Feds Would Exercise Draconian Emergency Powers If Ebola Hits U.S…“It’s going to happen at some point.”

Thursday, July 31, 2014
By Paul Martin

Model State Emergency Health Powers Act “could turn governors into dictators”

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
July 31, 2014

Federal health authorities could exercise authoritarian powers to control an Ebola outbreak if the deadly disease hits the United States under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, legislation passed in the wake of 9/11 which attracted controversy at the time for its draconian scope.

With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa having been declared the worst in history by the World Health Organization, concerns are mounting that the disease could spread via international air travel. Asked whether the virus could arrive in the United States, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said, “It’s going to happen at some point.”

The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, drafted during the 2001 anthrax attacks, has since been adopted in whole or in part by 33 states. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons warned that the legislation “could turn governors into dictators,” while constitutional lawyer Phyllis Schlafly labeled it “an unprecedented assault on the constitutional rights of the American people.”

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.

Under the legislation, public health authorities and governors would rely on expanded police powers to;

– Force individuals suspected of harboring an “infectious disease” to undergo medical examinations.

– Track and share an individual’s personal health information, including genetic information.

– Force persons to be vaccinated, treated, or quarantined for infectious diseases.

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