Red-state Governors ‘all in’ with privacy-stealing contact-tracing scheme dreamed up by far-left technocrats
Is your governor ramping up plans to recruit, train and unleash an “army” of government workers to intrude upon citizens’ medical, professional and personal privacy?
I’m talking about the contact tracers that many states are in the process of deploying, along with Orwellian phone-tracking apps. Freedom to move about in society will depend on the results of a COVID-19 test that has a reputation for spitting out false positives — up to 80 percent false positives in people without symptoms.
Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative have been pushing the contact-tracing scheme with support from George Soros and Bill Gates. Clinton was caught on video lobbying Democrat governors, including Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California — see YouTube post from April 29.
But contact-tracing did not originate with Clinton, nor is this intrusive government program the sole domain of liberal blue states.
Governors Brian Kemp in Georgia, Henry McMaster in South Carolina, Mike Parson in Missouri, Mike DeWine in Ohio and Larry Hogan in Maryland are among the many GOP governors ramping up their own contact-tracing armies.
Maryland “has built a robust contact-tracing operation and massively expanded Maryland’s disease investigation capacity,” Hogan told CBS 13 in Baltimore. “This will be a partnership across all 24 jurisdictions, and an all-hands-on-deck effort to ensure health officials on the ground can trace and isolate the virus.”
In some states, failure to comply with the contact-tracers’ dictates on when you are allowed to leave your house, or even your failure to check in with them daily, can result in a misdemeanor crime on your record and fines of up to $1,000.
So, who, besides Clinton, is influencing the governors on this matter?
Chances are your governor is getting at least some of his advice from the National Governor’s Association, which is promoting the controversial plan to test as many Americans as possible and trace all of the personal contacts of those exposed to the virus.
Those testing positive will be ordered back into lockdown either at home or, in certain cases, ordering them out of their homes to be placed in “isolation centers.”
But the source of this blatantly unconstitutional program is not the Clintons, nor the Governor’s Association. It can be traced to a player that has been intimately involved in almost every aspect of COVID hysteria from the very beginning, even before the beginning of the COVID outbreak.
That source is the John Hopkins University Center for Health Security.
The National Governor’s Association has linked on its website to a white paper by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security calling for a “massively scaled up” national contact-tracing program.
This is the same Johns Hopkins University that hosted the Event 201 conference in New York on Oct. 18, 2019, where 15 participants from globalist entities such as the United Nations, WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Chinese Centers for Disease Control, the CIA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and World Economic Forum met to game-plan a response to a global coronavirus pandemic. How they knew there would be a global coronavirus pandemic a month before it appeared in Wuhan, China, is anybody’s guess, but they did.
Johns Hopkins’ 16-page document found on the National Governor’s Association website, published April 10 under the title “A National Plan to Enable Comprehensive COVID-19 Case Finding and Contact Tracing in the U.S,” is worth reading. The paper calls for hiring 100,000 contact-tracer investigators nationwide and ordering mass quarantines of people who may in some cases be perfectly healthy.
Tens of millions of test kits are arriving at hospitals and clinics across America as we speak. Anyone entering a doctor’s office or hospital emergency room in the coming weeks should expect to be asked to take the COVID-19 test.
If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, it makes sense to get tested.
But what if you are not experiencing any such symptoms? What if you are in the doc’s office to be seen for arthritis in your knee or insomnia?
If you submit to the COVID test you are opening yourself up to the potential of being “contact traced,” meaning all of your friends, family and acquaintances over the past two weeks will be contacted and also asked to submit to a test, setting off a chain reaction of testing, government questioning and possible quarantining.
Contributors to the above report include 14 Johns Hopkins scholars.
This underscores what we already knew: Politicians are not the ones driving the draconian policies being implemented to one degree or another in almost every state.
These policies are the brainchild of technocratic “experts” who are wedded to their computer models and data-collection schemes. For a virus that has been found to have a paltry 0.26 percent mortality rate, these experts advised the complete shuttering of national economies across the globe.
Strangely, they were listened to.
And now we have an economic catastrophe that some economists are comparing to the Great Depression. In the U.S. alone, 36 million jobs have been lost, at least a third of businesses have closed, many of them never to reopen.
Even more curious is the fact that these technocrats are not held to any standard of accountability when their models are wrong.
Take the case of Dr. Caitlin Rivers, one of the contributors to the Johns Hopkins report being touted by the National Governors’ Association.
Rivers, an expert in computational epidemiology, forecast the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. She and her colleagues used data from intensive-care unit and inpatient bed needs in two Chinese cities (Wuhan and Guangzhou) to predict what health-care needs would be if and when the outbreak spread to the United States.
Their analysis concluded that if an outbreak similar to the scale of the outbreak in Wuhan occurred in an American city, ICU needs of COVID-19 patients alone would exceed hospital capacity [See Demand for Inpatient and ICU Beds for COVID-19 in the U.S.: Lessons from Chinese Cities, by Caitlin Rivers et al, Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication].
“Plans are urgently needed to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 outbreaks on the local healthcare system in U.S. cities,” the report concluded.
These plans cost billions and were never needed. Most of the field hospitals that were erected across the U.S. in response to Rivers’ report, and others like it, have been removed after weeks of sitting empty, never having treated a single patient.
Obviously, Rivers’ forecast was wrong. COVID-19 cases did spread widely in the U.S. and yet no city’s hospital system was overwhelmed and unable to treat the infected.
That Rivers even thought the U.S. and Chinese healthcare were comparable shows an unforgiveable ignorance of the superiority of U.S. healthcare over that of a communist nation.
So, after co-authoring a botched report on hospital capacity in early March, Rivers and her colleagues at Johns Hopkins moved on to recommend another draconian government reaction in April. Even though their initial dire predictions of overrun U.S. hospitals never materialized, they came out on April 10 with a new report recommending that millions of Americans get tested and contact-traced.
In the report’s introduction, the authors state that America cannot go back to “normal” until cities and states launch a “massively scaled up” testing and tracing regimen that sweeps millions of Americans into the state’s public-health net.
“A national effort to scale up and expand local, state, and territorial case investigation and management is necessary before US communities can begin to return to ‘normal.’ If we can find nearly every case, and trace the contacts of each case, it will be possible, in time, to relax the bluntest approaches: the extreme social distancing measures, such as stay at home orders, and realize the commensurate social and economic benefits.”
The report continues with even more dire language:
“This document sets forth a call to action that specifies what is needed to enable the United States to massively scale up its ability to identify COVID-19 cases in every community and trace contacts of every case in support of national recovery from COVID-19. In this document, we aim to aid public health officials and decision-makers at all levels of government—local, state, territorial, tribal, and federal—in expanding the capabilities and capacities necessary to undertake the case-based interventions that will greatly reduce transmission of COVID-19 and enable the country to gradually lift social distancing measures and movement restrictions, even before a vaccine is widely available.”
Meanwhile, LeoHohmann.com continues to get reports from Americans being strong-armed into giving out their personal information, wearing facemasks, gloves or taking other questionable actions under the guise that we are now in a “new normal.”
Others are being told that they must be tested for COVID before they can receive routine medical procedures and dental cleanings.
Remember, you don’t have to agree to any medical test and that includes the test for COVID-19. If you aren’t experiencing symptoms, refuse the test. If your doctor or dentist refuses to provide needed medical services based on your refusal of a COVID test, tell your doctor you will be seeking medical services elsewhere. He may not be so quick to lose your business.
Some businesses have reportedly told customers that facemasks are now “required by the CDC.” This is not true. The CDC has no such authority. Only Congress can pass laws, which must be signed by the president before they can take effect. The CDC only issues guidelines, not laws.
A dermatologist in West Virginia told a customer that it was required by the government to get answers from every patient to certain questions, including whether they had received a flu shot over the past 12 months [see form above].
Some doctors are also asking if the patient has guns in the home. Such questions are not required by any government law.
Many places of business will unfortunately pass off responsibility for their data-mining questions on the government. The best rule of thumb is to ask for a citation of law before giving out any personal data that is not related to the issue for which you are being treated.
“When you talk about empowering government agents to screen the populace in order to control and prevent spread of a virus,” writes constitutional attorney John Whitehead in a May 12 article for the Rutherford Institute, “what you’re really talking about is creating a society in which ID cards, round ups, checkpoints and detention centers become routine weapons used by the government to control and suppress the populace, no matter the threat.”
This is also how you pave the way for a national identification system, according to Whitehead:
“Imagine it: a national classification system that not only categorizes you according to your health status but also allows the government to sort you in a hundred other ways: by gender, orientation, wealth, medical condition, religious beliefs, political viewpoint, legal status, etc.”
He believes contact tracing is just another wolf in sheep’s clothing, a “show me your papers” scheme disguised as a means of fighting a virus.
Until our governors and mayors stop relying on questionable science in their policy-making decisions, the best policy for American citizens is to ignore and resist their unconstitutional and unscientific rules and regulations.
The best advice is to question everything.
Americans must get educated on exactly what their rights are in terms of medical privacy. The alternative is to hand their rights over. Once you give them up, you don’t tend to get them back.
Leo Hohmann is an independent freelance journalist and author of the 2017 book “Stealth Invasion.” If you appreciate the research and reporting of LeoHohmann.com, please consider a donation of any size.