UPDATE: Here we go Ebola patients fly around at will, as for us, not so much.
Dallas County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday to declare a disaster over “the potential for widespread or severe damage, injury, loss or threat of life resulting from the Ebola virus.”
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Dallas County Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins will sign a control order that will follow the minimum guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blocking those being monitored for Ebola symptoms from using public transportation, including buses and airliners.
(Excerpt) Read more at nbcdfw.com …
Back to my post:
Try as I may, apparently the so-called “memo” “giving authority” to quarantine U.S. troops for 21 days with explicit details could not be found as reported by CNN. I was interested in reading the “precise procedures.” Why? As we careen down the path towards martial law, and we are doing just that as posted: Martial Law declared in Connecticut over Ebola, Civil Rights suspended indefinitely October 14, 2014, we have to ask Will the CDC activate emergency measures with Ebola outbreak? For those who insist that our tin foil is exploding on top of our heads, let’s look at facts before judgement:
I encourage everyone to look at the Heritage Foundation link regarding Model State Emergency Health Powers Act.. The Forbes link below is not from the tin foil crowd as well. Here we go:
“Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease butdo not show symptoms,” states the CDC.
Quarantine can also help limit the spread of communicable disease.
Last month, former FDA official Scott Gottlieb, M.D. wrote in Forbes that the CDC will invoke powers to “hold a healthy person against his will” in the event of an Ebola outbreak, warning that the feds may assume “too much jurisdiction to detain people involuntarily,” leading to “spooky scenarios where people could be detained for long periods, merely on a suspicion they might have been exposed to some pathogen. And forced to submit to certain medical interventions to gain their freedom.”
An executive order signed by President Obama at the end of July also allows for the “apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases.”
The executive order, titled Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases, amends executive order 13295, passed by George W. Bush in April 2003, which allows for the, “apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases.”
The amendment signed by Obama replaces subsection (b) of the original Bush executive order which referred only to SARS.
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.
Describing the legislation as a “threat to fundamental rights,” the Heritage Foundation summarized a list of ways the law would be applied in the event of a public health emergency being declared.When the legislation was introduced, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons warned that it “could turn governors into dictators.” (And that is what has just happened in Connecticut)
U.S. Military Commanders Will Be Able To Quarantine Troops For 21 Days For Ebola Exposure
Washington (CNN) – In an unprecedented move to protect U.S. troops that might be exposed to Ebola, U.S. military commanders are being given the authority to quarantine troops for 21 days at a Defense Department facility where they will be monitored for signs of the disease and treated if they do contract the virus, a Defense Department memo explained.
The memo, which was obtained by CNN, spells out the details of the military’s plan for the first time.
It does not reveal the location of the facility, but one U.S. official said it may be a site in the Washington, D.C. area. The quarantine will apply to troops evacuated from West Africa, if it is determined they have an elevated risk of exposure to Ebola.
The October 10 memo spells out precise procedures for monitoring troops’ exposure and how any problems will be dealt with.
Commanders also will be given the authority to isolate their entire unit in the region for the final 10 days of a deployment if necessary. All troops will be monitored for 21 days after returning from the mission, the memo says.
Read more at Pat Dollard