CDC Chief: Why I Don’t Support a Travel Ban to Combat Ebola Outbreak

Tom Frieden, Fox News, October 9, 2014

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States has caused some to call on the United States to ban travel for anyone from the countries in West Africa facing the worst of the Ebola epidemic.

That response is understandable. It’s only human to want to protect ourselves and our families. We want to defend ourselves, so isn’t the fastest, easiest solution to put up a wall around the problem?

But, as has been said, for every complex problem, there’s a solution that’s quick, simple, and wrong.

A travel ban is not the right answer.  It’s simply not feasible to build a wall–virtual or real–around a community, city, or country. A travel ban would essentially quarantine the more than 22 million people that make up the combined populations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

When a wildfire breaks out we don’t fence it off. We go in to extinguish it before one of the random sparks sets off another outbreak somewhere else.

We don’t want to isolate parts of the world, or people who aren’t sick, because that’s going to drive patients with Ebola underground, making it infinitely more difficult to address the outbreak.

It could even cause these countries to stop working with the international community as they refuse to report cases because they fear the consequences of a border closing.

Stopping planes from flying from West Africa would severely limit the ability of Americans to return to the United States or of people with dual citizenship to get home, wherever that may be.

In addition to not stopping the spread of Ebola, isolating countries will make it harder to respond to Ebola, creating an even greater humanitarian and health care emergency.

Importantly, isolating countries won’t keep Ebola contained and away from American shores.  Paradoxically, it will increase the risk that Ebola will spread in those countries and to other countries, and that we will have more patients who develop Ebola in the U.S.

People will move between countries, even when governments restrict travel and trade. And that kind of travel becomes almost impossible to track.

Isolating communities also increases people’s distrust of government, making them less likely to cooperate to help stop the spread of Ebola.

Isolating communities and regions within countries will also backfire. Restricting travel or trade to and from a community makes the disease spread more rapidly in the isolated area, eventually putting the rest of the country at even greater risk.

To provide relief to West Africa, borders must remain open and commercial flights must continue.

There is no more effective way to protect the United States against additional Ebola cases than to address this outbreak at the source in West Africa. That’s what our international response—including the stepped-up measures the president announced last month—will do.

What works most effectively for quelling disease outbreaks like Ebola is not quarantining huge populations.

What works is focusing on and isolating the sick and those in direct contact with them as they are at highest risk of infection. This strategy worked with SARS and it worked during the H1N1 flu pandemic. Casting too wide a net, such as invoking travel bans, would only provide an illusion of security and would lead to prejudice and stigma around those in West Africa.

Americans can be reassured we are taking measures to protect citizens here.

Today, all outbound passengers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are screened for Ebola symptoms before they board an airplane.

Staff from CDC and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customers & Border Protection will begin new layers of entry screening, first at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York this Saturday, and in the following week at four additional airports–Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C.; Newark Liberty International Airport; Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport; and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Combined, these U.S. airports receive almost 95 percent of the American-bound travelers from the Ebola-affected countries.

Travelers from those countries will be escorted to an area of the airport set aside for screening. There they will be observed for signs of illness, asked a series of health and exposure questions, and given information on Ebola and information on monitoring themselves for symptoms for 21 days. Their temperature will be checked, and if there’s any concern about their health, they’ll be referred to the local public health authority for further evaluation or monitoring.

Controlling Ebola at its source–in West Africa–is how we will win this battle. When countries are isolated, we cannot get medical supplies and personnel efficiently to where they’re needed–making it impossible to fight the virus in West Africa.

As the WHO’s Gregory Hartl said recently, “Travel restrictions don’t stop a virus. If airlines stop flying to West Africa, we can’t get the people that we need to combat this outbreak, and we can’t get the food and the fuel and other supplies that people there need to survive.”

We know how to stop Ebola: by isolating and treating patients, tracing and monitoring their contacts, and breaking the chains of transmission.

Until Ebola is controlled in West Africa, we cannot get the risk to zero here in the United States.

[Editor’s Note: Mark Krikorian has a thorough take down of this article at National Review.]

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  • MekongDelta69

    Article Headline:
    “CDC Chief: Why I Don’t Support a Travel Ban to Combat Ebola Outbreak”

    My headline:
    Why I know the CDC Chief is lying because he doesn’t want to be called a… gasp… ‘racist.’

    • serious123

      CDC Chief is one worlder. Read his bio. His response is based on emotion not logic. Nothing says we can’t have a travel ban on all but those persons essential to fight the outbreak overseas. Foreign trade has no need to stop either as long as rules are established that off loading from dangerous areas does not include the ability of the crews to come ashore, nor should vessels departing overseas be allowed to leave their ships. In other words contacts per se by some system can be enforced to a level where we can handle those who do become infected. Without such rules he is a total fool. Perhaps later it can be shown these measures are not needed but given an up to 21 day incubation period and the fatally rate from cantagion we deserve better.

      • Ron Cheaters

        Notice how they are telling the world to expect Ebola cases in their countries. GB, Germany & France are at greates risk, Canada is at a 1% risk, they don’t break down the math much.. just tell you it’s coming, don’t worry.
        Then he goes on to compare it to SARS. SARS had a 10% mortality rate, Ebola is between 60-70% and its an awful way to go. with a latency period of between 2-3 weeks which is exactly why West Africa needs to be quarantined.

        • Those head scanner thermometers are wildly inaccurate anyway.

          • Grantland

            *simper*

        • Germanicus

          It reveals that the leadership elite of the Global Regime is most interested in the “optic” effects and manipulating those effects. I do not believe that this or that issue, or problem, has any inherent significance to these people at the top apart from the utility that these emotionally-laden ideas provide in altering public opinion. SARS: bad. Ebola: don’t worry! SARS: We need much more money to prevent it so that it does not spread! Ebola: Same thing! Ebola is very dangerous–but only if you do not pay us protection money to keep the totalitarian agenda growing as it is with the planned, demographic, genocidal destruction of the various ethnic families of White European peoples. I truly hope that the One Worlders will be seen by the general public for what they are: dangerous frauds. It is not that the general public will rise up. No, they will have to be led with positive action presented to them. But it is important for them to be “conscientized”–as the activist Lefties in the days of overt Communism use to put it. In between the general public and the leaders that will hopefully get us to a different place, there are these activities we do here and when we proselytize our friends using sites like this as a tool.

          • Grantland

            Bullshit. Immediate total war is called for.

      • Uncle_Dan

        If Ebola were not coming from Africa, Frieden would have no problem wtih your sensible proposals.
        Protecting Americans from Ebola is important, but protecting his job is more important.

        • dave

          PC is literally going to kill us. It shows how sick these politicians really are. The next batch of elected puppets will not be any better.

      • mikekingjr

        bravo!

      • Periapsis

        He is also a member of the Tribe, and that is beyond a doubt influencing his actions in this case.

        • Grantland

          WWZ

      • Tully

        It’s worse than that, to do what he’s promoting takes a pathological hatred of whites and the country. He knows once we get several hundred infectees the medical system will start shutting down. Then the country.

        BTW his bio is totally scrubbed of all familial origins – you only see that with people trying to hide something. His brother’s bio gives it away though.

        His ethnicity does explain a lot.

  • Easyrhino

    “A travel ban is not the right answer. It’s simply not feasible to build a wall–virtual or real–around a community, city, or country.”

    Really? It keeps me from being able to buy Cuban cigars.

    • me

      It’s that kind of logic that gives the Libtard socialists a bad name and sets off their ‘trigger warning’ for approaching reality.

  • propagandaoftruth

    A travel ban would essentially quarantine the more than 22 million people that make up the combined populations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
    ——————
    Beat me to it, buddy.

    We certainly can quarantine 22 million. We can quarantine many millions more.

    • mikekingjr

      and must

  • Adolf Verloc

    Exactly. The first thing they try to do with a wildfire is to contain it, not rush into the middle of it. The ignorance of this one runs very deep.

    • Grantland

      If you think that he’s ignorant, then you are.

  • TruthBeTold

    Yesterday I read a piece that the World Bank was saying that Ebola was slowing the world economy.

    The problems we’re seeing with open borders is because the World Bank and others want a free flow of money based on a free flow of people.

    They will destroy every nation to keep the money flowing.

    • The banksters are behind all of our problems. They and their globalist co-conspirators.

    • bilderbuster

      There’s one nation they won’t destroy.

      • dave

        It starts with an I and ends in a L

      • blight14

        Alex, can I have I$rael™ for $300……..

      • adplatt126

        ??

      • Grantland

        WWZ

    • Grantland

      “They will destroy every nation to keep the money flowing.”

      No, they will kill us to own the world.

  • anony

    He’s simply bowing to the multi-headed god of political correctness, in this case, anti-racism.

    It is astonishing that he will put at risk millions upon millions of people in deference to this god.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      With new cases of Ebola coming to our shores, watch the corresponding increase in federal $$$ to the CDC. And watch the salary of the CDC chief make out like a bandit.

      • Ella

        Watch our private insurance skyrocket another 30% to cover more costs of the uninsured and Medicaid since they pay the lowest costs for medical care.

  • LHathaway

    The author contradicts himself almost every sentence. According to him, closing our boarders won’t help us but it will cause the disease to spread where it is at. A quarantine won’t work but, “what works is focusing on and isolating the sick and those who have direct contact with them as they are at the highest risk of infection. How is isolating the sick and those most at risk not a quarantine? I wonder if these plans will not just draw those who are sick to this country?

  • Teresa Nichols

    Time to do away with “dual citizenship”, you can’t be loyal to two masters. And for anyone who is a US citizen in one of those countries, they knew the risks before they went. They built their own bed, now let them lie in it.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Yes, dual citizenship is a sham. Every year at naturalization ceremonies, we have hordes of LIARS whose first act as an American citizen is to lie that they will swear allegiance to America and forego all previous allegiances to their former lands.

    • Sick of it

      Indeed. Dual citizens have ruined this country.

    • mikekingjr

      Let them DIE in it.

    • adplatt126

      I’m loyal to no masters. No man should be loyal to any master, let alone their government. That’s true insanity. A government is the last thing anyone should be loyal to. I guarantee you this, it will never be loyal to you. The tyrannical and totalitarian nature of the American Government at the present demonstrates that what we should really be loyal to are principles. When governments stop practicing them, as ours has, it is time we start considering forming new governments.

      • Teresa Nichols

        Ok, substitute “masters” with “principles” and we are on the same page.

  • Historically, we quarantined sick people because it worked. It worked then. It will work now. You’re absolutely right that he’s using a shallow, false analogy.

    • Ella

      They can open up an Ebola island holding tank much like typhoid and TB during the 1800-1900’s..

      • mikekingjr

        leper colonies were effective as well.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Obama’s mask is off. He’s all anti-White, all the time.

  • me

    Send the CDC Chief out on a one way ticket to Liberia.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Hogtied.

  • Larry Klein

    I gave it a chance, but despite the more lengthy explanation, it is still complete and utter NONSENSE! Is this guy schizophrenic or something?

    • Grantland

      Is this guy schizophrenic or something?

      Psychopathic. Killer.

  • 4321realist

    This geek is an absolute idiot that makes no sense at all.

    His reasons could well have come from a 6th grade class.

    Radical liberals not only have a mental disorder, but their thought process are so skewed as to defy common sense and logic.

    Which is why they’re liberals to begin with.

    • Sick of it

      Do you honestly think someone in his position is just nuts? Nope, he’s on board with the plan and the plan involves genocide.

      • Tully

        Genocide is a distinct possibility. You don’t promote what he’s has unless you got a serious hate on for the locals.

        This is not stupidity, he knows that it wouldn’t take many Ebola patients to flat line our medical system maybe 100-200. Fact is we only have 2-3 hospitals have dedicated facilities to handle it. The others have to improvise, not good.

        But here’s where it gets real bad. If Ebola gets a foothold in Mexico and Central America. As one Army general said, it would set off a stampede of millions of Hispanics to the U.S. looking for help. That will end the U.S.

        Frieden doesn’t care, he can always go to Israel and hang with family.

        • Grantland

          He does care. He wants to kill us all.

    • Grantland

      Nonsense. They are evil murderers.

  • Larry Klein

    If all docs are like this guy I think next time I have an ailment I will resort to self surgery.

  • The CDC chief’s refusal to quarantine is a deliberate act of murder–mass murder. He should be treated as a mass murderer, tried, convicted, and then be administered Ebola so he can suffer the same death the victims that are sure to follow his irresponsible murderous decisions.

    • LHathaway

      It is yet to be seen if his plan to save us all will work or not. If he could be convicted of contradicting himself the grand jury would already be in.

  • Tarczan

    It is a poor analogy. When a fire breaks out, no one takes burning pieces out of the area to areas not on fire.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      They do if they are setting “back-fires,” which is exactly what this Bolshevik, idiot, pathological liar and Islamic Marxist is doing…

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    I don’t usually believe in conspiracy theories, but this absolute refusal by everyone in power, including the Chief of the CDC, to impose a travel ban on anyone coming from an ebola-infected nation is starting to make me wonder if there’s a deliberate, planned attempt by the elites to purposefully allow ebola into the U.S.

    I wasn’t really worried about ebola before, but now I’m seriously worried we’re going to have a large-scale outbreak of it in the U.S. soon as a result of the government’s inexcusable negligence.

    • Sick of it

      Welcome to reality. Men have conspired against other men for thousands of years.

    • Grantland

      “I don’t usually believe in conspiracy theories, .. ”

      Said by a million idiots a million times.

  • John R

    I can see why this guy got that position: He thinks just like a liberal. We don’t want to isolate whole communities? Why not? I don’t give a rat’s posterior (I’m being good, moderator!) about people in these countries. We need to take care of our own. So, people with dual citizenship will find it harder to travel back and forth? Who cares! I don’t want them in this country, either! Make a choice, you free loaders: Stay here or go home permanently! (I want them to choose the latter, but I think 99% will chose the former.) Yep, more liberal reasoning from a government that cares about everyone, except the people who keep this country going and pay most of the taxes. (White people.)

    • Realist

      He is more concerned about blacks than whites.

    • Grantland

      Pussy.

    • none of your business

      Duncan’s family is thinking of suing the hospital that spent more than one million dollars trying to save him. Since he was not on any kind of medical insurance the hospital will just have to eat the costs and pay millions to his family. Does anyone know if they were on welfare all these years in the US?

  • B.A_2014

    Which cereal packet did this moron get his degree from?

  • TheCogitator

    Frieden doesn’t know anything about firefighting, and he seems to have serious deficiencies in medicine. Firefighters build a firebreak to cut off the area on fire so it cannot spread beyond.

    Let’s face it. This is not being handled as a medical problem. Like all the other crap that goes on, it is political. That is how the evil rulers operate

    • mikekingjr

      and this approach will kill White People

      • TheCogitator

        If they’re in Africa, maybe so. But for those of us with the sense to stay here, it will protect us.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Casting too wide a net, such as invoking travel bans, would only provide an illusion of security and would lead to prejudice and stigma around those in West Africa.

    And remember, everybody: this is the DIRECTOR of the CDC — The Center for Disease CONTROL! And he’s obviously more concerned about “prejudice and stigma” than he is about controlling diseases in the citizens of the nation he supposedly represents. This traitorous fool should be stripped of his title immediately.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Centers for DISEASE CONTROL…. an oxymoron if there ever was one.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Obama: You Can’t Get Ebola ‘Sitting Next to Someone on a Bus

    CDC: Avoid Public Transportation

    Who you gonna believe?

    Answer: Neither.

    • none of your business

      Today, 10/14 a man in a mask got on a Los Angeles bus claiming he had ebola. The driver is quarantined and the bus taken out of service. I hope it is a joke.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        The guy dropped a face mask on the ground and announced he had ebola then he disappeared – and no one can find him.

        It was just on the news that the bus has been taken out of service and will be cleaned and disinfected at a cost of thousands of dollars.

  • unbelieveable, this idiot. why is he alive?

    • Kenner

      You’re not afraid to ask the big questions.

  • Kenner

    ‘PC Rider:

    • Yancy Derringer

      Awesome. Wow, is that good.

  • kjh64

    Utterly ridiculous. Travel should be banned from those African nations until this epidemic is over. Anyone who has a passport from any of these countries or whose passport has been stamped in the last 30 days should not be allowed in. Arrangements can be made to allow US citizens who are aid workers and such back into the US. They can have Americans quarantined first or tested upon entering. One doesn’t have to be hysterical, just use common sense. Even other African nations have banned people from ebola affected countries into theirs until this epidemic is over.

  • Jaggers

    Leave the Africans to their fate….

  • richard garyson

    And condoms, monogamy, and abstinence increase the risk of HIV.

  • Hmmmm, let’s see . . .
    Should I believe my lying eyes or a CDC lackey wearing a head-to-toe germ suit?

  • JustSayin

    “When a wildfire breaks out we don’t fence it off.”

    Actually, we do. Via what are called “fire breaks” where all combustibles are removed from the path of the fire and thus forming a “fence”. By his logic, we should just wait for new fires to spring up, since our fire fighting is the bestest in all the world and we’ll put it out in no time!!!

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    When a wildfire breaks out we don’t fence it off.

    Wildfires are certainly fenced off; that is a primary tactic used to control raging, out-of-control fires burning at 1500 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Good thing he is isn’t a firefighter in California, otherwise the entire state would have burned up by now.

    I suspect this idiot knows as much about firefighting as he does about vector control of deadly diseases.

    CDC Chief: Why I don’t support a travel ban to combat Ebola outbreak.

    1. He wants an Ebola pandemic in the U.S. and is doing everything he can to encourage it.

    • mikekingjr

      job security??

  • Samuel Hathaway

    A travel ban from West Africa is not practical because it does untold violence to the integrity of our philosophy of an open society and is an ominous threat to our commitment to diversity. A travel ban savages our reputation for racial tolerance and understanding around the world, and it lays bare the old, ugly wounds of racial bigotry and the old wounds of prejudice and hate… which we all know is the REAL health and security global threat.

    A travel ban from West Africa to isolate ourselves from Ebola? SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!! THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!! TSK, TSK, TSK, Amercia!

    • LHathaway

      I must compliment you on this one. . .

    • Grantland

      We’re worried about your utter passivity.

  • Max

    The guy is an idiot. When ther is a fire they do indeed “quarantine” the fire by buldozing a firebreak around it to stop the spread WHILE they extinguish it.

    Even his analogy is flawed.

    • Grantland

      Duh.

    • none of your business

      In California and the national forests they send in the bulldozers before the firefighters get there. Takes a day or two to organize and transport hundreds of firefighters but a bulldozer needs only one man and the bulldozers are stationed permanently in the fire areas.

  • Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) has the best pithy line:

    The CDC has only one job, that is, to monitor and control outbreaks of infections communicable diseases. And it can’t even do that. Instead, the CDC is trying to do everything but the one job it was established to do.

    • Sick of it

      Sounds like the border patrol.

    • Kenner

      Now it’s just a buerocracy in CYA mode.

      • Grantland

        Tosh. It’s naked evil leering into your face.

  • Sick of it

    With names like Tom Frieden and Gregory Hartl (did they forget the z?), you know they can be trusted. /sarcasm

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Yes, sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover!

  • bilderbuster

    He’s not that “liberal”.
    He’s not that stupid.
    He’s lying and up to no good!

  • Uncle_Dan

    It is – to his career.

  • Ella

    Has Frieden ever heard of an airlift? He will not express the truth about the possible black markets and mass corruption of the aforementioned West African countries.

  • mikekingjr

    We also do not invite wildfires into parched forests, idiot.

    • none of your business

      In fact there are thousands of regulations from federal to city level about campfires, cigarettes and even barbequing in private homes in fire prone areas; all with just one purpose, to keep fire away from forests.

  • mikekingjr

    and load it up with africans

  • FloridaGal2005

    Does he not realize that if this thing spreads and starts claiming American lives that eventually someone is going to hold him personally responsible for the death of their parent or spouse or child…

    • Grantland

      Why should he care? We’ll all be dead.

  • Now I know why the reporters said ‘We’re screwed at the press conference the other day, when the CDC chief says these things . . .we are screwed >>

  • bubo

    One of these walking dead is going to make it to New York and hop on the subway. What then?

    • none of your business

      I think the airports will be the first vectors. The people who clean the planes will be the first along with fellow passengers and attendants. Tens of thousands of people work at O’Hare, Atlanta, JFK and when some of them get the disease it will spread to their families and everyone they contact.

  • blight14

    Come now kids, Comrade Doktor Frieden assures us that this is not an issue………..

  • blight14

    You should ‘never again’ have such thoughts, the good comrade is pure of heart…..

  • mattj458

    Yeah. We put out OUR fires. Maybe we can start fighting fire worldwide too.

  • wattyler23

    Has the BIG chief no knowledge of the Black Death=1346 -1350 and more that ravaged Europe, thousands and thousands put asunder. When Ebola ravages whole Nations, people lying dead in their thousands on the streets,[Ebola is worse than the Black Death] would the BIG chief change his mind assuming he survives.

    • Grantland

      Survive? He’ll be chortling in his bunker, vatching ze calender.

  • Giovanni704

    I suspect this has already been suggested by others…but an Ebola outbreak would be the best thing that could happen to America. If thousands or even hundreds of thousands died, the American people would finally exert overwhelming pressure on congress to shut the borders and severely limit immigration.

    • 9/11 should have done that.

      I don’t think even a mass Ebola outbreak domestically will snap modern egalitarian-democratic-ideological-unionist Amurrikans out of their delusions.

      Note: Unionist means a unitary indivisible nation-state, not labor unions or organized labor.

    • Periapsis

      More likely violent revolution will be next, because once Americans stop dropping like flies, the hostile aliens will declare martial law and turn the military against us.

    • Grantland

      I’m counceling total war – a rapid change of government spearheaded by the military.

  • Ed

    He seems more concerned about West Africa than the USA, typical of his class I guess.

  • Sloppo

    I believe we should quarantine the African continent and let them handle this problem on their own. We’re constantly told by the wise people in the media that blacks are just as smart as everyone else, so this should not be a problem they can’t deal with. We should do everything we can do to keep ebola from our shores so that when the black africans solve their problem it won’t be able to go back there from here.

  • archer

    These people are really crazy, of course air travel from infected areas should be stopped, at least coming in. One sick person can set off a chain of events that could infect hundreds, even health care workers in Africa wearing bio suits have become infected. Even if you screen at the airport and infected person trying to get out could infect hundreds just at the airport, not counting if they were able to get on a plane carrying hundreds more. What about after the plane lands, the same scenario.

    • Yancy Derringer

      Screening would stop precisely zero travelers carrying the disease in its incubatory phase. Zero. Nowhere in his piece does Frieden address this plain-as-day problem.

      I sit here stunned by what he wrote. Do the doctors and scientists at CDC go along with what he’s saying? And is this all the hell he wants to say? No amplification of any key concerns? Why does the CDC’s top decision maker struggle to communicate clearly? Doesn’t he, or anyone else in CDC’s executive suites, recognize his self-contradictions? His lapses in logic? His failure to address potential eventualities and outcomes? Why so damned short?

      This is very disturbing. Must find more reaction. (The one in Natl Rev was excellent.)

  • Lee_CPA

    Once upon a time, the CDC was the premier organization in the fight against disease. Then political correctness permeated the organization and they now place that flawed ideology ahead of public safety.
    .
    Remember their response to AIDS? Remember their delving into the “gun violence epidemic”?
    .
    Aids, Ebola, and a host of other diseases have their genesis in the “Dark Continent”. The politically correct blame the consumption of “bush meat”. Bullcrap. Humans have been eating wild game for centuries. It’s called fire. Cook your food.

  • Alpin Thueson

    Name the neo communist jew: Tom Frieden.

  • JohnEngelman

    And bus his children to an inner city black school.

    • Yancy Derringer

      And make him sit immediately in front of a group of welfare queens at the movies.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    If there is one lesson every conservative should already have learned from the 20th Century, it is that Marxist ideology ALWAYS trumps science, whether Lysenko, “Global Warming” or race and I.Q. studies. This pimp from the CDC is merely parroting what he has been told to say by the Bolshevik-in-Chief and his henchmen…

  • Earl P. Holt III

    “Truth” to any Marxist is whatever furthers the goal of a one-world, socialist state. Marxists come in many forms, whether communists, socialists, Fabians, “progressives,” liberals or mere “Democrats”…

    • Germanicus

      Check out this article from the Telegraph, “Boris Johnson: my vision for Great Britain,” by Gordon Raynor and Gaby Wood, October 11, 2014.

      He [Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London who is considering “seeking” to become Prime Minister] said: “I believe in a society that is liberal, and welcoming, and allows people to progress by merit, and has plenty of opportunity. And that isn’t judgmental about people’s foibles insofar as they don’t hurt anybody else. “I’m basically a liberal Conservative – I believe in low tax, spirit of
      free enterprise, and in making sure that we as politicians create the
      framework for business to produce the dosh that we’re going to need to pay for the poorest. “And I absolutely think…as I’ve got older, the longer I live, the more I think that we all have a duty to each other. I think fundamentally – this is going to sound rather weird now – I think fundamentally the human race, we’re all the same organism.

      The real question is, not whether he will “seek” to become Prime Minister, it is whether the controlling elite and their media organ will install him after filtering his image through the trial balloons and focus groups. He does have all of the correct credentials: he is a suicidal, tax-sucking traitor.

      I wonder when will there be a…reckoning? Who is this king that we are serving?

      • Someone should tell Boris Johnson that what he wants basically adds up to Somalia.

      • none of your business

        Low tax doesn’t work with unlimited black and brown immigration as it requires very high taxes to support the lay abouts and stay at home Moms on life long benefit AND even more tax gobbling govt workers and non govt organizations needed to siphon the taxes from the tax payers to the black and brown tax eaters.
        A country can have low taxes. A country can have unlimited black and brown immigration. But a country cannot have both.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    Perhaps he subscribes to the philosophy that “diversity is our strength,” and we don’t seem to have enough fatal and transmissible illnesses at the present time in the U.S…

  • baldridge999

    This proves the government’s program of white genocide takes precedence over everything. Absolutely nothing can be allowed to impede the flood of non-whites into America.

  • R.U. Serious

    Now the family of the Liberian that died and put an untold number of people at mortal risk including the medical staff that tried to save his life, while costing taxpayers over a half a million dollars for his treatment, is suing the hospital because their racism caused his death ! And good ol’ Jesse Jackson is already on the scene. The black mind is a terrible thing to try and figure out.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      I don’t know why your post of all of these made me think of this in particular (I haven’t even observed cocktail hour yet), but as I read it I thought of the movie, ‘the Party’.

      Only I imagined a family of Liberians in Dallas attending a hipster party in some exposed brick loft space, maybe to raise money to buy full spectrum lights to grow hydroponic lettuce to give away or to ship broken huffys to Liberia.

      Anyway, each adult family member acts basically how you would expect someone whose eyes look like Thomas Eric Duncan’s eyes in the photo where he is sitting at a wedding (?) looking catatonic would act. After creeping out a string of party goers and then being eschewed, everyone in the family vomits. On people, furniture, the floor, whatever. And then they become surprisingly focused and obstreperous. They start picking fights with other partygoers randomly.

      And every single one-the man, the sister, the fiancee, each child-is played by Peter Sellers in bad makeup.

      Aren’t you smiling already? It’s a funny movie, this movie in my head.

  • KenelmDigby

    I often wonder just how far the PC maniacs are willing to go.
    Far example, rendering indigenous White populations in lands they have lived in for tens of thousands of years vanishingly small minorities just seems to be par for the course for the lefties- and the extreme libertarian right wing. In fact their instinct is to viciously attack anyone who even dares to question the ‘benefit’ of this policy.
    So the revelation that the PC people are willing to sacrifice the lives of millions upon millions of citizens to a truly horrid dread disease which has a 70% mortality rate, sadly surprises me not in the least.
    Such is the reality of the rabidly immigrationist political class that runs the western world.

    • Grantland

      “rabidly immigrationist ” ? No, genocidally pschycopathisist.

  • gemjunior

    He’s been paid off or threatened by the cabal who really pull the strings in our “free” country. Because all he says is in direct opposition to Epidemiology 101 – Isolate and contain – quarantine. That would of course without saying include shutting borders and all travel from the affected countries. He’s a terrible liar, too.

  • IA_Adam

    If Ebola goes pandemic, then travel bans will take care of themselves as airline and airport workers simply refuse to show up to work. Unfortunately, a similar refusal to show up to work would happen with health care workers too, exacerbating the situation rather than mitigating it like a travel moratorium would.

    • Periapsis

      If I’m not mistaken, that is already happening.

  • FloridaGal2005

    We know the Federal Reserve is a private corporation but did you know the force behind the CDC is its Foundation:

    “Although the Foundation was chartered by Congress, it is not a
    government agency and not a division of CDC. It is a private, nonprofit
    organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Operating outside
    of the federal appropriations process gives the Foundation valuable
    flexibility and access to resources and opportunities that may not be
    available to CDC.”

    I have a hunch that private corporations dictate a lot of policy to the CDC. I smell a rotting fish somewhere in Atlanta.

    • me

      A givelte fish.

  • Guest

    PC is out of control and if not stopped, the nation will never recover.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    On the meta level, this is a violation of the third amendment.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    I’d say pragmatic.
    Avoiding death is not yet civil disobedience.

  • Malgus

    THIS GUY… is head of the CDC?

    Good god… where to begin?

    “A travel ban would essentially quarantine the more than 22 million people that make up the combined populations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.”

    Yeah? So? That’s the whole POINT.

    “When a wildfire breaks out we don’t fence it off. We go in to extinguish
    it before one of the random sparks sets off another outbreak somewhere
    else.”

    Completely stupid analogy. Wildfires break out because precisely because we fight wildfires. When you put out a wildfire, it doesn’t have the chance to consume all the dried out deadwood that has been accumulating in a forest, which means the deadwood and other tinder continue to accumulate until a spark catches, and then you have a conflagration on your hands… the uber-greenie response of fighting wildfires that do not endanger human habitation is actually counter-productive. So, the whole analogy falls apart…

    “We don’t want to isolate parts of the world, or people who aren’t sick,
    because that’s going to drive patients with Ebola underground, making it
    infinitely more difficult to address the outbreak.”

    They ALREADY go underground as it is on their own, since the infected are targeted by their own communities. How much worse could it get?

    “It could even cause these countries to stop working with the international community as they refuse to report cases because they fear the consequences of a border closing.”

    The “official numbers” they’re reporting now are complete hogwash. Because incompetence, corruption, stupidity, etc.. hundreds of thousands of tons of medical equipment needed to contain the infection and care for the sick are sitting on docks because the corrupt officials in charge of letting it into their countries haven’t been bribed sufficiently… same as with any other aid, it’s being used to leverage someone and NOT going anywhere until people get paid off.

    “Importantly, isolating countries won’t keep Ebola contained and away from American shores. Paradoxically, it will increase the risk that Ebola will spread in those countries and to other countries, and that we will have more patients who develop Ebola in the U.S.

    People will move between countries, even when governments restrict travel and trade. And that kind of travel becomes almost impossible to track.”

    Yeah, because our own government has proved itself to be completely capable and competent in tracking the swarms of illegals currently crossing our borders… or keeping tabs on those issued visas and are allowed to be in the US with our permission. Because nobody ever overstays their visa, right?

    How’s that working out for ya so far?

    “Isolating communities also increases people’s distrust of government, making them less likely to cooperate to help stop the spread of Ebola….Casting too wide a net, such as invoking travel bans, would only provide an illusion of security and would lead to prejudice and stigma around
    those in West Africa.”

    You’re worried about hurting people’s FEELINGS instead of protecting Americans??!? Good lord…

    “Travelers from those countries will be escorted to an area of the airport set aside for screening.”

    Because nobody ever enters the US from a 3rd or 4th country, right?

    “There they will be observed for signs of illness, asked a series of health and exposure questions…”

    Which will totally work because nobody ever LIES to get into the US, right? And the incubation period for Ebola is 3 weeks, so that will totally work too, right?

    “… and given information on Ebola and information on monitoring themselves for symptoms for 21 days.”

    Because the same people who are currently baffled by a drugstore thermometer will be able to self-diagnose Ebola…

    “Their temperature will be checked, and if there’s any concern about their health, they’ll be referred to the local public health authority for further evaluation or monitoring.”

    Because every hospital has a BL4 infectious disease ward, plus staff dedicated to working it, right? And if they do have negative airflow rooms, they’re probably in the ER… the same ER that never sees anyone and where the staff sits around playing Super Mario Cart and doing crossword puzzles for lack of anything better to do… said nobody, ever.

    “As the WHO’s Gregory Hartl said recently, “Travel restrictions don’t stop a virus. If airlines stop flying to West Africa, we can’t get the people that we need to combat this outbreak, and we can’t get the food and the fuel and other supplies that people there need to survive.”

    You’re not getting it, Doc… we don’t want to stop the virus. We want to stop the virus from getting HERE. What it does in Africa ain’t my responsibility.

    And this guy is head of the CDC…. I feel more comfortable giving a monkey a crate of live hand grenades…

  • sshadow

    We need to shut down all outbound travel from natives of these three countries immediately.
    the current Zaire Ebola variant has a 70-90% mortality rate in the wild. It has very specific characteristics that demand a very specific response. It is different than TB which Mr Frieden has much experience with. TB is much more chronic and lengthy before it kills. A very different approach is necessary. A simple, and very probable, thought experiment amply demonstrates a likely scenario that hasn’t been dealt with here or on the MSM. If this disease is transmitted to Mexico or Central American countries, it will fall on fertile ground. Their public health infrastructure will be less than pathetic. Within days there will be massive migration to the US for the only chance of effective treatment. Our ER’s will be crawling with potential Ebola patients. PS, don’t get chest pain about then. There is a very real threat of mass contagion, mass confusion, and desertion of ER’s. Unless the US starts to show some sign of intelligent life at the highest levels, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

  • Marius Quentical

    The CDC chief was Mayor Bloomberg’s right hand medical man. He is a florid progressive who wants smoking and guns banned. He has a peculiar affection for West Africans and is a liar like his “boss”….Barack Hussein Soetoro Subarkha Obama-the-destroyer.

    • none of your business

      Typical liberal ban smoking in any outside public place because of the unproven allegedly negative effects of second hand smoke. But let anyone who may or may not have ebola come right into the country.
      When our 3 younger siblings were exposed to polio in the summer of 1952 we were all quarantined for 4 weeks. On day 21 one sister came down with polio. On day 22 the others were hospitalized. They were all confined in a special room at the hospital. My brother and I were then quarantined for another month, about 8 weeks all together. Our Mother was big on swimming. The little ones got it from a public swimming pool . Had our Mother disregarded the quarantine and continued taking
      us to swimming pools we could have infected hundreds.

  • Canadian Friend

    […]Casting too wide a net, such as invoking travel bans, would only provide
    an illusion of security and would lead to prejudice and stigma around
    those in West Africa. […]

    —Tom Frieden

    What he means by prejudice and stigma is; racism…

    To liberals like him nothing is worse than racism, not even 11 year old young white girls being gang raped by Pakistani men ( see Rotherham scandal ) or Africans lying to come to our shore carrying a deadly disease than can start a serious pandemic; two different situations but same pathological behavior from the liberals in charge ( and these days the left is the establishment every where, liberals are in charge) and this behavior makes things worse.

    They don’t care how many whites suffer financially, psychologically or physically as long as no “crimes of racism” are committed against non-whites.

    Liberals have lost their minds. Liberals are a danger to us all.

  • Ella

    Maybe, Frieden views Ebola and other lethal infectious diseases as a “scam.” Immigration can never hurt anyone to him.

  • Tom Frieden is the essence of a mentally ill ideological cultist, and model specimen type proof that adherence to ideology is a mental disorder.

    • Yancy Derringer

      I think you’re right, and I fear that he’ll soon become infamous.

  • Periapsis

    What happened to that health care worker who caught Ebola from the Liberian Ebola Bringer in Dallas proves otherwise. He caught it while wearing Biosafety Level 4 protective gear. If someone can catch it wearing space suits, then mere proximity to infected people will for many be certain death.

  • Realist.44

    What a guilt-ridden moron. They can’t bring the virus over here fast enough. I guess importing violent African savages over here from Somalia wasn’t destroying us fast enough, now they’re importing virtual “dirty bomb” infected blacks.

  • Frank Burns

    Not only is it a false analogy, it’s simply not true. Containment of a wildfire is one of the first steps.

  • Pat Washington

    Their lives are equal to our lives.

    So no difference whether we die or they die.

    Ok got it…

  • Grantland

    CDC Chief – Friedan. German name, eh?

  • Grantland

    He’s not at all “scared” of being called a racist. He wants to kill us off.

  • Grantland

    Murderous killer, y’mean.

  • Puggg

    Here’s why we’re in this mess.

    https://twitter.com/Alisha_Beth/status/521377636031807488

    She currently works for the King County Washington State Emergency Management office.

    Dog help us.

    • Sick of it

      She’s, apparently, a lesbian and would surely enjoy the death of many breeders, as they call we normal folk.

      • Yancy Derringer

        Of Washington State, she’s had zero experience with Africa and Africans, yet she’s pontificating about ebola vis a vis racism? Irresponsible.

  • sshadow

    It’s not necessary to postulate a breach. It’s known that vinyl gloves leak up to 68% of the time. Other gloves leak less, but they all have a percentage of leaking with use. It’s very easy to research. Search “leaky medical gloves”, or anything similar. It’s frightening that they have totally missed this. Another hyper-incompetent Obama appointee.

    • none of your business

      They don’t need to leak. The problem comes when taking them off. Even with the utmost care and concentration the contaminated outside of the glove often touches the skin of the hand. In the Fillippines medics often use 3 pairs of gloves one on top of the other and dip their hands and forearms in a bleach solution after taking the gloves off.
      They are trying to blame Ms Pham when it is well known that taking off the gloves is always risky no matter how carefully done. You are right, they leak and tear very easily.

  • Max

    No one makes it to the top tier of such an office without the right political/philosophical credibility. He can be ignored.

    Remember a few years ago an assistant director or some high-level functionary of the CDC was caught (along with her husband BTW) having sex with a six-year-old? Just because someone has an advanced degree does not mean that they are honest.

  • Originally I was tempted to only question the CDC if the was a compelling refutation from a knowledgable doctor qualified in epidemiology.

    However the “takedown article” referenced in the story goes thru so many good points that it appears that the CDC’s decision is not in the best interests of American Health and is politically motivated.

    If you look into Dr. Frieden’s background, you’ll find that he has a long history of working for Democratic politicians before being appointed to head the CDC by Obama. The question is raised, why is it up to The White house to dismiss the previous head of the CDC, Julie Gerberding and replace her with Frieden in 2009? Was her work as head of the CDC not adequate? Why is it even necessary to force her out and have a CDC director appointed by the White House?

  • Rick O’Shea

    According to Africans, there’s no wrong way to eat a Rhesus.

    http://www.haryana-online.com/images/rhesus_macaque.jpg

    • Kenner

      Rhesus Pieces.

  • Glatik

    Yes, he would, in a heartbeat.

  • none of your business

    He got his start as a community organizer in black ghettoes in Mississippi and met other young radicals who had ties to Obama, Ayers etc.

  • none of your business

    You are so right. The first thing done is to bring in bulldozers to scoop out 100 yard stretches of bare ground to prevent the fire from spreading. Cal trans the highway dept and the California forest fighters have bulldozers stashed all over the mountains and state and national forests to bring in before the firefighters arrive. Then there is the incessant public service notices and local ordinances requiring people to clear brush off their property. In fire areas there are all sorts of inspections and court orders to property owners to clear brush to prevent fires from spreading.

  • none of your business

    Could be the western globalists want to get a piece of the African pie before the Chinese completely take over. This sending in American soldiers in just sending them in on a suicide mission. Unlike airport and medical workers, they can’t just quit or go on strike.

  • none of your business

    I have always thought putting the headquarters of CDC in Atlanta was just an affirmative action ploy to put black retards and felons on the federal payroll. More jobs for ghetto trash.

  • none of your business

    There is some discussion on the internet about the total news silence on his family. Some speculate that they have the disease. If they were not infected the media would be loudly proclaiming that they were fine and ebola will not spread.

  • none of your business

    Even 1,000 years ago in the so called dark ages S. European ports like Naples, Marseilles and others had a 30 day quarantine for every ship that arrived in those ports. So did the Venetian and Byzantine ports on the black sea. Disease still spread but the quarantines were at least a reasonable solution.

  • none of your business

    I prefer the term bowling balls on stumps.

  • none of your business

    He may have spent his entire career working in an administrative office, but he did go through MD training. He knows perfectly well how difficult it is to be absolutely perfect every time taking off gloves, gowns shoe covers and other protective items. His CDC website for medics claim they do not even need to cover their feet. I know nurses with small children who keep their work shoes at work and never even wear them in the family car. The biggest problem is taking off the gloves without touching the skin. Protocol is to change the gloves after every contact with the patient. So in one 15 minute procedure the gloves might be changed 5 or 6 times. I had some dental work a few years ago. The dentist changed his gloves several times.
    It is difficult to be perfect every time when changing gloves 50 or 60 times in an 8 hour shift.
    The glove protocols are actually a benefit of the AIDS epidemic. Until then gloves were not worn except for surgery or with infectious diseases. So at least there is an ample supply of gloves and people are used to using them. Billions of dollars a year are spent on medical equipment including the numerous changes of gloves for each procedure. Another cost of AIDS.

  • BarackMugabe

    What an irresponsible, reckless Orwellian tool. The notion that quarantining affected nations puts THIS nation in more danger is not mere sophistry — it’s a flat out lie. A lie motivated by the same racial politics that undergirds most of the left’s perverted, un-American agenda.

    Friedan needs to step down. Today.