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William Barr warns states not to violate Constitutional rights during COVID-19 lock down

April 28, 2020

  Tensions are finally beginning to rise as Americans grow tired of the COVID-19 lock down and the loss of our rights. Some of the States have put more restrictions on their people than others have and now the Attorney General, William Barr, is warning States that they will be looking for civil liberties violations as the lock down moves forward. Here is more:

Now, I am directing each of our United States Attorneys to also be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.

As the Department of Justice explained recently in guidance to states and localities taking steps to battle the pandemic, even in times of emergency, when reasonable and temporary restrictions are placed on rights, the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers. The legal restrictions on state and local authority are not limited to discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers. For example, the Constitution also forbids, in certain circumstances, discrimination against disfavored speech and undue interference with the national economy. If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court.

I am therefore directing the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Eric Dreiband, and Matthew Schneider; the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, to oversee and coordinate our efforts to monitor state and local policies and, if necessary, take action to correct them. They should work not only with all Department of Justice offices and other federal agencies, but with state and local officials as well.

  I am happy that somebody with some authority is finally standing up for the Constitution, and this is a step in the right direction, but he still apparently believes most of the lock down restrictions were okay under the circumstances, where I would argue that all the States have done has been unconstitutional and a violation of our civil liberties. We are arguing over which degree of tyranny is acceptable and that is not acceptable.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2020 6:09 am

    Let’s see the action…. sounds good…The precedent has been set IMO for these abuses.

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    • April 28, 2020 6:59 pm

      I don’t think we are going to see anything happen, I think he knows people are upset and he wants it to appear as if he and Trump are on our side on this.

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  2. peter3nj permalink
    April 28, 2020 6:11 am

    Wake me when its over….ho hum

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  3. MaddMedic permalink
    April 28, 2020 8:14 am

    Lotta words. Yet it continues with States trampling all over our Rights….Supported by those with TDS and Leftists in general and the media..

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  4. n r ringlee permalink
    April 28, 2020 9:38 am

    We are now seeing that this whole Wuhan 19 virus scare is less about a pandemic and more about control. Leftists and Progressives were spring loaded to jump on a myriad of rights under the false flag of a fake pandemic. Morality rates decline as more testing puts this whole fraud in to perspective but billionaire globalists and their bureaucratic thugs refuse to back off. Once again the ‘crisis’ is not about safety but about control.

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    • April 28, 2020 7:01 pm

      And yet the states continue to extend the emergency declarations and most people don’t seem to care about their rights!

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  5. Thomas Moore permalink
    April 28, 2020 3:55 pm

    Please here yall DO NOT forget the copper who told; “YOUR RIGHTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED”. And the amazing part there? Cop sure sounded like he meant it and believed it and why? Because he said so is why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQfmLJm9UNI therefore my comment that cop believes we American do not have “rights” rather we have “permissions” according to whim of law enforcement.

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