Saturday, March 21, 2020

DHS Secretary: Rumors of a National Lockdown are “disinformation”

Just how prevalent were these rumors? Paul Bedard wrote about them last night at the Washington Examiner, but he apparently heard about contingency plans for a national lockdown from his sources on Capitol Hill. Earlier today, Donald Trump replied “I don’t think so” when asked if a national lockdown was getting any consideration. “Essentially you’ve done that in California, you’ve done that in New York. Those are really two hotbeds”:
A national lockdown would necessarily require the Department of Homeland Security to manage, and Acting Secretary Chad Wolf says nothing of the sort is being planned at all. In fact, Wolf called it “disinformation” in a tweet later in the day:
Hearing a lot about texts from "friends at DHS" or "friends with connections at DHS" that say DHS is planning a national lock down.


Do not believe the disinformation campaigns. Please do not pass it along. Use trusted local and federal government sources.

— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) March 20, 2020
LINK: Acting DHS Secretary Shoots Down Rumors 
Regarding a National Lockdown
Wolf’s allegation of an active disinformation campaign is new, but he’s not the only official complaining about the rumor mill. Illinois governor J.B Pritzker and Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer complained about unfounded rumors of martial law being declared in their states, as John wrote earlier. This sounds like a little more than just people spending too much time on social media, especially since governors have no need to resort to martial law in order to issue these shelter-in-place orders. They already have that authority under civil law, and plenty of resources to facilitate it.
Read the rest of the story HERE.

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