A New State Of Segregation: Vaccine Cards Are Just The Beginning
By John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead
August 12, 2021
“Yes, COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on the nation emotionally, physically and economically, but, there are still greater dangers on the horizon.” John W. Whitehead
“The things we were worried would happen, are happening.”—Angus Johnston, professor at the City University of New York.
Imagine it: a national classification system, that not only categorizes you according to your health status, but also allows the government to sort you, in a hundred other ways: by gender, orientation, wealth, medical condition, religious beliefs, political viewpoint, legal status, etc.
This is the slippery slope, upon which we are embarking, one that begins with Vaccine Passports and ends with a National System Of Segregation.
It has already begun.
With every passing day, more and more private businesses and government agencies, on both the state and federal levels, are requiring proof of a COVID-19 Vaccination, in order for individuals to work, travel, shop, attend school and generally, participate in, the life of the country.
No matter what one’s views may be, regarding the government’s handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this is an unnerving proposition, for a country that claims to prize the rights of the individual and whose Bill of Rights was written in such a way, as to favor the rights of the minority.
By allowing government agents to establish a litmus test, for individuals to be able to engage in commerce, movement and any other right, that corresponds to life in a supposedly, free society, it lays the groundwork for a “show me your papers” society, in which, you are required to identify yourself, at any time to any government worker, who demands it, for any reason.
Such tactics, can quickly escalate into a power-grab that empowers government agents to force anyone and everyone, to prove that they are in compliance with every statute and regulation, on the books. Mind you, there are thousands of statutes and regulations, on the books. Indeed, in this era of over-criminalization, it is estimated, that the average American, unknowingly, breaks, at least, three laws a day.
This is also how the right to move about freely has been undermined, overtaken and rewritten into a privilege, granted by the government, to those citizens, who are prepared to toe the line.
It used to be that, “we the people” had the right to come and go as we please, without the fear of being stopped, questioned by police or forced to identify ourselves. In other words, unless the police had a reasonable suspicion, that a person was guilty of wrongdoing, they had no legal authority to stop the person and require identification.
Unfortunately, in this age of COVID-19, that unrestricted right to move about freely is being pitted against the government’s power to lock down communities at a moment’s notice. In this tug-of-war, between individual freedoms and government power, “we the people,” have been on the losing end, of the deal.
Now Vaccine Passports, Vaccine Admission Requirements and travel restrictions, may seem like small, necessary steps, in winning the war against the COVID-19 Virus, but, that’s just, so much propaganda. They’re only necessary to the police state, in its efforts, to further brainwash the populace, into believing that the government, legitimately has the power to enforce such blatant acts of authoritarianism.
This is how you imprison a populace and lock down a nation.
It makes no difference, if such police state tactics, are carried out in the name of national security or protecting America’s borders and making America healthy again: the philosophy remains the same, it is a mindset and it is not friendly, to freedom.
You can’t have it both ways.
You can’t live in a constitutional republic, if you allow the government to act, like a police state.
You can’t claim to value freedom, if you allow the government, to operate, like a dictatorship.
You can’t expect to have your rights respected, if you allow the government to treat whomever it pleases with disrespect and an utter disregard, for the rule of law.
If you’re tempted to justify these draconian measures for whatever reason—for the sake of health concerns, the economy or national security, beware, there’s always, a boomerang effect.
Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now, rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you, when the government decides, to set its sights, on you.
The war on drugs turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with SWAT teams and militarized police. The war on terror turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with warrantless surveillance and indefinite detention, for those who dare to disagree.
The war on immigration, turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with roving government agents demanding “papers, please.”
This war on COVID-19 is turning out to be yet another war on the American people, waged with all of the surveillance weaponry and tracking mechanisms, at the government’s disposal. You see, when you talk about empowering government agents to screen the populace in order to control and prevent the spread of this virus, what you’re really talking about, is creating a society in which ID cards, round ups, checkpoints and detention centers, become routine weapons, used by the government to control and suppress the populace, no matter, what the threat is.
No one is safe or immune.
And as I illustrate in my new novel, The Erik Blair Diaries, no one gets spared the anguish, fear and heartache of living in a police state.
That’s the message being broadcast 24/7 with every new piece of government propaganda, every new law that criminalizes otherwise lawful activity, every new policeman on the beat, every new surveillance camera, casting a watchful eye, every sensationalist news story that titillates and distracts, every new prison or detention center, built to house troublemakers and other undesirables, every new court ruling that gives government agents, a green light to strip, steal. rape and ravage the citizenry, at every school that opts to indoctrinate rather than educate, every new justification for why, Americans should comply with the government’s attempts to trample on the Constitution, underfoot.
Yes, COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on the nation: emotionally, physically and economically, but, there are still greater dangers, on the horizon.
As long as “we the people,” continue to allow the government to trample our rights, in the so-called name of national security, things will get worse, not better and it's already worse.
We’ve been having this same debate about the perils of government overreach, for the past 50-plus years, still we don’t yet seem to learn, or if we learn, we learn, too late.
Curiously enough, these COVID-19 Mandates, Restrictions and Vaccine Card Requirements, dovetail conveniently with a national timeline for states to comply with the Real ID Act, which imposes federal standards on identity documents, such as state drivers’ licenses and a prelude, to a national identification system.
Talk about a perfect storm for bringing about a national ID card, the ultimate, human tracking device.
In the absence of a national ID card, which would make the police state’s task of monitoring, tracking and singling out individual suspects, are far simpler, than, “we the people” are already being tracked, in a myriad of ways: through our state driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers, bank accounts, purchases and electronic transactions; biometrics; by way of our correspondence and communication devices (email, phone calls and mobile phones); through chips implanted in our vehicles, identification documents and even, in our clothing.
Add to this, the fact that businesses, schools and other facilities, are relying more and more on fingerprints and facial recognition to identify us. All the while, data companies such as Acxiom, are capturing vast caches of personal information to help airports, retailers, police and other government authorities, to instantly determine whether someone is the person, that he or she, claims to be.
This informational glut — used to great advantage by both the government and corporate sectors, has converged into a mandate for “an internal passport,” a.k.a., a national ID card that would store information as basic, as a person’s name, birth date and place of birth, as well as private information, including a Social Security number, fingerprint, retinal scan, personal, criminal and financial records.
A federalized, computerized, cross-referenced, databased system of identification policed by government agents, would be the final nail in the coffin, for privacy (not to mention, a logistical security nightmare that would leave Americans, even more vulnerable to every hacker, in the cybersphere).
Americans have always resisted adopting a national ID card for good reason: National ID card systems have been used before, by other oppressive governments, in the name of national security, invariably with horrifying results. After all, such a system gives the government and its agents, the ultimate power to target, track and terrorize the populace, according to the government’s own, nefarious purposes.
For instance, in Germany, the Nazis required all Jews to carry special stamped ID cards for travel within the country. A prelude to the yellow Star of David badges, these stamped cards, were instrumental in identifying Jews for deportation, to death camps in Poland.
Author Raul Hilberg, summarizes the impact that such a system had, on the Jews:
The whole identification system, with its personal documents, specially assigned names, conspicuous tagging in public, was a powerful weapon in the hands, of the police. First, the system was an auxiliary device, that facilitated the enforcement of residence and movement restrictions. Second, it was an independent control measure, in that it enabled the police to pick up any Jew, anywhere, anytime. Third and perhaps most important, identification, had a paralyzing effect, on its victims.
In South Africa during apartheid, pass books were used to regulate the movement of black citizens and segregate the population. The Pass Laws Act of 1952 stipulated where, when and for how long a black African, could remain in certain areas. Any government employee, could strike out entries, which cancelled the permission to remain in an area. A pass book that did not have a valid entry, resulted in the arrest and imprisonment, of the bearer.
Identity cards, have played a crucial role in the genocide of the Tutsis in the central African country of Rwanda. The assault, carried out by extremist Hutu militia groups, lasted around 100 days and resulted in close to a million deaths. While the ID cards, were not a precondition to the genocide, they were a facilitating factor. Once the genocide began, the production of an identity card with the designation “Tutsi,” spelled a death sentence, at any roadblock.
Identity cards have also helped oppressive regimes carry out eliminationist policies, such as mass expulsion, forced relocation and group denationalization. Through the use of identity cards, Ethiopian authorities were able to identify people with Eritrean affiliation, during the mass expulsion of 1998. The Vietnamese government, was able to locate ethnic Chinese, easier, during their 1978-79 expulsion. The USSR used identity cards to force the relocation of ethnic Koreans (1937), Volga Germans (1941), Kamyks and Karachai (1943), Crimean Tartars, Meshkhetian Turks, Chechens, Ingush and Balkars (1944) and ethnic Greeks (1949). The ethnic Vietnamese were identified for group denationalization through identity cards in Cambodia in 1993, as were the Kurds, in Syria, in 1962.
In the United States, post-9/11, more than 750 Muslim men, were rounded up on the basis of their religion and ethnicity, detained for up to eight months. Their experiences, echo those of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, who were similarly detained 75 years ago, following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Despite a belated apology and monetary issuance by the U.S. government, the U.S. Supreme Court, has yet to declare such an illegal practice. Moreover, laws such as the National Defense Authorization Act, (NDAA) empower the government to arrest and indefinitely, detain anyone they “suspect,” of being an enemy, of the state.
At some point, it will not matter, whether your skin is black or yellow or brown or white. It will not matter, whether you’re an immigrant or a citizen. It will not matter, whether you’re rich or poor. It won’t even matter, whether you’ve been Properly Medicated, Vaccinated or Indoctrinated.
Government jails will hold you, just as easily, whether you’ve obeyed every law or broken, a dozen. Government bullets will kill you, just as easily, whether you’re complying with a police officer’s order or questioning his tactics. Whether or not, you’ve done anything wrong, government agents, will treat you like a suspect, simply because they have been trained to view and treat everyone, like potential criminals.
Eventually, as I make it clear in my book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, when the police state has turned that final screw and slammed that final door, all that will matter, is whether or not, a government agent, chooses to single you out, for special treatment.