All He Needs Is A "Catastrophic Emergency"
How exactly did ALL the mainstream American media miss this stunning story? Did Paris Hilton get caught drunk driving again? Did some feckless celebrity nobody say something asinine that grabbed the headlines this story demands?
Why does the mainstream media always automatically assume that Americans will not be interested to learn that their president has decreed himself the powers of a dictatorship, if or when he feels such spectacular powers need to be activated?
Rogue Government has the full story of how President Bush can now seize control of the entire government, and all its branches, in the event of a "catastrophic emergency". Does this mean another event of 9/11 or Katrina scale? Or is it referring to an American city being nuked by terrorists, as Bush himself recently said is now a very real threat?
You can argue that this story reaches for the hyperbole button a few times, and presses it furiously, but the facts laid out are undeniable. Here's the main points :
The Bush administration has released a directive called the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive. The directive released on May 9th, 2007 has gone almost unnoticed by the mainstream and alternative media.
In this directive, Bush declares that in the event of a “Catastrophic Emergency” the President will be entrusted with leading the activities to ensure constitutional government. The language in this directive would in effect make the President a dictator in the case of such an emergency.
The directive defines a “Catastrophic Emergency” as the following.
"Catastrophic Emergency" means 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;
So what does this mean? When one of those events takes place, the President will be a dictator in charge of ensuring a working constitutional government.
The language written in the directive is disturbing because it doesn’t say that the President will work with the other branches of government equally to ensure a constitutional government is protected. It says clearly that there will be a cooperative effort among the three branches that will be coordinated by the President. If the President is coordinating these efforts it effectively puts him in charge of every branch.
The directive defines Enduring Constitutional Government as the following.
"Enduring Constitutional Government," or "ECG," means a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government, coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches and with proper respect for the constitutional separation of powers among the branches, to preserve the constitutional framework under which the Nation is governed and the capability of all three branches of government to execute constitutional responsibilities and provide for orderly succession, appropriate transition of leadership, and interoperability and support of the National Essential Functions during a catastrophic emergency;
Further on in the document it states the following.
The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government.This is nothing more than a power grab that centralizes power and will make the President a dictator in the case of a so called “Catastrophic Emergency”.
This directive is a clear violation of constitutional separation of powers and there should be angry protests from our legislators about this anti-American garbage that came from the President.