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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Does this mean we’re gonna be moving a carrier into the Med and establish a NATO no-fly zone? (the British certainly can’t do it; though the French could move in a carrier I suppose).
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?
Yes, it’s being considered. Khadafy Duck may not want to lose any more planes to defections and bail outs; so he may keep them in reserve.
But if he keeps bombing and strafing, I expect NATO my try to move some assets in.
If you told me 2 months ago Mubarak and most likely, Khadafy would be overthrown during February, I would have very seriously doubted it. Especially Mubarak.
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
Two years, that gets us through the next election and inauguration.
“no-fly zones are not going to stop intertribal arab and african mercenary slaughter on the ground”
Agreed - I doubt NATO has the stomach for on-the-ground in Libya right now. They’re probably not quite sure what to do with all of it; tribal regions that it is. Kinda sounds like Afghanistan in a roundabout way.
A no-fly-zone and airlifts of food and supplies seem the most likely to me.
Well, actually, I think they've figured out that they're not Lesbians, but they still think they're Lybians.
I googled that, and discovered:
The Lybians - Melinda Fore, Jackie Deutsch, and Dana Fore - are a group of three girls who have asserted themselves as The Gravity's biggest fans.
Ya don’t think he is going to put a freeze on the price of gasoline at the pump do ya?
What carrier? If we had one to send it would be there by now.
No, I imagine that it means Sending a Carrier task force to Lake Mendota in Wisconsin to provide support to his SEIU and other union thug buddies against Governor "Walker and his evil cohorts in the legislature who are trying to take away the rights of the middle class."
Next time, get a bigger boat. Perhaps one of our own?
Obambi needs to realize the National emergancy will be the U.S. not drilling for our own oil!
The USA could threaten to send in Rosie O’Donnell and/or Joy Behar.
THAT might scare the Libyans into submission.
If we do anything it should only be to supply more weapons and encourage the Libyans to slaughter each other.
the cost of a gallon has gone up 12 cents in three days here.
He’s probably counting on it. Distracts from his missing Long Form Birth Certificate and his complete ineptness regarding the US economy.
But $5/gal gas will make some of the Obamabots wake up.
Too late; of course.
"I'm a Libyan on a jetplane..."
I get the sense that he’s doing something illegal here, under the guise of national emergency. Thats why he sent a letter to Boehner. Can the Executive, do this? Unilaterally sanction another country
“constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States”
That’s really putting the evil and butchery over there in human terms, isn’t it?
What about us? 2012 can't come fast enough!
this is a shadow run for when he does this to us in America...
We have about 12 carrier battle groups (even after the Kitty Hawk retired). Usually only 3 or 4 are deployed; similar numbers being rotated out at the same time.
Obama is getting ready to do something extremely stupid. I’m not sure what that might be, but hang on, it’s clearly coming.
Of course the incompetent coward will fail at whatever it is, as his actions cause America to fall further into the abyss.
Am I the only one who, upon reading this, immediately thought of martial law, take down the internet etc etc....? Why does Libya present a security issue to the U.S.? Unless you don’t want a crisis to go to waste....
He declared a National Emergency without a public announcement? The only reason I can see for this to be happening is not so much any more about Libya...Libya is pretty much a done deal except for the final killing. This has to do more with Saudi Arabia and their approaching "Day of Rage" on 3/11. SA is already mobilizing troops within their own country. SA falls and we will have a National Emergency on our hands here, gas lines, and ration cards.
And just remember we wouldn't be in this position if the Democrats had let us develop our own resources over the past 50 years.
Wondered if they might redeploy to Aviano - thanks
“I get the sense that hes doing something illegal here, under the guise of national emergency.”
Never let a crisis go to waste.
Trying out his new shutting-off-the-internet toy probably, now that Mubarak has given it a trial run.
Like everyone else hadn't recognized this was a problem at least a week agod. He had to have his Motown party on Thursday night first.
Ok had to reread that ...
“Possible next steps include a no fly zone over Libya, as has been advocated by senators, Washington experts, and over 200 Arab organizations.”
But hey here’s what else we don’t know...
“There’s no word yet on how the sanctions will affect the $100 million investment by Al-Saadi Qaddafi, one of the sons, in a film company that’s producing a movie entitles “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer,” with Mickey Rourke.”
Seriously that’s what the article says.
Oh yeah, and he is also disbanding our legislature and supreme courts for national security reasons. /Sarc.
Once he gets the hang of these executive orders for national security we could have a problem.
He is drunk with power right now, telling the supreme court what is constitutional. I don't believe he recognizes his limits.