Despite government agencies reassuring the American people they have nothing to worry about in regards to the spreading Ebola virus, it seems that Obama is preparing a contingency plan. According to a newly amended executive order, Americans can and may be detained for simply exhibiting the symptoms of respiratory illness.
Executive order 13295 was passed by George W. Bush back in 2003 which allows the, “apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases.” As he’s made a habit dabbling in the art of Executive Orders, Obama recently went back in and made an amendment to the aforementioned order re-titling it to the “Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases.”
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The amendment comes about as Obama addressed subsection (b), previously written by Bush as it only addressed SARA (the potential epidemic at the time if you recall). Now however, the amended order details that anyone may be detained if they exhibit, “Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.”
Bush did list Ebola on the initial executive order, as Obama is clearly concerned with, but now enables medical authorities to detain anyone simply appearing as if they have a respiratory illness. Now, no one’s arguing that the containment of the Ebola virus, or at least those infected with it, isn’t a logical move, but the executive order has allowed for so much more here.
According to Infowars:
As we highlighted earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has measures in place for dealing with an outbreak of a communicable disease which allow for the quarantine of “well persons” who “do not show symptoms” of the disease.
In addition, under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, public health authorities and governors would be given expanded police powers to seize control of communications devices, public and private property, as well as a host of other draconian measures in the event of a public health emergency.
When the legislation was introduced, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons warned that it “could turn governors into dictators.”
Given that this is the case, it provides an adequate amount of room for concern given that nothing is actually necessary to demand detainment outside of the word of a medical authority. People with common colds and even allergies could be tossed in and exposed to the Ebola virus, and God forbid if someone wanted to take advantage of the hypothetical reality.
What do you guys think of this – is it something we should be concerned with or is this actually in the best interest of the people? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.