Many people are convinced that this means Barack Obama is setting up a situation to declare peacetime martial law in America. In fact, one of the first columns to appear in the wake of Obama’s signing of the order was on Canada Free Press. Its title was, “Obama Executive Order: Peacetime Martial Law!”
I read the executive order, and the term “martial law” was not included in it. However, the order was very disturbing. The order relies on a Korean War-era statute, the Defense Production Act of 1950, to further entwine the domestic industrial economy with the military. It talks of fostering “cooperation between the defense and commercial sectors” and this amounts to putting the economy on permanent war footing, even when there isn’t an emergency.
For instance, the Executive Order talks of the need for the economic base “to satisfy [defense] requirements in peacetime and times of national emergency.” And cabinet officials are authorized to “issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources . . . to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions.”
It amounts to a sweeping reassertion of Presidential authority. It reasserts the President’s authority “to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders . . . to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders.”
And it then delegates this extraordinary power to cabinet heads.
The Secretary of Agriculture has this authority “with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and fertilizer.”
The Secretary of Energy has this authority “with respect to all forms of energy.”
The Secretary of Defense has this authority “with respect to water resources.”
The Secretary of Health and Human Services has this authority “with respect to health resources.”
The Secretary of Transportation has it “with respect to all civil transportation.”
And the Secretary of Commerce has it “with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities.”
Perhaps scariest of all, the Executive Order grants to the Secretary of Defense the authority to force a private person to assist in making chemical and biological weapons. Section 204, entitled “Chemical and Biological Warfare, states: “The authority of the President conferred by section 104(b) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2074(b) is delegated to the Secretary of Defense.”
Here is section 104(b):
“No provision of title I of this Act [sections 2071 to 2078 of this Appendix] shall be exercised or interpreted to require action or compliance by any private person to assist in any way in the production of or other involvement in chemical or biological warfare capabilities, unless authorized by the President (or the President’s designee who is serving in a position at level I of the Executive Schedule in accordance with section 5312 of title 5, United States Code) without further redelegation.”
So now not only may the President conscript scientists. The Secretary of Defense may, too.
The fact is that the United States Constitution, for all intents and purposes, is dead, and it desperately needs to be resurrected and enforced. The federal government long ago broke loose from the very limited scope of its power and authority. Long ago, the federal government trampled into the realm of the authority of the several states and the people. The major source of authority in the United States was originally intended to be reserved for the people and the states, not the federal government, whose powers were meant to be few and limited.
What some have also suggested that we are witnessing here is a repeat of the Hitler’s Enabling Act of March 1933. I suggest you read it, similarities are striking, only the SS have been replaced by the Secret Service and SA with the TSA and who can fail to notice the term “homeland” being used. You will, also note, that it gave Hitler the right to enact laws within 24 hours with without parliamentary consent. Sound familiar to the past weeks and the recent events after the NDAA was signed?
Obama’s executive order demonstrates the enormous accretion of power in the Executive Branch and more to the point, it shows how the entire economy is now in service to the military.
This is the military-industrial complex on steroids, and it’s devouring our Republic.