Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, October 26, 2009
President Obama’s declaration that the H1N1 outbreak represents a “national emergency” seems to be little more than a public relations stunt aimed at intimidating reticent Americans into taking a vaccine that is becoming increasingly unpopular and unnecessary.
Despite the fact that swine flu cases have seemingly peaked, allied to the fact that seasonal flu has proven far deadlier, on Friday night Obama declared a national emergency in order to “allow hospitals to better handle the surge in patients” by allowing them to bypass certain federal laws.
What “surge in patients”? Swine flu has killed just 0.2 people per thousand who have caught the virus, a far lower potency than the annual flu virus which kills one patient per thousand, meaning swine flu has proven to be around 400% less deadly than the regular flu.
Either the government is preparing for an engineered pandemic of which they have prior knowledge, or Obama’s announcement is a flagrant abuse of executive power and a ruse to coerce more people into taking the vaccine.
As we have exhaustively documented, polls out of the U.S., as well as globally, show that a rapidly growing number of health professionals and the general public are refusing to take the vaccine because they either think it is unnecessary or they are concerned about potential side-effects.
Despite a desperate $16 million media propaganda campaign on behalf of the federal government that is trying to brainwash Americans into rolling up their sleeves and taking the shot, a majority of people aren’t buying the hype.
The purpose of Obama’s declaration is to heighten fears surrounding swine flu and create the artificial impression that the vaccine is in demand, when the opposite is the true. The government hopes this will create a herd-like rush to take the shot amongst the general public.
Early indications are that the ruse may be working.
“I’ve already gotten a couple of calls from people today asking, ‘Where can I get the vaccine?’ whereas yesterday it was, ‘I don’t want that vaccine,’ ” said Arthur Caplan, a University of Pennsylvania bioethicist. “I’m worried about people getting panicky and the vaccine being diverted away from those who need it most.”
Dr. Peter Hotez, a research professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at George Washington University, admitted that the term, “emergency declaration sounds more dramatic than it really is.”
The government has already emphasized the notion that the vaccine is now in short supply, despite the fact that they previously assured the public there would be enough batches to cover the entire population by September. By combining this artificial scarcity with the scary notion that the situation now represents an “emergency,” more of the sheeple will be intimidated into lining up and taking the toxic shot so as to soothe the underlying fear that a pandemic is around the corner and they might not be protected against it. That way the pharmaceutical giants get to inflate their already record profits to new levels of greed and the government gets to inject its otherwise worthless stockpile of vaccines into the idiot public.
Additionally, as Mike Adams and others have pointed out, classifying the situation as a national emergency triggers all kinds of tyrannical provisions that the feds have been waiting to unleash, while also empowering FEMA to lock down American cities under a state of medical martial law. Mandatory vaccinations, quarantines, curfews, involuntary kidnap, and warrantless searches and seizures are now just a heartbeat away because Obama’s order has in effect nullified the bill of rights.
We can only hope that this is not a precursor to a major biological attack or pandemic outbreak, but it would hardly be a surprise if it was. The government has been preparing to unleash full-scale martial law upon the American public for years but whether swine flu will be enough to realize that agenda remains to be seen.
At best, Obama’s Friday night declaration was a crude propaganda stunt designed to whip up fervor behind the H1N1 vaccine and corral millions of reluctant Americans into allowing their bodies to become a dumping ground for mercury, squalene, cancerous animal cells and God knows what other additives are in the shot, while the elite rest easy in the knowledge that they have privileged access to a clean version of the vaccine that contains none of these dangerous adjuvants.
Drew Zahn, writing for WorldNetDaily, takes issue with Infowars declaring Obama’s “national emergency” amounts to martial law. “An article by Kurt Nimmo of InfoWars took the worry a step further, wondering if the White House’s declaration engaged certain measures of the National Emergencies Act,” writes Zahn. “But even if there really is a plot to manipulate the H1N1 virus scare into enforcing a sweeping expansion of federal power, today’s ‘national emergency’ falls far short of martial law.”
|Only the American people, through their representatives in Congress, can declare a national emergency.|
Zahn writes that the laws enacted by the president’s proclamation merely clear administrative hurdles for processing of Medicare payments and that the provisions of the National Emergencies Act cited by Obama in his proclamation limit the power his administration can take. He then cites Section 301 that forbids the president from taking up any powers of the National Emergencies Act except those listed in the proclamation of emergency. The list deals with Medicare, Medicaid, HIPAA privacy regulations, and other bureaucratic functions of the department of Health and Human Services.
Infowars noted that Obama’s “national emergency” is likely a scare tactic designed to stampede people into getting the vaccine. The National Emergencies Act, however, is part of a larger framework designed specifically for the implementation of martial law. The law allows the president to revoke the right of habeas corpus under Article 1, Section 9. It also grants special powers to the executive in times of national emergency and underscores the threat the executive poses to the civil liberties of Americans, regardless of the stipulations in Section 301.
Revoking the right of habeas corpus is unconstitutional. So is declaring a national emergency without congressional approval. The Constitution declares, “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.”
It may be argued that Obama is invoking the Constitution for the sake of “public safety,” that is until you look at the facts — the H1N1 “pandemic” does not threaten the safety of most Americans. It is far less deadly than seasonal flu. When was the last time a president declared a national emergency over seasonal flu?
A state of emergency (regardless of the pretext) allows Obama to do a number of things. As Dr. Harold C. Relyea, a specialist in national government with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress, has written, “when the President formally declares a national emergency, he may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens.”
Obama’s declaration, however, is incidental because the United States has been under a state of emergency since September 14, 2001. Bush extended this “emergency” (against a bogus terrorist threat) on August 28, 2008.
“Will President Obama allow the state of national emergency, first declared by President George W. Bush on 9/14/01 and re-declared seven times, to remain in effect?” asked Peter Dale Scott and Dan Hamburg on February 10, 2009.
On September 10 of this year, Obama reinstituted the national State of Emergency.
As Infowars noted on the weekend, once a National Emergency is declared the president has full authority to supersede Congress and the Constitution under the John Warner Act of 2007, passed by Congress and signed into law Oct 17, 2006. Warner expands the power of the president during national emergencies, specifically section 1076.
Obama’s national emergency declaration — regardless of its emphasis on the bureaucratic functioning of HHS and Medicare — is simply another example of how the executive now functions as a dictatorship.
The declaration needs to be considered in a larger context of authoritarian laws and presidential directives that violate both the letter and the spirit of the law.
The USA Patriot Act allows “sneek and peek” searches without notification, the collection of information (medical, financial, and even library records) without showing probable cause. Roving “John Doe” wiretaps violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.
Executive Order 13438 allows the president and the Secretary of the Treasury to confiscate the assets of “certain persons” who oppose the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq (First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments violated).
The John Warner Defense Authorization Act, mentioned above, gives the president the authority to declare martial law and take control of National Guard troops without state governor authorization. If applied, Warner would x-out the entire Constitution and Bill of Rights. It would also violate Posse Comitatus.
NSP 51 and HSPD 20 (the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive) allow the president to declare a “national emergency” for any reason without congressional approval. These directives would result in the suspension of constitutional government and the militarization of justice and law enforcement. NSPD 51 supersedes the National Emergency Act and supposed congressional oversight. If applied, the Constitution would be null and void.
The Military Commissions Act trashes habeas corpus and allows the government to detain anyone (including U.S. citizens) by declaring them enemy combatants. It also allows torture and provides immunity for military and intelligence officials. The act violates the Sixth and Fourth Amendments, Article 1 Section 9, Clause 2 (covering habeas corpus) of the Constitution. It also violates the Geneva Convention.
Finally, the long-standing FISA (Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act) allows the Obama administration to spy on any American without court approval. It provides a meaningless and phony court review and secret procedures and a worthless report to Congress.
Obama’s “national emergency” in response to a pandemic that is nothing for the sort is another example of the executive wantonly violating the Constitution. It does not matter if the details of the so-called emergency declaration concern the bureaucratic operation of government. It is a violation of the principles our founders had in mind when they formulated our (now mostly moribund) constitutional republic.
Only the American people, through their representatives in Congress, can declare a national emergency.