Six months ago, amid the panic and the hype surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, the New Zealand government made an announcement that went mostly unnoticed by the mainstream media.
It was a policy decision that the whole western world should have been up in arms about, but at the time the public was still processing the pandemic chaos. New Zealand was instituting what amounted to COVID prisons — medical "quarantine facilities" where any citizen suspected of being a COVID carrier could be detained without due process for as long as the government saw fit. Not only that, but these COVID camps would fall under the jurisdiction of the military. In other words, New Zealand COVID response was quietly being shifted into martial law.
The hyper-totalitarian measures were implemented in the face of a mere 22 COVID deaths for the entire nation at that time. The media has been applauding the New Zealand response, arguing that heavy-handed policies today will mean more freedom and a better economy tomorrow when infection numbers have been reduced. However, as I have been warning since the beginning of the pandemic, the lockdowns are designed to last forever. We might be allowed "partial reopenings" and brief moments of relief, but the virus is nothing more than a useful crisis to be exploited as a rationale for tyranny.
Currently, New Zealand is facing further travel restrictions due to the discovery of a "COVID mutation" in the U.K. The government has indicated that any sign of renewed infection will be met with hard lockdowns once again.
In an article from August, I stated:
"I believe the reason Australia and New Zealand have been targeted with this level of restrictions first is because they have been almost fully disarmed and have no means to defend themselves from government overstep.* That said, I see signs that similar measures will be attempted in the U.S. as well. In states like New York, there are low key programs to set up covid checkpoints stopping and checking vehicles coming into the state. This is where heavier restrictions start."
*[Ya THINK? - TB]
It would seem my prediction might come to pass sooner than I thought. New York State Assembly Bill A416 has been dredged up by lawmakers and its contents are rather horrifying. The bill can be read here. To summarize, A416 allows the NY governor dictatorial powers to detain and imprison any citizen determined to be a threat to public health safety during any viral outbreak. This could be power could be interpreted very broadly, perhaps even to include people who refuse to take the covid vaccine. The bill also allows for people to be imprisoned in "medical facilities" or other facilities; in other words, quarantine camps.
The bill was originally introduced in 2015 around the time of the Ebola outbreak scare, but it was shelved when that particular crisis didn't pan out. The coronavirus pandemic is giving the bill new life, and this is not at all surprising. Just as we saw right after 9/11, any time a major crisis gains traction the government seeks to fast-track draconian laws that the public never would have tolerated in the past.
I wrote an article during the Ebola scare several years ago in which I pointed out that a pandemic could be used as a perfect cover event for the enforcement of martial law style measures. I was particularly concerned about the possibility that resistance to virus lockdowns would be limited and that this would give the government a free hand to start arresting people that resist collectivist enforcement without too much public scrutiny.
Luckily, with COVID, the death rate at only 0.26 percent nationwide for anyone not living in a nursing home the resistance to the lockdowns is growing every day. Americans are just not going to put up with violations of their civil liberties much longer.
The NY bill is, in my opinion, a litmus test for the rest of the country. The establishment will see how much resistance they get in a hard leftist state first, and if they can get A416 passed they will then try to pass similar bills in other Democrat-controlled states. If we have a Biden presidency in the next month, then expect a federal version not long after.
I think the timing of the rehashed bill is not coincidental. The fact that it is now being pushed again in the NY Assembly at the same time that the COVID vaccine is meeting so much resistance suggests that the goal will be to use the threat of COVID camps as a tool to frighten the public into compliance with the barely tested vaccine. Currently, polls indicate that a majority of Americans are wary of the safety of the vaccines and at least 30 percent plan to refuse it outright.
With potential dangers of a deadly autoimmune response or infertility caused by the experimental treatment, who can blame them?
I suspect that if these kinds of laws are put in place in any state let alone multiple states there will be a severe backlash. Conservatives will continue to relocate to more free counties and states while taking their businesses and tax dollars with them. Eventually, COVID camps will lead to a violent reaction. It is inevitable.
I would suggest to leftist lawmakers that this is a path they do not want to go down, and establishment elites would not be safe either from the anger many Americans will feel when faced with forced vaccinations or imprisonment over a virus that over 99 percent of the population is unaffected by. There are certain lines we will not allow them to cross, and this is one of them.
The NY bill is only a taste of what is to come in terms of tyrannical legislation. The more rebellion the elites run into the more they will try to turn to the "law" to legitimize their criminality. It is all rather predictable, which is why the legislation does not particularly worry me. I think that even if it passes, it will only inspire greater unification of liberty-minded people; it will have the opposite effect the elites intend.
To truth and knowledge,