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Travel Quarantine Quietly Ditched Four Years Ago

PRESIDENT EBOLA: In 2010 Obama Administration Quietly Scrapped CDC Quarantine Regulations Aimed At Ebola

Published on Oct 4, 2014
Four years ago, the administration of President Barack Obama moved with virtually no fanfare to abandon a comprehensive set of regulations which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had called essential to preventing international travelers from spreading deadly diseases inside the United States.

The CDC had proposed the regulations in 2005 under the administration of George W. Bush, reported USA Today in 2010. The original impetus for the regulations was fear that avian flu would spread unchecked. http://www.infowars.com/in-2010-obama...



The regulations, proposed in 2005 during the Bush administration amid fears of avian flu, would have given the federal government additional powers to detain sick airline passengers and those exposed to certain diseases. They also would have expanded requirements for airlines to report ill passengers to the CDC and mandated that airlines collect and maintain contact information for fliers in case they later needed to be traced as part of an investigation into an outbreak.

Back in 2007, the CDC recommended the regulations, saying it would “improve the agency’s ability to identify exposed passengers quickly.”
Then in 2010, under pressure from the ACLU and the airline industry, the Obama Administration secretly (or “quietly,” the article states, but what’s the difference?)  scrapped plans to give the feds the power to quarantine anybody exposed to certain diseases or who appear ill.
Now, however, thousands of passengers from the three affected African countries are permitted into the U.S. without any special screening.
The ACLU opened the door to Ebola.  Thanks a lot, ACLU. 

Airline and civil liberties groups, which had opposed the rules, praised their withdrawal.


The Air Transport Association had decried them as imposing "unprecedented" regulations on airlines at costs they couldn't afford. "We think that the CDC was right to withdraw the proposed rule," association spokeswoman Elizabeth Merida said Thursday. Just too much trouble for the airlines.

The American Civil Liberties Union had objected to potential passenger privacy rights violations and the proposal's "provisional quarantine" rule. That rule would have allowed the CDC to detain people involuntarily for three business days if the agency believed they had certain diseases: pandemic flu, infectious tuberculosis, plague, cholera, SARS, smallpox, yellow fever, diphtheria or viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola.

"The fact that they're backing away from this very coercive style of quarantine is good news," said ACLU legislative counsel Christopher Calabrese, who was unaware the proposed rules had been withdrawn.

CDC officials had stressed the rules would only be used in rare circumstances when someone posed a threat and refused to cooperate. The new rules, they noted at the time, added legal protections and appeals for those subject to quarantines. 

CDC spokeswoman Christine Pearson said in a statement Thursday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC's parent agency, withdrew the proposed regulations after discussion across the government made it clear that "further revision and reconsideration is necessary to update the regulations."

....
They probably learned during H1N1 that this hope of preventing diseases from entering the country by stationing people at airports is unrealistic," she said.

In 2007, after an Atlanta man with drug-resistant tuberculosis drew international attention to the potential risks posed by infected air travelers, CDC Director Julie Gerberding testified before Congress that the proposed regulations (now scrapped) would improve the agency's ability to identify exposed passengers quickly. Gerberding, now president of Merck Vaccines, was unavailable for comment Thursday.


Obama administration scraps quarantine regulations - USATODAY.com:
The Obama administration quietly removed the CDC quarantine requirements concerning people with infectious disease, USA today 2010.
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-04-01-quarantine_N.htm



Back in 2007, the CDC recommended the regulations, saying it would “improve the agency’s ability to identify exposed passengers quickly.”Now, however, thousands of passengers from the three affected African countries are permitted into the U.S. without any special screening.  http://downtrend.com/robertgehl/aclu-airlines-pushed-obama-to-lift-quarantine-rules-on-sick-travelers/
The ACLU opened the door to Ebola.  Thanks a lot, ACLU.

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok


http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/03/president-ebola-in-2010-obama-administration-scrapped-cdc-quarantine-regulations-aimed-at-ebola/

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