U.S. Attorney General William Barr called the quarantine declared because of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history” after comparing it to slavery.
“You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest. Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,” Barr said.
For Barr, the limitations imposed by state authorities on your First Amendment rights, particularly religious freedom, he has opposed.
Barr’s speech took place on Sept. 16 at Hillsdale College in commemoration of Constitution Day, which celebrates the date when the Founding Fathers signed the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1789.
Barr, on April 27, addressed an official memorandum to all U.S. lawyers to be “on the lookout for state and local directives that may be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of citizens.”
Barr also considered that the intervention of prosecutors in politics was necessary.
“The most basic control of prosecutorial power is politics. … Government power completely divorced from politics is a tyranny,” he said on the subject, according to Breitbart.
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division insisted on this point and succeeded in easing some quarantine restrictions.
Pennsylvania Federal Judge William Stickman IV ruled that constitutional freedoms are not to be applied on a temporary basis, even if there is a good intention on the part of the authorities.
“Even in an emergency, the authority of the government is not unlimited,” Stickman said.
Stickman’s ruling was in response to residents of Butler, Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties in Pennsylvania and several Republican legislators, who filed a lawsuit on May 7 claiming that the state’s restraining orders violated the Constitution.
Pennsylvania is a Democratic-ruled state, and Lyndsay Kensinger, the governor’s press secretary, said they will ask for a stay against Judge Stickman’s ruling while they file an appeal.
The quarantine declared by authorities with the idea of containing the spread of the CCP Virus has been very controversial, because of the devastating effects it has had on the economy and on the health of many people.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) noted that the lockdown was “a big mistake” and that it did not “do much” to contain the CCP Virus.
“We typically have among us tens of thousands of people who are on chemotherapy, but we don’t tell the whole country to wear masks because you might give a virus to people who are in chemotherapy,” Paul said on July 22, according to Fox News.
Paul added that the shutdown did not work in New York, but over time, residents there achieved a level of immunity to the virus and spread and deaths stabilized, similar to Sweden, which did not shut down the country or implement quarantine measures.