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Obama declares national state of emergency over Libya
Foreign Policy ^ | 2/25/2011 | Josh Rogin

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; executiveorder; libya; middleeast; obama; qaddafi; riots
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1 posted on 02/26/2011 10:23:55 AM PST by FromLori
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To: FromLori

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).


2 posted on 02/26/2011 10:26:12 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: FromLori

Sharp as a bowling ball, that one...


3 posted on 02/26/2011 10:26:23 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 767 of our national holiday from reality. - It's almost 3 AM)
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To: FromLori

say what?

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


4 posted on 02/26/2011 10:27:47 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: FromLori

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.


5 posted on 02/26/2011 10:28:26 AM PST by purplelobster
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To: F15Eagle

“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).”

I don’t know. Germany sent three war ships over there a few days ago.


6 posted on 02/26/2011 10:29:13 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori">)
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To: F15Eagle

Didn’t I just read something about NATO preparing to take action on Libya?


7 posted on 02/26/2011 10:29:23 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: FromLori

NATIONAL EMERGENCY? In a letter to Boehner SOH? Just exactly what is Zero up to?


8 posted on 02/26/2011 10:29:42 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: EBH

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.

Wow


9 posted on 02/26/2011 10:32:24 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: FromLori

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!


10 posted on 02/26/2011 10:33:04 AM PST by Squidster
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To: null and void
Sharp as a bowling ball, that one...

LOL... he must have been reading the newspapers ...

11 posted on 02/26/2011 10:33:10 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: F15Eagle

Report: NATO may attack Libya if violence continues
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2679159/posts

... 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)


12 posted on 02/26/2011 10:33:47 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: F15Eagle

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


13 posted on 02/26/2011 10:34:26 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Marty62
NATIONAL EMERGENCY? In a letter to Boehner SOH? Just exactly what is Zero up to?

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.

14 posted on 02/26/2011 10:35:10 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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To: FromLori

is this the first step to martial law? is that why there are so many protests fomenting, to have martial law?


15 posted on 02/26/2011 10:35:13 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Marty62

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.[1]

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.


16 posted on 02/26/2011 10:35:13 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: F15Eagle
No but obama is deploying Hillary Monday to Geneva to beg the UN Human Rights org (of which Libya is a member) to issue a letter...

She's not quite as big - but it's his best move...

17 posted on 02/26/2011 10:35:29 AM PST by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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To: FromLori
national security and foreign policy of the United States

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.

18 posted on 02/26/2011 10:35:29 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: FromLori

“though the French could move in a carrier I suppose.”

They don’t have enough tugs to push it over to Libya.


19 posted on 02/26/2011 10:35:35 AM PST by texmexis best
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To: Marty62

No War for Oil

Unless it’s european company oil, maybe


20 posted on 02/26/2011 10:36:34 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Marty62

Two years, that gets us through the next election and inauguration.


21 posted on 02/26/2011 10:37:01 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: silverleaf

“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.


22 posted on 02/26/2011 10:37:26 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Squidster
Now that they realize that they are Libyans

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.

thegravity.info/lybians.html

23 posted on 02/26/2011 10:37:47 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: FromLori
"A day late, a dollar short, and proud of it." --Official Obama Administration motto.
24 posted on 02/26/2011 10:38:06 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Ya don’t think he is going to put a freeze on the price of gasoline at the pump do ya?


25 posted on 02/26/2011 10:38:15 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: F15Eagle

What carrier? If we had one to send it would be there by now.


26 posted on 02/26/2011 10:38:19 AM PST by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: F15Eagle
Does this mean we’re gonna be moving a carrier into the Med and establish a NATO no-fly zone?

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."

27 posted on 02/26/2011 10:38:26 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: FromLori

Next time, get a bigger boat. Perhaps one of our own?


28 posted on 02/26/2011 10:38:27 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: F15Eagle

Obambi needs to realize the National emergancy will be the U.S. not drilling for our own oil!


29 posted on 02/26/2011 10:38:32 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: VRWCTexan

The USA could threaten to send in Rosie O’Donnell and/or Joy Behar.

THAT might scare the Libyans into submission.


30 posted on 02/26/2011 10:38:49 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: FromLori

If we do anything it should only be to supply more weapons and encourage the Libyans to slaughter each other.


31 posted on 02/26/2011 10:38:54 AM PST by bigheadfred (THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE HAS BEGUN)
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To: mware

the cost of a gallon has gone up 12 cents in three days here.


32 posted on 02/26/2011 10:39:28 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

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.


33 posted on 02/26/2011 10:40:10 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: FromLori
Songs you don't want to hear:

"I'm a Libyan on a jetplane..."

34 posted on 02/26/2011 10:40:12 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: FromLori

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


35 posted on 02/26/2011 10:40:12 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: Squidster
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.

36 posted on 02/26/2011 10:40:55 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: FromLori

“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?


37 posted on 02/26/2011 10:41:30 AM PST by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: FromLori
"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."

What about us? 2012 can't come fast enough!

38 posted on 02/26/2011 10:41:36 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: FromLori

this is a shadow run for when he does this to us in America...


39 posted on 02/26/2011 10:41:36 AM PST by bareford101 ("Aslan's on the move." The Last Battle-CS Lewis)
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To: Mountain Troll

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.


40 posted on 02/26/2011 10:41:39 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: FromLori

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.


41 posted on 02/26/2011 10:41:48 AM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: FromLori

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....


42 posted on 02/26/2011 10:43:01 AM PST by klb99 (I now understand why the South seceeded)
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To: mware
Ya don’t think he is going to put a freeze on the price of gasoline at the pump do ya?

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.

43 posted on 02/26/2011 10:43:21 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: EBH

Wondered if they might redeploy to Aviano - thanks


44 posted on 02/26/2011 10:43:42 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: 4rcane

“I get the sense that he’s doing something illegal here, under the guise of national emergency.”

Never let a crisis go to waste.


45 posted on 02/26/2011 10:44:19 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Marty62
Just exactly what is Zero up to?

Trying out his new shutting-off-the-internet toy probably, now that Mubarak has given it a trial run.

46 posted on 02/26/2011 10:44:53 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: FromLori
President Obama issued an executive order Friday evening....

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.

47 posted on 02/26/2011 10:45:04 AM PST by edpc (It's Kräusened)
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To: F15Eagle

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.


48 posted on 02/26/2011 10:45:09 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori">)
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To: FromLori

wow


49 posted on 02/26/2011 10:46:10 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Marty62
NATIONAL EMERGENCY? In a letter to Boehner SOH? Just exactly what is Zero up to?

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.

50 posted on 02/26/2011 10:46:20 AM PST by oldbrowser (Blaming the prince of fools shouldn't blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that elected him)
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