CDC and the Policed State: Quarantine and Vaccination for Suspicion of Infection*
By Sayer Ji
You’ve had this dry cough for a couple of days but are otherwise feeling ready for your much awaited annual ski trip to Utah. On the security line, an officer signals for you to come with him. Not knowing why you’re being selected out of the crowd, you follow to learn that you meet criteria for quarantine. Sound like science fiction?
In what appears to be an unprecedented power grab, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just issued a proposed amendment to its domestic and foreign quarantine regulations giving itself the power to legally apprehend, detain (isolate or quarantine), and treat (including vaccinate) anyone simply for suspicion of being infected by a communicable agent.
The legal authority to isolate and quarantine, according to…
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