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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What is Directive 51?

From Wikipedia:

The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-20, sometimes called simply "Executive Directive 51" for short), created and signed by United States President George W. Bush on May 4, 2007, is a Presidential Directive which claims power to execute procedures for continuity of the federal government in the event of a "catastrophic emergency". Such an emergency is construed 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." [1]

Let's examine this. First of all, this is a "Presidential Directive"

Presidential directives are a form of executive order issued by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the National Security Council. As a form of executive order, a presidential directive has the "full force and effect of law.

This means that the President of the United States, is Legislating, from the Oval Office. This is a violation of the enumerated powers of the Executive branch as listed in the Constitution. This also circumvents the Legislative branch, (Congress) in making laws. This is very troublesome if you believe in the Constitution, and the Rights granted by it to the people!

Second, the language of the order allows for these powers to be implemented in any emergency "regardless of location" (does that mean outside of our borders?) that results in "extraordinary levels" of casualties, damage. or disruption (who defines "extraordinary levels"?) that severely affect the poplulation, infrastructure, environment, economy (a recession could cause this to be implemented!?), or Government functions(so, any protest that inconveniences the Gov?).

This "Presidential Directive" goes on to state,

when the president considers an emergency to have occurred, an "Enduring Constitutional Government" comprising "a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government, coordinated by the President," will take the place of the nation's regular government, presumably without the oversight of Congress., if the President considers an emergency to have occurred, he can implement a NEW Constitution that basically by-passes Congress?

Also, The directive, created by the president, claims that the president has the power to declare a catastrophic emergency. It does not specify who has the power to declare the emergency over!

Has President Bush unknowingly, (or knowingly) put into place the tools for a future President to seize control of the Federal Government, and basically declare them self, Dictator?

Worse yet,

The signing of this Directive was generally not covered by the mainstream U.S. media or discussed by the U.S. Congress. While similar executive security directives have been issued by previous presidents, with their texts kept secret, this is the first to be made public in part. It is unclear how the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive will reconcile with the National Emergencies Act, a U.S. federal law passed in 1976, which gives Congress oversight over presidential emergency powers during such emergencies. The National Emergencies Act is not mentioned in the text of the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive.

So, this "Presidential Directive" countermands federal law passed in 1976, and the MSM, has been ignoring it, and not reported, and Congress, for the most part, has just laid down!!

So far, only a few members of Congress have even bothered to raise any concerns! It seems that only Congressman DeFazio, a Democrat, and a couple of others, have bothered to question the ramifications of this directive, and asked to see the Classified parts of the directive! So far, he has been rebuffed!

After receiving concerned communications from constituents, in July 2007 U.S. Representative and Homeland Security Committee member Peter DeFazio made an official request to examine the classified Continuity Annexes described above in a secure "bubbleroom" in the United States Capitol, but his request was denied by the White House, which cited "national security concerns."[8] This was the first time DeFazio has been denied access to documents. He was quoted as saying, "We're talking about the continuity of the government of the United States of America...I would think that would be relevant to any member of Congress, let alone a member of the Homeland Security Committee."[8] After this denial, DeFazio joined with two colleagues (Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee; and Chris Carney, chairman of the Homeland Security oversight subcommittee) in a renewed effort to gain access to the documents.

This is alarming to me! That not only did President Bush issue this order, but seemingly noone, has even bothered to question it! If I had not been researching into the rex 84 FEMA plans, I never would have heard of this! We need to get the word out on this, and get it stricken from the laws, before it is used, and abused to end the last vestiges of Freedom that America has left!

As Thomas Paine wrote in December of 1776,

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

Well, it's not Britain trying to take our Freedoms, and enslave us, this time, but our own Federal Government, whom the Constitution was written to protect us from, that are in the process of circumventing, and making impotent, that very Constitution! If we do not wake up, and pay attention, one day we'll wake up, and it will be too late! It is time to do something about the runaway Government, and not keep burying our heads, and saying " all politicians are crooked, what can we do about it?" We CAN and MUST change the parties, and the processes, and remove the "career politicians" before they make the "de facto" oligarchy we have now, into an official one! Everyone needs to take an active role, get involved in your local party, find out who these people are, and what they believe in and if you don't like it, replace them with someone who is committed to the ideals of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. If we don't do it now, our hands will be forced.

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. ... You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” Winston Churchill

And I Ask Again.....Do YOU Have the Courage of Your Convictions?!

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