A bill originally drafted during the Ebola scare of 2015 is being resurrected by New York State lawmakers. If passed, it would allow the state to detain anyone even suspected of being sick in the event of a health emergency.
A416 states that the governor, health commissioner, or someone acting under the authority of one of these individuals could obtain a court order to detain anyone as long as there is “clear and convincing evidence” that the person could put another person’s health at risk.
Had this bill been passed at the onset of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Governor Andrew Cuomo could have officially detained just about anyone in the Empire State.
However, the bill gets even worse. It clearly states that the governor would force detained individuals to undergo “prescribed courses of treatment, preventative medication, or a vaccination.” Put simply, those who are detained not only lose basic rights — but are then forced to undergo state-mandated treatment.
Even so, Democrat New York State Assemblyman Nick Perry, who originally presented what local GOP lawmakers have dubbed “the Gulag Bill,” says that there are no provisions that would violate Americans’ rights. Governor Cuomo is even more dismissive. His office claims that it knew nothing about the bill until The Daily Caller started asking questions about it. It’s hard to believe that this is true given the fact that Republican, Democrat, and even Libertarian politicians have commented on it. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that the governor doesn’t exactly have a track record of being fully honest with the people he governs.
A416 isn’t about protecting civilians in the event of a health emergency, even though that is what the bill’s proponents would have New Yorkers believe. Rather, it’s about granting the government total control over its citizens. The bill infringes on basic human rights by allowing detentions of anyone the government and its acolytes in the court system think could be a “threat.” It also gives the state government power to make medical decisions on behalf of the innocent people being detained.
This is a bill one would expect to see in Communist China, not a free nation. Unfortunately, New York Democrats are all too eager to live out their totalitarian dreams. And let’s be honest — they’re probably going to get away with it at some point.