Obama Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem called for unvaccinated people to be put on the No Fly List, which was published by The Atlantic editor-and-chief Jeffrey Goldberg on Tuesday.
“There’s no such thing as a federal mandate,” explained Kayyem, in a recent episode of her Podcast. “But the federal government can use carrots and sticks and and privileges and burdens. And one of the areas where it can do that is obviously on airline travel because the US government sets the rules and conditions for it.”
The Headline of the article, reads “Unvaccinated People Belong on the No-Fly List”
Here are some main points from the article:
- “Flying is not a right, and the case for restricting it to vaccinated people is straightforward: The federal government is the sole entity that can regulate the terms and conditions of airline safety.”
- “[A]lthough air-filtration systems and mask requirements make transmission of the coronavirus unlikely during any given passenger flight, infected people can spread it when they leave the airport and take off their mask.”
- “Moreover, masks can provide protection only during a flight, but for passengers, the whole point of flying is to take part in life outside the destination airport’s grounds.”
- “By requiring proof of vaccination for flights, the U.S. government will better protect society and get out of the business of helping the coronavirus proliferate in another place.”
- “The public debate about making vaccination a precondition for travel, employment, and other activities has described this approach as vaccine mandates, a term that, to conservative critics, suggests that unvaccinated people are being ordered around arbitrarily.”
- “What is actually going on, mostly, is that institutions are shifting burdens to unvaccinated people—denying them access to certain spaces, requiring them to take regular COVID-19 tests, charging them for the cost of that testing—rather than imposing greater burdens on everyone.”
- “Americans still have a choice to go unvaccinated, but that means giving up on certain societal benefits.”
- “Nobody has a constitutional right to attend The Lion King on Broadway or work at Disney or Walmart.”
- “Employers and entertainment venues are realizing that they can operate more easily without the hassle of planning around unvaccinated employees and customers.”
- “Amid a global health crisis, people who defy public-health guidance are not, and do not deserve to be, a protected class.”
“Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary for homeland security under President Obama, is the faculty chair of the homeland security program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.”
Should we compare the unvaccinated to terrorists? According to TSA.gov, that’s exactly what the “No Fly List”—also known as “the terrorist watchlist—is intended for.
The database, which is maintained by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, would not only dilute the database currently filled with dangerous terrorists, but also mis-label non-violent free American citizens.
This closely resembles the Communist Party of China’s censorship of rebellion. In China, many journalists have disappeared after speaking out against the government. Is freedom of thought a crime? With growing discrimination towards an unvaccinated stance—and alternative medical thought—could this be where America is headed?