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Letter--Russian Highly Enriched Uranium (State of Emergency)
Whitehouse.gov ^ | 6.25.12 | Barak Obama

Posted on 06/26/2012 1:00:53 PM PDT by Whenifhow

TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

June 25, 2012

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

Pursuant to section 204(b) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. 1703(b), I hereby report that I have exercised my authority to declare a national emergency to deal with the threat posed to the United States by the risk of nuclear proliferation created by the accumulation in the Russian Federation of a large volume of weapons-usable fissile material.

In Executive Order 13159 of June 21, 2000, the President found that this same risk constituted an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States and declared a national emergency to deal with that threat. The United States and the Russian Federation had entered into a series of agreements that provide for the conversion of highly enriched uranium (HEU) extracted from Russian nuclear weapons into low enriched uranium (LEU) for use in commercial nuclear reactors. There were concerns that payments due to the Russian Federation under these agreements may be subject to attachment, garnishment, or other judicial process, in the United States, which could put implementation of such agreements at risk. In Executive Order 13159, the President therefore ordered blocked all property and interests in property of the Government of the Russian Federation directly related to the implementation of the HEU Agreements so that it would be protected from the threat of attachment, garnishment, or other judicial process.

In the Executive Order I have issued today, I find that the risk of nuclear proliferation created by the accumulation in the Russian Federation of a large volume of weapons-usable fissile material continues to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. I therefore declared a national emergency to address this threat and to continue the blocking of all property and interests in property of the Government of the Russian Federation directly related to the implementation of the HEU Agreements.

A major national security goal of the United States is to ensure that fissile material removed from Russian nuclear weapons pursuant to various arms control and disarmament agreements is dedicated to peaceful uses, subject to transparency measures, and protected from diversion to activities of proliferation concern. The United States and the Russian Federation entered into an international agreement in February 1993 to deal with these issues as they relate to the disposition of HEU extracted from Russian nuclear weapons (the "HEU Agreement"). The HEU Agreement provides for 500 metric tons of HEU to be converted to LEU over a 20-year period. This is the equivalent of 20,000 nuclear warheads.

Additional agreements were put in place to effectuate the HEU Agreement, including agreements and contracts on transparency, on the appointment of executive agents to assist in implementing the agreements, and on the disposition of LEU delivered to the United States (collectively, the "HEU Agreements"). Under the HEU Agreements, the Russian Federation extracts HEU metal from nuclear weapons. That HEU is oxidized and blended down to LEU in the Russian Federation. The resulting LEU is shipped to the United States for fabrication into fuel for commercial reactors.

The HEU Agreements provide for the Russian Federation to receive money and uranium hexafluoride in payment for each shipment of LEU converted from the Russian nuclear weapons. The money and uranium hexafluoride are transferred to the Russian Federation executive agent in the United States.

The executive branch and the Congress have previously recognized and continue to recognize the threat posed to the United States national security from the risk of nuclear proliferation created by the accumulation of weapons-usable fissile material in the Russian Federation. This threat is the basis for significant programs aimed at Cooperative Threat Reduction and at controlling excess fissile material. The HEU Agreements are essential tools to accomplish these overall national security goals. The Congress has repeatedly demonstrated support for these agreements.

Payments made to the Russian Federation pursuant to the HEU Agreements are integral to the operation of this key national security program. Uncertainty surrounding litigation and the possible attachment, garnishment, or other judicial process that could impede these payments could lead to a long term suspension of the HEU Agreements, which creates the risk of nuclear proliferation. This is an unacceptable threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.

Accordingly, I have concluded that all property and interests in property of the Government of the Russian Federation directly related to the implementation of the HEU Agreements should remain protected from the threat of attachment, garnishment, or other judicial process. I have, therefore, exercised my authority and issued an Executive Order that provides:

except to the extent provided in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to the order, or that were issued pursuant to Executive Order 13159 of June 21, 2000, all property and interests in property of the Government of the Russian Federation directly related to the implementation of the HEU Agreements that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States persons, including any foreign branch, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in;

unless licensed or authorized pursuant to the order, any attachment, judgment, decree, lien, execution, garnishment, or other judicial process is null and void with respect to any property or interest in property blocked pursuant to the order; and

that all heads of departments and agencies of the United States Government shall continue to take all appropriate measures within their authority to further the full implementation of the HEU Agreements.

The effect of this Executive Order is limited to property that is directly related to the implementation of the HEU Agreements. Such property will be clearly defined by the regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that will be issued pursuant to this Executive Order. I have delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the authority to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the order. All agencies of the United States Government are directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of the order.

I am enclosing a copy of the Executive Order I have issued.

Sincerely,

BARACK OBAMA


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: emergency; nationalemergency; nuclear; obama; russia
In the Executive Order I have issued today, I find that the risk of nuclear proliferation created by the accumulation in the Russian Federation of a large volume of weapons-usable fissile material continues to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. I therefore declared a national emergency to address this threat and to continue the blocking of all property and interests in property of the Government of the Russian Federation directly related to the implementation of the HEU Agreements.
1 posted on 06/26/2012 1:01:03 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Emergency, huh?


2 posted on 06/26/2012 1:03:51 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: Whenifhow

...and so it begins.........


3 posted on 06/26/2012 1:04:07 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Whenifhow

Is this a joke?


4 posted on 06/26/2012 1:04:31 PM PDT by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: Whenifhow

Sounds like a crisis...when’s the tee time?


5 posted on 06/26/2012 1:04:41 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Whenifhow
Everything is related to everything else. Purest speculation: Could this be payment be an inducement for Russia to back down on Syria and let the US get Assad out and the Muslim Brotherhood in?
6 posted on 06/26/2012 1:06:29 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
WTF?!? Nothing this guy says or does means what it appears on the surface. What could this really be about? Payback because Putin made him look foolish on the world stage? I wouldn't put it past him. We might be lucky if that's all it's about this time.
7 posted on 06/26/2012 1:08:06 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Whenifhow; LucyT; melancholy; Brown Deer; MamaDearest

Could this be the “false flag” event we’ve been warned to watch for?


8 posted on 06/26/2012 1:11:05 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: lonevoice

And to think I bought an additional 2000 rounds of ammo yesterday. If I had known this was coming I would have tripled my purchase. My son once said that I had enough ammo to start a small war - I told him no, just enough to finish one!

There may come the time when a bullet will be worth its weight in gold.

Gwjack


9 posted on 06/26/2012 1:11:41 PM PDT by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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To: ichabod1; spokeshave; bigbob; Crucial; lonevoice; Truth29

Found this
http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/06/23/47745.htm
Obama Extends Order to Protect Russian Assets
By TRAVIS SANFORD
WASHINGTON (CN) - President Barack Obama extended an executive order protecting the assets of the Russian Federation used in a program to stabilize the security of nuclear material. The provisions are extended for a year.
The original order was signed by former President Bill Clinton in 2000 to protect payments the U.S. made to the Russian Federation under the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation Concerning the Disposition of Highly Enriched Uranium Extracted from Nuclear Weapons, commonly called the HEU Agreements.
Under the HEU agreements, the U.S. pays the Russian Federation to convert the nearly 500 metric tons of highly enriched uranium left in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union into low-enriched uranium for use as a fuel in commercial nuclear reactors.
According to USEC Inc., the firm that converts the weapons grade uranium, up to ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States since its Megatons to Megawatts program was established, has been generated from the Russian uranium.
The program is scheduled to end in 2013 by which time USEC says the equivalent of 20,000 Russian nuclear warheads will have been recycled into nuclear fuel.


10 posted on 06/26/2012 1:12:55 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

I read this as a continuation of programs already in place.


11 posted on 06/26/2012 1:12:55 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: Drill Thrawl

It appears so - thanks


12 posted on 06/26/2012 1:15:12 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: ichabod1

I don’t get it. We always knew the Russians had nukes. And we agreed to get rid of ours, knowing they were never going to get rid of theirs.

So what’s this now? A joke? Obama jumping the gun on martial law, realizing he can’t foment the civil war he’s been aiming for?

If Obama’s lips are moving he’s lying. If there’s something signed, it’s probably wrong. So what’s this latest stunt?


13 posted on 06/26/2012 1:15:25 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: Whenifhow

The text of this letter is nearly identical to what Clinton issued in 2000 through Executive Order 13159. (http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/2000.html)

I don’t think this is the emergency that some are making it out to be.


14 posted on 06/26/2012 1:17:41 PM PDT by kidd
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To: Whenifhow

Why is this non-event in Breaking News?


15 posted on 06/26/2012 1:18:43 PM PDT by green iguana
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To: Whenifhow

If you need a crisis and don’t have one; then, manufacture one. /s


16 posted on 06/26/2012 1:18:58 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (End the racist, anti-capitalist Obama War On Freedom.)
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To: kidd

See post 10
apologies to all


17 posted on 06/26/2012 1:19:27 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

“I hereby report that I have exercised my authority to declare a national emergency to deal with the threat posed to the United States by the risk of nuclear proliferation created by the accumulation in the Russian Federation of a large volume of weapons-usable fissile material.”

Obama is a moron.


18 posted on 06/26/2012 1:21:14 PM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: butterdezillion
So what’s this now?

Ahh, a crisis: never let them go to waste. Watch the other hand.

19 posted on 06/26/2012 1:21:31 PM PDT by Dysart (Race card is tryranny)
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To: Whenifhow
Went out and found the same piece Whenifhow. This looks to be a non-Emergency. Will do some additional looking.
20 posted on 06/26/2012 1:21:31 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Whenifhow

We have been in a state of national emergency almost continuously since 1933, when one expires the President (all of them) issues another one. I remember Quinn and Rose talking about it back when Clinton was President. You can google it and there are a lot of discussions.


21 posted on 06/26/2012 1:27:57 PM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: Whenifhow
and to continue the blocking of all property and interests in property of the Government of the Russian Federation directly related to the implementation of the HEU Agreements.

So Obama just tore up the agreement with Arizona and now he's tearing up another one???

22 posted on 06/26/2012 1:31:32 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: kidd; Whenifhow; All
Am taking and making a stand here to agree with kidd. Standard legalese. Most everything to the Executive Department is an emergency. (imho)

May I be broken into millions of pieces if have made the wrong call.

23 posted on 06/26/2012 1:31:46 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Drill Thrawl

Sounds like he’s saying that money to be used to pay the Russians for converting their weapons-grade nukes to energy-grade is protected from lawsuits, garnishment, etc.

I suppose it’s probably just a continuation. Being government-speak, “national emergency” means the opposite (business as usual).


24 posted on 06/26/2012 1:32:09 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: Whenifhow

Clinton did this too, Obama is saying. Perhaps this is just the same old thing- and Bush may have done it too. Why is this in breaking?


25 posted on 06/26/2012 1:32:55 PM PDT by PghBaldy (I eagerly await the next news about the struggles of Elizabeth Sacheen Littlefeather Warren.)
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To: PghBaldy

Bush Continues Emergency Relating to Fissile Material in Russia

(June 19: Presidential message and notice to Congress) (950)

In a message to Congress June 18, President Bush enclosed a notice
stating that “the emergency declared with respect to the accumulation
of a large volume of weapons-usable fissile material in the territory
of the Russian Federation is to continue beyond June 21, 2002.”

That is the anniversary date of the executive order in 2000 that
declared a national emergency to deal with the threat of nuclear
proliferation created by the accumulation of weapons-usable fissile
material in the Russian Federation.

The executive order blocks the “property of the government of the
Russian Federation relating to the disposition of highly enriched
uranium extracted from nuclear weapons.”


26 posted on 06/26/2012 1:37:35 PM PDT by PghBaldy (I eagerly await the next news about the struggles of Elizabeth Sacheen Littlefeather Warren.)
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To: Whenifhow

Looks like nothing new but it must be Bush’s fault that Russia continues to stock pile highly enriched uranium.


27 posted on 06/26/2012 1:45:44 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: lonevoice

“WTF?!? Nothing this guy says or does means what it appears on the surface. What could this really be about? Payback because Putin made him look foolish on the world stage? I wouldn’t put it past him. We might be lucky if that’s all it’s about this time.”

Bingo! I think we have a winner. It may not be new, but he certainly chose interesting timing. We need to look behind the curtain.


28 posted on 06/26/2012 1:52:54 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Whenifhow
Visions of Carter and his "shock" at finding out he couldn't trust the Russians to live up to their word.

Barry-O is trying to take away Jimmuh's "Clueless Dweeb" award.

29 posted on 06/26/2012 2:31:14 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Whenifhow

It’s probably just another yearly renewal of emergency powers, since it references Bush declaring the same thing in 2000. They do that, and then when it expires, they have to notify Congress they are renewing it for a year.

We’re are actually still in a state of emergency that was declared after 9/11. They’ve renewed it every year.


30 posted on 06/26/2012 3:05:08 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Izzy Dunne

Has any one else noticed how his imperial majesty Comrade President Caliph Sheik Obama the First is the amalgamation of every bad President since Eisenhower? Lately, using Executive Privilege to cover up incompetence. Truly Nixonian (a committed elite Republican establishment type and a Progressive just like the rest of the elitist Republican establishment). He has forced healthcare down our throat just like Hill and Bill wanted to do. He has made us weaker militarily. I worry and wonder if it opens us up to another 9/11? Billy Boy holds the blame for that. Who knew he was not as smart as Bill and just bombed from 32,000 feet but left troops on the ground? Who would have thought (except for the splendid Freepers) that hope and change meant malaise and high unemployment? My God he is everything bad and stupid all rolled up in narcissistic arrogance that goes out of it’s way to destroy the Constitution. In my opinion, purge all the voter rolls and make it mandatory you take and pass a written test on American History in order to vote so at least the ignorant or uneducated have their influence trimmed.


31 posted on 06/26/2012 3:13:07 PM PDT by cashless (Unlike Obama and his supporters, I'd rather be a TEA BAGGER than a TEA BAGGEE.)
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To: Whenifhow

But it is okay for the Japanese to acquire more fissionable material then any other country on the planet under the guise of building the impossible breeder reactor ? You know, the Japanese ? The people who attacked us at Pearl Harbor.


32 posted on 06/26/2012 3:14:41 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Whenifhow
feh...
33 posted on 06/26/2012 3:18:50 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Doesn’t this guarantee that the material cannot be blocked from the US by (for example) a court, and that no lawsuit can be put against our payments for that material before that money gets into Russian hands? All it means is that the Russians will get paid and are immune from any kind of attachment.


34 posted on 06/26/2012 5:31:59 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Rushmore Rocks; Berlin_Freeper; Hotlanta Mike; Silentgypsy; repubmom; HANG THE EXPENSE; Nepeta; ...


Could this be the “false flag” event we’ve been warned to watch for?


35 posted on 06/27/2012 4:02:10 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Brown Deer; mnehring; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...
NDDA just kicked in.

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you need to threaten to report me to the Admin if I don’t add you to the list...

36 posted on 06/27/2012 4:24:52 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1254 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: null and void

OH BOY. I trust this radical wacko as far as I can throw him.


37 posted on 06/27/2012 5:09:51 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: null and void; Brown Deer

I’ve been reading peoples’ comments on another forum and the consensus seems to be (forum is TB2) that this is a re-do of something previously in existence and is no big deal. Of course being me, I have no idea at and am open to what smarter people think about it. I do think that 0bastard could sign or say something that in previous administrations was innocuous or a formality, but with 0 it could be something horribly malignant.


38 posted on 06/27/2012 5:36:36 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: little jeremiah
There is NOTHING he does that is not malignant.
39 posted on 06/27/2012 5:44:13 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1254 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: null and void

Probably the rest of the planet is undergoing ‘where the F is this guy coming from?!?’ like we were doing in ‘07.

God knows what deals this clown has made across the globe...


40 posted on 06/27/2012 6:17:51 PM PDT by txhurl (Scott Walker is my President.)
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To: txhurl

I’m pretty sure the rest of the world knows him better that we do.


41 posted on 06/27/2012 6:23:40 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1254 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: Izzy Dunne

I trust Putin more than that cretin in the WH.


42 posted on 06/27/2012 6:43:43 PM PDT by bgill
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To: lonevoice

No, Putin was in Israel several days ago to cut arms deals with the Israelis.

Heck...here’s what got 0bama all upset...

They even named a street after Putin while is was there.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2012/0627/Putin-to-Israel-Beware-not-that-smart-wars-like-ones-in-Iraq-Afghanistan/(page)/2


43 posted on 06/27/2012 6:49:55 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: null and void

Yes indeed. But I wish someone would explain this letter in simple layman’s language; if it’s just an extension of something that was previously active or what it means.

I lament my lack of higher education in situations like this.


44 posted on 06/27/2012 7:44:06 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: little jeremiah; null and void; Brown Deer; LucyT

Did you notice ?? – the short post about the EO is dated prior to the EO.
Post 10
http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/06/23/47745.htm

Strange….

Found this article:

Obama declares National Emergency and issues E.O. against Russian assets

http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-declares-national-emergency-and-issues-e-o-against-russian-assets

Excerpt:
The ramifications of this Executive Order, along with portions that remain classified from the public, have vast consequences for the American people. Earlier this year, President Obama updated and signed several Executive Orders that deal with the complete control and confiscation of U.S. assets, infrastructure, and manpower in the case of a declared National Emergency. As of yesterday, that National Emergency has been invoked, opening the door for any number of policies to be enacted by the President going forward.

Additionally, this action against Russia and the Russian Federation could have massive consequences for America in regards to foreign policy, and even a potential act of war should Russia see fit to perceive Obama’s actions as such. With NATO and Russia both rattling sabers in the region of Syria, the possible threat of a global conflict increased with this new asset confiscation order.


45 posted on 06/28/2012 4:23:18 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: EBH

The Bear at the Door

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2900028/posts

EXECUTIVE ORDER
13617
- - - - - - -
BLOCKING PROPERTY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE
RUSSIAN FEDERATION RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF
HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM EXTRACTED FROM NUCLEAR WEAPONS

http://www.ofr.gov/%28S%282sfhijaut5isv1wtq2adqd35%29%29/OFRUpload/OFRData/2012-15954_PI.pdf


46 posted on 06/28/2012 6:07:31 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow
I'm so glad you posted this! I can't watch a thread right now but, FYI this was posted on the WH website and then yesterday it was posted on ofr.gov.

Media is silent...even Drudge. GET READY my FRiends! BREAKING NEWS?

47 posted on 06/28/2012 9:55:17 AM PDT by califamily4W
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