- From: Vicky Davis
- To: Dick Eastman
- You've got to take a look at this. We've been having
this discussion on 911blogger about the Continuity of Government and
whether or not it is in effect. Read the blog of Georgewashington.
- Bush has already declared a national emergency.
Indeed, Bush declared one in September of 2001. NSPD-51 merely creates
a red herring or smokescreen by phrasing a national emergency in the future-tense,
when -- in fact -- America has continuously been in a state of national
emergency from 9/11/01 to the present.
- Many people have expressed outrage at NSPD-51 -- a presidential
directive that gives Bush dictatorial powers in the event of a national
- For example, well-known conservative writer Jerome Corsi
- President Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement,
on ay 9 signed a directive that granted near dictatorial powers to the
office of the president in the event of a national emergency declared by
- 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 directive 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 government functions."
- 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
- Ironically, the directive sees no contradiction in the
assumption of dictatorial powers by the president with the goal of maintaining
constitutional continuity through an emergency.
- The directive specifies that the assistant to the president
for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism will be designated as the National
- 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."
- 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
travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens."
- 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 directive 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.
- Most writers, like Corsi, are justifiably concerned that
Bush can more or less "make up" a national emergency so as to
invoke martial law authorities under NSPD-51.
- However, Corsi and everyone else is missing the bigger
point: Bush has already declared a national emergency. Indeed,
Bush declared one in September of 2001, and has http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/diarypage.php?did=7023
- renewed the state of emergency each year up to the
present. We are almost certainly already under martial law via
the Continuity of Government plans(See http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2008/04/evidence-builds-that-continuity-of.html
- this, http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2008/02/continuity-of-government-plans-were.html
- this, http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2008/02/has-government-already-implemented.html
- this and http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/diarypage.php?did=7007
- So what Does NSPD-51 Really Do?
- My theory is that NSPD-51 serves two purposes:
- (1) It consolidates all governmental power in the office
of the National Continuity Coordinator; and
- (2) It creates a red herring or smokescreen by phrasing
a national emergency in the future-tense, when -- in fact -- America has
continuously been in a state of national emergency from 9/11/01 to the
- The link to my post responding to GW is below.
- Vicky Davis firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
- Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 20:28:56 -0700 (PDT)
- From: Vicky Davis email@example.com>
- Subject: Ah Ha Moment !!!!!
- I get it! Proof that George Washington is right!
It just came to me like a bolt from the blue
- I'm watching the OMB hearings on the Iraq war supplemental
funding request. In every hearing on funding for the Iraq war, the money
has been requested as an emergency supplemental funding request - and in
every hearing, the members of Congress question, "why the emergency
supplemental funding request". Why not just the regular funding stream.
- Today Senator Gregg Judd, pinned Jim Nussle down on the
issue of 'emergency' and he got Nussle to say that he doesn't need the
word emergency in the supplemental request. But Nussle is dumb as box of
rocks and I'll bet anything that his handlers in the administration are
having fits tonight because .... the ah ha moment.... they need emergency
war supplemental funding because the nation is in a state of emergency
..... and that means..
- GEORGEWASHINGTON IS RIGHT !!!!!
- The hearing is listed on C-Span's front page, recent
- Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on FY 2008 War
- And at the point when they can't get emergency supplemental
funding for war ... the jigs up.