Novermber 16, 2001
The Big Brother Files #11: Humanity Hanging From a Cross of Iron
Well, this one took quite some time to assemble and contain lots of heavy stuff.
Big Brother's shadow is getting darker and longer by the day...
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children... Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
- President Eisenhower
"Steve Kaplan" <firstname.lastname@example.org> sent this:
Two corrections for your excellent list of websites:
1) Leading Edge site is http://www.trufax.org (not www.tryfax.org)
2) Stephen Kaplan's site is http://www.connexion.org/kaplan
Thanks for correcting these errors. You might ask your readers if other corrections are needed.
AND Richard A. Fletcher <email@example.com> suggested to add:
http://www.vicnet.net.au/~wp2000au (World Peace 2000 Australia)
1. Bush Uses Global Coalition to Fight Terror, But Not Polluters
2. U.S. Policy Towards Taliban Influenced by Oil
3. Is Eastern US Under a Radiation Cloud?
4. State Emergency Health Powers Act
5. Model health law empowers states: Drugs, quarantine could be forced
U.S.-Backed Rebels Accused of Wholesale Slaughter (November 15, 2001)
The Pakistani press is reporting numerous massacres, including the wholesale slaughter of 1,700 Taliban troops, by marauding Northern Alliance soldiers.
(...) They were advised by British and American military units inside Kabul. CLIP Reports from Mazar-i-Sharif say several hundred Taliban supporters -- including Arabs, Chechens, and Pakistanis -- were shot dead in a massacre after that city fell to the alliance. A UN spokesperson said officials had received reports of hundreds of children being massacred by Northern Alliance forces at one school. She disclosed that alliance soldiers had looted many offices of the UN and other nongovernmental organizations in Mazar-i-Sharif, according to the Pakistan News Service. In addition, the UN said it fears the opposition troops may actually have shot some UN drivers. CLIP Despite glowing press reports, intelligence estimates say the Taliban's arsenal of 250 to 300 Scud missiles remain hidden in the mountains. They are expected to be used against cities captured by the Northern Alliance and perhaps for strikes into Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Among the other oddities of the war are the weird alliances of troops in the field. Various intelligence and press reports have U.S. Special Forces fighting in the north alongside Iranian Special Unit men. Meanwhile, Chinese Muslims are said to be on the Taliban lines. U.S. planes were reported to be zeroing in on a group of several hundred Saudis who had been brought in to fight for the Taliban. If true, this last would be yet another embarrassing development in U.S.-Saudi relations.
Media review of Florida ballots whitewashes theft of 2000 election (6 November 2001)
On November 12, a consortium of major US news organizations, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and CNN, released the results of a 10-month investigation into disputed votes cast in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. The media report was calculated to boost the political legitimacy of the Bush administration and obscure the profoundly anti-democratic manner in which Bush was installed in the White House. CLIP Both during and after the 2000 election, the main preoccupation of the media has been to insist on Bushs political legitimacy and dismiss the election crisis as little more than a partisan squabble. Just two months ago, New York Times Washington bureau chief Richard Berke wrote a column in which he said the events of September 11 had rendered the consortiums recount utterly irrelevant. CLIP
Consortium Muddles Recount, Again
The long-awaited recount of the Florida election revealed little new information. That didn't stop news outlets from declaring Bush a winner, even though more people intended to vote for Gore.
(...) Under some of the strictest standards -- including those proposed by the Bush camp during last year's recount fight -- Gore won. CLIP The Washington Post was even more blunt, stating that, "If there had been some way last fall to recount every vote -- undervotes and overvotes alike, in all 67 Florida counties -- former vice president Al Gore would be the White House." CLIP "Consider that 70,616 overvotes statewide included a mark, dimple, hanging chad, partial or cleanly-punched chad for Gore and any combination of third-party candidates. That's nearly three times the 24,600 overvotes that included some discernible mark for George W. Bush and any combination of third-party candidates, according to a comprehensive examination of these ballots performed by the Palm Beach Post and seven other media organizations. The review suggests what many pundits said a year ago: Uncounted ballots and voter confusion cost Gore the election."
Results from the Florida Ballot Review Project
The West Knows Now There Is No Wall to Hide Behind
Afghanistan must be rebuilt valley by valley, says James Wolfensohn, president of the World Bank, who warns that global poverty is breeding terrorism and calls on the West to make good on its promises to bridge the gulf between rich and poor nations. CLIP "We have a situation where 20% of the world's population have 80% of the wealth, and the other 80% has just 20%. If that's a situation that leads to instability, then we are saying that that instability will convey itself through migration, through wars within countries and through crime and terrorism. CLIP
Jaw-dropping Leonids (Astounding!)
Leonid Observing Tips
The 2001 Leonid meteor shower, perhaps the biggest in decades, is coming soon. If you live in North America or Hawaii, you should be alert for meteor outbursts between midnight and dawn on Sunday morning, Nov. 18th. If you live in Australia or one of the many Asian countries along the Pacific Rim, the right time to be outdoors is Monday morning, Nov. 19th.
Helping people doesn't come much easier than this
Thames Water have set up a website associated with Water Aid and has already donated 100,000 pounds to provide safe drinking water for Life to 6,000 people in Africa and Asia after receiving 750,000 hits on their site. Now if they reach 2,000,000 visitors, they will give another 50,000 pounds.
Bush Uses Global Coalition to Fight Terror, But Not Polluters
The U.S. was notably absent from this week's landmark agreement, reached by 165 counties, on climate control. If Bush can demand the world fight terrorism with us, can't the world demand us to fight global warming with them? CLIP
Overall, the general framework of the Kyoto Protocol is a modest response to the problem of global warming -- which, according to the latest scientific estimates, could lead to a temperature rise of 10 degrees this century. The accord calls for the industrialized nations to reduce their total emissions 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. (The protocol, negotiated in 1997, called for the United States, which produces about 25 percent of the world's greenhouse gasses, to decrease its levels by 7 percent.) But such an emissions reduction, loopholes aside, will not stave off global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- an organization of climate scientists put together by the UN and the World Meteorological Organization -- notes that in order to stabilize greenhouse gasses at a level of 450 parts per million, industrialized nations after 2012 will have to "go significantly beyond their Kyoto Protocol commitments." Yet some climate scientists believe that the 450 ppm-level is too risky and that the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere should be stabilized at 350 ppm, which is close to the current figure. If they are right, the emissions levels of the Kyoto Protocol are far too permissive. And the treaty won't take effect until 55 nations, including those that produced 55 percent of greenhouse gas emissions (circa 1990), ratify it. CLIP
Bush has acknowledged that global warming is under way and that it poses a serious problem. He has promised to present alternatives to mandatory emissions reductions. He has issued vague references to voluntary reductions and investments in technology. So far, though, he has not offered a substitute plan. He has not proposed any major increase in R&D for clean energy technologies. (That could serve as an effective economic stimulus. Instead of rebating taxes already paid by IBM, General Electric and other mega-corps, as House Republicans urge, the government would be better off pumping billions of dollars into the economy to subsidize consumer purchases of solar panels and hybrid cars.) When the Bush administration had a chance earlier this year to demonstrate it was serious about addressing global warming -- by accepting a strict energy efficiency standard written by the Clinton Administration for new air conditioners -- it took a pass and trashed the regulation. (Even the Bush EPA had backed implementation of this standard.)
U.S. Policy Towards Taliban Influenced by Oil - Say Authors
PARIS, Nov 15 (IPS) - Under the influence of U.S. oil companies, the government of George W. Bush initially blocked U.S. secret service investigations on terrorism, while it bargained with the Taliban the delivery of Osama bin Laden in exchange for political recognition and economic aid, two French intelligence analysts claim. In the book "Bin Laden, la verite interdite" ("Bin Laden, the forbidden truth"), that appeared in Paris on Wednesday, the authors, Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, reveal that the Federal Bureau of Investigation's deputy director John O'Neill resigned in July in protest over the obstruction. Brisard claim O'Neill told them that "the main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were U.S. oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it".
The two claim the U.S. government's main objective in Afghanistan was to consolidate the position of the Taliban regime to obtain access to the oil and gas reserves in Central Asia. They affirm that until August, the U.S. government saw the Taliban regime "as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia", from the rich oilfields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Indian Ocean. Until now, says the book, "the oil and gas reserves of Central Asia have been controlled by Russia. The Bush government wanted to change all that". But, confronted with Taliban's refusal to accept U.S. conditions, "this rationale of energy security changed into a military one", the authors claim. "At one moment during the negotiations, the U.S. representatives told the Taliban, 'either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs'," Brisard said in an interview in Paris.
THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE MATERIAL I RECEIVED ON NOV 13 FROM A LISTSERVER PROVIDING ME WITH LOTS OF AMAZING AND/OR FRIGHTENING STUFF. I'VE LEFT BELOW THE TOPIC CONTENT TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT WAS ALSO SENT. NORMALLY THERE IS NOT THAT MUCH MATERIAL SENT IN ONE DAY. I PREFER TO WARN YOU, THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION MAY BE DISQUIETING TO SOME
Date: 13 Nov 2001
Subject: [tapa-chemtrails] Digest Number 255
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There are 25 messages in this issue.
Topics in this digest:
1. Is Eastern US Under a Radiation Cloud?
2. A Coovenant with Death - Bill Cooper: Forbidden Knowledge?
3. Nuclear Holocaust: AFTER 2002? -- or before?
4. Gaping Holes in CIA vs Bin Laden stories
5. Part 2 : Resistance...
6. The Am Empire on its Deathbed: Part 1: "Resistance..."
7. WHEN all Hell will Break Loose!
8. Reorganization & Mobilization of Wartime Law Enforcement in the US
9. Virus: "ending-chemtrails-syndrome" subject line
10. Latest On The Sept. 11th Incident.
11. Latest On The Sept. 11th Incident. Part 2 of 2.
12. More on NASA Blue Beam Holographic Messiah
13. russell penman story free on nightsearch 14/11
14. (Changing Planet) Police State
15. Ofc of Homeland Security: Protecting USA from people like US???
16. British Detention Plans Unveiled!
17. ALERT: UN Smallpox Terrorist Alert: pass this on!!!
18. We are in a Sunspot Mega-Cycle
19. Concentration Camps: Part 1
20. Concentration Camps: Part 2
21. Police State: 2001
22. Imperial Storm Troopers: Citizen, can I see your ID?
23. State Emergency Health Powers Act: and MORE!
24. NWO Strategies in Combatting "Dissidents"
25. More to Come: Is a Red Dawn Far Off?
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001
Subject: Is Eastern US Under a Radiation Cloud?
From: "Misty" <email@example.com>
Subject: Is Eastern U.S. Now an Irradiated No Man's Land with Anthrax as a Cover. There are supposed to be many firemen sick, who are working on the site.
THE SALTING OF AMERICA
(Is Much of the Eastern U.S. Now an Irradiated No Man's Land with Anthrax as a Cover-up?)
(BJNews, October 26, 2001) I just today had a phone conversation with my father who is a senior nuclear engineer and international expert on radiation and nuclear reactors. He was on the investigative teams at the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear disasters. In the early 1970's, he was the corporate manager of all GE nuclear sites including Three Mile Island, so he knows the facilities and their operations quite well.
I discussed with him my scenario for WTC terrorist pilot Muhammed Atta's complaint to his local pharmacist in Boca Raton, Florida, about his red burning itchy hands, just a week before the attack: it might have been due to radiation burns, and not due to anthrax. Investigators have confirmed from the Florida pharmacist that it was not anthrax, but... Atta may have divided up about a pound of powdered plutonium into four separate vials to be taken aboard each of the four hijacked planes. This would account for his red itchy radiation burned hands. That made sense to my father.
My investigational hypothesis is that if the four planes carried a pound of plutonium, then the plutonium would have been burned or oxidized during the World Trade Center attack into a very fine white ash of plutonium oxide and would have spread in the smoking plumes from the flaming twin towers in the first two hours before they collapsed.
One clue that this may have happened is that the recovery crews for the fourth plane which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania without burning, were hazmat crews. And none of the public or news services had been allowed near that crash site.
Obtaining raw powdered plutonium, given enough money, is quite easy in the dark world of terrorist countries or groups who are desiring to use plutonium to build small nuclear weapons, but they do not yet have the scientific tools or technology to complete the construction. It takes several pounds of plutonium, plus other special items, to build a nuclear bomb. In the meantime, world nuclear watchers would agree that somehow certain terrorist groups do have about a pound of raw plutonium, obtained from various sources, which in a burning airplane can be a powerful weapon to "salt the earth" of America and render large portions of the U.S. permanently uninhabitable.
That amount of plutonium would have been spread across thousands of square miles of the northeast U.S. and Washington DC areas and would be a long-term (1000 years or so) health hazard. My father agreed with all that, but also assumed that somebody would have already discovered the increase in radiation. I asked "but who?" and he did not have a good answer.
He assumed that there are many agencies and laboratories where people wear radiation dosimeters, have sensitive radiation detectors and they would have noticed the increase in radiation. When I again asked where and who, he did not have a good answer. He said Brookhaven Labs in New York might have seen it. But I said Brookhaven was not under the smoke plume and they would not notice such a radiation increase until it traveled all the way around the earth with the prevailing winds and arrived back in New York several months later. He agreed.
So maybe there was nobody to notice. During the horrible destructive explosion and fire at Chernobyl there was actually only a small amount of plutonium which escaped from the flaming reactor. Most of it was captured and covered in a permanent cement tomb. But still much of the large region downwind from Chernobyl is a permanent no man's land. If a pound of plutonium had been sent into the atmosphere during the WTC attack it would produce a massively larger worldwide effect than the Chernobyl event.
I explained to him that local hazmat people in New York around ground zero would never see the radiation since the smoke plume went upward at 3,000 feet above the ground and drifted away from the burning towers to the northeast along with the wind. The main radioactive plutonium ash plume would not have started to fall until 10 or 15 miles away. And that is assuming the hazmat people were even looking for radiation and not just biotech health hazards like asbestos. Probably the first people to notice the possible massive killer irradiation of the U.S. northeast would be the European labs, who about now would start to see a rapid increase in radiation coming across the Atlantic Ocean.
In the meantime, if anybody in the U.S. government had suspected, which is what I suspect, that there might have been a massive radiation event, such as those workers who cleared the Pennsylvania crash site, this should have required a quick and permanent evacuation of millions of people from the U.S. northeast, and also around Washington DC and areas eastward from the Pentagon. This sudden shock to the U.S. government and populace would create a far greater panic and fear than the original WTC attack and even the current hoax of an anthrax bio-attack.
To indicate that the current anthrax hoax is possibly part of a cover-up of the aftermath of a more terrible WTC 9-11 event, I would note that the symptoms of being under a plutonium cloud with very fine radiation particles raining down, would include: (1) lesions on the skin of the head, neck, face and hands where particles have landed, (2) pneumonia-like filling of the lungs where particles have been inhaled and (3) general weakness, nausea, vomiting of blood and severe intestinal distress where the radiation particles have landed on food or water which is ingested
Strangely, those exact same set of three symptoms are the CDC's protocol for identifying those who are suspected of having contracted either (1) cutaneous, (2) inhalation or (3) gastro-intestinal anthrax. And that is right from the CDC's own MMWR Oct 19, 2001 report for the definition of diagnosing confirmed cases of anthrax.
Another most strange coincidence is that Muhammed Atta was in Boca Raton just a week before the air hijacking attacks on buildings in New York and Washington DC. And then within just weeks after the 9-11 attack, a sudden outbreak of rare anthrax among humans occurs where? In Boca Raton, New York and Washington DC. In the world of scientific analysis, this may be just a strange coincidence, or it may be the unique exception that proves the rule.
Just this morning I received today's CDC October 26 Anthrax update. I analyzed the medical diagnosis for each of the "suspected" and "confirmed" cases of anthrax and I can easily show that quite possibly none of those people contracted or died from anthrax infection. And that is according to the CDC's second definition of what constitutes a "confirmed" case.
HERE IS ANOTHER EXCERPT FROM THIS TAPA-CHEMTRAILS DIGEST
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2001
Subject: [tapa-chemtrails] Digest Number 255 - State Emergency Health Powers Act !!!
In case you may be inclined to lay aside the post forwarded Wednesday from Peter Kawaja regarding the proposed Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, and the fact that it is being quickly processed by State Governors, read this short article from USA TODAY from 11-8- 01. Then, scroll down for further information and a bio on the main author of the bill, including the link to pull up the full text of the proposed bill. The bill may be revised somewhat at the state level, and made to look less drastic. If even a portion of the draft is legislated into law, you can bet it will be those portions which gives: 1) Governors authority to declare a Public Health Emergency by Executive Order; 2) Overwhelming, unlimited powers to a "Public Health Authority"; and 3) - very ominous) requires the "development of a comprehensive plan to provide for a coordinated, appropriate response in the event of a public health emergency" Number 3 is the kicker here, because the Comprehensive Plan would undoubtedly create a board or panel or commission of appointees whose powers would be expressly given by authority of the Act; and once again state legislators would be delegating their law-making function to an as yet un-named commission/ group of appointees which could in effect implement all of the powers proposed within the Draft bill, without those powers having been spelled out in the Act itself. Their directives would, by nature of the Act itself, be given "force of law".
Watch for this one! To get a sense of the power that could/would be wielded, consider the Children Family Service agencies created by state legislation. Or the Departments of Environmental Protection. Employees and appointees run these departments; promulgate the rules and regulations under which they operate; and run roughshod over the inherent rights of the people. When state reps attempt to intervene for their constituents they're simply told, "You gave us this power and there's nothing you can do about it". Sadly, it doesn't seem to occur to the "law-makers" once they've created a monstor that they can 'unmake' it. That's why this must be nipped in the bud. And remember: When the powers that be want a certain piece of legislation passed, it is not beneath them to use fraud, deception and outright lies to get what they want. Pennsylvania state legislature passed the Tax Reform Act at 4 o'clock in the morning, because of the massive opposition it was getting. Once it's done... hey! Tough Luck.
Remember too, that a "bill written for the CDC" is a "bill written for the UN". UN mandates are being implimented by state and local governments. Here's the USA TODAY article transcribed. It sounds quite innocent and necessary the way the controlled media presents it.
CDC PROPOSES BIOTERRORISM LAWS
States get guides to stop outbreaks
By Larry Copeland
ATLANTA -- It's a haunting specter: Bioterrorists strike with smallpox or another contagious disease, and an entire city is quarantined. Airports and roads are closed, and residents are restricted by armed National Guardsmen.
That scenario is being reviewed this week in all 50 states as governors receive proposed legislation, written for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here, that would give states broad powers. The proposal would allow states to access patients' health data and to order medical examinations.
It would require pharmacists to report spikes in drug prescriptions that might indicate a bioterrorist attack was underway. The measure also would empower states to take over hospitals and confiscate private stockpiles of drugs.
The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, drafted by lawyers and health officials at Georgetown University in Washington and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, might never be enacted by a single state legislature.
But public health experts say it gives states much-needed guidelines for enacting laws to prevent the spread of deadly, contagious diseases like smallpox, plague or Ebola after a terrorist attack.
Most governors already have some quarantine powers, but the act would give them much broader authority in other areas, such as compulsory vaccinations.
"The current laws are so antiquated and hopelessly incomplete that we're fighting a 21st-century battle against bioterrorism with early 20th century laws", said Lawrence Gostin, principal author of the proposal and director of the CDC's Center for Law and the Public's Health in Washington.
He said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson "strongly endorsed" the proposal. It was also welcomed by many public health experts. "Every state's government needs to go back and make sure they have the necessary legal framework to address properly a large-scale bioterrorist event", said Georges Benjamin, Maryland's secretary of health and mental hygiene. Some experts worry privately that the legislation would give states too much power. "I've heard that concern", Benjamin said. "It's not an attempt to take away any civil liberties or anything like that". John Thomasian of the National Governors Association said the group asked the CDC shortly after September 11th for guidelines in dealing with bioterrorism. "There's an assumption that there are holes in many public health laws out there in the states", he said.
Ohio officials already are comparing the proposal to existing laws, said Jodi Govern, chief legal counsel for the state health department. "We're looking to see where we might start to improve areas of the law where we might need additional or more specific authority", she said. - END -
We heard on AP news today that Connecticut is looking at it too.
--- Original Message ---
....."Despite early press reports that there are no government plans for forced vaccination with smallpox or anthrax vaccines, the attached news report published in the Boston Globe is the first public admission that there is a federal plan to militarize the public health infrastructure in order to force vaccination. You can access the full text of this model state legislation by going to the website of the Center for Law and the Public Health http://www.publichealthlaw.net/ funded by the Centers for Disease Control and headed by Lawrence Gostin, a lawyer and professor at Georgetown University. Please take the time to read this piece of proposed legislation if you haven't already...
Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) http://www.publichealthlaw.net/cgi-bin/dl.cgi
Click below to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
...."Gostin is a longtime AIDS activist and forced vaccination proponent. He embraces the utilitarian rationale that individuals can be sacrificed for the greater good and he has invoked the 1905 Supreme Court decision, Jacobsen v Massachusetts, which upheld state mandatory vaccination laws, as justification for this model state legislation. He will be working with the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of City and County Health Officers, and National Association of Attorneys General to get this model law passed in state legislatures.
....."Essentially, this law would give police powers to public health officials and those they designate to isolate, quarantine and force vaccination and medical treatment upon citizens during a state of emergency declared by the Governor. Public health officials could receive assistance from what is referred to in the law as the "militia" to enforce compliance. Those who refuse to be vaccinated or receive medical treatment would be charged with a misdemeanor and imprisoned until the state of emergency was declared over. There is no detailed criteria for what constitutes an "emergency" and we have to remember that one case of smallpox will be considered an epidemic.
....."A quick read of this proposed legislation calls into question whether elements of it violate the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth Amendments to the Constitution. It goes without saying that it is the most serious threat to the bioethical standard of informed consent since the Nuremberg Code was issued after the Doctor's Trial following World War II.
....."During this anxious and confusing time for our country, there are going to be those who will take advantage of the situation to forward political agendas they have long held prior to Sept. 11. The model state legislation which Gostin and the CDC are proposing was being developed a year ago.
Please contact your state reps and senators and have them be aware of what this will potentially do to YOUR health, and to the health of those you care about.....They need to know the "other side" of vaccination!!
Model health law empowers states: Drugs, quarantine could be forced
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/304/business/Model_health_law_empowe rs_ states+.shtml
By Bloomberg News, 10/31/2001 WASHINGTON - States would be able to force patients to take medication under model legislation outlining when and how governors can use emergency powers to address public health crises such as recent anthrax attacks.
The model law, commissioned by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also would give people the right to appeal states' decisions to quarantine or isolate them. Individuals with contagious diseases, such as smallpox, wouldn't be able to appeal orders for treatment or vaccination under the law.
State governments are concerned that laws are inadequate to address new kinds of public health threats such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on buildings in New York and Washington or the use of germ or chemical weapons. Fifteen Americans have been infected with anthrax, a deadly bacterial disease, and thousands more are taking antibiotics as a precaution.
Lawrence Gostin, chief author of the model law and a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, said the academic panel that drafted the proposal tried to balance the need to control disease with individuals' civil rights - something he said isn't done under many current state laws. ''We felt if we were too Draconian and didn't respect people's rights, that meant the terrorists would win,'' Gostin said.
Emergency powers allow governors to suspend normal government temporarily, letting states swiftly address disease epidemics or natural disasters such as earthquakes. Legal and public health experts at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University examined all states' emergency-powers laws in crafting the model.
Under the model law, states could quarantine or isolate individuals who are infected with a contagious disease, though the patients would have the right to appeal that decision in court. The patient would remain quarantined or isolated until the appeals process was exhausted, Gostin said.
Patients could be forced to take medicines or receive vaccines for contagious diseases that pose a public health threat, such as smallpox, under the model law. Patients wouldn't be allowed to appeal a state's decision, though the state would likely quarantine anyone who refused to comply, triggering an appeals process, Gostin said.
States would avoid civil liberties violations if they enact laws that spell out penalties such as the loss of public benefits, instead of incarceration, for patients who refuse treatment, said R. Alta Charo, a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.