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Jared Kushner wants to create COVID-19 surveillance system

April 8, 2020

  Jared Kushner wants to create what some people are calling the “PATRIOT Act for healthcare” to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. This would be a surveillance system used to track people with the disease under the guise of trying to optimize how the government uses its resources, but sounds more like yet another domestic spying program and governmental intrusion on our right to privacy.

  Here is more:

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s task force has reached out to a range of health technology companies about creating a national coronavirus surveillance system to give the government a near real-time view of where patients are seeking treatment and for what, and whether hospitals can accommodate them, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions.

The proposed national network could help determine which areas of the country can safely relax social-distancing rules and which should remain vigilant. But it would also represent a significant expansion of government use of individual patient data, forcing a new reckoning over privacy limits amid a national crisis.

But the prospect of compiling a national database of potentially sensitive health information has prompted concerns about its impact on civil liberties well after the coronavirus threat recedes, with some critics comparing it to the Patriot Act enacted after the 9/11 attacks.

Already, the Trump administration has sought to ease data-sharing rules and assure health data companies they won’t be penalized for sharing information with state and federal officials — a move driven in part by Kushner’s push to assemble the national network, according to an individual with knowledge of the decision.

  Donald Trump, who was always a New York liberal before he decided to run for President, is showing his true big government colors with this move and it is totally unacceptable! Our health is supposed to be our own private business between us and our doctors and I am getting sick and tired of these elitists using crises like this to further intrude on our right to privacy.

This national database of sorts would be in addition to the already disturbing news that the CDC is tracking millions of Americans through the advertisers on their cellphones. The American people are showing the government just how willing they are to give up their liberty for perceived security and frankly I am shocked at how weak-willed the American people have become. It can only get worse from here if we do not wake up soon…

I spy with my little eye something that begins with you…

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Democrat to refer Donald Trump to Hague for ‘crimes against humanity’ Hydroxychloroquine advocacy

April 6, 2020

  There is a liberal conspiracy going around that claims the reason Donald Trump is advocating for the use of Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients is because he is invested in the drug. These people may not admit it but they are routing for the drug to fail because this will give them what they believe is a twofold victory: if the drug fails it means Donald Trump will lose money and more people will die. If more people die it lessens the chance of Donald Trump winning in November and this is collateral damage they are willing to take.

  Now one Democrat is threatening to refer Donald Trump to Hague for crimes against humanity because of his avocation of this drug, here is what Tavia Galonski from Ohio tweeted:

  But she either conveniently forgot or she does not know that the FDA has already approved the drug for emergency COVID-19 treatment and it appears to be having some good results, as New York Governor Cuomo recently affirmed.

  But those facts do not matter to her or to any of the other liberals who are out there who want to see the President brought up on charges and the use of a possibly life-saving treatment to be halted for their political agenda.

Sunday, April 5th open thread: ‘By and By’

April 5, 2020

open-thread“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  Here is this week’s open thread. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates and you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right.

  Here is CAAMP performing “By and By” live from last year, enjoy:

Joe Biden flip flops on China travel ban

April 4, 2020

  It makes sense that when you are the leader of a country and you hear through your intelligence that there is a potentially deadly virus in a country that you would restrict travel to and from that country. It also makes sense that if it were bad enough you might just come right out and ban travel to that country and not let flights come into your country from China that country whatsoever.

  It is also predictable that when your opponents oppose everything that you say or do that they will also oppose you taking precautions to help protect the American your people, this means they will act reactionarily to oppose a travel ban.

 And that is exactly what happened in this thinly-veiled reference to COVID-19 and Donald Trump’s reaction to the threat. Instead of coming out in support of a tough decision the Democrats claimed the President was a racist, and a bigot, and a Xenophobe while condemning his decision. Compounding their obviously politically motivated befuddlement at the President’s action was the fact that this was an election year and these are accusations the left has been trying, unsuccessfully, to pin on Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy several years ago.

  Nobody was more vocal in opposition than Joe Biden, who said:

“In moments like this, this is where the credibility of a president is most needed, as he explains what we should and should not do,” he said. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia, hysterical xenophobia, to uh, and fearmongering.”

  According to Joe Biden this travel ban was “hysterical Xenophobia” and “fearmongering” but that was then and this is now. Good ole Uncle Joe has quietly changed his position and is now supporting Donald Trump’s travel ban. Here is more:

“Joe Biden supports travel bans that are guided by medical experts, advocated by public health officials, and backed by a full strategy,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told CNN. “Science supported this ban, therefore he did too.”

  Apparently Donald Trump was not being reactionary or Xenophobic, nor was he fearmongering at the end of January when he imposed this travel ban, it was Joe Biden who was being the reactionary one, for now according to Joe Biden science actually supported the ban and it did all along. If you are a Joe Biden supporter and want to defend your candidate by saying he did not have all the information about the virus when he made the earlier statements in opposition about the travel ban you are probably right but that is another reason why he should have kept his mouth shut.

  So here are the questions this brings to mind about this flip-flop to the right position after a couple of months of thinking about it: How long as President would Joe Biden have been frozen in the grips of political correctness and how long would he have been afraid to act for fear of offending people before he finally came to the realization a travel  ban to and from China was in the best interest of protecting the American people? How many more people would have died because of his paralyzation? And how much worse would this already bad situation be if Joe Biden were at the helm?

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NRA sues New York for closing gun shops during pandemic

April 3, 2020

  For the most part the people are lying supinely on their backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope as the government uses the coronavirus pandemic to wipe its feet on the Constitution. 

  But there is one organization which is fighting back against this long train of abuses and usurpations and that group is the NRA. The NRA is already fighting California for using the pandemic as an excuse to shut down gun shops and now they are suing New York for the same. Here is more:

The NRA explains that the suit centers on the closure of gun stores resulting from “Executive Order 202.8, issued by Gov. Cuomo on March 20, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.”

The NRA claims the gun store closures “effectively and indefinitely suspended a key component of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution – shutting down all gun stores in the State of New York, including federally licensed gun stores, by deeming them ‘non-essential’ businesses.”

NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said:

There isn’t a single person who has ever used a gun for self-defense who would consider it nonessential. This is clearly another assault by Gov. Cuomo on the NRA, on the rights of New Yorkers to defend themselves and their families, and on our Second Amendment freedoms. The NRA will continue to fight all such attacks until Gov. Cuomo recognizes that constitutional rights are for every New Yorker and every American – and not just for politicians and their privileged friends.

  These two lawsuits are most likely not going to be settled before this crisis is over but this is still important because now that the government has seen how easily the people rolled over and how willingly they accepted this abuse of power we are going to see more and more of this and for longer and longer periods of time. This is only the beginning…

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Justice Department audit finds widespread ‘flaws’ in FISA applications

March 31, 2020

  The Justice Department has already admitted that there were several mistakes made in the application for approval to spy on Carter Page, in fact they actually admitted that two of the FISA warrants were not even valid.

  This raises questions about how widespread the problem is and it turns out the process is not being followed properly in many cases. Here is more:

A Justice Department audit of the FBI’s use of secret surveillance warrants has found widespread problems with the law enforcement agency’s process for ensuring that facts are backing up the claims made to judges when seeking a warrant.

The finding of broader failings in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act program came in a review launched by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz after an earlier inquiry found numerous errors in applications to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. In a bid to assess whether the faults in the Page’s surveillance process were an aberration or a chronic problem, Horowitz’s audit team zeroed in on 29 applications for surveillance of U.S. citizens or green-card holders over a five-year period.

Horowitz found an average of 20 errors in each of the applications.

For each of the 29 applications, Horowitz’s team reviewed whether the “Woods procedures” for justifying an application were properly followed.

“We do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures in compliance with FBI policy, or that the process is working as it was intended to help achieve the ‘scrupulously accurate’ standard for FISA applications,” Horowitz wrote ina “management advisory” addressed to FBI Director Chris Wray.

One troubling finding in Horowitz’s ongoing audit: the files providing detailed support for four of the 29 applications reviewed were missing.

“We could not review original Woods Files for 4 of the 29 selected FISA applications because the FBI has not been able to locate them and, in 3 of these instances, did not know if they ever existed,” he wrote.

  That is very troubling indeed, especially the finding that in a few cases they could not even determine if the proper documents for requesting a FISA warrant ever existed.

  The FISA court is unconstitutional in the first place and it should not be reauthorized even if there was no abuse, but the abuse makes not reauthorizing the FISA court a no-brainer to anybody in the government who values liberty and freedom. But of course there are not many…

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CBS used Italian hospital footage in New York coronavirus story

March 30, 2020

  Back in October of last year ABC was caught claiming footage from a gun range in Kentucky was actually video of Syria bombing the Kurds after Donald Trump pulled a couple of dozen troops from the country. This was a blatant attempt by the news outlet to paint a bleak picture due to a Trump policy.

  Not to be outdone in trying to create a bleak picture which can be blamed on Donald Trump CBS was caught over the weekend using Italian hospital footage in a story about New York. CBS is claiming it was an “editing mistake.”

CBS News acknowledged it aired the wrong footage while reporting last week on New York hospitals and the ventilator shortage during the coronavirus outbreak.

Inquisitive social media users noticed that CBS This Morning aired footage on Wednesday during a report on Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response to the coronavirus pandemic that looked to be the same as footage from a recent Sky News report about a hospital in Bergamo, Italy.

“It was an editing mistake,” a CBS spokesperson told the Washington Examiner when asked about the footage. “We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows.”

The footage of the Italy-based hospital was presented as imagery from a hospital in New York, but the same clip was seen during a Sky News segment on Italian hospitals and the COVID-19 virus on March 22.

   This so-called “mistake” was caught by people on social media and yet we are supposed to believe that nobody in the editing department knew where the footage came from? Just like ABC and the gun range video from last October I do not believe this was done by mistake, somebody who works at CBS purposely slipped this footage into the story hoping that nobody would catch it. Somebody needs to lost his or her job over this.

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