Rep. Lance Gooden introduced the Stop COVID Act, designed to give the Department of Justice the ability to hold the Chinese Communist Party responsible for the novel coronavirus if it is proved they manufactured the deadly disease.
The bill – short for “Stop China-Originated Viral Infectious Disease Act” – will “give our legal system the power to investigate the origin of the virus and, if found guilty, hold accountable those responsible for creating and releasing it,” according to Rep. Gooden.
It would reverse China’s current “immunity from US litigation, even if it becomes known that China manufactured this deadly virus,” a result of the Foreign Service Immunities Act (FSIA) restriction against the federal government suing another nations.
The proposal would amend the 1976 restriction, adding that other countries “shall not be immune from the jurisdiction of the courts of the United States in any case where such foreign state is found, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to have discharged a biological weapon … in the United States or such discharge results in the bodily injury of [a] United States citizen.”
While the exact source of the virus is still to be determined, the possibility that it was a bioweapon or vaccine, hasn’t been disproven.
In fact, Britain’s government is increasingly skeptical of China’s explanation of the origins of the disease, with senior UK government sources saying the theory the virus was a leak from a laboratory in the Chinese city is “no longer being discounted.”
Rep. Gooden added “I’m not ruling anything out. The CCP has lost whatever credibility they had in their handling of this outbreak. The conclusions on the virus’ origin need to be based on the best science, and we’ll never get that if we rely on their investigations.”
The Stop COVID Act will give our Justice Department the authority it needs to shed light on this pandemic.
I’m calling on both sides of the aisle to support this bill.
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) April 3, 2020
Rep. Gooden is right to not trust the CCP.
The regime’s initial response to the virus was to suppress doctors who raised concerns over the virus, forcing them to report to the Public Security Bureau and admit to “making false comments” that had “severely disturbed the social order.”
Similarly, a University of Southampton study concluded a 95 percent reduction in global coronavirus cases would have resulted if the CCP addressed the virus in its infancy.
And this extensive coverup has been corroborated by U.S. intelligence reports which show China “concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease.”
In other words, China’s promises the virus isn’t leaked don’t mean much.
According to the group spearheading a class-action lawsuit against China for spawning the virus, the Wuhan Institute of Virology “handles the most dangerous viruses. It resides in the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan. In that lab, they cultivate viruses from exotic animals. The wet markets were supposed to be shut down years ago and the Chinese government turned a blind eye to the ongoing operations. This is not coincidental.”
While Democrats push for a 9/11 Commission to chastise President Trump’s pandemic response, Rep. Gooden and his Republican counterparts are putting Americans first, setting up a viable pathway for reparations from China.