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The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act – the Source of Fear about Pandemic Planning

Much of the liberty-snatching going on in the Obama administration is just an extention of that which was happening in those previous.  It’s just that we have more transparency in this one…  MSM say what they will about conspiracy theorists, it’s all true!  My thanks to AxXiom for this well-documented blog post.

The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act-the Source of Fear about Pandemic Planning
September 14, 2009

Much of the concern about the status of pandemic planning law stems from the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act passed quickly after 9-11.  This Act was to be a “model” for new state laws.

The MSEHP laws proposed to re-write state public health laws to give government health officials sweeping new power over citizens when public health “emergencies” were declared by the Secretary of DHHS or state governors.

National Vaccination Information Center

According to the Heritage Foundation, the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act would empower Governors and health officials to:

  1. Force individuals suspected of harboring an “infectious disease” to undergo medical examinations.
  2. Track and share an individual’s personal health information, including genetic information.
  3. Force persons to be vaccinated, treated, or quarantined for infectious diseases.
  4. Mandate that all health care providers report all cases of persons who harbor any illness or health condition that may be caused by an epidemic or an infectious agent and might pose a “substantial risk” to a “significant number of people or cause a long-term disability.” (Note: Neither “substantial risk” nor “significant number” are defined in the draft.)
  5. Force pharmacists to report any unusual or any increased prescription rates that may be caused by epidemic diseases.
  6. Preempt existing state laws, rules and regulations, including those relating to privacy, medical licensure, and–this is key–property rights.
  7. Control public and private property during a public health emergency, including pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, nursing homes, other health care facilities, and communications devices.
  8. Mobilize all or any part of the “organized militia into service to the state to help enforce the state’s orders.”
  9. Ration firearms, explosives, food, fuel and alcoholic beverages, among other commodities.
  10. Impose fines and penalties to enforce their orders.

Is the “pandemic” a ruse to usher in a completely unconstitutional form of government in America?

9 11 certainly has permitted the ground to be softened already when it comes to the natural and legal rights that Americans have had reason to expect to be honored since the founding of our nation and this sort of apprehension is entirely justified.

Read more from the National Vaccination Information Center:

Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA)

After terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, and subsequent threats of biological warfare against U.S. citizens, federal health officials immediately began preparing for mass anthrax and smallpox vaccination campaigns. National vaccination programs targeting civilians, including children, were proposed in model state legislation created by Lawrence Gostin, of the Georgetown Center for Law and the Public’s Health with funding from the CDC.

The MSEHP laws proposed to re-write state public health laws to give government health officials sweeping new power over citizens when public health “emergencies” were declared by the Secretary of DHHS or state governors.

The National Vaccine Information Center, along with the ACLU and other organizations concerned about lack of informed consent protections and other threats to civil liberties, opposed the legislation. NVIC took the position that, while it is critical for the U.S. to have a sound, workable plan to respond to an act of bioterrorism, as well as enough safe and effective vaccines stockpiled for every American who wants to use them, there are legitimate concerns about a plan which forces citizens to use vaccines without voluntary, informed consent.

The MSEHPA, which was passed by many states in 2002, included provisions that would allow state health officials to use the state militia to:

  • take control of all roads leading into and out of cities and states;
  • seize homes, cars, telephones, computers, food, fuel, clothing, firearms and alcoholic beverages for their own use (and not be held liable if these actions result in the destruction of  personal property);
  • arrest, imprison and forcibly examine, vaccinate and medicate citizens without consent (and not be held liable if these actions result in your death or injury).

The Heritage Foundation published this in 2002:

The Model State Health Emergency Powers Act: An Assault on Civil Liberties in the Name of Homeland Security (June 10, 2002) by Sue Blevins


In response to the tragedy of September 11, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its support for model legislation. The goal was to provide federal funds to states to encourage the enactment of legislation to prevent and detect bioterrorist attacks. Drafted for the Centers for Disease Control by academicians from the Center for Law and the Public’s Health at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, the so-called Model State Emergency Health Powers Act was released on October 23, 2001.

It is noteworthy that a key attorney who assisted in drafting this proposal was also very involved in Hillary Clinton’s health care task force nearly a decade ago. It is also significant that two articles related to this proposal were published or prepared well before the Trade Center attacks. In January 1999, in a Columbia Law Review article, a plan was presented for changing public health laws. A similar plan appeared in an American Journal of Public Health article, published coincidentally in September 2001, but accepted for publication in March 2001.

It appears that this model legislation–formulated long before the terrorism of last fall–actually represents the promotion and expansion of a long-standing agenda. As these proposals come before the individual states, our elected officials should be aware of this history and examine carefully all proposals submitted to them.

Although this model legislation was recommended as a means to help states protect citizens against bioterrorist attacks and deal with national defense issues, the draft bill goes much, much further. It calls for giving state public health officials broad, new police powers–all in the name of controlling epidemics of infectious diseases during public health emergencies.

The American Legislative Exchange Council and other groups immediately began tracking the issue and reporting on how such legislation could affect citizens’ individual freedoms and property rights. As Time magazine recently reported, gun activists were some of the strongest and most influential opponents.

Consequently, a revised model bill was released on December 21, 2001. Both models–which the states are using in formulating legislation–are on line at I encourage you to read them.

In an attempt to make the October draft appear less authoritarian, several words were changed in the December draft. For example, the revised language calls for “protecting” persons rather than “controlling” persons during a public health emergency. It says that the state would “manage” private property rather than “control” private property during a public health emergency. And it removes any direct mention of rationing firearms or alcoholic beverages but still retains the right to ration “other commodities,” which clearly could be interpreted to include guns and alcoholic beverages–or many other items for that matter.

Read more:


see also:

MSEHPA gives governors absolute power

Add to this the fact that we already have thousands of foreign mercenaries on our shores (read ‘state militia’ or ‘civilian military’ or ‘Obama’s army’) who have no compunction against shooting Americans, and the fact that FEMA already has camps and equipment in place (see my previous posts and, IMHO — this IS the New World Order.


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  1. I dont know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    …..Frank Scurley

    Comment by Frank Scurley | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for re-posting!

    I am glad to see some circulation on the issue.

    Please check back often as I am staying up nights researching and am hoping that what I find can be useful for many.

    I have looked into the patient tracking system that is getting a bit of attention right now (think RFID accessories)and am beginning to unload the info onto my site.
    Also, if you are an infohound, as I suspect ;P see my cache of docs on scribd


    Comment by AxXiom | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. First, this was a great post. I’m a retired Paramedic with all the funny letters after my name. Among them were FEMA MCI instructor / trainer. I helped write disaster plans and such back then, and the issues brought up by the Heritage Foundation were certainly on our minds. I told one Senator that if those measures were taken in an unbridled fashion that he would have more than a disaster on his hands. I was labeled a “crack pot Libertarian,” and other such names. Still, most states passed this legislation with stipulations, and, post Katrina, other laws that would stop the most egregious violations of the Constitution. The “What if’s” remain as always…

    Comment by Patrick Sperry | September 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you, Patrick. This means a lot coming from you. Perhaps you’d like to spell out more of the ‘what ifs’ in the form of our worst fears for us? You’d be an expert witness for the conservative prosecution! (-;

      Comment by Lisa | September 16, 2009 | Reply

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