Kristin M. Kraemer covers the justice system and crime issues for the Tri-City Herald. She was a journalist for over 20 years in Washington and California.
Hanford employee sues Biden over COVID vaccine mandate
A man from Richland who works on the Hanford reserve says the vaccination warrants violate his right to “bodily autonomy and integrity” and constitute cruel, unusual and unnecessary punishment.
Joseph B. Jensen Sr. is suing President Joe Biden and Governor Jay Inslee for the demands, as well as Dr. Anthony S. Fauci. It also appoints the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The lawsuit does not identify Jensen’s employer, just that he works for a federal government contractor. Hanford has 11,000 Department of Energy employees, contractors and sub-contractors.
It was filed in U.S. District Court in eastern Washington in response to Biden’s order that all federal employees had the option of getting vaccinated or having regular testing.
Inslee followed that up with his own ordinance requiring all Washington State employees, higher education, child care, and K-12 education employees, as well as the Most healthcare and long-term care providers are fully immunized by October 18 as a condition of employment. .
Jensen described mandatory COVID testing as “an unwarranted intrusion into the fundamental principle” that people should be safe in their person, and “an invasive body search in which a biological sample is taken from the person.”
Forcing him to get vaccinated prohibits his “rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” under the US Constitution, he said.
Since then, Biden has updated his phased “out of the pandemic” plan in response to the wave of Delta variants. From now on, all federal executive workers and employees of federal contractors must be vaccinated.
“The discontented moderate”
“If you want to work with the federal government and do business with us, get vaccinated,” Biden said Sept. 9 in a speech to the nation. “If you want to do business with the federal government, vaccinate your workforce. “
This means that federal workers no longer have the option of getting tested twice a week in order to show negative results. It does not apply to non-executive employees, such as members of Congress or judicial employees.
The lawsuit – also filed on behalf of Jensen’s minor child – claims that the defendants are depriving his family of “rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States; betray the public trust; conspiracy to defraud citizens of the United States; and … refusing or neglecting to prevent such deprivations and refusals (to the Jensens).
Jensen is representing himself in the lawsuit. He identifies himself as “the unhappy moderate” in his email address.
Her child is included in the trial because, as a father, he is “responsible for protecting and ensuring the rights of (his child)”.
Children under 12 are not currently eligible for a COVID vaccine.
Mike Faulk, deputy director of communications at Inslee, said his office was aware of Jensen’s trial.
“We support the governor’s actions to protect the safety and health of everyone in the state,” Faulk told the Tri-City Herald. “There has not been a single successful challenge to the governor’s use of the emergency authority of his office. He exercised it appropriately and thus saved countless lives. “
Jensen’s 26-page complaint details the global spread and response to the coronavirus – from the start of the COVID epidemic in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, to the US declaration of a national emergency in March 2020, vaccine trials and discussions of possible drug treatments.
Jensen wrote that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) allowed employers in June 2021 to mandate the vaccine among their workforce. He also refers to Biden’s initiative to increase vaccinations by offering free child care.
Jensen noted that Inslee, in a media statement, called unvaccinated people “a bioreactor facility that generates a virus and spreads it, including to children who cannot be vaccinated.”
“I want to repeat it. If you’re a 50-year-old man who you know voted for Donald Trump and didn’t think COVID was a problem and you’re not getting the shot just yet, you’re a risk to all the kids in your town. because you could pass the virus to a 10-year-old who may not be eligible for the vaccine at this time, ”Inslee continued. “Now some of us think that is not responsible, and if it is judgment, so be it.”
47 causes of action
Jensen wrote that he has the right to decide his own medical direction with the advice of his personal physician and that he should not be run by the government.
He accused Fauci and the three federal agencies of deceiving Jensen and the American people “by spreading disinformation about the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus”, and by promulgating guidelines on which they knew the governors, the mayors and lawmakers would lean on to fight the global pandemic.
He also said that Fauci and the agencies have embarked on “a campaign of disinformation to discredit and deny the American people from using a cheap, established, effective and safe drug (ivermectin)”.
As a result of these actions, people suffered “catastrophic injuries resulting from economic, social and educational impacts,” the lawsuit said.
“(Their) refusal to be truthful and transparent causes (d) countless injuries and deaths around the world and in America,” he continues. “(They) funded the creation of the virus which caused widespread death and destruction and used (the) measures to combat it.”
The Food and Drug Administration has posted on its website that ivermectin is not licensed or approved to treat or prevent COVID.
Ivermectin is used in specific doses to treat people with parasitic worms, and is not acceptable to take in high doses because it is neither safe nor effective for COVID, the agency said.
The Jensen case was assigned to Chief Justice Stanley A. Bastian.
The lawsuit has 47 causes of action, including violations of constitutional and civil rights, crimes against humanity and a betrayal of public trust.
Jensen wants court to rule Biden and Inslee orders on vaccination and testing requirements unconstitutional, and for CDC, FDA and NIH to publicly recognize the use of ivermectin as prescribed treatment for COVID .
This story was originally published September 21, 2021 5:00 a.m.