

The team, comprised of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s public engagement unit and the city’s COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps, were running a checkpoint starting at Penn Station on Thursday to ensure that visitors from any of the 35 states on New York’s travel advisory were aware of the 14-day quarantine mandate.

Imagine getting off a train or bus in New York City and being forced to go through a government checkpoint. This is America, you say? I can refuse to answer their questions, right?

People who refuse to answer their questions could be fined anywhere from $2,000-$10,000.

A spokeswoman for City Hall said refusing to fill out the quarantine form could subject travelers from designated states to a $2000 fine, and violations of the quarantine orders could result in a $10,000 fine.

Three years ago, I revealed that police have created thirty-three different types of checkpoints. But this latest ploy; using a pandemic as an excuse to create another police checkpoint, is inexcusable.

COVID-19 checkpoints make a mockery of police reform and trample our Bill of Rights. It is only a matter of time before COVID-19 checkpoints spread across the country.

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Some College Campuses Will Look Like Nazi Germany This Autumn

As children and young adults gear up to get back to school this autumn, college campuses that are open will be imposing varying degrees of draconian testing on the students.

Students enrolled at New York’s public colleges must first pass a COVID-19 test in order to get access to campus in a bid to prevent the spread of the contagious virus.  Before setting foot on campus, a student must submit to the highly inaccurate (different studies show the PCR tests give a 50-80% false-positive rate) test.

“Given reported delays for COVID-19 test results and lack of testing availability in some areas, all University at Albany students should be tested as soon as possible in order to have results prior to the beginning of fall classes,” Michael Christakis, vice president of student affairs, said in a “Dear Great Dane” letter to students, according to a report by the New York Post. 

“If a student living on campus fails to provide the University proof of a negative test or NYS Department of Health clearance document (for students who have had documented COVID-19) before their arrival on campus, they will not be permitted to check in to their residence hall or apartment,” warned Christakis. “Until students have a negative test result in hand, they should remain at home.”

According to USA Today, The University of Texas at Austin, for example, has banned parties, both on campus and off, saying they put “the health and safety of our community at risk and raise anxiety levels.” Tulane University in New Orleans threatened suspension or expulsion for students who throw or attend parties that have more than 15 people and asked students to monitor and report on the behavior of their peers.

On Thursday, Syracuse University, which had suspended a fraternity for violating social distancing rules in the spring, said it had also suspended a group of students for “knowingly violating quarantine orders,” spokeswoman Sarah Scalese said.  Most college campuses said throwing a party with 30 to 40 people could be viewed as endangerment to the community.

Before sending your child or teenager back to school, it may do you some good to understand the new “COVID” policies of the school.  Some could look like schools in North Korea or Nazi Germany thanks to the scamdemic.

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Schools seem hellbent on the psychological torture of children this year, so be aware of what they could be subjected to during the Federal Reserve’s attempted takeover of the world.

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Horowitz: Philippines had the harshest lockdown and most mask wearing. It didn’t work.

Nowhere is the circuitous insanity and national masochism of lockdown policies more evident than in the Philippines. This nation of over 100 million holds the distinction of having undergone the longest and most severe lockdown. They also have the highest rate of mask wearing in the world, according to a recent survey. In other words, they’ve done everything the propagators of corona panic porn every dreamt of. Yet…

Cases are surging because you can’t run or hide from a respiratory virus.

Their answer? A new lockdown – all the while missing the irony that the first series of totalitarian mandates didn’t work. Now they have a weakened and destitute population to face the virus, while countries like Sweden achieved de facto herd immunity from a position of strength.

Just how insane was the lockdown in the Philippines? Beginning as early as March 15, under the direction of President Rodrigo Duterte, anyone under 21 or over 60 was not allowed out of his home, only one family member could go out for food and medicine, and there was an across-the-board curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. President Duterte threatened to have violators shot.

Tens of thousands of people in America likely died as a result of the lockdown – could you imagine how many hundreds of thousands died from lack of food and medical care in a poor country from such a severe policy of house arrest? This country has been suffering from a hunger crisis for years. The cruel irony is that only 2,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the country of 100 million. Like most Asian countries, they probably have a high degree of cross-immunity from coronavirus colds.

Aside from the insane lockdown, the Philippines holds the distinction of having the highest degree of mask compliance. After all, people don’t want to get shot.

So, after destroying their country, one would think they at least “got rid” of the virus, right?

Wrong! The virus does what it does and was always bound to come to southern latitude countries later, as we are seeing in places like Israel and Hawaii. The national lockdown was in place until June 1 and many local places still had lockdowns until July. Now, the corrupt and evil government has a brilliant idea: a new lockdown.

Hey, how about they just shoot everyone dead and then they don’t have to worry about the virus? That seems to sum up the strategy they have pursued. It’s like curing a migraine by chopping off someone’s head but still finding some way to not get rid of the pain. Manilla and four surrounding provinces are under full house arrest for two weeks.

A quarantine has been imposed in a compound with confirmed cases of COVID-19 to prevent the further spread of the virus in Quezon City, Philippines. (Lisa Marie David | NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In a cruel irony, the country is now in such a weakened state, they will have an attenuated immune system and a medical system flooded with other ailments to now contend with the virus. How prescient was the warning from D.A. Henderson, the former dean of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, who is widely credited with helping to eradicate smallpox, when he noted how continuing daily lives for most people as normal is the best way to endure through an epidemic.

“Experience has shown that communities faced with epidemics or other adverse events respond best and with the least anxiety when the normal social functioning of the community is least disrupted,” wrote Henderson in a paper co-authored by other Hopkins researchers in 2006.

On Tuesday, AP wrote an op-ed dressed up as a news story asserting wrongly that “many Americans have resisted wearing masks and social distancing,” which resulted in more viral spread.

“Public health experts say the problem has been compounded by confusing and inconsistent guidance from politicians and a patchwork quilt of approaches to containing the scourge by county, state and federal governments,” added AP.

Well, maybe they ought to take a look at the Philippines. There was no confusion or inconsistency there and certainly no lack of obedience. Just pure tyranny. When will we finally learn that when you trade liberty for security, you achieve neither?

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“Volunteer” Hawaiians Turn “Paradise On Earth” Into An Island Of Snitches

This article was originally published by Mass Private I at Activist Post. 

Travel publications around the world have referred to the Hawaiian islands as “paradise on earth.” But a much darker and more disturbing trend that was once relegated to the continental United States has taken Hawaii by storm.

Much has been written about Nextdoor’s “Karen” problems of reporting on people of color, and now as AP News reports, “volunteer” Hawaiians are turning suspected quarantine rule-breakers into the police.

A former reporter named Angela Keen and her Facebook group of snitches spy on vacationers’ social media pages looking for incriminating pictures.

When members of her Facebook group spot tourists posting about their beach trips on social media, Keen zeroes in on photos for clues like license plate numbers she can run down and distinctive furnishings she can match up with vacation rental listings.

Her group of “volunteer” snitches has spread across the Hawaiian islands, leading to the arrests of 35 vacationers so far.

So far, volunteer sleuths with her group Hawaii Quarantine Kapu Breakers — kapu can mean rules in Hawaiian — has helped find about 13 people on Oahu and 22 people on the Big Island who were later arrested by police, Keen said. Members on other islands assisted with other cases that led to arrests, she said. (To see a depressing 90 minute video of what Angela Keen’s group has done click here.)

Keen claims her group of “sleuths” is told not to approach potential violators and not to profile people because they look like outsiders. Which is misleading on numerous levels.

For a place that bills itself as a vacationers paradise with hotels, restaurants, sightseeing tours and car, boat, and helicopter rentals, it would be extremely easy for “volunteers” to identify vacationers.

Imagine going to Hawaii for a vacation and being arrested because a group of “volunteers” sent your pictures, license plate information, and whatever else they could find about you and your family to the police.

The group also tracked down visitors who had rented a Mustang through a company that loans out private owners’ vehicles. When arriving at the airport, they listed the car owner’s address as where they would spend quarantine, but the group found them at a short-term vacation rental in Waikiki.

I know some of you will say this great if people ignore the 14-day quarantine why shouldn’t “volunteers” report them. But looking at the bigger picture reveals a much more disturbing issue.

For one thing, police can use Keen’s group of volunteers and other groups across the country to do things they could not normally do without a warrant. (I’m looking at you Nextdoor.)

In the continental U.S. bars and restaurants are allowed to reopen only if they agree to snitch on customers.

The Department of Homeland Security and the city of New Orleans are creating a “new normal” by forcing bars and restaurants to collect customers’ personal information.

“We know everyone is eager to reopen. It’s not going back to normal; it’s what we’re calling ‘the new normal.’ It will be the data and not the date that drives not only the decision but the phased approach to reopen the City of New Orleans. Today, we are outlining what those guidelines will be for the City,” said Mayor Latoya Cantrell.

Law enforcement is using bars and restaurants to record detailed lists of customers’ private information. And now in Hawaii, police are encouraging a volunteer group to monitor vacation rentals, record vacationers comings and goings, record their rental vehicle license plates and look into their social media accounts.

Remember in Hawaii and elsewhere “volunteers” or private citizens are giving police all the information they have collected, providing a loophole for police so they cannot be sued. It also has an added benefit of not being discoverable, meaning police do not have to disclose how they got the information.

Combine all of this and it becomes painfully obvious that police can use these groups to circumvent our Bill of Rights.

When a police spokeswoman attempts to justify “voluntarily” spying on vacationers everyone should take notice.

“As a small community here in Hawaii, it takes everybody to be able to keep everybody safe,” she said. “You know, some people say, ‘Oh, you’re snitching on people,’ but that’s not how you see it. It’s seen it as the fact that you want to keep the community safe,” Lt. Audra Sellers, a Maui police spokeswoman said.

Being an island community still does not justify snitching on neighbors as a way to keep the community safe. And it certainly is not a justification for doing an end-run around the Constitution.

Does a pandemic automatically make it OK for police to use volunteers to surveil people of color or monitor vacationers without a warrant?

I for one do not want to see a group of “Karens” turn Hawaii into a mirror-image of mainland America.

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“Volunteer” Hawaiians Turn “Paradise On Earth” Into An Island Of Snitches

This article was originally published by Mass Private I at Activist Post. 

Travel publications around the world have referred to the Hawaiian islands as “paradise on earth.” But a much darker and more disturbing trend that was once relegated to the continental United States has taken Hawaii by storm.

Much has been written about Nextdoor’s “Karen” problems of reporting on people of color, and now as AP News reports, “volunteer” Hawaiians are turning suspected quarantine rule-breakers into the police.

A former reporter named Angela Keen and her Facebook group of snitches spy on vacationers’ social media pages looking for incriminating pictures.

When members of her Facebook group spot tourists posting about their beach trips on social media, Keen zeroes in on photos for clues like license plate numbers she can run down and distinctive furnishings she can match up with vacation rental listings.

Her group of “volunteer” snitches has spread across the Hawaiian islands, leading to the arrests of 35 vacationers so far.

So far, volunteer sleuths with her group Hawaii Quarantine Kapu Breakers — kapu can mean rules in Hawaiian — has helped find about 13 people on Oahu and 22 people on the Big Island who were later arrested by police, Keen said. Members on other islands assisted with other cases that led to arrests, she said. (To see a depressing 90 minute video of what Angela Keen’s group has done click here.)

Keen claims her group of “sleuths” is told not to approach potential violators and not to profile people because they look like outsiders. Which is misleading on numerous levels.

For a place that bills itself as a vacationers paradise with hotels, restaurants, sightseeing tours and car, boat, and helicopter rentals, it would be extremely easy for “volunteers” to identify vacationers.

Imagine going to Hawaii for a vacation and being arrested because a group of “volunteers” sent your pictures, license plate information, and whatever else they could find about you and your family to the police.

The group also tracked down visitors who had rented a Mustang through a company that loans out private owners’ vehicles. When arriving at the airport, they listed the car owner’s address as where they would spend quarantine, but the group found them at a short-term vacation rental in Waikiki.

I know some of you will say this great if people ignore the 14-day quarantine why shouldn’t “volunteers” report them. But looking at the bigger picture reveals a much more disturbing issue.

For one thing, police can use Keen’s group of volunteers and other groups across the country to do things they could not normally do without a warrant. (I’m looking at you Nextdoor.)

In the continental U.S. bars and restaurants are allowed to reopen only if they agree to snitch on customers.

The Department of Homeland Security and the city of New Orleans are creating a “new normal” by forcing bars and restaurants to collect customers’ personal information.

“We know everyone is eager to reopen. It’s not going back to normal; it’s what we’re calling ‘the new normal.’ It will be the data and not the date that drives not only the decision but the phased approach to reopen the City of New Orleans. Today, we are outlining what those guidelines will be for the City,” said Mayor Latoya Cantrell.

Law enforcement is using bars and restaurants to record detailed lists of customers’ private information. And now in Hawaii, police are encouraging a volunteer group to monitor vacation rentals, record vacationers comings and goings, record their rental vehicle license plates and look into their social media accounts.

Remember in Hawaii and elsewhere “volunteers” or private citizens are giving police all the information they have collected, providing a loophole for police so they cannot be sued. It also has an added benefit of not being discoverable, meaning police do not have to disclose how they got the information.

Combine all of this and it becomes painfully obvious that police can use these groups to circumvent our Bill of Rights.

When a police spokeswoman attempts to justify “voluntarily” spying on vacationers everyone should take notice.

“As a small community here in Hawaii, it takes everybody to be able to keep everybody safe,” she said. “You know, some people say, ‘Oh, you’re snitching on people,’ but that’s not how you see it. It’s seen it as the fact that you want to keep the community safe,” Lt. Audra Sellers, a Maui police spokeswoman said.

Being an island community still does not justify snitching on neighbors as a way to keep the community safe. And it certainly is not a justification for doing an end-run around the Constitution.

Does a pandemic automatically make it OK for police to use volunteers to surveil people of color or monitor vacationers without a warrant?

I for one do not want to see a group of “Karens” turn Hawaii into a mirror-image of mainland America.

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Law Professor Gets F In Constitutional Calculus

If you’re going to make a constitutional argument for some federal action, it will prove more compelling if you actually make a constitutional argument.

That means pointing to the constitutional provision that authorizes an exercise of federal power. Not making assertions. Not explaining why the federal government needs to take the action. Not telling us when the government did thus-and-so in the past. Those aren’t constitutional arguments. If you can’t point to a clear delegation of power that authorizes the action, you don’t have a constitutional argument.

Kimberly Wehle wrote an article for Politico arguing that we need a national quarantine. The headline declares, “Yes, a National Quarantine Is Constitutional … and Necessary.”

But despite asserting the constitutionality of a national quarantine, Wehle fails to make a constitutional argument. She never points to the section of the Constitution that delegates such quarantine power to the federal government. She just asserts that it exists, swirling somewhere in the mystical cloud of “executive powers.”

“The Trump administration has resisted such drastic measures, shunting responsibility onto the states, but the power is nevertheless within the executive branch, and it can be imposed without violating the Constitution.”

Wehle’s credentials include “law professor” and “former assistant United States Attorney.” I expect bad constitutional reasoning from lawyers. But Wehle’s argument is bad even by lawyer standards. She takes a tact that borders on juvenile, arguing “one reason the federal government can constitutionally infringe on all kinds of individual rights is that sometimes protecting the greater public good requires it.”

No mention of delegated powers, the limited role of the general government, or the division of authority between the legislative and executive branches. Her “constitutional” argument amounts to “the federal government needs to do it, so it can.”

The actual constitutional calculus is quite simple. Does the Constitution specifically delegate any power to the federal government to institute a national quarantine?

No. (The general welfare clause does not give the federal government a blank check to act and is limited by the delegated powers that follow. I cover that in-depth HERE.)

Is “quarantine power” necessary and proper for the furtherance of a specifically delegated power?

No.

That means the power to quarantine remains with the state governments.

It’s important to note that even if the federal government had some quarantine power, it would be vested in Congress. Under the constitutional system, the legislative branch passes laws. The president merely executes them. He has no authority to will a policy into existence with the stroke of a pen. In an essay known as “Helvidius” Number 1, James Madison clearly states the president’s power extends only to putting existing law into effect.

“The natural province of the executive magistrate is to execute laws, as that of the legislature is to make laws. All his acts therefore, properly executive, must pre-suppose the existence of the laws to be executed.”

Since Congress doesn’t have the constitutional authority to pass a national quarantine law, the president certainly doesn’t have the power to declare one by edict. The notion that the president has some undefined “executive authority” to do such things destroys the integrity of the constitutional system and was never intended. The Constitution would never have been ratified if the president had been given such kingly authority.

But Wehle doesn’t seem to rest her argument solely on executive authority. She claims that the president has “extraordinary powers” under federal law to implement a national pandemic response program and cites several acts that purport to authorize this authority. But the question remains: where does the Constitution delegate this power to Congress?

Short answer – it doesn’t.

So, the power to quarantine remains with the state governments. This is clear under the Tenth Amendment. Interestingly, the bulk of Wehle’s argument reinforces this point. All of the Supreme Court cases she cites in support of a national quarantine revolve around state quarantines.

Wehle starts with  Jacobson v. Massachusetts where the SCOTUS held that a state can constitutionally “require and enforce the vaccination and revaccination of all the inhabitants thereof.”

Wehle correctly asserts, “This category of state power is known as the police power, and it means that states can enact quarantine laws and health laws of every description . . . to protect the public health and the public safety.’” She fails to mention that the Constitution does not delegate police powers to the federal government.

Next, Wehle notes that “In 2014, a number of states implemented quarantines for health care workers and others who had gone to West Africa during the Ebola epidemic, and two federal courts rejected constitutional challenges to the Ebola-inspired mandates.”

She still fails to mention that the Constitution does not delegate police powers to the federal government.

Wehle also cites Morgan’s Steamship Co. v. Louisiana Board of Health, an 1886 case in which the Supreme Court upheld Louisiana quarantine laws. This is the closest she comes to making an argument asserting a federal quarantine power. The court held that “all state laws on the subject will be abrogated [by federal law] at least so far as the two are inconsistent.” The court was referring to quarantines authorized under the commerce clause, not quarantines to deal with a nationwide pandemic, government actions that would fall under police powers.

Have I mentioned that the Constitution doesn’t delegate police powers to the federal government?

While Wehle fails to make a legitimate constitutional argument for a federal quarantine, she does makes a fair pragmatic case for “a coordinated federal response.”

“It is beyond reasonable debate that the current hodge-podge of state and local rules do not go far enough to protect overall public health,” she wrote.

We can have that debate, I suppose, but that doesn’t change the constitutional calculus.

Tench Coxe was an influential supporter of the Constitution during the ratification process. He wrote three essays published in the Pennsylvania Gazette in early 1788 under the pen-name “A Freeman.” In these essays, Coxe offered some of the most forceful arguments asserting the limited nature of the federal government under the proposed Constitution, and he insisted that many of the things necessary to maintain society would nevertheless be off-limits to the federal government.

“It will be found, on a careful examination, that many things, which are indispensibly necessary to the existence and good order of society, cannot be performed by the fœderal government, but will require the agency and powers of the state legislatures or sovereignties, with their various appurtenances and appendages.”

So, just because you can make a compelling argument that federal action would benefit society, or is even necessary, doesn’t mean you’ve made a constitutional argument. You still have to do the constitutional calculus.

Wehle never does. Like any good lawyer, she leaves us with plenty of assertion, supposition and conjecture but she gets an F in constitutional calculus.

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New York tourist arrested in Hawaii after caught violating mandatory quarantine by posting Instagram photos

A New York City man was arrested in Hawaii after he violated the state’s strict quarantine rules for visitors. Authorities were tipped off to the man disobeying the shelter-in-place order after they saw him post beach photos on his Instagram account.

Tarique Peters, 23, posted Instagram photos of himself outside of his hotel room shortly after arriving in O’ahu. Peters posted a photo of himself on the beach with a surfboard on Wednesday, two days after arriving in Hawaii.

On March 26, Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) instituted a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all tourists visiting the island state. The Hawaii Tourism Authority even set up a fund to pay for tourists to return to their homes if they violated the quarantine.

Peters, who is from the Bronx, was not flown back home, but he was arrested on Friday by special agents from the Department of the Attorney General for violation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine rule and unsworn falsification to authority, according to a news release from the office of Hawaii’s governor.

Local citizens became informants as they tipped off authorities that Peters had left his hotel room. Employees of the hotel that Peters was staying at confirmed to investigators that the tourist left the premises on several occasions this week. Peters used public transportation to go to Waikiki at night.

Peters was arrested, and his bail was set at $4,000.

At least 20 people have been arrested violating Hawaii’s mandatory quarantine.

Attorney General Clare Connors released a statement:

We appreciate the vigilance and cooperation of the hotel staff, and staff at other hotels, in helping maintain the health and safety of visitors and residents. It is important that everyone flying into Hawaii at this time, abide by our mandatory rules. Law enforcement, in partnership with other state and county agencies and the travel industry are continuing to monitor compliance with the mandatory self-quarantine rule.

Ige has extended the 14-day mandatory quarantine for all tourists until June 30. Hawaii has the third-least confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. with 638, and there have been 17 COVID-19 deaths.

“These actions are extreme, but necessary, to flatten the curve and lay the groundwork for our recovery,” Ige said.

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State officials looking at house arrest monitoring devices to enforce quarantines on COVID-19 carriers

Some state officials are looking at the possibility of using house arrest monitoring devices — such as ankle bracelets or location-tracking apps — to enforce quarantines on those infected with COVID-19, Reuters reported.

What are the details?

The outlet said the technology has been deployed in isolated circumstances over the last several weeks but that widespread use is on hold due to legal issues — specifically whether or not officials can electronically track those who haven’t broken the law.

Hawaii considered sweeping use of GPS-enabled ankle bracelets or smartphone tracking apps to enforce stay-at-home orders for those arriving on the islands by plane, Reuters said, citing Ronald Kouchi, president of the Hawaii state Senate.

Kouchi told the outlet officials were concerned many travelers were disobeying the state’s 14-day quarantine order but that the idea of widespread use of tracking devices was tabled when Hawaii attorney general’s office raised concerns.

“America is America,” Kouchi told Reuters. “There are certain rights and freedoms.”

Hawaii’s COVID-19 Joint Information Center added to the outlet that “various ideas being evaluated for tracking those under mandatory quarantine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are right now just that, ideas.”

Other states have used tracking devices but not in a widespread way, Reuters said.

Judges recently ordered a handful of people in Louisville, Kentucky, to wear ankle bracelets for repeatedly refusing to isolate themselves after being in contact with coronavirus patients. Those devices were manufactured by Colorado-based SCRAM Systems, Reuters said, citing Amy Hess, the city’s chief of public services. While she’d prefer not using them, she added to the outlet that state law allowed their use to protect public health.

“We don’t want to take away people’s freedoms, but at the same time we have a pandemic,” Hess told Reuters.

More from the outlet:

In West Virginia’s capital, Charleston, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford told Reuters his force had leased 10 additional location-monitoring ankle bracelets from GEO Group Inc. at the outset of the epidemic “to be on the safe side,” although he said they’ve so far just sat on the shelf.

Industry executives including Shadowtrack Technologies Inc. President Robert Magaletta, whose Louisiana-based company supplies nearly 250 clients across the criminal justice system, said they had fielded calls from state and local governments about repurposing their tools for quarantine enforcement, although they wouldn’t name the prospective buyers.

Kris Keyton, of Arkansas-based E-Cell, said he had recently been approached by a state agency that wanted to adapt his detainee-tracking smartphone app for quarantine enforcement.

Keyton told Reuters the agency wanted only cosmetic changes, including swapping out the word “client” — E-Cell’s term for arrestees — with the word “patient.”

“They just wanted to reskin our app,” he added to the outlet.

‘Can you actually constitutionally monitor someone who’s innocent?’

Magaletta told Reuters that the prospect of widespread use of such tracking devices for COVID-19 enforcement may be a problem in the U.S. and that he’s a lot more comfortable with the technology for convicted criminals.

“Can you actually constitutionally monitor someone who’s innocent?” he asked the outlet. “It’s uncharted territory.”

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Joe Scarborough tells Trump to ‘take a rest’ and let Pence take over after tweet about past murder conspiracy

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough fired back at President Donald Trump over a tweet that drudged up a decades old murder conspiracy theory against the former Republican congressman.

“I know you meant to be extraordinarily cruel to me by attacking me, by bringing up a conspiracy theory that has lived in the gutters of the Internet for some time now. But just like the Seth Rich conspiracy murder that was pushed by your allies, you don’t understand the pain you cause,” said Scarborough on his show on Monday.

He was responding to a tweet the president sent early Monday morning.

“‘Concast’ should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough,” tweeted Trump.

“I know him and Crazy Mika well, used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record that he is ‘nuts’. Besides, bad ratings!” he added.

The president was referring to the sudden and surprising death of Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old intern at Scarborough’s offices when he was a United States congressman in 2001. A coroner said that she had passed out from an undiagnosed heart condition and hit her head.

Scarborough fired back at the president that he was causing pain to the family of Klausutis by bringing up her death in such a manner.

“You don’t understand the pain you cause,” said Scarborough, “you cause to families who’ve already lost a loved one. Not me. Not my children. Not anybody that knows me. They know the truth. You once again drag a family through this and make them relive it again, just like Seth Rich’s parents, as if losing a loved one the first time isn’t enough.”

He went on to excoriate the president for tweeting insults and “hateful things” about reporters and others during his working weekend.

“Mr. President, I ask that you get checked out,” Scarborough continued. “I ask that you take a rest. I ask that you take care of yourself, maybe let Mike Pence run things for the rest of the week. You’re not well.”

Here’s the video of Scarborough’s comments:


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CNN’s Chris Cuomo is now openly lying about his coronavirus quarantine and yelling at ‘trumps grumps’ for exposing him

Just over a week after being caught in a blatant lie about his coronavirus quarantine experience, CNN host Chris Cuomo is still standing by his same inaccurate story — and lashing out at those who dare to question him.

A bit of background

You may remember that Cuomo was spotted out and about walking with his family over Easter weekend despite allegedly self-quarantining in his basement after contracting the coronavirus in late March. He was reportedly checking out undeveloped property he had recently purchased in East Hampton — a 30-minute drive from his Southampton home — when a cyclist confronted him.

The confrontation got heated and quickly went public, a police report was filed, and Cuomo even acknowledged the exchange on the radio the next day.

Yet last week, CNN staged Cuomo “emerging” for the first time from his basement quarantine as if the whole thing had never happened.

“All right, here it is: the official reentry from the basement, cleared by [the Centers for Disease Control],” Cuomo announced as he walked up the stairs. “This is what I’ve been dreaming of literally for weeks.”

Now, he’s doubling down

Then on Wednesday, the CNN host openly lied in a tweet about the events that transpired:

Cuomo said that he was “past quarantine” at the time and that he was “never in public” but in his “own backyard” when the exchange with the cyclist occurred — both of which appear to be false claims.

For one, an undeveloped property half an hour from home is not usually considered “the backyard.” What’s more is that “another woman” was reportedly at the property with Cuomo and his family at the time, lending credence to the notion that he was in fact in public.

Secondly, Cuomo’s claims of being “past quarantine” are particularly dubious due to the fact that, within days of the incident, Cuomo admitted he was still presenting with symptoms.

No worries, though, because New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz was quick to smack down the lies:

“If you were past quarantine then why did you stage yourself emerging from quarantine 8 days later?” Markowicz rightly asked.

She also noted that two days after the confrontation, which occurred on April 12, Cuomo appeared with CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and acknowledged that he had not gone the requisite 72 hours without a fever before leaving isolation. That certainly doesn’t sound like “past quarantine.”

He’s also hypocritically calling out VP Pence

Yet despite all of this, Cuomo took the opportunity to chastise Vice President Mike Pence on national TV for his decision not to wear a mask during a recent visit to the Mayo Clinic.

Pence said that as vice president, he is tested “on a regular basis.”

That wasn’t good enough for Cuomo: “This is a teachable moment,” the reporter said. “Of course, if you’re supposed to wear a mask, then you should wear a mask.”

Maybe the advice is sound, but it’s tough to hear coming from Cuomo.

(H/T: RedState)

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Elon Musk goes on profanity-laced rant about ‘fascist’ COVID-19 lockdowns: ‘Give people back their godd**n freedom’

Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk blasted mandated stay-at-home orders in a profane rant during the company’s first quarter of 2020 earnings call.

What are the details?

According to CNBC, Musk on Wednesday called the orders “fascist” and are “forcibly imprisoning people in their homes against all their constitutional rights.”

“[B]reaking people’s freedoms in ways that are horrible,” he added.

During the call, Musk also railed against not being able to continue production at Tesla’s California plant.

CNBC reports that six counties across California — including the one in which Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant is located — extended mandated stay-at-home orders through the end of May.

“This is the time to think about the future, and also to ask, ‘Is it right to infringe on people’s rights as what is happening right now?'” he said during the conference call.

“I think the people are going to be very angry about this and are very angry,” he continued. “It’s like somebody should be, if somebody wants to stay in the house, that’s great. They should be allowed to stay in the house and they should not be compelled to leave. But to say that they cannot leave their house, and they will be arrested if they do — this is fascist. This is not democratic. This is not freedom. Give people back their goddamn freedom.”

What else?

Musk, 48, later spat, “The expansion of the shelter-in-place — or as frankly I would call it, forcibly imprisoning people in their homes, against all their constitutional rights, but that’s my opinion, and breaking people’s freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong, and not why people came to America or built this country. What the f***?

“Excuse me,” he continued. “It’s an outrage, it’s an outrage. It will cause great harm not just to Tesla, but to many companies. And while Tesla will weather the storm, there are many small companies that will not.”

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Your Freedoms Don’t Have to Be Muzzled Just Because You’re Wearing a Mask

This article was originally published by John W. Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute. 

“If 2019 was the year of the street protest, of tear gas and rubber bullets, 2020 might be the year the street protest died, or perhaps fell into a deep sleep, and went online.”—Journalist Christopher Miller

Despite all appearances to the contrary, martial law has not been declared in America. We still have rights. Technically, at least.

The government may act as if its police state powers suppress individual liberties during this COVID-19 pandemic, but for all intents and purposes, the Constitution—especially the battered, besieged Bill of Rights—still stands in theory, if not in practice.

Indeed, while federal and state governments have adopted specific restrictive measures in an effort to lock down the nation and decelerate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the current public health situation has not resulted in the suspension of fundamental constitutional rights such as freedom of speech and the right of assembly.

Mind you, that’s not to say that the government has not tried its best to weaponize this crisis as it has weaponized so many other crises in order to expand its powers and silence its critics.

All over the country, government officials are using COVID-19 restrictions to muzzle protesters.

It doesn’t matter what the protest is about (church assemblies, the right to work, the timing for re-opening the country, discontent over police brutality, etc.): this is an activity the First Amendment protects vociferously with only one qualification—that it be peaceful.

Yet even peaceful protesters mindful of the need to adhere to social distancing guidelines because of this COVID-19 are being muzzled, arrested, and fined.

For example, a Maryland family was reportedly threatened with up to a year in jail and a $5000 fine if they dared to publicly protest the injustice of their son’s execution by a SWAT team.

If anyone had a legitimate reason to get out in the streets and protest, it’s the Lemp family, whose 21-year-old son Duncan was gunned down in his bedroom during an early morning, no-knock SWAT team raid on his family’s home.

Imagine it.

It was 4:30 a.m. on March 12, 2020, in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic that has most of the country under a partial lockdown and sheltering at home, when this masked SWAT team—deployed to execute a “high risk” search warrant for unauthorized firearms—stormed the suburban house where 21-year-old Duncan, a software engineer and Second Amendment advocate, lived with his parents and 19-year-old brother.

The entire household, including Lemp and his girlfriend, was reportedly asleep when the SWAT team directed flash-bang grenades and gunfire through Lemp’s bedroom window.

Lemp was killed and his girlfriend injured.

No one in the house that morning, including Lemp, had a criminal record.

No one in the house that morning, including Lemp, was considered an “imminent threat” to law enforcement or the public, at least not according to the search warrant.

Now, what was so urgent that militarized police felt compelled to employ battlefield tactics in the pre-dawn hours of a day when most people are asleep in bed, not to mention stuck at home as part of a nationwide lockdown?

According to police, they were tipped off that Lemp was in possession of “firearms.”

So instead of approaching the house by the front door at a reasonable hour in order to investigate this complaint—which is what the Fourth Amendment requires—police instead strapped on their guns, loaded up their flash-bang grenades, and acted like battle-crazed warriors.

This is the blowback from all that military weaponry flowing to domestic police departments.

This is what happens when you use SWAT teams to carry out routine search warrants.

This is what happens when you adopt red flag gun laws, which Maryland did in 2018, painting anyone who might be in possession of a gun—legal or otherwise—as a threat that must be neutralized.

These red flag gun laws allow the police to remove guns from people merely suspected of being threats.

While in theory, it appears perfectly reasonable to want to “stop dangerous people before they act,” where the problem arises is when you put the power to determine who is a potential danger in the hands of government agencies, the courts, and the police.

Remember, this is the same government that uses the words “anti-government,” “extremist” and “terrorist” interchangeably.

This is the same government whose agents are spinning a sticky spider-web of threat assessments, behavioral sensing warnings, flagged “words,” and “suspicious” activity reports using automated eyes and ears, social media, behavior sensing software, and citizen spies to identify potential threats.

This is the same government that keeps re-upping the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows the military to arrest and detain American citizens with no access to friends, family or the courts if the government believes them to be a threat.

This is the same government that has a growing list—shared with fusion centers and law enforcement agencies—of ideologies, behaviors, affiliations, and other characteristics that could flag someone as suspicious and result in their being labeled potential enemies of the state.

Let that sink in a moment.

If you believe in and exercise your rights under the Constitution (namely, your right to speak freely, worship freely, associate with like-minded individuals who share your political views, criticize the government, own a weapon, demand a warrant before being questioned or searched, or any other activity viewed as potentially anti-government, racist, bigoted, anarchic, or sovereign), you are most likely at the top of the government’s terrorism watch list.

Moreover, as a New York Times editorial warns, you may be an anti-government extremist (a.k.a. domestic terrorist) in the eyes of the police if you are afraid that the government is plotting to confiscate your firearms, if you believe the economy is about to collapse and the government will soon declare martial law, or if you display an unusual number of political and/or ideological bumper stickers on your car.

Needless to say, if you happen to be passionate about the Constitution and a vocal critic of government corruption, you’ve already been flagged in a government database somewhere.

Likely, Lemp was, too.

Now Lemp is dead and his family is devastated, outraged, and desperate to make sense of what appears to be an insensible act of violence resulting in an inexcusable loss of life.

As usual in these kinds of shootings, government officials have not been forthcoming with details about the shooting: police have refused to meet with family members, the contents of the warrant supporting the raid have not been revealed, and bodycam footage of the raid has not been disclosed.

So in order to voice their objections to police violence and demand answers about the shooting, Lemp’s family and friends planned to conduct an outdoor public demonstration—adhering to social distancing guidelines—only to be threatened with arrest, a year in jail and a $5000 fine for violating Maryland’s stay at home orders.

Yet here’s the thing: we don’t have to be muzzled and remain silent about government corruption, violence and misconduct just because we’re wearing masks and social distancing.

That’s not the point of this whole COVID-19 exercise, or is it?

While there is a moral responsibility to not endanger other lives with our actions, that does not mean relinquishing all of our freedoms.

Be responsible in how you exercise your freedoms, but don’t allow yourselves to be muzzled or your individual freedoms to be undermined.

Understandably, no one wants to talk about individual freedoms when tens of thousands of people the world over are dying, and yet we must.

The decisions we make right now—about freedom, commerce, free will, how we care for the least of these in our communities, what it means to provide individuals and businesses with a safety net, how far we allow the government to go in “protecting” us against this virus, etc.—will haunt us for a long time to come.

At times like these, when emotions are heightened, fear dominates, common sense is in short supply, liberty takes a backseat to public safety, and democratic societies approach the tipping point towards mob rule, there is a tendency to cast those who exercise their individual freedoms (to freely speak, associate, assemble, protest, pursue a living, engage in commerce, etc.) as foolishly reckless, criminally selfish, or outright villains.

Sometimes that is true, but not always.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, there is always a balancing test between individual freedoms and the communal good.

What we must figure out is how to strike a balance that allows us to protect those who need protecting without leaving us chained and in bondage to the police state.

We must find ways to mitigate against this contagion needlessly claiming any more lives and crippling any more communities, but let’s not lose our heads: blindly following the path of least resistance—acquiescing without question to whatever the government dictates—can only lead to more misery, suffering and the erection of a totalitarian regime in which there is no balance.

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Your Freedoms Don’t Have to Be Muzzled Just Because You’re Wearing a Mask

This article was originally published by John W. Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute. 

“If 2019 was the year of the street protest, of tear gas and rubber bullets, 2020 might be the year the street protest died, or perhaps fell into a deep sleep, and went online.”—Journalist Christopher Miller

Despite all appearances to the contrary, martial law has not been declared in America. We still have rights. Technically, at least.

The government may act as if its police state powers suppress individual liberties during this COVID-19 pandemic, but for all intents and purposes, the Constitution—especially the battered, besieged Bill of Rights—still stands in theory, if not in practice.

Indeed, while federal and state governments have adopted specific restrictive measures in an effort to lock down the nation and decelerate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the current public health situation has not resulted in the suspension of fundamental constitutional rights such as freedom of speech and the right of assembly.

Mind you, that’s not to say that the government has not tried its best to weaponize this crisis as it has weaponized so many other crises in order to expand its powers and silence its critics.

All over the country, government officials are using COVID-19 restrictions to muzzle protesters.

It doesn’t matter what the protest is about (church assemblies, the right to work, the timing for re-opening the country, discontent over police brutality, etc.): this is an activity the First Amendment protects vociferously with only one qualification—that it be peaceful.

Yet even peaceful protesters mindful of the need to adhere to social distancing guidelines because of this COVID-19 are being muzzled, arrested, and fined.

For example, a Maryland family was reportedly threatened with up to a year in jail and a $5000 fine if they dared to publicly protest the injustice of their son’s execution by a SWAT team.

If anyone had a legitimate reason to get out in the streets and protest, it’s the Lemp family, whose 21-year-old son Duncan was gunned down in his bedroom during an early morning, no-knock SWAT team raid on his family’s home.

Imagine it.

It was 4:30 a.m. on March 12, 2020, in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic that has most of the country under a partial lockdown and sheltering at home, when this masked SWAT team—deployed to execute a “high risk” search warrant for unauthorized firearms—stormed the suburban house where 21-year-old Duncan, a software engineer and Second Amendment advocate, lived with his parents and 19-year-old brother.

The entire household, including Lemp and his girlfriend, was reportedly asleep when the SWAT team directed flash-bang grenades and gunfire through Lemp’s bedroom window.

Lemp was killed and his girlfriend injured.

No one in the house that morning, including Lemp, had a criminal record.

No one in the house that morning, including Lemp, was considered an “imminent threat” to law enforcement or the public, at least not according to the search warrant.

Now, what was so urgent that militarized police felt compelled to employ battlefield tactics in the pre-dawn hours of a day when most people are asleep in bed, not to mention stuck at home as part of a nationwide lockdown?

According to police, they were tipped off that Lemp was in possession of “firearms.”

So instead of approaching the house by the front door at a reasonable hour in order to investigate this complaint—which is what the Fourth Amendment requires—police instead strapped on their guns, loaded up their flash-bang grenades, and acted like battle-crazed warriors.

This is the blowback from all that military weaponry flowing to domestic police departments.

This is what happens when you use SWAT teams to carry out routine search warrants.

This is what happens when you adopt red flag gun laws, which Maryland did in 2018, painting anyone who might be in possession of a gun—legal or otherwise—as a threat that must be neutralized.

These red flag gun laws allow the police to remove guns from people merely suspected of being threats.

While in theory, it appears perfectly reasonable to want to “stop dangerous people before they act,” where the problem arises is when you put the power to determine who is a potential danger in the hands of government agencies, the courts, and the police.

Remember, this is the same government that uses the words “anti-government,” “extremist” and “terrorist” interchangeably.

This is the same government whose agents are spinning a sticky spider-web of threat assessments, behavioral sensing warnings, flagged “words,” and “suspicious” activity reports using automated eyes and ears, social media, behavior sensing software, and citizen spies to identify potential threats.

This is the same government that keeps re-upping the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows the military to arrest and detain American citizens with no access to friends, family or the courts if the government believes them to be a threat.

This is the same government that has a growing list—shared with fusion centers and law enforcement agencies—of ideologies, behaviors, affiliations, and other characteristics that could flag someone as suspicious and result in their being labeled potential enemies of the state.

Let that sink in a moment.

If you believe in and exercise your rights under the Constitution (namely, your right to speak freely, worship freely, associate with like-minded individuals who share your political views, criticize the government, own a weapon, demand a warrant before being questioned or searched, or any other activity viewed as potentially anti-government, racist, bigoted, anarchic, or sovereign), you are most likely at the top of the government’s terrorism watch list.

Moreover, as a New York Times editorial warns, you may be an anti-government extremist (a.k.a. domestic terrorist) in the eyes of the police if you are afraid that the government is plotting to confiscate your firearms, if you believe the economy is about to collapse and the government will soon declare martial law, or if you display an unusual number of political and/or ideological bumper stickers on your car.

Needless to say, if you happen to be passionate about the Constitution and a vocal critic of government corruption, you’ve already been flagged in a government database somewhere.

Likely, Lemp was, too.

Now Lemp is dead and his family is devastated, outraged, and desperate to make sense of what appears to be an insensible act of violence resulting in an inexcusable loss of life.

As usual in these kinds of shootings, government officials have not been forthcoming with details about the shooting: police have refused to meet with family members, the contents of the warrant supporting the raid have not been revealed, and bodycam footage of the raid has not been disclosed.

So in order to voice their objections to police violence and demand answers about the shooting, Lemp’s family and friends planned to conduct an outdoor public demonstration—adhering to social distancing guidelines—only to be threatened with arrest, a year in jail and a $5000 fine for violating Maryland’s stay at home orders.

Yet here’s the thing: we don’t have to be muzzled and remain silent about government corruption, violence and misconduct just because we’re wearing masks and social distancing.

That’s not the point of this whole COVID-19 exercise, or is it?

While there is a moral responsibility to not endanger other lives with our actions, that does not mean relinquishing all of our freedoms.

Be responsible in how you exercise your freedoms, but don’t allow yourselves to be muzzled or your individual freedoms to be undermined.

Understandably, no one wants to talk about individual freedoms when tens of thousands of people the world over are dying, and yet we must.

The decisions we make right now—about freedom, commerce, free will, how we care for the least of these in our communities, what it means to provide individuals and businesses with a safety net, how far we allow the government to go in “protecting” us against this virus, etc.—will haunt us for a long time to come.

At times like these, when emotions are heightened, fear dominates, common sense is in short supply, liberty takes a backseat to public safety, and democratic societies approach the tipping point towards mob rule, there is a tendency to cast those who exercise their individual freedoms (to freely speak, associate, assemble, protest, pursue a living, engage in commerce, etc.) as foolishly reckless, criminally selfish, or outright villains.

Sometimes that is true, but not always.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, there is always a balancing test between individual freedoms and the communal good.

What we must figure out is how to strike a balance that allows us to protect those who need protecting without leaving us chained and in bondage to the police state.

We must find ways to mitigate against this contagion needlessly claiming any more lives and crippling any more communities, but let’s not lose our heads: blindly following the path of least resistance—acquiescing without question to whatever the government dictates—can only lead to more misery, suffering and the erection of a totalitarian regime in which there is no balance.

If You Want To Be Free, Stop Complying With Tyranny

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Poll: 72% of Americans say they will hit ‘breaking point’ if nationwide lockdown continues into summer months

Almost three-quarters of polled Americans say that they will hit a mental “breaking point” if stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 remain in place through the summer months.

What are the details?

According to Newsweek, a recent survey found that the majority of respondents said they were concerned over their mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey, conducted by Kelton Global, queried 1,895 U.S. adults between April 3 and April 6.

The poll found that 69% of Americans said they were “extremely worried” about traveling on airliners, and 62% were concerned about visiting restaurants.

Newsweek also reported that the majority of respondents said that they were concerned over “traditional transportation and business activities” when the nation does lift its social distancing and stay-at-home measures. And 76% of adults also admitted that they were “extremely worried” about ever taking a cruise liner again, and 43% of those people said that their fear of cruise ships “will likely last forever.”

Seventy-two percent of respondents said that if they had to endure another 30 days of lockdown measures, it would force them to a mental or emotional “breaking point.”

The outlet noted that 100% of respondents said they would have “some type of mental or emotional breakdown if stay-at-home orders” ran more than six months.

At least 69% of respondents reported that they would forever change at least one “everyday behavior” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twenty percent of adult women polled said they’d reached their breaking points in the first week of April. Twelve percent of men reported the same feeling.

Of the survey, Dr. Martin Eichholz — Kelton Global’s chief insights officer — said, “Our findings highlight the increasingly serious implications of stay-at-home orders, and puts some urgency on the actions of politicians and organizations who try to manage the COVID-19 fallout.”

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Next in Coronavirus Tyranny: Forced Vaccinations and ‘Digital Certificates’

This article was originally published by Ron Paul at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. 

In my first week in the House of Representatives in 1976, I cast one of the two votes against legislation appropriating funds for a swine flu vaccination program. A swine flu outbreak was then dominating headlines, so most in DC were frantic to “do something” about the virus.

Unfortunately, the hastily developed and rushed-into-production swine flu vaccine was not only ineffective, it was dangerous. Approximately 50 people who received the vaccine subsequently contracted Guillain-Barré syndrome, a potentially fatal form of paralysis. According to an expert with the Centers for Disease Control, the incidence of Guillain-Barré was four times higher among those who received the swine flu vaccine than in the general population.

That sad history may soon repeat itself. Right now, governments and private industries are working to rapidly develop and deploy a coronavirus vaccine. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is a major funder of these efforts, has suggested everyone who receives a vaccine be issued a “digital certificate” proving he has been vaccinated. Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose record of wrong predictions makes him the Bill Kristol of epidemiology, also wants individuals to carry some proof they have been vaccinated.

Another authoritarian proposal floated to deal with coronavirus is to force everyone to download a phone app that will track their movements. This would allow government officials to identify those who may have been near anyone who may have had coronavirus. Such mandatory “contact tracing” is an assault on our privacy and liberty.

Vaccines can improve health. For example, vaccines helped reduce the incidence of diseases like polio. But not all vaccines are safe and effective for all people. Furthermore, certain modern practices, such as giving infants multiple vaccines at one time, may cause health problems. The fact that vaccines may benefit some people or even most people, does not justify government forcing individuals to be vaccinated. It also does not justify vaccinating children against their parents’ wishes. And it certainly does not justify keeping individuals and families in involuntary quarantine because they do not have “digital certificates” proving they have had their shots.

If government can force individuals to receive medical treatment against their will, then there is no reason why government cannot force individuals to buy medical insurance, prohibit them from owning firearms, dictate their terms of employment, and prevent them from taking arguably harmful actions like smoking marijuana or drinking raw milk. Similarly, if government can override parents’ wishes regarding medical treatment for their children, then there is no reason why government cannot usurp parental authority in other areas, such as education.

Proponents of mandatory vaccines and enhanced surveillance are trying to blackmail the American people by arguing that the lockdown cannot end unless we create a healthcare surveillance state and make vaccination mandatory. The growing number of Americans who are tired of not being able to go to work, school, or church, or even to take their children to a park because of government mandates should reject this “deal.” Instead, they should demand an immediate end to the lockdowns and the restoration of individual responsibility for deciding how best to protect their health.

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China pressured the EU to change a report about their pandemic coverup — and they did

A bombshell report from Reuters documented China’s successful effort to soften a report from the European Union that would describe their “disinformation campaign” about the coronavirus pandemic.

The Reuters report cited four diplomatic sources and was published on Friday.

The sources said that the European report on the Chinese coverup was set to be released on April 21 when Chinese authorities heard about it and persuaded the E.U. to postpone its release and edit its contents.

Reuters reviewed correspondence from a senior Chinese official warning that “if the report is as described and it is released today it will be very bad for cooperation.”

In one example of the changes made, the excised portion of the report clearly blames China for a disinformation campaign:

“China has continued to run a global disinformation campaign to deflect blame for the outbreak of the pandemic and improve its international image. Both overt and covert tactics have been observed.”

In the edited version that was published publicly by the E.U., China’s role is reduced significantly, with the disinformation campaign being attributed to “state-backed sources from various governments, including Russia and – to a lesser extent – China.”

A later note adds the tidbit of “significant evidence of covert Chinese operations on social media.”

Many have accused China of covering up their culpability in the spread of the global pandemic, including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) who said that he believed China seeded cases in other countries in order to maintain their relative global power.

Here’s more about China’s culpability for the pandemic:


China Lies! Why Should We Believe Them?! | Stu Does America

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Meghan McCain refuses to host ‘The View’ with Elisabeth Hasselbeck over her coronavirus prayer comments

Meghan McCain said that she would refuse to co-host “The View” with Elisabeth Hasselbeck because of her comments telling people to pray against the coronavirus pandemic.

McCain made the comments on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.”

“Somebody actually sent me a screenshot of my face when she said that,” McCain said to Cohen.

“I took this virus seriously from the very beginning, and I thought a lot of this rhetoric was really dangerous. I think it’s really, really unfortunate and dangerous that she said that,” she added.


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Hasselbeck had returned to the show in early March and commented that people needed to pray against the coronavirus in addition to taking personal precautions.

“I think there can be a fine line between what is precaution, what is taking precaution, and what is panic,” said Hasselbeck on the previous show. “Yes, we’re going to take precautions, we’re going to Purell, pray that God’s got us in our tomorrows. We pray that this coronavirus is extinguished, that it stops in its tracks.”

McCain can be seen in the video grimacing at Hasselbeck’s comment.

Later McCain accused her of putting out misinformation about coronavirus.

“I don’t need to co-host with her again, and it’s unfortunate, because I’ve been a huge fan for a long time,” McCain said. “Anybody who is screwing around with this virus and putting out sort of misinformation, I don’t really have a lot of time for right now.”

There are nearly 900,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., with more than 50,000 deaths.

Here’s the video of Hasselbeck’s comments:


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