Tuesday, June 12, 2007

This bears repeating, and repeating, and repeating. And coincidentally, as I type, I am hearing this mentioned, again, on the Randi Rhodes show.
New presidential directive gives Bush dictatorial power
National Security & Homeland Security Presidential Directive establishes "National Continuity Policy"
[...]
The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive, signed on May 9, 2007 declares that in the event of a “catastrophic event”, George W. Bush can become what is best described as "a dictator":

"The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government."

This directive, completely unnoticed by the media, and given no scrutiny by Congress, literally gives the White House unprecedented dictatorial power over the government and the country, bypassing the US Congress and obliterating the separation of powers. The directive also placed the Secretary of Homeland Security in charge of domestic “security”.
[...]
This is another step towards official martial law (see “US government fans homeland security fears”), which suggests that a new "catastrophic event" 9/11-type pretext could be in the pipeline.
There is no definition of "emergency", so if any event takes place that Bush decides is an "emergency", Bush becomes a dictator. In the directive, it states that Enduring Constitutional Government means "a cooperative effort...coordinated by the president." It would not be constitutionally mandated to have 3 co-equal branches of government. Instead, it would be coordinated by Bush. He puts himself in charge of everything by virtue of this directive. As Randi says, it's giving absolute power to an absolute idiot.

And Chertoff would be the lead in coordinating continuity operations. Chertoff.

To quote Randi, "It's the scariest thing I've ever read in my life. It's a mad power grab." Thank you, Randi.



Paddy note- there is some discussion as to how dire this directive is.
Check here for some views.
GottaLaff note re: Paddy note-- Excellent discussion. Go read.

5 Comments:

At 4:37 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

This from the schmuck who wasted 7 minutes during a real national emergency, and we're supposed to trust him to determine his own emergency?

This is also the nutball who, along with Lieberman and Cheney, is all gung ho to Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran.

January 9th can't come soon enough.

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger gimmeabreak said...

I've heard both sides of this argument over the past few weeks, too. I started out hearing Randi's take on it and then found out that what Bush signed isn't any different than what he could do constitutionally anyway.

The fear definately surrounds the fact that we don't want to hear that this batch of Bozos might be able to suspend any more rights than they already have. Its a scary thought and one that I don't want to have much.

Also note: Great care needs to be taken to make sure that Rudy G. doesn't get within shouting distance of the White House. Aside from his now over-the-top pronouncements (see 12 steps below and any past debate) remember that after 9/11 he had friends of his seriously pushing the idea of cancelling the Nov. '01 Mayoral election to maintain order and stability in NYC.

The next generation of Bush bots are the ones we REALLY have to pay attention to.

 
At 10:02 PM, Anonymous OCD said...

I love to laugh, hell I even gottalaff (sic) but please help a brother out with that font and point size. I will gladly send you a crisp new dollar in the mail :p

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I do just about anything for money, OCD. ; )

I'd be happy to use a different font, but if I go too much bigger, it takes up a ton of space.

 
At 3:49 AM, Blogger Cush said...

Yeah, I'm not sure that there is as much here as I once thought. If you read the whole directive, it says nothing about giving the president any powers that aren't already his by law, and it still respects (in words) the separation of powers within the Federal Government. I'm not seeing a power grab here. I still think W's a pin-head though.

 

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