If it wasn’t enough hassle just getting to a flight now-a-days, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg revealed during an ‘Axios on HBO’ interview that the administration is mulling the requirement that all passengers take a COVID test proving they’re negative before boarding any domestic and international flights in the United States.
Seriously? The tests are not always reliable and with multiple effective vaccines being distributed throughout the globe what sense is adding another burdensome regulation to an already burdensome travel situation.
“There’s an active conversation with the CDC right now,” said Buttigieg with regard to the test requirement. “What I can tell you is, it’s going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine, and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out.”
If we’re considering this test, why not require a medical exam for all communicable diseases before flying anywhere in the world? Wait, we don’t want to give anyone any ideas right. Imagine the long lines? How long before the flight would the test be given in order for a passenger to be cleared? If the test is given days before the flight couldn’t the illness be contracted in between and the passenger could still board the flight infected? Who knows, but I think we’re fine the way we are until otherwise.
What about false-positives? Now, that would be a bummer.
In my opinion, requiring a test before flying is taking it several steps too far. The science shows that wearing the masks and the police state tactics to ensure that those masks are on your face during the flight is doing the trick.
Buttigieg, like many bureaucrats in Washington D.C., believe that the minute they hold a new position of power in the bureaucracy they need to create more paperwork and chaos.
Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing.
For the full interview go to Axios.
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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