3 Supreme Court justices, 2 top level NSA executives, numerous Democratic and Republican Congress members and other top American officials have said that we’re basically in a police state.
Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined. Indeed, the Obama administration is literally treating whistleblowers as terrorists. Dissent is also treated as terrorism, and the massive spy apparatus is focused on crushing dissent. Even trying to protect oneself from spying is treated as extremism. And investigative journalism has been criminalized by the Obama administration.
And yet the government is allowing people from Ebola-infected countries like Liberia visit America … even after a Liberian brought Ebola to Dallas.
Why don’t we enforce a travel ban … just until the African epidemic ends?
In July, Congressman Alan Grayson called for a travel ban from Liberia and other hot zone countries, to be lifted 90 days after the last case of Ebola is reported.
Scores of African nations have enacted Ebola travel restrictions.
Kit Daniels notes:
In mid-August, Korean Air and Kenya Airways announced they were halting flights to the West African countries ravaged by Ebola, and British Airways and Air France also decided to suspend service to the Ebola hot zone a few weeks later.
“France is recommending that its citizens leave Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the countries hardest hit by the worst ever outbreak of the disease,” Jessica Plautz reported for Mashable. “The government said the increasing spread of the disease prompted its request that the airline to suspend flights.”
Yet the Obama administration made no such request to U.S. airlines and government flights
Indeed, there’s not only open travel for people from hot zone countries, but there are limited screening procedures at airports, and doctors aren’t screening very vigorously either.
While the Centers for Diseases Control are talking as if they are confident, the reality is different:
- The CDC’s budget has been slashed
- As Dr. Sanjay Gupta notes, there have been lapses in safety at the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. hospitals in treating infectious diseases
American government officials are acting arrogantly - and may be putting us all at risk - in the same way that:
- U.S. economic officials thought that the U.S. had the world's strongest financial system - and that they had figured out how to permanently stabilize the economy in a prosperous utopia - but their models were completely flawed, and made wildly erroneous assumptions
- The Japanese had the reputation as being the world's most technologically sophisticated and conscientious country ... but their arrogance and attempt to underplay the dangers of nuclear power caused them to take incredibly risky actions which let Fukushima melt down
The government is much more focused on bombing yet more Arabs in yet more wars than stopping a pandemic which could turn into the modern equivalent of the Great Plague.
But stupid government policy is more dangerous than terrorism.
Postscript: Here's the contrary and mainstream view.