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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

An Executive Order - - - Imposing Tyranny?

Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

I just now read this very disturbing news report, published Wednesday 23 May 2007 at the WORLD NET DAILY web site:



Order for emergencies apparently gives authority without congressional oversight

POSTED: Wednesday 23 May 2007
0100 Hours Eastern

President Bush has signed an executive order granting extraordinary powers to the office of the president in the event of a declared national emergency, apparently without congressional approval or oversight.

The order was signed 09 May 2007 without any announcement, says Jerome R. Corsi in a WND column.

Titled, "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive," it was issued with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive.
The order establishes under the office of the president a new national continuity coordinator whose job 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.
"Catastrophic emergency" is loosely defined 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 government functions."
Corsi says the president can assume the power to direct any and all government and business activities until the emergency is declared over.
The executive order says the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, currently Frances Fragos Townsend, would be designated as the national continuity coordinator.
Corsi says the executive order makes no attempt to reconcile the powers created for the national continuity coordinator with the National Emergency Act, which requires that such proclamation "shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register."
A Congressional Research Service study notes the National Emergency Act sets up Congress as a balance empowered to "modify, rescind, or render dormant" such emergency authority if Congress believes the president has acted inappropriately.
But the new executive order 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, Corsi says.
The order also makes no reference to Congress and its language appears to negate any a requirement that the president submit to Congress a determination that a national emergency exists.
It suggests instead that the powers of the executive order can be implemented without any congressional approval or oversight.
Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke affirmed to Corsi the Homeland Security Department would implement the requirements of the order under Townsend's direction.
The White House declined to comment on the order.
Okay, folks, what are we looking at?
What does this mean?
Is this grounds for impeachment?
Has the President of the United States violated his sacred oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of The United States?
When you consider the current amnesty for illegal aliens which is being forced on us, while blatantly ignoring the will of the people, I have to wonder if our leaders are deliberately provoking a popular armed insurrection from an outraged citizenry?
That would then give the administration carte blanc for even more repressive measures.
So, what do we do now?
Remember, our republic is a government of the people, and we, the people, get the kind of government we deserve.
Shall we then passively acquiesce to despotic tyranny?
If you have any ideas, I'd sure like to hear them.
Thank you.
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400
NOTE: "My unpopular and controversial personal opinions are independent of my Scottish clan."

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