WASHINGTON (LifeSiteNews) — A group of Air Force officers and federal agents have sued the Biden administration over “unlawful” and “manipulative” COVID vaccine mandates issued for the U.S. military and the federal workforce this summer.
“There is perhaps no greater usurpation of fundamental constitutional rights than forcibly injecting a foreign substance into an American citizen,” the plaintiffs argued in a lawsuit last month. “The rights of our nation’s most heinous convicted serial killers who have been sentenced to death receive more respect than this — and often times, even while already strapped to the chair.”
The federal lawsuit, filed on September 23 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, names Joe Biden and Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin as defendants and calls for an injunction to block enforcement of the mandates.
“The unlawful Vaccine Mandates and subsequent promulgations thereof by Defendants compel through duress or deception, that Plaintiffs and the dozens of similarly situated service members, federal employees, and federal contractors, inject themselves with: (1) a non-FDA approved product; (2) against their will; and (3) without informed consent,” the complaint reads.
The ten plaintiffs include four Air Force officers, a State Department Foreign Services Officer, a Border Patrol agent, and a Secret Service agent formerly assigned to President Bill Clinton’s service detail, according to the Washington Post. Several employees of federal contractors joined the lawsuit as well.
Many of the plaintiffs cited past COVID-19 infections and natural immunity to the virus, which studies have shown offers exponentially more protection than the experimental, short-term COVID jabs. Others pointed to medical conditions, like myocarditis or anaphylactic episodes, which put them at higher risk for well-documented adverse effects of the shots.
The plaintiffs also noted conscience objections to the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the U.S., all of which were either tested or developed with cells derived from aborted babies.
“Fundamental to the Christian faith is a teaching that requires Christians to refuse a medical intervention, including a vaccination, if his or her informed conscience comes to this sure judgment,” the plaintiffs’ lawsuit states, adding that “vaccination is not a universal obligation, and a person must obey the judgment of his or her own informed and certain conscience.”
It's official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.
We cannot stand for this unprecedented overreach, and we will not submit to Biden's tyrannical public coercion efforts.
Please SIGN this urgent petition informing the President that you will NOT comply with these unconstitutional vaccine mandate orders issued by the Biden Administration, and that elected officials should act in their capacity to block these intrusive demands.
On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine -- many against their will.
While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.
This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new "six-point plan" that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.
Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:
- A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
- A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
- A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
- A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
- A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
- A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
- A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)
All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers -- 2/3rds of the entire workforce!
And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.
While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half's worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.
And now, it would seem that time has officially come.
"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration's blatant dismissal of all Americans' right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.
This is a stunning reversal from Biden's declaration last December that "I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory."
In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states' rights in the process, warning that "If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way."
These are not the words of an "empathetic" leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden's tyranny is through mass noncompliance.
As we've said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.
But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people's jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.
This assault on our individual rights, private businesses, and American workers cannot be tolerated, and the easiest way to combat these unlawful orders is to just say NO.
Please SIGN and SHARE this most important petition letting Joe Biden know that you will NOT comply with the unconstitutional medical demands being made by this administration, and that action should be taken to block any intrusive action against working Americans and private employers.
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The suit argues that the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates violate multiple federal laws, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), as well as the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause, and the due process and equal protection provisions of the Fifth Amendment.
The legal challenge came two weeks after Biden mandated COVID vaccination for all federal workers and contractors last month with no testing opt-out. Defense Secretary Austin had similarly ordered the jab for all members of the U.S. military following FDA approval of Pfizer’s Comirnaty COVID vaccine in late August.
According to the recent lawsuit, however, Comirnaty remains unavailable in the United States, and is actually “legally distinct” from the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID shot under emergency use authorization (EUA), as the FDA has acknowledged. As such, the Pfizer vaccine and all other COVID jabs available with emergency approval require an “option to accept or refuse,” the lawsuit says, citing FDA and Pfizer fact sheets, the FDCA, and a Justice Department memorandum earlier this year.
While Biden’s mandates ostensibly allow medical and religious exemptions, the White House has made it clear that those will likely be scarce. “Determining whether an exception is legally required will include consideration of factors such as the basis for the claim; the nature of the employee’s job responsibilities; and the reasonably foreseeable effects on the agency’s operations, including protecting other agency employees and the public from COVID-19,” the Biden administration announced in September.
Federal employees have until November 8 to become vaccinated for COVID-19 or else face possible disciplinary action, including termination. The deadline for the Air Force is November 2.
The vaccine mandates also offer no exemptions for natural immunity, regardless of scientific evidence showing robust, long-lasting protection among those previously infected. At the same time, the vaccinated have come to dominate COVID hospitalizations and cases in the U.S., with the “fully vaccinated” making up over 60 percent of older Americans hospitalized for the virus in August, a report from the Department of Defense recently revealed.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has even admitted that the vaccines cannot “prevent transmission,” the ten plaintiffs’ lawsuit notes.
“Despite this, Defendants arbitrarily allow Plaintiffs and other service members, federal employees, and federal contractors are permitted to serve or work without limitation, so long as they are ‘fully vaccinated’ — a status incontrovertibly has been statistically and medically proven to be irrelevant as to the prevention of COVID-19 infection and subsequent transmission.”
“On the other hand, Plaintiffs and other service members, federal employees, and federal contractors who have natural immunity have faced and continue to face adverse employment action, including without limitation, reprimand, termination, and dishonorable discharge,” the lawsuit states.
The Biden vaccine mandates have already spurred other challenges, with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) suing to halt the COVID vaccination orders for federal workers and contractors three weeks ago. U.S. Army and Marine Corps officers have also challenged the vaccine requirements for the military.
Republican governors and attorneys general across more than two dozen states have threatened additional legal action against an anticipated vaccine mandate for private businesses announced last month by the White House.