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August 08, 2007

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Tom Hilton

It's "strait-jacketed" (think 'Straits of Gibraltar' or 'straitened circumstances').

But yeah, you're right. Imagine someone running around Kevin-McCarthy-style in 2000 warning us that Bush would do the things he's actually done ("he'll create a network of secret prisons where nameless suspects are tortured and held indefinitely! He'll use the Justice Department to influence elections! He'll say he's not bound by any court or any law Congress passes!" etc.) This administration has done so many things that would have seemed impossible outside of the wildest paranoid delusions, that it's become impossible to dismiss even the most (seemingly) wildly improbable eventualities out of hand.

Brian

Thanks for the spelling, Tom.

JimPortlandOR

So, what I thought (of myself) as some form of extreme paranoia is just honest reality viewing. I feel better already.

g bush

That martial law thing, well I talked to Harriet and Gonzo, and they had no problem with it. Said it's perfectly legal. It's the terrorists who have a problem with it. And the Democrats are trying to play politics with the safety of the American people. I took an oath to protek the American people and blah blah blah

leegle eegle

Check out this site (below). If you have trouble connecting, try www.sourcewatch.org and search for "martial law". One of the links will be "establishing martial law in the United States."

Now you'll have to excuse me; I've gotta go buy tickets to Austrailia.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Establishing_martial_law_in_the_United_States

Poilu

What once was labeled "shrill" has now become remarkably commonplace AND commonsensical.

And the old paradigms have been rendered massively irrelevant: "God[win] is Dead!"

I can't remotely claim any such prescience SIX years ago, but I've certainly been "screaming my head off" to anyone who would listen (admittedly few) since shortly after the Iraq invasion. By then, the emerging pattern was becoming indelibly apparent to those of us who dared perceive it.

Perhaps someday soon it might even become "mainstream" to seek an authoritative re-examination of the many glaring inconsistencies in the "official" 9/11 story. These conclusions wrought of our latter-day history certainly have applicability to preceding events. Thus, the present recognition of the inherent treachery of this regime should shed a whole new light on its prior intrigues.

Of course, before ANY such generalized inquiry could be initiated against them, the Bush Reich might WELL trump up some "incident", impose martial law, dissolve the Conress, and effectively declare itself a "Unitary Executive" dictatorship. (It's virtually done so already!) And would anyone who's been paying the slightest attention REALLY be surprised??

James Francis

Under the FEMA plan, there is no contingency by which Constitutional power is restored.

Some people have referred to it as the "secret government" of the United States. It is not an elected body, it does not involve itself in public disclosures, and it even has a quasi-secret budget in the billions of dollars. This government organisation has more power than the President of the United States or the Congress, it has the power to suspend laws, move entire populations, arrest and detain citizens without a warrant and hold them without trial, it can seize property, food supplies, transportation systems, and can suspend the Constitution of the United States.

Not only is it the most powerful entity in the United States, but it was not even created under Constitutional law by the Congress. It was a product of a Presidential Executive Order. No, it is not the U.S. military nor the Central Intelligence Agency, they are subject to Congress. The organisation is called Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Originally conceived in the Richard Nixon Administration, it was refined by President Jimmy Carter and has been given teeth by the George Bush Administration.

Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:


EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports. EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media. EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals. EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilise civilians into work brigades under government supervision. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the US Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorisation to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.


FEMA's enormous powers can be triggered easily. In any form of domestic or foreign problem, perceived and not always actual, emergency powers can be enacted. The President of the United States now has broader powers to declare martial law, which activates FEMA's extraordinary powers. Martial law can be declared during time of increased tension overseas, economic problems within the United States, such as a depression, civil unrest, such as demonstrations or scenes like the Los Angeles riots, and in a drug crisis.

These Presidential powers have increased with successive Crime Bills, particularly the 1991 and 1993 Crime Bills, which increase the power to suspend the rights guaranteed under the Constitution and to seize property of those suspected of being drug dealers, to individuals who participate in a public protest or demonstration.

Under emergency plans already in existence, the power exists to suspend the Constitution and turn over the reigns of government to FEMA and appointing military commanders to run state and local governments. FEMA then would have the right to order the detention of anyone whom there is reasonable ground to believe...will engage in, or probably conspire with others to engage in acts of espionage or sabotage. The plan also authorised the establishment of concentration camps for detaining the accused, but no trial (emphasis added).

The scenarios established to trigger FEMA into action are generally found in the society today, economic collapse, civil unrest, drug problems, terrorist attacks, and protests against American intervention in a foreign country. All these premises exist, it could only be a matter of time in which one of these triggers the entire emergency necessary to bring FEMA into action, and then it may be too late, because under the FEMA plan, there is no contingency by which Constitutional power is restored.

(Source: Harry V. Martin with research assistance from David Caul: http://educate-yourself.org/nwo/FEMAsecretgovt1995.shtml.)


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The American Bar Association’s Task Force Report on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine, published in August 2006 concluded''' (Kinkopf, supra, at 7.):

“If the President may dispense with application of laws by concocting a constitutional objection, we will quickly cease to live under the rule of law.”
Id.


Professor Kinkopf stated that the use, frequency, and nature of President George W Bush’s signing statements demonstrates a “radically expansive view” of executive power which “amounts to a claim that he is impervious to the laws that Congress enacts” and "represents a serious assault on the constitutional system of checks and balances.”

The Supreme Court of the ''United States in Clinton v. City of New York'', 524 U.S. 417, 450 (1988) (Kennedy, J. concurring) (internal citations omitted) that:


"Separation of powers was designed to implement a fundamental insight: Concentration of power in the hands of a single branch is a threat to liberty. The Federalist states the axiom in these explicit terms: 'The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.' The Federalist No. 47. So convinced were the Framers that liberty of the person inheres in structure that at first they did not consider a Bill of Rights necessary. It was at Madison’s insistence that the First Congress enacted the Bill of Rights. It would be a grave mistake, however, to think a Bill of Rights in Madison’s scheme then or in sound constitutional theory now renders separation of powers of lesser importance."


The American Bar Association has always been in the forefront of efforts to protect the rule of law in the United States and its constitution. It is now incumbent upon this great organisation to speak out forcefully against actions which would weaken the United States constitutional system of checks and balances and separation of powers.


James Francis


James Francis

Under the FEMA plan, there is no contingency by which Constitutional power is restored.

Some people have referred to it as the "secret government" of the United States. It is not an elected body, it does not involve itself in public disclosures, and it even has a quasi-secret budget in the billions of dollars. This government organisation has more power than the President of the United States or the Congress, it has the power to suspend laws, move entire populations, arrest and detain citizens without a warrant and hold them without trial, it can seize property, food supplies, transportation systems, and can suspend the Constitution of the United States.

Not only is it the most powerful entity in the United States, but it was not even created under Constitutional law by the Congress. It was a product of a Presidential Executive Order. No, it is not the U.S. military nor the Central Intelligence Agency, they are subject to Congress. The organisation is called Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Originally conceived in the Richard Nixon Administration, it was refined by President Jimmy Carter and has been given teeth by the George Bush Administration.

Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:


EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports. EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media. EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals. EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilise civilians into work brigades under government supervision. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the US Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorisation to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period. EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.


FEMA's enormous powers can be triggered easily. In any form of domestic or foreign problem, perceived and not always actual, emergency powers can be enacted. The President of the United States now has broader powers to declare martial law, which activates FEMA's extraordinary powers. Martial law can be declared during time of increased tension overseas, economic problems within the United States, such as a depression, civil unrest, such as demonstrations or scenes like the Los Angeles riots, and in a drug crisis.

These Presidential powers have increased with successive Crime Bills, particularly the 1991 and 1993 Crime Bills, which increase the power to suspend the rights guaranteed under the Constitution and to seize property of those suspected of being drug dealers, to individuals who participate in a public protest or demonstration.

Under emergency plans already in existence, the power exists to suspend the Constitution and turn over the reigns of government to FEMA and appointing military commanders to run state and local governments. FEMA then would have the right to order the detention of anyone whom there is reasonable ground to believe...will engage in, or probably conspire with others to engage in acts of espionage or sabotage. The plan also authorised the establishment of concentration camps for detaining the accused, but no trial (emphasis added).

The scenarios established to trigger FEMA into action are generally found in the society today, economic collapse, civil unrest, drug problems, terrorist attacks, and protests against American intervention in a foreign country. All these premises exist, it could only be a matter of time in which one of these triggers the entire emergency necessary to bring FEMA into action, and then it may be too late, because under the FEMA plan, there is no contingency by which Constitutional power is restored.

(Source: Harry V. Martin with research assistance from David Caul: http://educate-yourself.org/nwo/FEMAsecretgovt1995.shtml.)


--------------------------


The American Bar Association’s Task Force Report on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine, published in August 2006 concluded''' (Kinkopf, supra, at 7.):

“If the President may dispense with application of laws by concocting a constitutional objection, we will quickly cease to live under the rule of law.”
Id.


Professor Kinkopf stated that the use, frequency, and nature of President George W Bush’s signing statements demonstrates a “radically expansive view” of executive power which “amounts to a claim that he is impervious to the laws that Congress enacts” and "represents a serious assault on the constitutional system of checks and balances.”

The Supreme Court of the ''United States in Clinton v. City of New York'', 524 U.S. 417, 450 (1988) (Kennedy, J. concurring) (internal citations omitted) that:


"Separation of powers was designed to implement a fundamental insight: Concentration of power in the hands of a single branch is a threat to liberty. The Federalist states the axiom in these explicit terms: 'The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.' The Federalist No. 47. So convinced were the Framers that liberty of the person inheres in structure that at first they did not consider a Bill of Rights necessary. It was at Madison’s insistence that the First Congress enacted the Bill of Rights. It would be a grave mistake, however, to think a Bill of Rights in Madison’s scheme then or in sound constitutional theory now renders separation of powers of lesser importance."


The American Bar Association has always been in the forefront of efforts to protect the rule of law in the United States and its constitution. It is now incumbent upon this great organisation to speak out forcefully against actions which would weaken the United States constitutional system of checks and balances and separation of powers.


James Francis


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