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"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.
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.
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.