Fact Check: Video Mixing False Swine Flu Prophecy With Inaccuracies About 2017 Oklahoma Law Does NOT Document COVID-19 Mandates

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Video Mixing False Swine Flu Prophecy With Inaccuracies About 2017 Oklahoma Law Does NOT Document COVID-19 Mandates 2009 Swine Flu

Does a 2017 Oklahoma state law pave the way for vaccination mandates and are there plans to sort people at roadblocks, fit them with tracking chip bracelets and send the unvaccinated to FEMA camps? No, that's not true: This video is made of three different elements: text captioning that does not accurately represent the Oklahoma legislation, a 2009 video of now-deceased conspiracy blogger Greg Evensen speaking of things that never came to pass during the swine flu pandemic, and a collection of video clips of clashes between police and protesters, most filmed on August 29, 2021, in Newcastle, England, with other scenes from Paris, France, and Glogow, Poland.

The main video featuring Evensen -- who died in January 2018, two years before the COVID-19 pandemic began -- was first posted on YouTube on September 9, 2009. It was given new captioning and additional footage from 2021 protests, and the video was posted on the Rumble channel "wilparanormal" on September 6, 2021. The video is titled "2017 STATE LAW WILL FORCE EVERYONE TO BE VACCINATED - BLOCKADES / BUSES WILL SEND YOU TO FEMA CAMPS" and the caption reads:

Rumble -- After the 2009 Swine Flu epidemic, plans were drawn up to vaccinate everyone. Those plans will now be put into effect very soon as Oklahoma passed a law (2017) which will force everyone to be vaccinated. For those who refuse to be vaccinated, State Troopers have said for the record that you will be rounded up though road blockades, placed on buses that will transport you to a fema camp and there you will stay until you accept the SHOT.
Those plans back in 2017 are waiting to be implemented in 2021.
Police Brutality cannot be tolerated anymore. You must take back your Freedoms.

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2017 STATE LAW WILL FORCE EVERYONE TO BE VACCINATED - BLOCKADES / BUSES WILL SEND YOU TO FEMA CAMPS

The video opens with white text on a black screen. It reads:

In 2017, Oklahoma passed a law requiring everyone to be vaccinated if ever another Pandemic like the Swine Flu came along. Well, the Plandemic is here and that plan is about to be implemented.

This is not true. Oklahoma Senate Bill 83 by Republican state Sen. Ervin Yen, M.D. was originally introduced on January 4, 2017, to amend the existing law pertaining to school immunization requirements. This bill would have removed nonmedical vaccination exemptions that were in place as an alternative to completing the list of immunizations required for school enrollment. In effect, the bill would have made vaccinations compulsory for all school children who didn't have a medical exemption. This version of the bill was never passed. It was revised and another version was passed on February 27, 2017. The revision permitted nonmedical vaccine exemptions, but parents or guardians would be required to watch an educational program from the State Department of Health "on the risks of not vaccinating their child and the possible medical complications resulting from vaccinations."

On May 15, 2020, tulsaworld.com reported on House Joint Resolution 1040 with an article titled, "Oklahoma House votes to overturn State Health Department rule on vaccination exemptions":

A new State Health Department rule requiring an "educational presentation" before receiving an exemption from childhood vaccinations was shot down Thursday afternoon in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

And, in a decision viewed dimly by many members from the state's two largest metro areas, the House also moved to restrict the authority of local governments during public health emergencies such as the current COVID-19 epidemic.

A rule impact statement prepared on July 7, 2020, explains that the rule (Title 310:535) would be amended to match a statute that allows a parent to submit a written statement objecting to the required vaccinations, and that would be all that was needed to exempt their child from the required school immunizations.

Lead Stories wrote about this 2009 video of Greg Evensen on May 15, 2020, when the video was posted as if it represented a current situation. In that article, Lead Stories quoted Oklahoma Department of Public Health epidemiologist Ozair Naqvi:

There were no laws for the H1N1, or any other strain. It was never the government's policy to force people, and no metal bracelets were ever clapped on residents' wrists. That never occurred.

H1H1 refers to swine flu.

After the four-minute clip of Evensen speaking in 2009 ends, the compilation video adds a collection of scenes of clashes between police and people protesting vaccine passports and mask mandates. Most of the scenes originated from Newcastle upon Tyne protests in England that took place on August 29, 2021. Other scenes, at about the seven-minute mark, took place in a transit hub / shopping mall called the "Forum des Halles" in Paris, France, on September 4, 2021. At the 7:34 mark the video shows a policeman in Glogow, Poland, hitting an anti-mask protestor on April 11, 2021.

In the days since this 2009 video was posted on Rumble, a new law, HB 1236, was passed in Oklahoma. Newson6.com reported on September 10, 2021, "Newly Passed Law Gives Oklahoma Attorney General Funds To Fight Federal Vaccine Requirement"

State lawmakers hope a new law passed this session will make it easier for Oklahoma to push back against President Joe Biden's new vaccination orders.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Southeastern Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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