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Obama’s National Preparedness order creates a ‘martial law matrix,’ author says
Life Site News ^ | 3/29/2012 | Ben Johnson

Posted on 03/30/2012 5:37:00 AM PDT by IbJensen

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A little-noticed executive order issued earlier this month would allow the federal government to seize all national resources (including food), draft civilians into the military or forced “labor,” regulate all communications, and ration health care to “promote the national defense.” Congress may be briefed on the government’s actions but lacks any power to alter them. This completes a “martial law matrix” that hands all national resources to Washington, a prominent author told LifeSiteNews.com.

Barack Obama issued the executive order, “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” on March 16.

Jim Garrison of The Huffington Post summarized its provisions:

President Barack Obama

• The Secretary of Defense has power over all water resources; • The Secretary of Commerce has power over all material services and facilities, including construction materials; • The Secretary of Transportation has power over all forms of civilian transportation; • The Secretary of Agriculture has power over food resources and facilities, livestock plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment; • The Secretary of Health and Human Services has power over all health resources; • The Secretary of Energy has power over all forms of energy.

Each power includes all its component parts. For example, “Civil transportation includes movement of persons and property by all modes of transportation in interstate, intrastate, or foreign commerce within the United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia, and related public storage and warehousing, ports, services, equipment and facilities.” Similarly “Food resource” means all commodities and products, (simple, mixed, or compound), or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals.”

“These are entirely illegitimate powers from a Constitutional perspective,” author and editor William Norman Grigg told LifeSiteNews.com. “There is not even a hint or a whisper or legitimacy here.”

“You’re dealing with someone who clearly doesn’t see the presidency as susceptible to any limits whatsoever, either legal or constitutional,” he said.

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Grigg, who is managing editor of Republic Magazine, said, “What is especially troubling is that he shows no compunction at all about exercising all of the powers that have been claimed by his predecessors and adding to that corpus of extra-constitutional presidential powers.”

These sweeping new powers may be invoked “in peacetime and in times of national emergency,” whenever they are “deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense.” The president would determine when those circumstances apply.

Congress would be briefed on the agencies’ actions – annually – but could not alter policy.

The president’s defenders, including some Republicans, say the executive order only updates the Defense Production Act of 1950 and of Bill Clinton’s Executive Order 12919, written in 1994. The chief difference is the new order transfers functions from FEMA to the Department of Homeland Security.

Ed Morrissey of Hot Air wrote, “Barack Obama may be arrogant, and the timing of this release might have looked a little strange, but this is really nothing to worry about at all.”

But Grigg says the change from a wartime to peacetime emergency alone is troubling.“When you’re dealing with semantic engineering that is that finely tuned, that ooks very much like evidence of bad intent,” he said. “They have dispensed with the idea that there needs to be a discrete event that would trigger a national emergency is significant.”

The reliance on previous executive orders also troubles Grigg. “Obama has…spoken about the supposed virtues of the domestic regimentation of the entire civilian population along military lines,” he said. “That goes right back to Bernard Baruch,” chairman of the National War Industries Board under President Woodrow Wilson during World War I. He wrote in 1918, “We are living today in a highly organized state of socialism. The state is all; the individual is of importance only as he contributes to the welfare of the state.”

“That is an aspiration that has been alive in the bosom of pretty much every collectivist since time immemorial,” Grigg told LifeSiteNews.com.

Some who support the order are troubled by its reliance on a 62-year-old law. Doug Mataconis, who believes the executive order is nothing to worry about, wrote, “The fact that the President of the United States is still exercising authority granted during the Korean War and the height of the Cold War is yet another reflection of how power, once assumed by the Imperial Presidency, is never surrendered.”

The president’s defenders in both parties say the order is merely a worst case scenario in the event of a nuclear strike or catastrophic disaster that would disable the normal flow of daily life. This would let the federal government maintain order.

“There really is no strategic or tactical case to be made for executive dictatorship as an emergency management strategy,” Grigg said. “The problem here is the assumption that the best way to deal with that kind of tragedy is to centralize power and thereby give one convenient target to our enemies. In a strategic sense, that makes no sense.”

On the contrary, widely defusing and localizing power would make it more difficult for an enemy to completely disrupt national life.

“I think there really ought to be an element of humility being displayed by the same govt that conveyed the benefit of toxic FEMA trailers to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina,” he said.

However, the greatest loss is the loss of liberty, they say. Chuck Norris wrote, “enacting this martial law even during a time of peace is an unprecedented and out-of-control abuse of executive power…Our Founding Fathers never would have allowed it, and we shouldn’t, either.”

Some say that is doubly true under the current president. “By his actions he’s displayed a disposition that can be described as dictatorial,” Grigg told LifeSiteNews.com. “It’s a case of the man and the moment having met. They created this institutional architecture of executive dictatorship. Now the dictator is taking residence therein.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: evilregime; fascisticcommunists; martiallaw; phonypresident; whitehut
Obama's evil regime is preparing for the possibility when many citizens just won't take his action of force-feeding us Marism.

No no NO!!! We have NO MORE TIME to wait to "vote him out" nor "impeach" him! Do you "vote" a psychotic illegal immigrant squatter out of your house??? Do you "impeach" a murderer out of your house? ARREST AND DEPORT HIM NOW! Send him to GITMO with the rest of Congress where they can Rubber Stamp his governance of the Prison Yard basketball league. People wake UP! It's time to clean house, and the Left Right Paradigm has been used against us! Ron Paul 2012, End the Fed, Take out the Trash, but we'll be stuck with the mild-mannered, easy to get along with, Mitty.

1 posted on 03/30/2012 5:37:13 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen
If he wins in November, it's all over.

If he loses in November, it's all over.

I see the chance of nationwide violence and loss of rights as being near 100%.

2 posted on 03/30/2012 5:44:00 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: IbJensen

Whatever scenario would trigger the implementation of Marshall Law...I suspect to see it happen in August or September, culminating in October, the grandest of all October Surprise.


3 posted on 03/30/2012 5:46:12 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: IbJensen
All of this is such a good laugh. Especially if zero and any of his friends actually believe this will work.

Think Iraq, 2003-2005. When a poorly armed insurgency nearly brought our forces to their knees. Multiply times 100.

Think how many of us there are that went to Southeast Asia in the 60s and 70s to kill people we didn't really have an problem with. Think what we'd do to someone we were actually mad at.

Sorry zero, the cat was let out of the bag about 240 years ago when the 2nd Amendment was made part of the Constitution. You can just decide the size of the conflagration - but the eventual outcome was decided long ago. Look up a quote about watering the tree of liberty.

4 posted on 03/30/2012 5:47:18 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: firebrand

heads up


5 posted on 03/30/2012 5:47:44 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: IbJensen; All

Coupled with the agreement of Homeland Security to purchase 450 MILLION hollow point bullets...

How many “terrorists” do they expect to need so much ammo?


6 posted on 03/30/2012 5:50:47 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Um, yeah, B||!B is true pretty close to 100% of the time...


7 posted on 03/30/2012 6:00:27 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I see the chance of nationwide violence and loss of rights as being near 100%.

Perhaps that is why they are using the Trayvon to strike a spark and fan the flames...............

8 posted on 03/30/2012 6:03:58 AM PDT by varon (Congress is a sanctuary for political criminals)
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To: PoloSec
Whatever scenario would trigger the implementation of Marshall Law...

Failing to give the correct answer in the center square:

9 posted on 03/30/2012 6:07:00 AM PDT by mkjessup (0bama squats to pee.)
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To: PoloSec

People here keep thinking he’s gonna just haul off and declare martial law out of the blue.
He won’t.
He’s too savvy for that. (Or at least his handlers are.)
It will be some crisis, and some angle where it is welcomed by most, and those who object will tie themselves in knots trying to explain how it is martial law when it’s some one-off form. Nobody will want to make the first move against it.


10 posted on 03/30/2012 6:07:00 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: IbJensen

The Dept of “Homeland Security” just made a huge purchase of ammunition. Coincidence? I think not!


11 posted on 03/30/2012 6:07:43 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: ClearCase_guy
>>If he wins in November, it's all over.
If he loses in November, it's all over.
I see the chance of nationwide violence and loss of rights as being near 100%.<<

I share your concern, but I have to disagree....respectfully.

If he wins, Obozo will break the great experiment.
If he loses and his followers riot, it shows their true colors and depending on the actions of Uncle Sugar, the great experiment breaks.

What happens immediately after someone falls and breaks their arm......there comes a period of healing.

The faster this breaks, the quicker we patriots can step forward and heal our nation.

This sort of thing, although has the potential of being very ugly, could be the segway back to our founding principals.

Our government has been broken for decades. It is only now we are realizing just how dysfunctional, corrupt and controlling it has become.

I pray for the day when patriots all over this nation stand up and begin the healing journey back to the founding principals that has made this nation the greatest on the planet.

For God's glory this nation be restored!

12 posted on 03/30/2012 6:28:59 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: autumnraine

Even at a federalies:citizen kill ratio of 10:1, the federalies run out of troops by week 2 and the surviving citizens kill all the politicians, their families, their lawyers, their enablers and supporters, and their families.


13 posted on 03/30/2012 6:33:15 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: mkjessup

Who is “Festus” Alex?
http://www.televisiontunes.com/Gunsmoke_-_Marshall_Dillon.html


14 posted on 03/30/2012 6:34:34 AM PDT by tumblindice (our new, happy lives)
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To: USCG SimTech
Even at a federalies:citizen kill ratio of 10:1, the federalies run out of troops by week 2 and the surviving citizens kill all the politicians, their families, their lawyers, their enablers and supporters, and their families.

This has been gamed out at the war colleges for many decades and this is how it has turned out every time. Everyone loses.

15 posted on 03/30/2012 6:36:25 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: I cannot think of a name
Sorry zero, the cat was let out of the bag about 240 years ago when the 2nd Amendment was made part of the Constitution. You can just decide the size of the conflagration - but the eventual outcome was decided long ago. Look up a quote about watering the tree of liberty.

Unfortunately, it appears that the love of liberty has been largely bred out of the American population over the last 40 years.

16 posted on 03/30/2012 6:36:40 AM PDT by Maceman (Liberals' only problem with American slavery is that the slaves were privately owned.)
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To: IbJensen
All I will say is, be ready. I don't know what is going to happen between now and the end of the year, no-one does. In light of recent moves by hussein and his cohorts in crime, it is time to start thinking seriously about preparedness. Start thinking about what could happen, what may happen, and what response options you want to have.

Digging an escape tunnel out of your basement? Probably over the top. Reorganizing your pantry for more food storage? Always a good idea, even for natural disasters. Heading to the range for some refresher training? Fun and potentially useful too! That kind of thing.

17 posted on 03/30/2012 6:37:46 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: servantboy777

I agree with that. For a long time my tagline here was: “Nothing will change until after the war” and I still believe that. Elections don’t matter when both parties are fundamentally working against the Founding vision of the country. We will drift in a Leftward direction either slowly or quickly until patriots rise up and force a change.


18 posted on 03/30/2012 6:42:36 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: ctdonath2
Yep!

First you start with race riots in the cities. Food and fuel supplies are disrupted.

Police are overwhelmed so the gov. calls in the National guard. Everyone cheers the govs, action.

Once the National Guard is on the streets by order of the gov., there will be terrorist attacks linked to foreign terrorist. This makes it an act of war. Everyone demands the fed govt. take action.

Federal govt. then takes control of the national guard troops. Everybody cheers, the govt. is taking control of the situation.

Your liberties will be returned, just like they were in Cuba, once order is restored.

19 posted on 03/30/2012 6:54:07 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: ctdonath2
Yep!

First you start with race riots in the cities. Food and fuel supplies are disrupted.

Police are overwhelmed so the gov. calls in the National guard. Everyone cheers the govs, action.

Once the National Guard is on the streets by order of the gov., there will be terrorist attacks linked to foreign terrorist. This makes it an act of war. Everyone demands the fed govt. take action.

Federal govt. then takes control of the national guard troops. Everybody cheers, the govt. is taking control of the situation.

Your liberties will be returned, just like they were in Cuba, once order is restored.

20 posted on 03/30/2012 6:54:07 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: tumblindice

I can see that Gunsmoke had a far greater influence on many of us than our English teachers did...


21 posted on 03/30/2012 6:57:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ClearCase_guy
The tree of liberty MUST be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants....
Thomas Jefferson.

I'm not advocating anything here. The reason I post this quote is for all to contemplate the word MUST in this quote.

Jefferson did not say, “may be, ought to be, might be, should be”, he said MUST be.

Our founding fathers formed this nation under divine inspiration for the Almighty himself. They knew the hearts of men were, are and will always be corrupt. The founding fathers wrote certain things with the express intent to ferret out evil intentions within our governing body and subscribed methods in which to deal with it.

This is just one quote, there are many that deal with oppression, corruption and tyranny.

We should all take stock in these writings, it may just please the Lord to restore this nation to prosperity once again.

Thank you for your patriotism.

22 posted on 03/30/2012 6:58:18 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: USCG SimTech

Active Duty + Reserves < 1% of US population

Approx .7% (including support personnel).

Hard to envision the US military used to subdue a country and a population the size of ours (even if they were so inclined, which a majority would not be).

Average ratio of sworn police / citizen 2:1000

I can envision the rabble taking to the streets and trying to burn down the cities (since it’s happened before) but I don’t see how that benefits Obama.


23 posted on 03/30/2012 7:13:27 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: USCG SimTech

I would like to think that there would be defectors in great numbers among the federalies, but this could come down to race, wherein federalies of a certain race would not defect.


24 posted on 03/30/2012 7:50:03 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: USCG SimTech
This has been gamed out at the war colleges for many decades and this is how it has turned out every time. Everyone loses.

First of all, WHY would the feds game this out, for what purpose? The mere fact that it has speaks to the nature of the people in charge.

Second, no, not everyone loses. Yes, the free forces lose a lot - but the statists cease to exist. Did the Russians lose on the Eastern Front in WW2, or did the Nazis? Yes, it was bloody, but the Russians clearly won. That is similar to the gamed result you mentioned.

By the way, I'd love to see such a study, or at least a link to it. I'd also like to know how recent it was - because we proles have been buying about 10 million guns a year for the past several years, and have severely strained the supply of ammo in process. I'll bet that such studies would need to be revised to reflect these facts.

25 posted on 03/30/2012 8:15:44 AM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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