Disinfo: Unlike Russia, US tramples constitutional rights amid coronavirus crackdown

Summary

Amid efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the US, the no. 1 thing that has been quarantined is the Constitution itself. Around 200 million Americans find themselves under the house arrest, their First Amendment rights to public protest or association suspended. They cannot even go to church for fear of being arrested.

In Russia, the right to assembly or movement may only be restricted based on individualized suspicion. On the other hand, the US authorities simply presume the guilt of more than 200 million of its own citizens.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the coronavirus pandemic.

Temporary limits on citizens' movement are a logical consequence of efforts to check the spread of the pandemic in a number of countries, including China, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

In the US, government authority to introduce isolation procedures is derived from the US Constitution, Acts of Congress, and state laws. See here and here for an overview of US legal mechanisms to deal with communicable diseases. The segment falsely characterizes the measures currently taken in the US as a "quarantine" - a much stricter emergency regime which has not been deployed in that country since 1918. Isolation, moreover, does not "presume the guilt" of anyone, but merely "separates sick people with a quarantinable communicable disease from people who are not sick," according to the US Center for Disease Control.

A dozen Russian regions have also imposed general lockdowns; the mayor of St Petersburg announced on 30 March the imposition of a "full quarantine"; whereas municipal authorities in Moscow are rolling out a city-wide surveillance system which "will allow [them] to control residents’ movements almost completely and prevent violations that could occur."

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  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Human rights, The West
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Covid-19 vaccines will lead to Full Spectrum Dominance by the Deep Dark State

Vaccine production is promoted for an important political agenda for a New World Order. A plan has been on the drawing board for the last few years, dictated by the obscure clan, or “Deep Dark State”, and designed by its minions, who expect to be generously rewarded in one way or another. The forced coronavirus quarantine creates fear and anxiety, frustration and anger, which are bad for health and reduce the immune system. Exactly what the people in charge want. The fear factor is the key. The time will come when people will literally scream for help. They want police and military state to protect them and to be vaccinated. The vaccination cocktail could serve to reduce fertility or cause long-term neurological defects that can even be passed on to next generations. But people don’t care nor do they want to know that along with the vaccine could be a nano-chip injected that will contain all their personal data, from health records to bank accounts, and can be electronically remote-controlled. The universal vaccination and electronic ID go together and will first be tested in a few developing countries, like Bangladesh. This will eventually lead to Full Spectrum Dominance.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support any of the claims.

This is part of Russia’s disinformation campaign on coronavirus, well documented by both media and governments. Some elements of this campaign were widely reported by Russian and international publications and by the European External Action Service. It is also mixed with a long-established false narrative about a Shadow Government of all-powerful groups ruling the world. This narrative aims to question the legitimacy of democracy and Western institutions.

COVID-19 is not the product of natural evolution

The genome of the virus has been decoded in China and in Russia. According to these researches, the virus does not have a natural evolution.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative on coronavirus presented with no evidence to support the claim that the coronavirus was artificially created.

The novel SARS-CoV-2 that has since caused a large scale COVID-19 epidemic is the product of natural evolution.

Closing EU borders is in conflict with Schengen Agreement

Coronavirus may lead to the disintegration of the unity of an entire continent, especially after several countries in the EU closed their borders during the last few days as a precautionary measure, which contradicts the European Schengen agreement.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the imminent collapse of the EU.

The temporary closing of borders does not contradict the Schengen Agreement. According to the Schengen border code: