With permission, sharing this letter from a friend to the governor of West Virginia. The writer’s name and contact information is redacted.
25 November 2020
James C. Justice II
Office of the Governor of West Virginia
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
By mail and by online portal
Re. Protect West Virginians from Human Rights Violations and Restore Our Freedoms
Dear Governor Justice:
In West Virginia, in most other states of the United States, and in many nations around the world, leaders have used the dangers posed by COVID-19 as justification for persistently violating the human rights of citizens. As you know, these rights violations, in the form of restrictive orders and mandates, have been committed not just for the temporary period of two to three weeks, originally stated as cause for extreme actions, but for eight months and counting.
As violations of inalienable human rights, COVID-19 restrictions and mandates also violate numerous elements of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of West Virginia, the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If you doubt my assertions, please take a moment to re-read these documents, keeping in mind our rights exist whether or not enshrined in a document.
Many citizens have unquestioningly believed the “authorities” and become fearful and compliant, as their leaders in government and in the media have repeatedly requested they do. Many other citizens, who may not fear for themselves, have nonetheless been falsely led to believe they will endanger others by not complying with mandates and orders.
Some citizens in the US and around the world, with access to data, to experts, and to historical documentation, as well as possessing skills in data analysis and research, have taken on the urgent and necessary responsibility for asking essential questions of the authorities. The answers to these questions, the realities they exposed, have caused these brave individuals to be censored and even vilified for stating them. Contradicting the official narrative has become dangerous, and even some world-renowned experts have been trampled by the COVID-19 herd. Outspoken medical doctors have likewise been censored, trampled, and even had their livelihoods threatened by medical boards.
What these researchers, experts, and doctors have exposed is a deliberate and systematic exaggeration of the dangers COVID-19 poses to individuals and to society. What they have also exposed are criminal human rights violations committed and being committed by leaders around the world, in the name of saving lives. Moreover, they have exposed how these violations increase rather than mitigate death, illness, and other destructive forces.
As a result of these persistent human rights violations, in addition to individuals lost to illness caused by COVID-19, people have also lost months of essential participation in life including assembly for professional, political, social, or religious purposes; travel; personal connection with family and friends; and appropriate attendance to the elderly, ill, or others in need. The isolation and stress created by these human rights violations has caused and will cause many to lose their emotional and mental health. Many have lost or will lose businesses built painstakingly over many years, years they cannot recover. Many, especially children and young people, have lost significant developmental and educational opportunities. Many have lost their employment or potential for employment. Meaningful group celebrations of milestones—funerals, christenings, holidays, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations—have been forever lost. Others have forever lost athletic and sporting opportunities. Human rights violations in the form of restrictions and mandates have destroyed myriad opportunities afforded by human activity and commerce.
Moreover, people, most tragically, children, have been required to add insult to injury by covering their faces with masks, all at a cost to their health and well-being. People have also been asked to censor, enforce, and report on their fellow citizens for not complying with mandates and restrictions (human rights violations), creating a dangerous cognitive and emotional dissonance serving to undermine the foundations of a free society.
All of the above human rights violations constitute government seizures of person, of property, and of human potential; seizures history and reality prove to be counterproductive and destructive to human life rather than protective of it; seizures we cannot rightfully attribute to the “cost of the pandemic.” COVID-19 did not require nor inflict human rights violations; these violations resulted directly from government policy and government and media reinforcement of government policy through fear and intimidation of citizens.
Government representatives and media organizations have presented COVID-19 as a threat so dire as to justify persistent violations of human rights in the form of seizures of persons, property, and potential. However, actual evidence for the justification does not exist. Evidence never consists of mere exaggerations and deliberate manipulations of available data. Furthermore, real evidence available by mid-March or earlier indicated exactly what could be expected—a mild illness for most, with little to no risk for young people (nor risk of them being super-spreaders), with more serious risks for the infirm elderly and individuals with impaired immune systems. Adequate hospital capacity (even New York City ended up with excess) and early treatment, available but (criminally) heavily censored, would have prolonged many lives.
In the course of continuing our normal daily lives, had we been permitted to do so, natural immunity would have developed quickly among the young and healthy, thereby protecting the vulnerable. Moreover, because natural immunity lasts longer, without risk of adverse events from vaccinations, society would have gained additional benefits. To protect the vulnerable, special equipment (such as respirators and PAPR) and accommodations could have been offered and the costs subsidized. The relative risks could have been explained and people would have been free to take on as much or as little risk as desired—just as societies have always done when facing seasonal colds and influenzas and even prior pandemics. As referenced above, inexpensive, life-saving treatment with a generic drug could have been widely used early on, rather than censored and smeared in favor of expensive pharmaceutical interventions.
Alas, instead of focusing on productive and life-saving measures, governments the world over chose to use destructive, rights-violating tactics, such as lockdowns, roadblocks, isolations, quarantines, and other restrictions. Moreover, many in government and industry have proposed mandatory testing (despite unreliable test results; 90% false positives), mandatory vaccinations, and enforced isolations—all extreme violations of human rights. Additionally, they have promoted requiring immunity passports—as a means of ensuring continuing employment or freedom to travel—also violations of human rights.
Censorship (even of qualified experts) and propaganda have been used to attempt to require all citizens to think alike on significant issues and to unquestioningly accept authority. Most egregiously, people have been deliberately encouraged by government officials, the media, and many public health authorities to think of themselves and others as walking, talking biohazards. In fact, the opposite is true. Immune systems require regular challenges and exposure through social interaction to develop and to function properly. Moreover, spending time with family and friends improves health and increases longevity, as does regular exercise, especially team sports.
By accepting and following extended mandates and restrictions from elected leaders, we the people have contributed to the commission of deeply tragic wrongs. To the death toll from the pandemic, we must add deaths from despair, fear, and isolation. To the destruction toll, we must add the wrongs committed against our children by requiring them to wear masks and by encouraging fearful thinking about human immune systems, social interactions, and human well-being. To the destruction and the death tolls, we must add our pathologically passive reactions to requiring the elderly and ill to be isolated, sometimes for months, or to be denied hospital care, or to die alone. Sadly, very few have dared to actively challenge these morbid policies.
Adding to these serious failures of our collective character, through our compliance, we have enabled the destruction of opportunity and potential for all ages, for people all over the world. Furthermore, we share responsibility for the grim reality of increasing poverty and starvation worldwide, not because of COVID-19, but because of the human rights violations committed by governments in responding to it, and enabled by insufficient peaceful resistance from the people.
Going forward, we, including you, Governor Justice, must insist our leaders stop the destruction and never again permit such violations of human rights to be committed upon us or others within our reach. Many people have permitted fear to blind them to the tragic consequences of violating personal integrity and shutting down society, and for some reason our leaders also failed to foresee these consequences. Or if they did foresee them, they failed to take a principled stand in favor of human rights.
Could our leaders really have been so blind? Why would United States governors so readily violate human rights and in doing so their state constitutions, the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Why would governments and media organizations in the United States and nations around the world actively seek to instill fear in people, rather than promote a realistic and balanced view of health risks alongside courage and productive solutions?
The extreme nature of these responses defy logic, and their more absurd components—such as requiring masks outside or closing of parks and beaches—indicate other motivations. Panic alone does not suffice to explain these phenomenon. Do the reasons behind these persistent human rights violations relate to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Great Reset? One of WEF’s reset promotional videos from 2016, titled “8 predictions for the world in 2030,” asserts: “You’ll own nothing and be happy. Whatever you want you’ll rent and it’ll be delivered by drone.” Are these COVID-based persistent violations a form of conditioning people to develop amnesia concerning their human rights so they will accept whatever is foisted upon them as “in their best interests”?
Do the reasons have to do with building a biometric database for every citizen, beginning with forced testing, forced vaccination, and requiring “immunity” passports? Do the reasons have to do with instituting universal basic income and using a system of social credits to control human behavior? Do the reasons have to do with ending all cash transactions and private real estate ownership, with the goal of restricting a human being’s ability to maintain privacy and to be self-sufficient?
Do the reasons have to do with the billions paid to pharmaceutical companies for vaccine development and these companies’ aims for future profits based on vaccine mandates and FDA approval of drugs? Do the reasons have to do with billions in federal funds paid to state governments, resulting from passage of the CARES Act? Do the reasons have to do with vast debt obligations of governments, elite corporations, “zombie” corporations, and wealthy individuals?
Governor, whatever your reasons for being complicit in violating the human rights of the people of West Virginia, whether it is ongoing propaganda you have fallen prey to or some other reason, please take a courageous stand and stop now. Please consider how violating human rights in the name of safety or any other cause NEVER has nor EVER will contribute to a better world. If we collectively need to do a better job of protecting the vulnerable, let us do it, but by voluntary means not by violating human rights and shredding the fabric of society. Leaders fail to protect when they violate rights in the name of offering protection. Violating human rights, even in the name of safety, always results in greater harm on balance.
Forced “non-pharmaceutical interventions” (NPIs)—as the experts call lockdowns, restrictions, and mandates—imposed by governments around the world under the guise of saving lives, have been a massive Medical and Social Experiment conducted upon the people without their consent. This Experiment has been conducted in clear violation of the Nuremburg Code of 1947. This Code, enshrined by the war crimes tribunal at Nuremburg, Germany, after the horrors of Nazi Germany’s experiments conducted upon innocent prisoners, enunciated the human right of “voluntary informed consent” and the inherent and inalienable right of an individual to control his or her own body.
The Medical and Social Experiment of lockdowns, restrictions, and mandates has already resulted in approximately 100,000 excess deaths in the US alone, deaths over and above those deaths with or from COVID-19. When one tallies the lockdown toll from around the world, it becomes clear this Experiment constitutes a worldwide crime against humanity.
Longer-term serious consequences of these forced interventions—damages caused by induced anxiety and fear, by wearing masks, by lack of regular social interaction, by interruptions to education and other elements of life, and by loss of livelihood and property—will become more apparent in the years to come, adding to the severity of the crimes. If the FDA and other agencies approve vaccines for use prior to adequate safety testing, even greater harm will result, especially if governments mandate their use. When governments mandate vaccines, they violate human rights in the process. Furthermore, when governments mandate damaging vaccines, they commit human rights crimes.
The Nuremburg Code of 1947 articulates 10 rights with respect to medical experiments conducted upon human beings. This is principle number one:
The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and [the subject] should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.
The Declaration of Helsinki further articulates individual rights with respect to medical experiments. Principle eight states: “While the primary purpose of medical research is to generate new knowledge, this goal can never take precedence over the rights and interests of individual research subjects (emphasis added).”
Of course, no person in lockdown-, restriction-, and mandate-affected countries has freely consented to being experimented upon with forced NPIs, not even those passively tolerant. We the people did not consent. We the people do not consent. We the people will never consent.
Governor, you, we, and all people around the world subjected to the human rights violations committed in the name of protecting us from COVID-19 have every right to hold leaders accountable, with criminal charges when appropriate. Those of us able to speak out have the responsibility to do so. We also hold the responsibility for taking peaceful action to prevent leaders from violating human rights going forward, including reminding others of their rights and assembling and peacefully protesting with requisite diligence.
Any leader who cares about humanity—whether in government, media, or public health, must solemnly accept the responsibility of having committed human rights violations and possibly crimes (by imposing or encouraging lockdowns, restrictions, and mandates) regardless of “benevolent” intentions.
Going forward, any caring and moral leader must take firm and swift action to stop all human rights violations and to prevent violations from occurring in the future. To do otherwise is to knowingly and purposefully commit a crime against humanity. Foremost, because people did not consent to the Experiment, but also because the people are being gravely injured. Item 10 of the Nuremburg Code articulates this perfectly:
During the course of the experiment the scientist [governor, leader] in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of good faith, superior skill and careful judgement required of him, that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject (emphasis added).
Governor Justice, you do have the “probable cause” articulated in the Nuremburg Code.
In the coming days, please consider the future of our children and grandchildren. What sort of world do you want them to experience as they grow and begin having families of their own? A fear-based biological and technological surveillance state stripped of privacy, private property, private transactions, and opportunity for self-sufficiency? Or a free world respecting human privacy in all aspects, respecting private property ownership, and alive with opportunities for full realization of human potential?
Do the words on West Virginia’s Great Seal, Montani Semper Liberi, stamped on every executive order you sign, have meaning to you? Knowing you are a lifelong West Virginian and American, I imagine they do, and I and many others fervently hope you do not take the words lightly. We hope you do know Mountaineers Are Always Free, and we hope you do value human rights and freedom, despite your significant lapses in protecting them.
Please take a courageous stand to protect the human rights and freedoms of the citizens of West Virginia by ending all COVID-19-related restrictions and mandates immediately and taking collateral action to protect our human rights going forward.
By doing so, you would also be taking a much-needed stand toward protecting the human rights and freedoms of everyone in the US and of people around world.