As the coronavirus pandemic continues to play out and Americans see many of their leaders adopting draconian lockdowns, mandating business closures, and implementing additional policies that seem to run afoul of the Constitution, scores are concerned about what a ‘new normal’ may look like.
And not everyone is going to like it.
On Friday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham addressed the issue with renowned futurist Dr. James Canton, who suggested that major social and cultural changes would be needed in order to “rebuild trust” among Americans who harbor lingering doubts and fears about the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are going to need to rebuild trust in the community. You know, who is safe? What does that mean? If I want to go to a concert, I want to play golf, going to go to college, how do I know where I am going is going to be safe?” Canton said.
“Well, that will lead to a whole new era of apps on your phone, wearables, and other kinds of, let’s say, digital passports that will communicate ‘Unhealthy,’” he continued. “It may be a color code, it may be a sound, but we are going to use this digital technology to empower individuals, know where they go into know what their health status is common to be able to share that with others.”
Ingraham then mentioned the concept of “immunity passports” that may be required in order for Americans to even travel, domestically or internationally — which would seem to represent a blatant violation of the Constitution.
She played a clip of chief immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci addressing the issue of immunity passports during an interview in April.
The host then noted that there are many diseases to which Americans have already developed immunity and which do not ‘require’ some form of verification document in order to allow for us to travel.
“Well, you are asking the right questions, and nobody knows for sure, but I’m forecasting there will be a digital technology that will be part of your wearable on your watch or on your phone,” Canton said.
“There will be — you will upload a test that you got recently up to the cloud, it will verify you, protect your identity, and you will have a color code, will be green for ‘I’m clear,’ ‘I’m safe,’ ‘I’ve been tested,’ yellow for ‘I’m not exactly sure,’ and red, ‘There is a problem’ … Privacy on one side, security on the other,” he added.
“This bio-security in a new risk landscape, redefine how we congregate, how we come together, how we work, how we play, and how we live,” Canton continued.
The technology to track people already exists and the concept already has a name: Contract tracing. However, the question isn’t whether it can be done but whether it’s legal to do so.
Recent reports noted that Apple and Google have teamed up to create a contract-tracing app, but President Donald Trump has observed that “a lot of people have some very big constitutional problems with it.”
“We have more of a constitutional problem than a mechanical problem, but we will be making a determination on that. That’s something we’re gonna be discussing with a lot of people over the next four weeks. That would be a very accurate way of doing it, but a lot of people have a problem with it,” the president said in mid-April.
For his part, Canton predicted that the coronavirus surveillance issue is “going to redefine us, you know, as Americans, quite frankly, and we are going to have to come to some settlement on what is permissible and what is not.”
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years’ worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.