What Constitution? CDC announces that mask order will be ‘further enforced’ by ‘federal authorities’


WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in its latest order that mask requirements when using public transportation or residing in transportation hubs will be “further enforced by other federal authorities.”

According to reports, under the order individuals are required to wear masks while using public transportation, which according to the CDC includes:

“Awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares as they are traveling into, within, or out of the Unite States and U.S. territories.”

The agency said:

“People must also wear masks while at transportation hubs (e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, seaports) and other locations where people board public transportation in the United States and U.S. territories.”

The CDC also said that they are encouraging the “operators of public conveyances” to enforce the requirement to the best of their abilities. The CDC has offered tips on how to better enforce the requirement, urging operators to only allow entry to those who are wearing masks.

Operators have been guided to remind people that the rule:

“Is a requirement of federal law and that not complying with the requirement is a violation of federal law.”

Through various provisions, the order itself specifically states:

“That it shall be further enforced by other federal authorities and may be enforced by cooperating state and local authorities.”

The CDC noted that it hopes to not rely “primarily” on criminal penalties. Instead, it anticipates widespread voluntary compliance. The order said, in part:

“While this Order may be enforced and CDC reserves the right to enforce through criminal penalties, CDC does not intend to rely primarily on these criminal penalties, but instead strongly encourages and anticipates widespread voluntary compliance as well as support from other federal agencies in implementing additional civil measures enforcing the provisions of this Order, to the extent permitted by law and consistency with President Biden’s Executive Order of January 21, 2021.”

Reportedly, the CDC guidelines state that people are not required to wear a mask under the following circumstances:

While eating, drinking, or taking medication for brief periods of time;

While communicating for brief periods of time with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;

If, on an aircraft, wearing of oxygen masks is needed because of loss of cabin pressure or other event affecting aircraft ventilation;

If unconscious for reasons other than sleeping, incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance; or

When necessary to temporarily remove the mask to verify one’s identity such as during Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening or when asked to do so by the ticket or gate agent or any law enforcement official.

According to CDC, the following categories of people are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask:

A child under the age of 2 years;

A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask for reasons related to the disability and;

A person for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations.

The order also permits those are are “experiencing difficulty breathing or shortness of breath or are feeling winded” to remove the mask “temporarily until able to resume normal breathing with the mask.” The order states:

“Person who are vomiting should remove the mask until vomiting ceases.”

The order will remain in effect. It said, in part:

“Unless modified or rescinded based on specific public health or other considerations, or until the Secretary of Health and Human Services rescinds the determination under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act that a public health emergency exists.”

In January, after President Joe Biden took office, he signed an order requiring individuals to wear masks on federal property. While agencies can make exceptions, they must be documented in writing. 

It should be noted that President Biden’s White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki routinely goes maskless while speaking to reporters during the daily White House press briefings.

Dr. Anthony Fauci also has not worn a mask while speaking at White House briefings, even though he has told reporters that American “absolutely should be wearing a mask.”

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CDC criminalizes not wearing a mask on public transportation, ride-sharing services

January 30th, 2021

The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

WASHINGTON, DC- Less than one year after telling the American people they didn’t need to wear face masks to prevent getting infected by COVID-19, now the CDC, which has been wrong about most everything related to the coronavirus has issued an order that criminalizes not wearing a mask on public transportation, according to Forbes Magazine.

Despite the fact that all airlines and AMTRAK currently require wearing a mask in order to use their respective forms of transportation, the CDC on Friday issued a public health order which requires masks be worn over mouth and nose on all forms of public transportation, including ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber.

Studies show the masks are only about 60% effective. 

The order takes effect on Tuesday, February 2 and requires masks be worn on public transportation such as planes, trains, subways, buses, and taxis.

In addition to wearing face coverings on modes of travel, the order also extends the requirement to transportation hubs such as airports, bus terminals, train stations and subway stations.

The order does make some obvious exceptions, allowing people to actually remove the face coverings “while eating, drinking or taking medication for brief periods,” as well as when communicating with someone who is hearing impaired. The mandate doesn’t define what a “brief period” is.

The order is to be enforced by the TSA, as well as federal, state and local agencies. It is anticipated that any enforcement will be taken through civil means such as fines as opposed to criminal penalties.

The CDC wrote that, “Scientific evidence shows that consistent and universal use of masks on public transportation systems and in transportation hubs will protect Americans and help to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Because clearly that has helped to “reduce the spread” over the past 11 months.

This is the second time the CDC has attempted to mandate such a requirement; however those efforts were blocked by the Trump administration, believing that the American people and businesses were more than capable of making their own decisions as far as the wearing of face coverings.

Instead, the CDC issued recommendations for mask use as the Trump administration resisted efforts by Congress to make the wearing of masks mandatory at all times, which appears to clearly be a violation of the Constitution. The former president had questioned the effectiveness of wearing masks, no doubt relying on the indecisiveness of the CDC about that very subject.

Last March, the MarketWatch reported that the CDC recommended against wearing masks, citing several reasons.

First, they said most people don’t know how to correctly wear the masks and constantly put their hands to their face to adjust them, diminishing their effectiveness. There was also a concern about the availability of masks which would result in a shortage of them for those who really need them.

In fact at the time, Surgeon General Jerome Adams told the American people to stop buying masks, saying the were not effective in preventing the general public from catching the virus.

At the same time, the CDC said they didn’t recommend the wearing of masks. Noting that at the time the virus was “not spreading in the general community,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said, “We don’t routinely recommend the use of face masks by the public to prevent respiratory illness. And we certainly are not recommending that at this time for this new virus.”

Dr. Amesh Adalja, a scholar at the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said at the time he agreed with the CDC.

“Even during H1N1 [flu epidemic], there was no recommendation to wear face masks,” noting that they “end up creating a false sense of security and most people don’t wear them appropriately,” he said.

MarketWatch noted that Adalja said that people not in the medical field who wear masks come into contact with germs when they lift the mask up to eat or slip their fingers under the mask in order to blow their nose.

He noted that the only people who should wear masks were those who were “sick and need to go out.” Otherwise, he suggested general hygiene, including washing hands regularly and covering sneezes and coughs.

Messonnier said, “We want our actions to be evidence-based and appropriate to the current circumstance.”

In fact, the World Health Organization, which has been all over the map on COVID-19 also advised people to wear a mask only if they were “displaying symptoms” of coronavirus or “taking care of a person wish suspected 2019-nCoV infection.”

The WHO also said, “the use of a mask alone is insufficient to provide the adequate level of protection and other equally relevant measures should be adopted.”

People are understandably skeptical of anything coming out of the CDC, since they’ve been all over the map on everything.

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We recently wrote about the fact mainstream media outlets such as CNN have taken down their chyrons tracking the coronavirus death count. For more on that, we invite you to:


ATLANTA, GA- If you’ve been paying attention to far-left media for the past ten months, we have been subjected to a running total on the screen of the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths, etc. prominently displayed in order to remind the American people that all of it was TRUMP’S FAULT.

This was clearly intended to keep in front of the American people the death total from the pandemic. Networks such as CNN and MSNBC insisted the total was there for “informational purposes” and wasn’t politically driven. If that’s the case, why has this suddenly disappeared?


Before January 20, 2021, the chyron displayed the number of cases, death rate, total deaths, and so on, in this case on CNN, the Cartoon News Network. But then, a miracle happened. After Biden was sworn in, the death tracker all of a sudden disappeared, with limited exceptions.

A true miracle.

Merely by being sworn in, Biden apparently cured COVID, as reported by TownHall.

That fact did not go unnoticed. Caleb Hull tweeted that he had gone through CNN broadcasts going back to December 15, and the chyron continuously displayed the death count, with only a small number or exceptions.


In fact, in another tweet, Hull posted a snapshot of screenshots from CNN showing the death count prominently displayed at various dates and times.

A subsequent tweet showed a before and after…one before while President Trump was still in office and one after Biden was sworn in. Miraculous! Just by being sworn in, Biden appears to have cured a worldwide pandemic!


This was not lost on the Washington Free Beacon, which decided to pick up the slack for CNN, tweeting the new Biden death count:

“4,409 Americans have died from COVID-19 since President Joe Biden took office,” the latest update from last Thursday at 9 a.m. read.


Hull made the point that out of an abundance of fairness, Biden get the same “credit” for COVID-19 deaths as President Trump did.

“It’s official: Joe Biden is now directly responsible for every COVID death. These are the rules.”


The total was updated on Jan. 22…now 8,298 Americans have died from COVID-19 since Biden took office…the number DOUBLED in only two days!

Likewise, Biden’s executive order mandating mask wearing on federal property also appeared to have worked wonders, since mere hours later, Biden and his family appeared at the Lincoln Memorial, which last we looked was on federal property, not wearing masks. Of course as we have seen repeatedly over the course of the pandemic, rules only apply to the little people…and Republicans.

The fact the Bidens were not wearing masks at the Lincoln Memorial wasn’t lost on some in the media, with Fox News’ Peter Doocy asking the White House press secretary about it at a press briefing, who promptly dismissed the question.


“He was celebrating a historic day,” said Jen Psaki. “I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.”

Yeah important. Like putting 50,000 people out of work on the Keystone XL pipeline. Like ensuring men can compete in women’s sports. Like rejoining a climate agreement which will cost even more American jobs…and lots of money. You know, “bigger issues to worry about.”

Call us crazy but it seems that COVID-19 was a pretty big deal to Biden and company over the course of the election. Now all of a sudden there are “bigger issues” we need to be concerned about.

But hey c’mon man…I thought it was our “patriotic” duty to wear masks? To quote Biden:

“Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue. It’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives.”

Biden’s transgression (?) at the Lincoln Memorial came after his inaugural address, where he said that his administration would “lead not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.”

So, just like Democrats have excepted themselves from their own mandates, from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot getting her hair done after ordering citizens to remain at home, to California Gov. Gavin Newsom going to a fancy restaurant only to do the same, so too does Biden get an exemption from the “patriotic act” of wearing a mask because it was “a historic day.”

Figured it out yet? Democrats blamed every American death over the course of ten months on President Trump and now that he is no longer in office, COVID deaths are no longer the fault of the president because it’s THEIR president.

Democrats kept businesses shuttered for month, putting hundreds of thousands if not millions on the unemployment lines, and now, even as COVID deaths spike, suddenly they say restaurants can reopen for inside dining.

From CNN and their death count to Biden subverting his own executive orders, Democrats and their media handlers have been playing the American people for nearly one year. And now they have the keys to the whole shooting match.

And half the country is fine with that.

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