Skip to comments.Obama declares national state of emergency over Libya
Posted on 02/26/2011 10:23:51 AM PST by FromLori
President Obama issued an executive order Friday evening that imposes immediate sanctions on Libyan ruler Muammar al Qaddafi, his sons and his accomplices in the slaughter of civilians. In a letter accompanying the order, Obama declared a national emergency over the situation.
"I have determined that the actions of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, his government, and close associates, including extreme measures against the people of Libya, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. The order declares a national emergency to deal with this threat," Obama wrote in the letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
The executive order itself condemns the "wanton violence against unarmed associates" perpetrated by Qaddafi, his sons, his government, and his close associates. Effective immediately, all U.S.-based assets of Qaddafi and his four sons are to be frozen and transactions intended to move those assets are prohibited. The order allows the measures to be expanded to include any member of the Libyan government who are determined to be complicit in Qaddafi's brutality.
In a personal statement issued by the White House at the same time as the order, Obama referenced what he called the Libyan government's continued violation of human rights, brutalization of its people, and outrageous threats.
"By any measure, Muammar el-Qaddafi's government has violated international norms and common decency and must be held accountable," the statement read. "We will stand steadfastly with the Libyan people in their demand for universal rights, and a government that is responsive to their aspirations. Their human dignity cannot be denied."
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Sharp as a bowling ball, that one...
has obammy been reading too much Tom Clancy?
Qadaffi is now a real and present danger to the US?
Is someone afraid Qadaffi will talk about the real story of PanAm103 and how the US and europeans covered it up
Barry was too busy partying at his White House Motown party to notice Libya. After he finally sobers up today he inexplicably declares a national emergency. A U.S. national emergency? A Libyan national emergency? Seems he thinks he can declare an emergency then go back upstairs for nap. On second thought maybe he hasn’t sobered up yet.
“Does this mean were gonna be moving a carrier into the Med and establish a NATO no-fly zone? (the British certainly cant do it; though the French could move in a carrier I suppose).”
I don’t know. Germany sent three war ships over there a few days ago.
Didn’t I just read something about NATO preparing to take action on Libya?
NATIONAL EMERGENCY? In a letter to Boehner SOH? Just exactly what is Zero up to?
Obama and Napolitano didn’t do anything until now because they thought they were Lesbians. Now that they realize that they are Libyans, they will take action!
LOL... he must have been reading the newspapers ...
Report: NATO may attack Libya if violence continues
... source said NATO and US warplanes stationed in Italy may be ordered to take down Libyan planes, and that electronic warfare against them may already have been implemented. (Roee Nahmias)
no-fly zones are not going to stop intertribal arab and african mercenary slaughter on the ground, they’re going back to the 7th century, and rapidly
somebody in the white house knows something and they’re not being honest with the American Congress or the American people
Friday night emergency executive orders, issued by Jug Ears in between parties, when the entire US Congress is on vacation and has not been recalled- are terribly nonimpressive in their sincerity
Sounds suspicious. Libya's unrest is not a US national emergency. The only national emergency I can imagine is the chorus of suspicion rising about O's relations with Gaddafi.
is this the first step to martial law? is that why there are so many protests fomenting, to have martial law?
The National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601-1651) is a United States federal law passed in 1976 to stop open-ended states of national emergency and formalize the power of Congress to provide certain checks and balances on the emergency powers of the President. The act sets a limit of two years on states of national emergency. It also imposes certain “procedural formalities” on the President when invoking such powers.
The perceived need for the law arose from the scope and number of laws granting special powers to the executive in times of national emergency (or public danger).
At least two constitutional rights are subject to revocation during a state of emergency:
The right of habeas corpus, under Article 1, Section 9;
The right to a grand jury for members of the National Guard when in actual service, under Fifth Amendment.
In addition, many provisions of statutory law are contingent on a state of national emergency, as many as 500 by one count.
It was due in part to concern that a declaration of “emergency” for one purpose should not invoke every possible executive emergency power that Congress in 1976 passed the National Emergencies Act. Among other provisions, this act requires the President to declare formally a national emergency and to specify the statutory authorities to be used under such a declaration.
She's not quite as big - but it's his best move...
guess I should be happy, it only took eleven days.
and yet the failure of zer0 and his administration
to sense, even in the slightest or should I say cover,
their senselessness of having known for quite some time
the disseminated information in meetings of the anticipated
and dates of beginnings for these events to come into play
astounds me, while nothing, and I do mean nothing, was
done to prepare for the inevitable though the informing
and briefings from those doing the briefing were ignored.
Scotty, beam me up! Those responsible are fooling the masses again.
“though the French could move in a carrier I suppose.”
They don’t have enough tugs to push it over to Libya.
No War for Oil
Unless it’s european company oil, maybe