Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) challenged forced vaccinations, mandatory face masks and contact tracing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in a Friday tweet.
“There is no authority in the Constitution that authorizes the government to stick a needle in you against your will, force you to wear a face mask, or track your daily movements,” Massie wrote. “Anyone who says you have no right to avoid those things fundamentally misunderstands the 9th Amendment”.
The 9th Amendment to the Bill of Rights states that the “enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” This makes clear that the other amendments to the Bill of Rights, including the 4th Amendment, still apply, regardless of whether there is an ongoing state of emergency.
Massie also tweeted about FISA telecommunications surveillance, which he similarly described as unconstitutional.
“How do you call something LEGAL when it’s not CONSTITUTIONAL?” he asked.
He went on to quote an op-ed about the ongoing debate over FISA reauthorization, which noted that “the federal government has the legal authority to access … Google searches, along with reams of internet browsing history, all without a warrant from a judge”.
“The whole notion of using secret courts and false warrants to spy on citizens is an anathema to our Constitution as well as a violation of fundamental rights that precede and supersede any government,” Massie continued. “Just End FISA.”
A hallmark of Massie’s campaign for re-election to Congress has been his commitment to constitutional principles. His strict constitutionalism has earned him the title of “Mr. No”, due to the large number of bills he has voted against.