Obama: Executive Order 3/16/12 – National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order – Revised and Extended
March 18, 2012 25 Comments
Don’t panic quite yet.
When this turned up in my email last night I reblogged it without thinking too much. We are all so used to amazingly bad stuff that we automatically assume the end of the world as we know it in the Friday document drops. It’s a hell of a way to run a country but, that’s what we’ve got for the next 11 months.
None of us trust this administration to do anything that is right and proper for America. Why? Because we have learned that if they do it was probably a miscalculation.
This executive order and the law it’s based on go all the way back to 1950, if you remember (ask your grandparents) we were at war in Korea the Soviet Union had just gotten atomic bombs and we were worried about ‘continuity of government’. And we have continued to worry about that right up to the present day, and with cause.
None of this is to suggest that we shouldn’t keep a very close eye on the administration, we should. In fact, we should on all administrations. This bothered me last night so I went and read the law specifically: the Final__Defense_Production_Act_091030. pdf. As I read, I realized that it probably wasn’t quite as dire as I had thought.
This morning I continued reading and found that other that I respect share that opinion. Specifically, Maggie over at Maggie’s Notebook who is one hell of a researcher has looked into it. I see nothing in her analysis to disagree with.
So with a hattip to Grumpy, here is Maggie analysis.
Obama: Executive Order 3/16/12 – National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order – Some EO History
This Executive Order (EO) (as yet unnumbered) dated last Friday provides for the continuity of Government in the case of a National Emergency and puts in place the planning for “preparedness.” The words Martial Law do not appear in the title of the EO, but a quick read makes it clear that confiscation of property can be ordered in certain circumstance. The question is, why do we need this order? Below you will see that we already have similar direction in place and have had for many years. What is different about this one? It would take many hours for me to figure it out in detail, so I’m hoping someone else who follows Executive Orders or national defense directives, will write about why this one is needed.
Here’s my inexpert opinion: Obama clarifies in March 2012 EO, that in the case of an National Emergency the government can take everything you have: your food and water and weapons, your manufacturing, construction businesses and farms, and their equipment and supplies , the country’s energy, our civil transportation. They can abscond with your fertilizers. The Government can expand or modify your privately owned business, force Government-owned equipment into your facility, and hijack your labor field. UPDATE: AND they can do this at anytime of an emergency or in times of peace.
- Obama Executive Order: Peacetime Martial Law! (Another shoe drops) (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com)
- No martial law (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- MARTIAL LAW : Barack Obama Issues Executive Order For National Defense Resources Preparedness (theroycroftreport.com)
- Obama issues Executive Order of effective Martial Law (genomega1.wordpress.com)
- White House National Defense Resource Preparedness executive order (twitchy.com)