This is a brief history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the civil liberties we have lost because of it. Also, it is a testament to what a government can accomplish when it’s people are in fear. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s powers grew under the tutelage of people like Lt. Col. Oliver North and General Richard Secord, the architects on the Iran-Contra Scandal. FEMA has been given responsibility for disaster relief, including urban forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, refugee situations, urban riots, and emergency planning for nuclear and toxic incidents. FEMA was created in a series of Executive Orders. A Presidential Executive Order, whether Constitutional or not, becomes law simply by its publication in the Federal Registry. Congress is bypassed. FEMA has only spent about 6% of its budget on national emergencies, the bulk of their funding has been used for the construction of underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency – foreign or domestic. FEMA has even been given control of the State Defense Forces, a rag-tag, often considered neo-Nazi, civilian army that will substitute for the National Guard in the even of a declared emergency, if the Guard is called to duty overseas. Executive Orders and Bills passed by Congress associated with FEMA or THE Federal Government that suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights:
Executive Order #12656: Appointed the National Security Council as the principal body that should consider emergency powers. This allows the government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S. citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United States and grant the government the right to isolate large groups of civilians.
Executive Order #1103: Allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
Executive Order #11005: Allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and storage facilities, public and private.
Executive Order #10990: Allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
Executive Order #10995: Allows the government to seize and control the “communication media”.
Executive Order #10997: Allows the government to take over all electric power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals, public and private.
Executive Order #10998: Allows the government to take over all food supplies and resources, public and private, including farms and equipment
Executive Order #11921: Allows the government to control the mechanisms of production and distribution of energy sources, and the flow of money in U.S. financial institutions in any undefined National Emergency. It also provides that when a state emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the declaration for a period of six months.
Executive Order #11051: Grants authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
Executive Order #11000: Authorizes the government to mobolize American civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
The Patriot Act: Third-party holders f your financial, library, travel, video rental, phone, medical, church, synagogue, and mosques records can be searched without your knowledge and consent.
Allows Law Enforcement to conduct warrantless searches of yoour records, place of residence and confiscate your personal property without your knowledge or consent.
The Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003: Instructs Government to build a mammoth database of citizen DNA information, aimed at “detecting, investigating, prosecuting, preventing or responding to terrorist activities”.
The Military Commissions Act: Strips the courts of jurisdiction to hear or consider habeas corpus appeals of anyone held in US custody as an “unlawful enemy combatant”.
Defines an Unlawful Enemy combatant as “an individual engaged in hostilities against the United States who is not a lawful enemy combatant.” The definition of “Hostilities” is broad enough to include any American citizen who is acting in a way the President deems “hostile” to the United States.
Prohibits any person from invoking the Geneva Conventions or their protocols as a source of rights in any action in an US court.
National Security Presidential directive 51 and Homeland Security Presidentual Directive 20. Signed by President Bush in May. 2007
NSPD/HSPD 51, and 20: The Secretary of Homeland Security shall serve as the President’s lead agent for coordinating overall continuity operations and activities of executive departments and agencies
Allows the President to control and coordinate all three branches of government in the event of a “Catastrophic Emergency”.
“Catastrophic Emergency means any incident, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions”
NSPD/HSPD 51, and 20 Annex A: Classified
NSPD/HSPD 20,51 Section 24; Security: Classified
Kellog Brown and Root recently was awarded a 385 million dollar open ended contract by the Department of Homeland Security. Which provides for establishing “temporary detention” facilities and “progressing areas” on American soil.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility….
I welcome it. – John F. Kennedy