Posts Tagged ‘emergency powers’

File photo of U.S. Army Military police escorting a detainee to his cell in Naval Base Guantanamo Bay

One of the requests to Congress would allow the department to petition a judge to indefinitely detain someone during an emergency.
DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.

 

British Royal Air Force personnel wait in a bunker wearing full Nuclear Biological and Chemical suit..

The CBP’s pandemic response document, obtained by The Nation, reveals that the CBP’s pandemic directive “allows the agency to actively surveil and detain individuals suspected of carrying the illness indefinitely.”

This is another unconstitutional power grab.

Following this order, HHS officials with the appropriate security clearances held meetings on coronavirus response at the department’s Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF), which are facilities “usually reserved for intelligence and military operations” and — in HHS’ case — for responses to “biowarfare or chemical attacks.” Several officials who spoke to Reuters noted that the classification decision prevented key experts from participating in meetings and slowed down the ability of HHS and the agencies it oversees, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to respond to the crisis by limiting participation and information sharing.

 

US Intel Agencies Played Unsettling Role in Classified and “9/11-like” Coronavirus Response Plan