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HR 6666 is a mass surveillance system

A new house resolution introduced in Congress under the name HR 6666 is a proposal for a $100 billion contact tracing program that would pave the way for a gigantic surveillance system under the false guise of COVID-19 safety.

While the text is concise, the details of the Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Program is beyond frightening, and leaves plenty of room for interpretation as well as expansion.

“To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to eligible entities to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID–19, and related activities such as contact tracing, through mobile health units and, as necessary, at individuals’ residences, and for other purposes,” the introduction of the bill reads.

The current Secretary of Health and Human Services is Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry lobbyist, who would be in charge of distributing funds to the relevant organizations to carry out the program.

Who are these ‘eligible entities’?

“Entities such as federally qualified health centers, nonprofit organizations, and certain hospitals and schools are eligible to receive such grants. In awarding the grants, the CDC shall prioritize applicants that (1) operate in hot spots and medically underserved communities, and (2) agree to hire individuals from the communities where grant activities occur,” the bill continues.

This is truly troublesome as it states that individuals from ‘eligible entities’ which receive government money – from schools to churches –  will be responsible for leading the monitoring of its own community members, with a healthy bounty to boot.

The amount of US tax payer money being asked to track and trace the public and enforce quarantine is $100 billion for 2020 alone and the bill adds that “such sums may be necessary for each of fiscal year 2021 and any subsequent fiscal year during which the emergency period continues”.

How would contact be known? Through Google and Apple.

Google and Apple are working together on a contact tracing application which will tell you if you’ve come into contact with someone with COVID-19, and under such a bill would be obliged to let authorities, NGOs or any other of its ‘eligible entities’ know.

Therefore, when an individual enters into contact with someone who either has or had COVID-19, they would be flagged as possibly having the virus.

The global duopoly of all operating systems, Google and Apple, are constructing what will essentially be a mass surveillance system that will be introduced into every connected iPhone and Android device in the world.

Although they maintain that it is currently an opt-in system, the statement issued by the companies mentions that it will eventually allow the app to “enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities” and if such a bill were to pass, in all likelihood, would no longer be voluntary.

These ‘eligible entities’ mentioned previously would then function essentially as an army of snitches of the state, who would monitor, track and then report potentially infected subjects to the authorities who would then enforce quarantine of these individuals.

Ineffective model

The idea that this is more about tracking and surveillance rather than having viable and useful health benefits gathers speed on a number of fronts, but mainly on the matter of antibodies.

If someone has COVID-19 antibodies in their system, the likelihood of contracting the virus is minimal, yet a contact tracing app wouldn’t have a way of knowing this, and would proceed to flag such individuals along with the other more draconian measures mentioned in HR 6666.

For example, antibody tests carried out in Los Angeles County showed that those with COVID-19 antibodies were far more than those who actually currently have the virus.

“Based on testing results from 863 adults, the research team estimates that approximately 4.1% of the county’s adult population has an antibody to the virus,” the report reads.

“Adjusting this estimate for the statistical margin of error implies about 2.8% to 5.6% of the county’s adult population has an antibody to the virus — which translates to approximately 221,000 to 442,000 adults in the county who have been infected.

“That estimate is 28 to 55 times higher than the 7,994 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the county at the time of the study in early April.”

With antibodies already in the system, the contact tracing app becomes redundant. Almost all states in the US have had exposure to the virus and a large portion of the population has antibodies.

‘Fact-checkers’ fall flat again

As ever, the subject is being flagged by so-called impartial fact-checkers, yet their efforts to do so only seem to only further fuel speculation.

The likes of Politifact are deeming the concerns surrounding HR 6666’s involvement with surveillance as ‘false’ simply because some reporters have claimed it to mean that this implies forced quarantine or/and subsequent forced vaccination by the state.

Yet in one of its fact-check pieces which deemed Ben Swann’s 15-minute report on how the bill indicates the points mentioned in this article as false, Politifact states that it didn’t even watch the video.

As mentioned before, whether or not it explicitly states so or not, the vague wording of the bill regarding how this plan to enforce quarantine will be carried out has fueled plenty of concern.

Furthermore, the manner in which it seeks to impose itself on the general public bears hallmarks of the most oppressive regimes of the past, depending on members of communities to snitch on fellow citizens based on questionable data.

The bill would hand over the authority to tech companies with questionable records on privacy to monitor movements and share that information with government agencies, ringing in the most oppressive form of surveillance.

HR 6666 is a violation of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Amendments of the Bill of Rights and it, along with similar laws set to be introduced around the world, must be stopped at all costs.