Klickitat County Sheriff Songer: Gov. Inslee’s Contact Tracing Initiative Order is Unconstitutional

The reason for me making this press release is based on my concerns that Governor Inslee’s CONTACT TRACING INITIATIVE (ORDER) is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Governor Inslee stated that in order to carry out the contact tracing program, he has 1,371 trained Contract Tracing Personnel ready to go.  The makeup of the Contact Tracing Personnel consist of 351 National Guard personnel, 390 Department of Licensing Personnel and 630 State/Local Health Professionals.

ISOLATION/QUARANTINE UPON FIRST SYMPTOMS.

The Governor recommends that people quarantine immediately for 14-days upon experiencing  the first systems.  This includes ENTIRE HOUSEHOLDS-e.g. all members of the household MUST ISOLATE with the possible infected person.

Anyone who has had contact with that person will be quarantined until they have tested negative, even if they have not tested positive or shown symptoms.

People should confine at home immediately upon first symptoms.  People testing positive need to confine at home until at least 10 days have passed since first symptoms and at least 72 hours have passed without a fever (without use of fever-reducing medication) and they see improvement in cough or shortness of breath.

When someone test positive for COVID-19, an interviewer (Contact Trace Person) will reach out by phone.  They will ask who that person has been in close contact with, then reach out to those people to let them know they have been exposed.

Close contacts need to confine themselves at home for 14 days after the exposure and monitor for fever, cough and shortness of breath for the duration of confinement.  The state encourages testing of all close contacts, regardless of symptoms.  Support is available for people who MUST confine at home.

KEEP IN MIND THAT GOVERNOR INSLEE STATED, At the sign of any symptoms, people should confine themselves at home.  VOLUNTARY confinement for both ill persons and the members of their households will be a major challenge, but it is one of the most critical portions of this entire endeavor.

However, it appears Governor Inslee talks out of both sides of his mouth.  The Contact Tracing Order has an ENFORCEMENT CLAUSE which states:  FOR THOSE BUSINESSES / INDIVIDUALS THAT DON’T COMPLY, THE GOVERNOR STATED THAT HE CONFIRMED WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL BOB  FERGUSON, THERE WILL BE SANCTIONS IN CIVIL OR CRIMINAL COURT.

Therefore, those individuals that refuse testing or self-isolation, may not be allowed to leave their homes to purchase basic necessities such as groceries and/or prescriptions.Those persons will need to make arrangements through friends, family, or a state provided “family support personnel.” According to the spokesperson of the Washington State Department of Health, there has not been any direction to require individuals be tested for COVID-19.

A statement released on May 15 provided by John Wiesman, Secretary of Health and Dr. Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer on the clarification of involuntary isolation or quarantine.

“Our experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and other infections diseases shows the vast majority of people we ask are willing to follow recommendations and isolate or quarantine themselves.  However, all of these actions are voluntary and confidential, despite the information being spread by some.

The statement concludes, “THE AUTHORITY TO INVOLUNTARY ISOLATE OR QUARANTINE AN INDIVIDUAL REST WITH LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS.  Each local health jurisdiction in Washington has plans and processes in place should involuntary isolation or quarantine be needed.  This authority is rarely used as a last resort when someone is intentionally putting others at risk.”

Therefore, ANY PERSON NOT VOLUNTARILY COMPLYING COULD BE DEEMED TO BE A PERSON ” INTENTIONALLY PUTTING OTHERS AT RISK, ” IN WHICH CASE INVOLUNTARY ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE IS WITHIN THE AUTHORITY OF HEALTH OFFICIALS.

When the Health Department stated, all of these actions are voluntary and confidential, despite the information being spread by some.  I believe the Health Department needs to talk to their Governor, because he has an enforcement policy dealing with people that do not voluntarily comply with isolation or quarantine.

The Governor can request your cooperation but can not force you to comply without violating your CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

My question is, if Governor Inslee does not intend on using force in the Contact Tracing of our citizens, then why does he have 351 National Guard Personnel as part of his contact tracing program.

If you are contacted at your home by one of the Contact Tracer personnel wanting information from you, it is your decision if you want to cooperate.  
If you live in the unincorporated areas of the county and you are contacted by one of the Contact Tracer individuals and you decided not to cooperate in providing them information on contact tracing, you need to tell the person or persons to leave your property because they are trespassing. 

 If they do not leave your property, I am requesting that you call the Sheriff’s Office.  When we arrive our deputy will inform the Contact Tracer person that they  are trespassing and they need to leave.  If they refuse to leave the person will be cited or arrested for criminal trespass.

Governor Inslee is acting like a Dictator.  His Contact Tracing Program reminds me of Hitler’s Nizza Contact Tracing of different classes of people in Germany during the second world war.

The Health Department Personal and the Contact Tracing Personnel including the National Guard can not enter your home without your consent. The only other way they can enter your home is by a Search Warrant signed by a Judge based on probable cause a crime has been committed.  

This is  based on your Constitutional Rights under the 4th Amendment. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The Governor can not force you to stay in your home without your consent.  He would be violating your Constitutional Rights. He would need to obtain a Court Order based on probable cause and signed by a Judge, in order to require you to stay in your home and not to leave your home.

No Governor can violate your Constitutional Rights.  The U.S. Constitution is the rule of law.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at  my cell phone 1-509-261-1833 or at the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office 1-509-773-4455.

8 Comments

  1. Bravo, Mr. Songer for those words. But will you actually follow through? There are employees who were fired over the unconstitutional and illegally made edicts ordering the lockdown. There are businesses who were illegally forced to close. People were unlawfully arrested, illegally detained or incarcerated, and falsely charged with crimes (violating the lockdown edicts). Who are you arresting for these crimes? No one, just as you’ll arrest not one person trespassing in the name of “contact tracing” and never will. Because if you do, the State will swoop in, illegally strip you of you badge and put you in a box until you obey and comply– just as they’re already doing to us across Washington, the U.S. and the world. So this whole statement is just lip service to your voters. You are in reality far too scared of the State of Washington to ever follow through with what you’re saying here, Mr. Songer. Most law enforcement has to lie to maintain their position of power, so what can you do to prove to us that you’re not lying here?
    Put up or shut up, Mr. Songer.

  2. They probably need to have the National Guard involved because they need qualified people there and people that understand the chain of command. He says Inslee is the dictator but it sounds to me that the Sheriff has set himself up as Judge and Prosecutor as well. Quarantines have been held Constitutional by the US Supreme Court throughout the history of America and used even by the US Revolutionary War Army to combat smallpox. People up there you really need to shake loose of these tinfoil hats.

    • John Stewart, you are a “progressive” fascist. You should be ashamed of yourself, but you and your kind have no shame. God help you if you enter my property.

    • Virology is, and has always been, a pseudoscience and a fraud. It misrepresents endogenous cellular particles as infectious organisms.

      I have looked at the electron micro-graphs of the COVID 19 virus (coronavirus sars cov 2). They do not depict a virus. They depict a type of endogenous cellular transport particles called a receptor mediated exocytosis particle.

      Receptor mediated exocytosis are not infectious organisms. They are endogenous particles involved in mostly protein transport between cells.

  3. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Bill of Rights wasn’t ratified/incorporated into the Constitution until Dec. 15, 1791. The Revolutionary war was over in 1783 – during which, Americans had no codified “rights.”

  4. Nature is taking care of this problem… forced to act like idiots in order to mimicking their dear leader, republicans, like dodo birds, will go extinct soon.

  5. From what will they go extinct? The virus? CDC says if you’re under 50 years of age you have a 99.996% chance of surviving infection. If you’re over 50 you have a 99.974% chance of surviving. For such low risk, there is zero justification for any action we’ve taken over it. Unfortunately both sides have done nothing but ignore reality, and instead screw this up, and so here we are with a country collapsing and on fire over what everyone is slowly having to admit, is basically nothing. People died of the virus, but only about 1% of those who got it. Everyone else was already sick due to how badly Americans live. It’s odd you people claim you want to save lives but clearly not the lives of those who disagree with you. Both sides are sick as can be, and that neither of you can see this is why the world is falling apart. There is no side but reality, and as soon as you join it, all this chaos and death and destruction ends. Your choice, but please make it soon.

  6. Seems to be a lot of corruption in town of Goldendale, people are getting tired of it! Don’t play stupid games posse, people are being shot and killed by these thugs with no training of any kind, get a fake badge and hunt unarmed people, it’s never reported, only kept hushed

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