Radical "pandemic control bill" would give MA broad powers to enter & search homes, take property, detain people without warrants, require vaccinations, and more
Posted Sept. 7, 2009
Bill S2028 updates the "civil defense act" passed in 1950 and other statutes, and greatly expands the powers of the state and its ability to affect individuals and their property in a declared "emergency." It also gives broad powers to the unelected Commissioner of Public Health (who is not mentioned in the 1950 law) in such circumstances.
The bill also:
Sweeping changes to current laws
In addition, the bill makes sweeping changes to various parts of the General Laws on a range of subjects. Over two dozen current laws are repealed, amended, or re-written in Bill S2028!
Specifically exempts HIV/AIDS!
The bill is extremely broad in what it covers, but it specifically exempts HIV/AIDS from the definition "disease or condition dangerous to the public health", to be part of a medical emergency. Why?? If AIDS is a public health issue, why treat it with less seriousness than anything else? We suspect it has something to do with the fact that the current Commissioner of Public Health, who apparently had considerable input in writing the bill, is a self-identified homosexual who is "married" to another man.
Passed unanimously in Massachusetts Senate!
Unbelievably, this bill was passed 36-0 by the Senate on April 28 (with 3 Senators not present and the Senate President not voting). The Republican contingent, Hedlund, Brown, Knapick, Tarr, and Tisei, all voted for it.
Some groups are calling this the "Storm Trooper Bill" because of the frightening large-scale extra-constitutional powers it gives the state against citizens. There's also been considerable reference to Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel who recently said that the government shouldn't "let a crisis go to waste".
But during any declared "emergencies" broad extra-constitutional powers of S2028 would be used by the state.
Wide latitute to declare "state of emergency"
Of particular concern is the fact that the Governor of Massachusetts has a wide latitude to declare an official "state of emergency" for a number of reasons. This can include a breakout of disease, imminent threats of civil disturbance, riots, a declared war, threat of foreign attack, and also natural disasters, floods, absence of rainfall, food shortage, and other reasons.
Mass. DPH director is not a medical doctor
Of further concern is the fact that the Commissioner of Public Health, John Auerbach, is not a doctor. He has an MBA with a concentration in health care administration from Boston University School of Management. Interestingly, state law requires that a city Commissioner of Health be "graduated from a medical school" who is "eligible to be registered to practice medicine" in Massachusetts.
Attracting national attention - outrage across the country
Although it's had relatively subdued coverage in the local Boston media, this bill has attracted considerable national attention. Fox News has discussed it on at least two of their major shows, most recently last Saturday morning. This past Wednesday, MassResistance was on the Janet Porter radio show, heard on over 200 stations across America, to talk about the bill and its implications. WorldNetDaily and many other Internet news outlets, plus dozens of political blogs, have warned about it.
Misleading memo by Public Health Commissioner to "dispel rumors"
Last week the Commissioner of Public Health, John Auerbach, issued a memo to legislators and local officials to "dispel vaccination rumors." The memo does not reference Bill S2028, but says that:
Bill S2028 does include a type of opt-out provision from vaccination (Section 13): "An individual who is unable or unwilling to submit to vaccination or treatment shall not be required to submit ... but may be isolated or quarantined..." If bill S2028 were to pass, that would happen in the case of a declared "state of emergency." But of course, the Commissioner didn't mention that in his memo!
But it's pretty clear they're moving toward mandatory vaccinations. Note that in 2007, Auerbach testified for a bill mandating children be vaccinated for "all recommended vaccines" -- the list of which grows and grows, despite the strong evidence that autism, ADD, and other health problems are directly linked to the mercury and aluminum containing vaccines.
Bill's sponsor has proposed other radical legislation
The sponsor of S2028, Sen. Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge), is no stranger to radical legislation regarding medical issues and forced vaccinations. Last session Moore sponsored a bill to require all 6th-grade girls in Massachusetts to be vaccinated for the sexually-transmitted disease HPV. The campaign to pass that bill was heavily funded by the drug company Merck, which even funded radio commercials promoting the bill. The vaccine has had serious side effects, including deaths. Fortunately MassResistance led the successful fight to stop that bill in committee, and it was not passed.