Alex Newman - 09/23/2009
Judicial analyst and former federal judge Andrew Napolitano blasted a controversial bill in Massachusetts and warned that the public would resist. During an interview on Fox News, the well-known freedom advocate also described various powers the legislation purports to authorize - e.g., forcibly quarantining residents without a warrant - in the name of quelling a public-health threat such as that supposedly presented by the swine flu virus.And he told the Fox News show host that the legislation appeared to be on track for passage.
The legislation purports to authorize search and seizure without warrants, price controls, government prohibitions on freedom of assembly, warrantless arrests, and other alarming powers. The bill also claims it would shield virtually everybody involved from liability - including the vaccine manufacturers on down to the people injecting it. The bill passed the Commonwealth's Senate unanimously, though the House clerk's office told The New American that the bill had not yet cleared the House of Representatives.
After explaining that the H1N1 (swine flu) virus had made thousands of Americans sick and that some worry it could become a pandemic, the Fox host said the proposed bill claims to authorize warrantless quarantines and even the imposition of martial law. "Could that possibly be constitutional?" Regardless, the state's chief executive plans to sign it, according to Napolitano.
The bill would allow the governor to declare an emergency and authorize "non-healthcare-licensed personnel" - which Napolitano suggested would be police - to vaccinate people against their will. The former judge noted that instead of forcing adults to take the shot, the statute authorizes incarceration without a warrant, charges or a trial. Children, on the other hand, could be removed from their parents and force-vaccinated, he added.
The screen read "Unconstitutional law?" and "bill being called 'draconian'" underneath while the host described the bill as troubling on many levels. He wondered if the government would compile a list of everybody who received the swine flu shot, and if it would encourage neighbors to snitch on each other for failing to take the vaccine.
"Look, this is the reason why we have federal judges", explained Napolitano, though other legal experts have warned that the courts would not step in. "Because federal judges in Massachusetts will have to take this statute and compare it to the Constitution. And the Constitution says the police can't break into your home, and the police can't take your children away, and parents decide what medication the children get, not the government".
If this nightmarish scenario comes to fruition and police were to force-vaccinate children, "it's going to hit the fan", the host warned. Napolitano also cautioned against passage of the bill, saying: "The state of Massachusetts will be sorry it enacted this, because people will revolt against it".
There has already been widespread criticism and opposition mounting against the bill, with groups like the Liberty Preservation Association of Massachusetts leading the charge. Natural News editor Michael Adams warned that the state was delving into medical fascism and said the bill transforms the Commonwealth of Massachusetts into a "medical police state" while turning citizens into government property.
The bill is indeed wildly overstepping the bounds imposed by the Supreme Law of the Land, but it is symptomatic of a larger trend across the country. Dozens of states already have forced-vaccination and quarantine statutes, while the federal government claims the authority to detain Americans indefinitely over medical issues and even more frightening powers than the states have allowed. It would certainly be a welcome development for the courts to step in, but as Napolitano warned, the prospect of citizens revolting against these draconian measures is not hard to imagine.
Nurses Plan Rally to Protest Mandatory Swine Flu Shot
Albany health professionals question safety of hastily introduced H1N1 vaccine
Albany nurses and other health professionals are planning to stage a rally next week to protest a state regulation that mandates they will lose their jobs if they refuse to take the swine flu shot, as fears grow about the vaccine's dangerous ingredients and government plans to forcibly inoculate whole populations with the H1N1 jab.
Earlier today we reported on the case of "Clare", a daycare worker in Albany who, despite having minimal contact with hospital staff who work in a separate building, an exemption allowed in the official decree, was ordered to take the seasonal flu shot on the spot or be fired. She was also advised that the same procedure would be in place for the swine flu shot, as is outlined in the New York State Department of Health's emergency regulation issued in August.
Now nurses across the state are standing up against government intimidation to take the shot, pointing out that the vaccine has not been properly tested and contains mercury, squalene and other dangerous additives.
The New York State Nurses Association is supporting a demonstration on behalf of nurses set to take place next week, reports Newsday.
"This vaccine has not been clinically tested to the same degree as the regular flu vaccine", said Tara Accavallo, a registered nurse in Stony Brook's neonatal intensive care unit, the division that has produced a number of protesters. "If something happens to me, if I get seriously injured from this vaccine, who's going to help me?"
Accavallo says she is willing to lose her job if need be, which is exactly what will happen to thousands of other health professionals on November 30 if the government refuses to back down.
Rob Kozik, another registered nurse in Stony Brook's neonatal intensive care unit, said he has no problems with a seasonal vaccine but he has deep concerns about being immunized against H1N1. "I usually get vaccinated against the flu, but they are mandating an untested and unproven vaccine", Kozik told Newsday
According to Dr. Steven Walerstein, medical director of Nassau University Medical Center where H1N1 vaccinations have already started, 25 workers at the institution refused to take the shot and were later "referred to human resources and counseling".
If polls are proven accurate, at least a third of nurses and health workers in the U.S. and the UK will refuse to take the shot, with another third still undecided.
The fact that health professionals, and even employees loosely affiliated with hospitals, are being intimidated into taking the shot, proves President Obama's claim that the vaccine will be voluntary to be deceptive and misleading. At the very least people's livelihoods are on the line if they refuse to be injected and elsewhere, in countries such as Ireland and Greece, authorities have threatened large fines and jail time for people who refuse the vaccine.
As we have previously documented, the swine flu vaccine was rushed through safety procedures while governments have provided pharmaceutical companies with blanket immunity from lawsuits arriving out of the vaccine causing deaths and injuries.
It was previously revealed that some batches of the vaccine will contain mercury, a toxin linked with autism and neurological disorders. The vaccine will also contain the dangerous ingredient squalene, which has been directly linked with cases of Gulf War Syndrome and a host of other debilitating diseases.
It was also recently reported that the UK government sent a confidential letter to senior neurologists telling them to be on the alert for cases of a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine. The CDC in America replicated this warning weeks later.
As a result of the dangers of the vaccine becoming widely known, authorities are moving to get out ahead of the story by acknowledging that millions of health problems in the aftermath of a vaccination campaign will be blamed on the vaccine, citing the 1976 swine flu debacle when the shot proved far deadlier than the actual virus.
Reuters reports that public health officials, "Expect an avalanche of so-called adverse event reports, which are reports of death, illness or other health trauma that occur within two weeks after receiving treatment - in this case, the swine flu vaccine", in reaction to an estimated "one million heart attacks, 700,000 strokes and 900,000 miscarriages".