When Attorney General Bill Barr was asked his opinion of Bill Gates’s recent suggestion that tracking citizens to see who has the CCP Virus, who has immunity to it, and if a vaccine is produced, who has received it, was met with concern regarding the deprivation of liberty during the pandemic.
Laura Ingram spoke to Barr in an exclusive “Ingraham Angle” interview.
Barr said the government can put draconian measures in place during the pandemic, restricting activities to help slow the rate of infection, but when the measures are lifted at the end of April other means as well as social distancing will need to be looked at for people to keep themselves safe, and keep civil liberties balanced. Barr said it can’t be used as an excuse for “broad deprivations of liberty.”
“The states have very broad ‘police powers’ that the federal government doesn’t have to regulate the lives of their citizens, as long as they don’t violate the Constitution,” said Barr.
“So we’ll be keeping a close eye on that,” he added.
Ingraham commented, “Bill Gates, the Gates Foundation are in favor of developing digital certificates that would certify that individuals—American citizens—have an immunity to this virus and potentially other viruses going forward to then facilitate travel and work and so forth.”
Some would say these are “tracking methods,” said Laura, making reference to the answer Gates gave on “Reddit Ask me Anything” on March 18, regarding keeping track of the virus. “A digital certificate to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine—who has received it,” said Laura.
Barr was bothered by Gates’s idea, from a civil libertarian point of view, referring to a “slippery slope in the terms of continuing encroachments on personal liberty.”
“I’d be a little bit concerned about that, and the tracking of people generally, especially over a long period of time,” he said.