Thanks to the determined digging of Brandon Darby over at breitbart.com — and the courage of at least one government whistleblower — we’re learning more and more about the threat that Ebola now presents to the American people.
In an exclusive post based on a secret government report that was leaked to Darby, we learn that, since the first of the year, more than 3,500 passengers from nations severely impacted by the Ebola outbreak have been allowed to enter the U.S. without any special screening.
In addition, according to the leaked intelligence document, those individuals have entered into at least 18 heavily populated U.S. cities, including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, Cincinnati, Columbus, Pittsburg, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, and Cleveland.
Breitbart.com quotes the anonymous federal agent who leaked the report, and his words are both damning and disturbing:
“This internal report, coupled with the current Ebola case in Dallas, reveals that our government is not only allowing individuals from Ebola-stricken nations to enter the U.S. with only the basic screening they give to passengers from any foreign nation, but the claims of the issue being properly addressed in the West African countries are untrue.”
The agent who spoke on condition of anonymity told Breitbart Texas that Americans have been put in real danger by the actions, or inactions, of the Obama administration, especially Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).
“The CBP is taking no action to screen individuals entering the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations. We are doing nothing. All we are doing is asking authorities in nations with Ebola to stick a thermometer in the mouths of people boarding planes. That does nothing to keep Americans safe from Ebola,” the agent said.
This revelation begs the question: Why hasn’t something been done — by the Centers for Disease Control or the Department of Homeland Security — to prevent the inflow of travelers with a high likelihood of Ebola infection?
The answer may lie in what the Obama administration did some four years ago.
In April of 2010, USA Today reported that the administration quietly scrapped plans to enact sweeping new federal quarantine regulations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supported as critical to protecting Americans from dangerous diseases spread by travelers.
Airline and civil liberties groups, including the ACLU, were pushing for the proposed regulations to be dropped…and they were.
The regulations, proposed in 2005 during the Bush administration amid fears of avian flu, would have given the federal government additional powers to detain sick airline passengers and those exposed to certain diseases.
They also would have expanded requirements for airlines to report ill passengers to the CDC and mandated that airlines collect and maintain contact information for fliers in case they later needed to be traced as part of an investigation into an outbreak.
As for the continuing effort to identify and assess the health of some 100 people who may have come into contact with the Ebola patient still isolated in a Dallas hospital, authorities have not indicated that any more infections have been confirmed.
The CDC insists the Ebola situation is under control in the United States.
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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom