Bush makes power grab
what event is perferct excuse. The reason for my posting it is the fact its from a "right" online journal. We, Cascadians and anyone who values human rights and freedom, NEED (MUST) get over this divide of "left and right" if we are going to survive this.
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Bush makes power grab
Posted: May 23, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
President Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May
9 signed an executive order that granted near dictatorial powers to
the office of the president in the event of a national emergency
declared by the president.
The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential
Directive," with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National
Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security
Presidential Directive, establishes under the office of president a
new National Continuity Coordinator.
That job, as the document describes, is to make plans for "National
Essential Functions" of all federal, state, local, territorial, and
tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations to
continue functioning under the president's directives in the event
of a national emergency.
The executive order loosely defines "catastrophic emergency" as "any
incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary
levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting
the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or
When the president determines a catastrophic emergency has occurred,
the president can take over all government functions and direct all
private sector activities to ensure we will emerge from the
emergency with an "enduring constitutional government."
Translated into layman's terms, when the president determines a
national emergency has occurred, the president can declare to the
office of the presidency powers usually assumed by dictators to
direct any and all government and business activities until the
emergency is declared over.
Ironically, the executive order sees no contradiction in the
assumption of dictatorial powers by the president with the goal of
maintaining constitutional continuity through an emergency.
The executive order specifies that the Assistant to the President
for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism will be designated as the
National Continuity Coordinator.
Further established is a Continuity Policy Coordination Committee,
chaired by a senior director from the Homeland Security Council
staff, designated by the National Continuity Coordinator, to be "the
main day-to-day forum for such policy coordination. "
Currently, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and
Counterterrorism is Frances Fragos Townsend.
Townsend spent 13 years at the Justice Department before moving to
the U.S. Coast Guard where she served as Assistant Commandant for
She is a White House staff member in the executive office of the
president who also chairs the Homeland Security Council, which as a
counterpart to the National Security Council reports directly to the
The executive order issued May 9 makes no attempt to reconcile the
powers created there for the National Continuity Coordinator with
the National Emergency Act. As specified by U.S. Code Title 50,
Chapter 34, Subchapter II, Section 1621, the National Emergency Act
allows that the president may declare a national emergency but
requires that such proclamation "shall immediately be transmitted to
the Congress and published in the Federal Register."
A Congressional Research Service study notes that under the National
Emergency Act, the president "may seize property, organize and
control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military
forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all
transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private
enterprise, restrict ravel, and, in a variety of ways, control the
lives of United States citizens."
The CRS study notes that the National Emergency Act sets up congress
as a balance empowered to "modify, rescind, or render dormant such
delegated emergency authority," if Congress believes the president
has acted inappropriately.
NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 appears to supersede the National Emergency Act by
creating the new position of National Continuity Coordinator without
any specific act of Congress authorizing the position.
NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 also makes no reference whatsoever to Congress. The
language of the May 9 executive order appears to negate any a
requirement that the president submit to Congress a determination
that a national emergency exists, suggesting instead that the powers
of the executive order can be implemented without any congressional
approval or oversight.
Homeland Security spokesperson Russ Knocke affirmed that the
Homeland Security Department will be implementing the requirements
of NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 under Townsend's direction.
The White House had no comment.
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