The New Martial Law

There is a new scandal brewing that is going to blow up soon. President Bush signed a new directive that was not passed by Congress that addresses the “Continuity of Government.”

World Net Daily

President Bush has signed a directive granting extraordinary powers to the office of the president in the event of a declared national emergency, apparently without congressional approval or oversight.

It was issued with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive.

The directive establishes under the office of the president a new national continuity coordinator whose job is to make plans for “National Essential Functions” of all federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations to continue functioning under the president’s directives in the event of a national emergency.

“Catastrophic emergency” is loosely defined as “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.” 

The directive says the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, currently Frances Fragos Townsend, would be designated as the national continuity coordinator.

Corsi says the directive makes no attempt to reconcile the powers created for the national continuity coordinator with the National Emergency Act, which requires that such proclamation “shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register.”

A Congressional Research Service study notes the National Emergency Act sets up Congress as a balance empowered to “modify, rescind, or render dormant” such emergency authority if Congress believes the president has acted inappropriately.

But the new directive appears to supersede the National Emergency Act by creating the new position of national continuity coordinator without any specific act of Congress authorizing the position, Corsi says.

The directive also makes no reference to Congress and its language appears to negate any requirement that the president submit to Congress a determination that a national emergency exists.

It suggests instead that the powers of the directive can be implemented without any congressional approval or oversight.

Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke affirmed to Corsi the Homeland Security Department would implement the requirements of the order under Townsend’s direction.

The White House declined to comment on the directive.

Official Text of ” NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/NSPD 51 – HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/HSPD-20″

In case it gets removed from the White House Website: National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive

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4 Responses to The New Martial Law

  1. Brent says:

    This is just another example of the past 6 years that President Bush has done illegal things and not getting called on the carpet for them. In 20 years, everybody will be wondering why we let the lunatic have that much power.

  2. Curt Kassinger says:

    These people wonder why American citizens feel the need to arm themselves. Not against terrorist or criminals, but against their government. I think it was Washington who said to rise up when the government was no longer of the people, for the people or by the people. I pray this is not the case, but one does have to ask themselves who is this government for the citizens or the elite few who have their own agenda.

  3. VF Smith says:

    I am anything but a gun enthusiast, but tonight was discussing with my brother about now understanding why the NRA takes the stand it does; then I came to this site and saw someone else voice the same thing.

    This act in effect reverses its (legal) predecessor; Congress now has no power to override an abuse of presidential power.

    I have heard that Bush has said two things (perhaps someone can provide the quotes):
    one was purportedly to a newsperson when he responded (jokingly?) that he had no problems with a dictatorship as long as he were the dictator- then he supposedly did his “giggle”. Another comment purportedly heard by many who were in attendance with him in a meeting: when the Constitution was mentioned as perhaps being violated by whatever was being proposed, was that it was “just a g– —–d piece of paper (said with red-faced anger). His temper is well-known and the comment seems to fit, no? BTW, the dashes are mine- he said the word.

    We Dems have warned over and over again but a lot of Republicans didn’t seem to be listening. This man has had an agenda way before 9/11 and thinks God is firmly behind his plans. I am 68 years old and have never seen the like in this country. I am a devout Christian who sees danged little Christianity in this reign- err- administration.

    Why in the world isn’t this on the major news shows??

  4. VF Smith says:

    I am anything but a gun enthusiast, but tonight was discussing with my brother about now understanding why the NRA takes the stand it does; then I came to this site and saw someone else voice the same thing.

    This act in effect reverses its (legal) predecessor; Congress would no longer have power to override an abuse of presidential power.

    I have heard that Bush has said two things (perhaps someone can provide the quotes):
    one was purportedly to a newsperson when he responded (jokingly?) that he had no problems with a dictatorship as long as he were the dictator- then he supposedly did his “giggle”. Another comment purportedly heard by many who were in attendance with him in a meeting: when the Constitution was mentioned as perhaps being violated by whatever was being proposed, was that it was “just a g– —–d piece of paper (said with red-faced anger). His temper is well-known and the comment seems to fit, no? BTW, the dashes are mine- he said the word.

    We Dems have warned over and over again but a lot of Republicans didn’t seem to be listening. This man has had an agenda way before 9/11 and thinks God is firmly behind his plans. I am 68 years old and have never seen the like in this country. I am a devout Christian who sees danged little Christianity in this reign- err- administration.

    Why in the world isn’t this on the major news shows??

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