Attorney General William Barr called lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus “the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,” comparing it to slavery. He also likened stay-at-home orders to being put under “house arrest” and warned that a medical pandemic “doesn’t give a blank check” to executive rules that infringe on civil liberties.
The attorney general made these comments Sep. 16, during a Constitution Day event hosted by the conservative Hillsdale College. He gave a speech focusing on the role of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and criticizing the selective application of the law by some district attorneys. Attorney General Barr then answered questions from the audience after delivering his remarks.
Attorney General Barr also disagreed with letting medical professionals decide on business openings and closures during the event. “The person in the white coat is not the grand seer who can come up with the right decision for society,” he said, adding that a free people makes its decisions “through its elected representatives.” His statement elicited applause from audience members.
Barr: A staunch opponent of liberty-infringing lockdowns
The head of the Department of Justice has been a vocal critic of coronavirus lockdowns for some time now, as such measures infringe on civil liberties.
In April, he released a memorandum exhorting Justice Department prosecutors to watch out for state and local regulations that possibly violate “the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens. The document added that despite the implementation of policies “unthinkable in regular times,” no crisis or pandemic will nullify protections enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
During a May question and answer session on Twitter, the attorney general said that state and local governments had the right to impose “reasonable and temporary restrictions” during times of emergency, but they must justify why these restrictions are “truly necessary.” Furthermore, he mentioned that the Justice Department “will be on the lookout for restrictions that are too widespread, too generalized or unduly discriminatory towards liberty” and will undertake appropriate action once a rule infringes civil liberties.
“Now that the curve has been flattened and the hospital system has not been overwhelmed, it is time to start rolling back some of those restrictions,” Barr emphasized.
Coronavirus lockdowns violate people’s fundamental rights
Some federal judges are of the same opinion as Barr: Lockdown orders issued by state and local governments violate the fundamental rights of citizens guaranteed by the Constitution.
A Sep. 14 ruling by District Judge William Stickman IV found that coronavirus lockdown orders by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine were unconstitutional. The order limiting mass gatherings violated the right of assembly guaranteed in the First Amendment while orders instructing non-essential businesses to remain closed and people to stay home violated clauses in the Fourteenth Amendment, according to Stickman.
He also added that restrictions put in place during periods of emergency may remain long after they have passed, and any liberties relinquished during such times may be hard to regain.
Meanwhile, District Judge Gary Sharpe found that coronavirus restrictions implemented by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio in July were unconstitutional. In his decision, Sharpe ruled that the restrictions limiting indoor religious gatherings violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments and discriminated against religious individuals by limiting their opportunities to gather and worship.
As a result of Sharpe’s ruling, the state of New York has permitted indoor religious services up to 50 percent capacity – but with other public health protocols such as social distancing in place.
The Constitution guarantees freedom for all U.S. citizens, whether or not a pandemic is in place, and no state or local order in the name of public health will supersede it.
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WHO finally admits lockdowns are harmful, “doubling” global poverty
The World Health Organization (WHO) has finally come to its senses in condemning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns that it earlier supported, admitting that they in fact created a “ghastly global catastrophe” by crashing the world economy.
Speaking on behalf of the WHO’s United Kingdom envoy, Dr. David Nabarro urged world leaders in an appeal to stop “using lockdowns as your primary control method,” and to instead allow people to live their lives as normal while encouraging the “vulnerable” to protect themselves as they normally would.
The only thing lockdowns achieved, according to Nabarro, was poverty, which makes them a no-go for countries that want to actually survive this crisis. Continuing to lock down businesses, sports facilities and other societal necessities will only lead to more misery, more poverty and ultimately more death, he warns.
“Just look at what’s happened to the tourism industry, for example in the Caribbean or in the Pacific, because people aren’t taking their holidays,” Nabarro further explained.
“Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. Seems that we may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition because children are not getting meals at school and their parents, in poor families, are not able to afford it.”
The WHO is right, for once
Nabarro’s words are a stark contrast to those uttered by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who back in April offered full support for lockdowns and even warned that lifting them too soon might cause a “spike” in COVID-19 cases.
At the time, Ghebreyesus had nothing but gushing praise for nations like the U.K. and France, which utilized lockdown and other “tools at their disposal to tackle any new spikes.”
Should the lockdowns continue, however, there will very soon be a “doubling” in the levels of world poverty and child malnutrition, Nabarro warns. By 2021, poor people are going to become “an awful lot poorer,” Nabarro claims.
“I want to say it again: We in the world Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as a primary means of controlling this virus,” Nabarro further added.
“And so, we really do appeal to all world leaders: Stop using lockdown as your primary control method. Develop better systems for doing it. Work together and learn from each other.”
Nabarro made these and other statements just hours apart from other WHO officials issuing their own recommendations against any further lockdowns. The agency’s top emergency expert said authorities should avoid “punishing“ lockdowns that are worse than the virus itself.
In Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to have originated, extreme lockdowns were later shown to cause severe “trauma” to city residents, not to mention the damage it caused to their local economy.
Despite continued reported increases in cases of the novel virus, the WHO has joined the rest of the sane world in declaring that lockdowns are not the answer – not now, and not ever again.
“What we want to try to avoid – and sometimes it’s unavoidable and we accept that – but what we want to try and avoid is these massive lockdowns that are so punishing to communities, to society and to everything else,” stated Mike Ryan at a WHO briefing in Geneva.
Meanwhile, most Americans seem to be fed up with the continued hysteria over the virus which, generally speaking, is not the deadly threat that its promoters continue to claim it is. Perhaps now really is the time to put this thing behind us and move on with our lives. What do you think?
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Duitse politicus geeft openlijk toe: De Coronacrisis dient om de natiestaten af te schaffen
Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) heeft openlijk toegegeven dat de Coronacrisis door de machthebbers zal worden misbruikt om de natiestaten af te schaffen en de dictatuur verder te bevorderen.
De AfD heeft gewaarschuwd dat de Duitse regering de Coronacrisis zou kunnen gebruiken om de bevoegdheden van de EU uit te breiden ten koste van de nationale staten. Aanleiding is een interview met Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU), waarin de president van de Bondsdag Corona omschreef als een geweldige kans voor Europa, meldt Anonymousnews.
“Wolfgang Schäuble wil blijkbaar afstand doen van de nationale soevereiniteit in financiële aangelegenheden ten gunste van een bureaucratische, vrijheidsvijandige EU-superstaat. Hij wil Duitsland zijn soevereine handelingsbevoegdheid ontnemen en aan de realiteitsvervreemde, betuttelfanatieke Brusselse bureaucratische kaste overdragen”, zei AfD-chef Jörg Meuthen afgelopen maandag.
Schäuble: De weerstand tegen een financiële unie neemt af
“Hij heeft regelmatig vermeld dat de zogeheten elites rond Merkel, Schäuble, von der Leyen, Macron, Timmermans, Lagarde etc. een Verenigde Staten van Europa willen en de onvermijdelijke afschaffing van de Europese natiestaten die daarmee gepaard gaat. Met zijn laatste uitspraken bevestigde Schäuble precies deze waarschuwing”, verklaarde Meuhten, die voor de AfD in het Europees Parlement zit.
De voorzitter van de Bondsdag had in een interview met de Neuen Westfälischen gezegd:
“De Corona-crisis is een grote kans. De weerstand tegen verandering zal in de crisis kleiner zijn. We kunnen nu de economische en financiële unie tot stand brengen die we politiek gezien nog niet hebben bereikt – op basis van de overtuiging dat degene die het besluit neemt, ook de verantwoordelijkheid op zich zal nemen”.
Schäuble: “Grote crisissen zijn grote kansen”
In deze richting heeft men zich met het gezamenlijke hulppakket ter waarde van 750 miljard bewogen. Hij is ervan overtuigd dat de bevolking dit besluit nu eerder zal accepteren.
“Ik wil de pandemie niet bagatelliseren als ik zeg dat grote crisissen grote kansen bieden”.
Meuthen waarschuwt dat politici zoals Schäuble koste wat het kost de afschaffing van natiestaten willen.
“En omdat ze deze waanzin in normale tijden nooit tegen het verzet van de burgers konden doorvoeren, proberen ze nu de onzekerheid van de mensen in de Coronacrisis te gebruiken om hun anti-vrijheidsplan uit te voeren. Dit maakt het des te belangrijker om te strijden voor het behoud van de vrijheid en om standvastig op te treden tegen de afschaffers van onze natiestaten”.