Medical professionals assemble as the ACU to criticize governmental mismanagement of pandemic
The Außerparlamentarischer Corona Untersuchungsausschuss (ACU), or the COVID-19 Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, is comprised of doctors and other industry leaders publicly challenging the German parliament’s crisis management in wake of the virus, including lockdown and mandatory-PPE policies. The ACU contends that the majority of the country’s COVID procedures are disproportionate to the amount of people infected.
In addition to medical professionals, the committee includes respected authorities in law, economics, psychology and social affairs, as declared in their inaugural statement. The ACU extends beyond the purview of Germany, with a number of international contributors invited to the conference as well.
Transparenz der Inhalte ist wichtig, or “Transparency of content is important,” the organization’s website reads. All keynote statements have been livestreamed and transcribed unedited—and even translated to nine other languages.
The ACU was established May 21 of this year in Stuttgart with 5,000 people present at the official announcement. It claims to be a non-partisan committee not tethered to any political, corporate, or media interests.
One of the principal organizers, Dr. Heiko Schöning, sought to demystify what he characterized as constant fearmongering by the government and media by equating COVID-19 to the common seasonal flu, a move that runs counter to most medical authorities.
“We do not have to be more afraid than the last few years with normal flu waves,” he said, “because this is exactly how this one seems to be. Then why were these drastic measures taken?”
Dr. Bodo Schiffmann, another keynote speaker at the July event, supported Schöning’s assertion that the government has been distorting the severity of the pandemic.
“We receive out-of-context numbers,” Schiffmann said, “numbers that are only capable of fuelling fear by simply adding up cases of illness and not showing that there is a mismatch between the number of people tested and those actually infected.”
Schiffmann recalled the Infection Protection Act, which has been superseded by more extreme measures.
“The only thing we hear from the government is the constant call for a vaccination for a disease that we now know very well—through many international studies—that it is very comparable to flu diseases, that the death rates are no higher than during strong flu waves and that the measures cannot be justified.”
The ACU states that it strives to make the public aware of their own government’s manoeuvres. Its broader goal is to eventually effect change in the “party-political decision-making structures” to prevent any further undemocratic procedures.
Schöning named an internal report from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, which revealed that 90 percent of COVID-related operations that were necessary were not fulfilled by the parliament. The report also projects 5,000-125,000 casualties resulting from such governmental protocol, or lack thereof.
“It is more than grossly negligent that government agencies do not disclose these things and, as it seems, orchestrate them, because the scientific data already shows that there is no basis for these measures,” the transcript of Schöning’s address reads.
To Dr. Martin Haditsch from Austria, the German parliament and its powerbrokers must be held accountable through the ACU’s intervention.
“Inappropriate decisions have been made irresponsibly from the outset,” he said, “either grossly negligently or deliberately, without the necessary duty of care, that is to say without even the slightest consideration for collateral damage—decisions that have also undermined fundamental democratic rights and trampled all over ethical duties.”
The committee’s rallying cry is “We’ve got the power,” as its legion of experts aim to mobilize the general public against the German government’s restrictions as well as procedural negligence.
“The ACU is conceived as a cross-generational, hands-on project that is organized by citizens for citizens,” the committee’s website reads. “This means that people like you and me as well as experts in their special field can support the ACU with their knowledge, experience, and contributions in the form of lectures and interviews.”
Schöning also invoked citizen sovereignty in his speech, insisting that Germans must reassert their inalienable right to oppose the state-sanctioned COVID-19 measures. He cited Article 20, Paragraph 4 of the Basic Constitutional Law as the engine of the committee’s objective: “Everyone has the right to resist if no other measures remedy the situation.”
Each presenter at the ACU conference concluded their statement with a personal impetus for their involvement. For some, it was the longevity of elderly relatives; for others, it was the future of German progeny. All speakers, however, were motivated by their profession.
Schiffmann in particular invoked the guiding healthcare ethos “Primum non nocere,” or “First, do no harm.”
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