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Scott Atlas: ‘Lockdowns do not get rid of the virus’

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A senior fellow from the Hoover Institute, a conservative think tank, on Monday criticized lockdowns as a means of combatting the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In an interview on the Fox News program “The Next Revolution” with Steve Hilton, Scott Atlas called into question the effectiveness of lockdowns as a policy.

“We are entering now a phase of a continuous cycle of lockdowns with no end in sight,” Atlas said. “And we see all over Europe, all over the states in the U.S., lockdowns do not get rid of the virus.”

Atlas served on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, where he was criticized heavily for controversially doubting the effectiveness of wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, among other things. Additionally, he served as Special Advisor to President Donald Trump until resigning on November 30, having began the job in August.

“The virus is there, you can slow things down by delaying things, as, unfortunately, was done and part of the reason we’re seeing so many cases is because of the lockdowns delaying things into winter months, colder weather,” he claimed, “where we see that you cannot socially distance from your elderly family members.”

Atlas, however, did not specify which delayed things he was referring to.

“So, I think that public health officials need to do something very essential which has been missing,” Atlas added. “They have to consider the impact of the virus and they have to consider the impact of the policy itself.”

Coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket across the country, pushing the total number of deaths in the U.S. past 282,000 and the number of cases nearing 15 million, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. This has led many state and local leaders to strengthen their COVID-19 restrictions in the lead-up to the holiday travel season, after loosening the restrictions in many places throughout the summer.

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DOJ charges eleven pro-life protesters ‘aided and abetted by one another’

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Eleven pro-life protesters were charged with violating federal law by the Department of Justice Wednesday for blocking abortion clinics. The individuals, “aided and abetted by one another, used force and physical obstruction to injure, intimidate, and interfere with employees of the clinic and a patient who was seeking reproductive health services” said the DOJ.

According to a summary of the indictment, seven of the demonstrators were charged with conspiracy against rights secured by the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which prohibits obstructing the entrance to an abortion facility. The remaining four were charged with violating the legislation.

Pro-life activist AJ Hurley told Live Action News  the FBI raided the home of Chester Gallagher, the organizer of the protest and one of the accused conspirators, on Tuesday with guns drawn. He said Gallagher’s neighbors told him Gallagher was out of state when the FBI showed up and entered his home.

National Review reports that Hurley also told Live Action News that the FBI reportedly recently called a few of the charged individuals to tell them they had arrest warrants and that they must turn themselves in. If convicted, those charged with conspiracy could face up to eleven years in prison and fines up to $250,000, the DOJ confirmed.

National Review writes:

Gallagher allegedly advertised a series of pro-life events on social media for March 2021 in the Nashville area. The indictment claims he and other coordinators recruited participants to travel to the city and erect a blockade, which Gallagher allegedly called a “rescue,” at Carafem Health Center Clinic in Mount Juliet, Tenn., to prevent pregnant women from pursuing abortions.

A livestream of the stand-in shows activists chanting and singing prayer up the stairs to and along the hallway outside the abortion clinic, located in an office complex. Police officers eventually appeared in the video urging them to take their protest outside to the sidewalk.

“This is not allowed guys. Asking you to leave the property or I will call the police,” a security guard can be heard saying. The indictment alleges that the group prevented a patient and an employee from entering the facility. After they refused to leave the premises, the activists were reportedly escorted away to jail by police on misdemeanor trespassing charges. One pro-life activist wroteon March 6, 2021, on Facebook the claim that one “rescuer” was held on $1,000 bail, six, including Gallagher, on $1,500 bail, and two on $2,500 bail.

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