Just like the title says, Barack Obama, on July 31st 2014, signed an amendment to Executive Order 13295, which was initially created by George Bush. This amendment essentially makes contracting a respiratory illness unlawful and subject to apprehension and detention. The new Executive order changes this paragraph:
(b) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which is a disease associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, is transmitted from person to person predominantly by the aerosolized or droplet route, and, if spread in the population, would have severe public health consequences.
to this paragraph:
(b) 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. This subsection does not apply to influenza.
Now, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but read the main portion of George Bush’s initial Executive Order:
. . . in consultation with the Surgeon General, and for the purpose of specifying certain communicable diseases for regulations providing for the apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals . . .
George Bush’s “section (b)” was much more specific in its scope. Barack Obama’s version, however, is a very broad-based approach to “containment” of an unnamed illness. Many people will agree with this Executive Order and, on its face, it has merit. However, it also has a very large potential for abuse because it gives the government the power to actively apprehend US Citizens based on propagandized illnesses.
Furthermore, I’m certain those in favor of this change will say it is necessary in order to protect us from Ebola. But so far, Ebola has turned out to be another propagandized illness. Think about it, if the government truly believed Ebola was going to kill us all, why would they bring it directly to the United States when it has been stuck in African countries since it first reared its ugly head back in 1976? The government is so concerned with Ebola they brought it here. Oddly enough, they brought it to one of the largest black cities in America. Is that a coincidence? I think not. Don’t let these propagandized illnesses scare you, because it obviously isn’t scaring the government.
What do I mean by propagandized illness? Well, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 53,000 influenza and pneumonia-related deaths occur each year. That’s a lot of people, is it not? Yet, SARS, which was one of the main reasons that George Bush created the initial Executive Order, only killed 774 people in 2003, according to the CDC. So here we have influenza, which is NOT curable, being given a pass for apprehension, yet it kills well over 50x the number of people as SARS. And what about Bird flu? Yeah, only 650 people have come down with H5N1 since 2003, and of those, it killed 60% of those infected according to flu.gov. This is why I call these illnesses propagandized: our government and our media hype them and make people afraid, even though the numbers do not justify panic, nor do they justify extreme measures like Executive Order 13295.
Now, I agree with needing to detain people who actually pose a severe health risk to large populations. But what I do not agree with is the broadened powers that Obama just gave the government. Come down with a respiratory illness coupled with fever, and now you can be hunted down by law enforcement, and stuffed into whatever place they wish to stuff you. And, if you run, do you honestly believe the government will not charge you with infecting others? Then you’ll spend the rest of your days in jail because you were sick and didn’t want to be hospitalized and/or detained.
I’m no Republican, but I suggest everyone contact the Republicans in Congress to fight this. Republicans hate Obama and I’m sure they long for any opportunity to ‘stick it to him’. If you disagree with the verbiage of this amendment, I suggest you follow the link I have placed on the right side of this page, find all of the people you can, and send them an email showing your disagreement with this Executive Order. Do not allow them to chip away any more at our personal freedoms and ability to choose freedom over medical jails or internment camps. We must act now or they will have, once more, slowly eroded the fabric of this Nation’s freedom.