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Covid-19 Tests Could Lead To Ankle Monitors? I Never Thought This Could Happen. It Did.

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I just couldn’t seem to shake the story about a Kentucky couple that was mandated to wear ankle bracelets after they refused to sign documents limiting their travel after one of them tested positive for Coronavirus.

For that infraction against the state’s Department of Health, Elizabeth Linscott, along with her husband, Isaiah, were mandated by law enforcement to wear monitoring ankle bracelets that literally beeped and notified authorities if they were more than 200 feet from their home.

At first, I thought the story was written by the satirical website The Onion. I didn’t think this could actually happen in America. Folks, we have allowed Big Brother to go unchecked and I will tell you on my behalf that there is no way on God’s green earth that I will allow law enforcement, the Health Department or anyone else to monitor me by force or put me under house arrest because of COVID-19.

I will do my part to help mitigate the spread of the virus. I’ve already been tested and it was negative, thank God. But remember this test is not always accurate.

I wear a mask and I abide by the rules but something is drastically wrong when the government overreaches its authority and steps on the principles of freedom that our Constitution grants us.

Neither Linscott or her husband had any symptoms, according to local news reports. They took the test because they were planning to visit her parents in Michigan. But then came up positive. At that point Linscott said the Hardin County Health Department asked her to sign documents that she and her husband would self-quarantine. She told them she wouldn’t sign the document because of the way it was worded and then went home.

She told a local news station that she was concerned that if she had “to go to the ER, if I have to go to the hospital, I’m not going to wait to get the approval to go.” The documents mandated that she call the health department before leaving her home at any time in the two weeks.

According to KABC-TV, after she left the hospital she received a text message informing her that her failure to sign the document and cooperate had escalated and law enforcement would be involved.

Then the unthinkable happened. I say the unthinkable because there is no law mandating tests or requiring Americans to carry around an ‘I’m COVID-19 free’ card. Plus, how can anyone prove they don’t have Covi-19 because you can take the test, then go out and contract the virus at any point.

The actions taken in Kentucky are completely ludicrous and violate essential freedoms. We have to be very careful about what happened here because it can happen anywhere.

Right?

But that didn’t matter because later that week after she tested, her husband was confronted at the door by eight government and law enforcement officials demanding that they either sign or go under house arrest with ankle bracelets.

“I open up the door, and there’s like eight different people, five different cars, and I’m like ‘what the heck’s going on?’ This guy’s in a suit with a mask. It’s the health department guy, and they have three papers for us. For me, her and my daughter,” Isaiah Linscott said. 

“We didn’t rob a store. We didn’t steal something. We didn’t hit and run. We didn’t do anything wrong,” Linscott told a local station.

The couple said they were fitted with ankle monitors that would go off and alert the police if they strayed more than 200 feet from their home.

Linscott stressed that although she never refused to self-quarantine, “that’s exactly what the director of the public health department told the judge.”

“I’m like, ‘that’s not the case at all. I never said that,” she said.

The Linscotts plan to hire an attorney. Whoever they hire should do it pro-bono. It should be a lawyer with expertise in civil liberties.

America cannot afford to lose her liberty. We shouldn’t assume that our freedom is guaranteed – we shouldn’t be asleep at the helm and we should not allow fear to gut our nation’s principles.

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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