Sunday, May 27, 2007

President Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May 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 president.

I posted about this on May 22, after hearing Thom Hartmann's discussion on our local Air America station. It bears repeating. Here's more (emphasis is mine):
"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 directive sees no contradiction in the assumption of dictatorial powers by the President with the goal of maintaining constitutional continuity through an emergency.
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.
So, Bush can define "national emergency", choosing anything from a natural disaster (meaning, he could simply point to his own offspring), to an economic "crisis" (mission already accomplished), to any disruption that "affects the U.S. population" (e.g.: the last 6 years) that occurs to him in what's left of his deranged little mind.

For some reason, the direct link doesn't work on Blogger, but if you go to the page, click on Homeland Security, and go to press releases on the right side of the page, you'll find the link to the directive. There has been no comment on this from the White House. However, IMHO there should be plenty of comments from us, to them.


At 4:58 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Why isn't this resonating? Gee, maybe it's because it gets no mention in the corporate media!

At 5:05 PM, Blogger Ashen Shard said...

Countdown had a post about this on their blog ... of course, nothing in the actual newscast ... yet.

Think Bush may be trying to emulate Chavez? Though his popularity is so low, he could never get democratic approval for such powers as Mr. Chavez has.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I'm glad to hear it made the Countdown blog, at least. This needs attention.

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...


Thanks for posting that, I've heard a little bit about it on Air America but didn't have time to listen to the whole thing. I cannot understand why this isn't making more news. My thought is, if he tries to implement this directive, he won't get far, the Supreme Court should over rule it. If not, the people will. His approval rating is too low and 30% of the American people aren't going to be enough to support him. I can't see how he can force the US to be taken over by dictorial rule.

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

BTW, Ashen Shard, creepy picture! Yikes! ;-)

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