NY bill seeks to allow the ‘removal and detention’ of people who come into contact with viruses

A proposed bill in the state of New York would allow for the “removal and detention” of people who are carriers or come into contact with any virus that, in the opinion of the Governor, “may pose an imminent and significant threat.” The Governor can detain people based on merely a “reasonably specific description.”

The Orwellian Bill A416 gives the governor the right to—after determining in his/her opinion that the virus is a threat—”order the removal and/or the detention of such a person or group of such persons by issuing a single order.”

A clear issue with the legislation is that it allows for the detention of anyone since one would not have to be sick but merely deemed to have been in contact with someone who contracted said virus—all, of course, is determined by the governor and his/her opinion.

"Upon determining by clear and convincing evidence that the health of others is or may be endangered by a case, contact or carrier, or suspected case, contact or carrier of a contagious disease that, in the opinion of the governor, after consultation with the commissioner, may pose an imminent and significant threat to the public health resulting in severe morbidity or high mortality, the governor or his or her dele-gee, including, but not limited to the commissioner or the heads of
local health departments, may order the removal and/or detention of such a person or of a group of such persons," reads the bill. 

To take it even further, the bill allows for detention of people based on a “description,” meaning a specification by name is not necessary for Governor Cuomo to send his people in and swoop up any poor soul who was within a distance of any virus.

“Identifying such persons either by name or by a reasonably specific
description of the individuals or group being detained. such person or
group of persons shall be detained in a medical facility or other appropriate facility or premises designated by the governor,” the bill says.

Whether the state of New York will grant Governor Cuomo and his future successors the right to arbitrarily kidnap anyone that potentially came into contact with a virus will be seen in the coming months.

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