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Bush Anoints Himself as the Insurer of Constitutional Government in Emergency


By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive

With scarcely a mention in the mainstream media, President Bush has ordered up a plan for responding to a catastrophic attack.

In a new National Security Presidential Directive, Bush lays out his plans for dealing with a “catastrophic emergency.”Under that plan, he entrusts himself with leading the entire federal government, not just the Executive Branch. And he gives himself the responsibility “for ensuring constitutional government.”

He laid this all out in a document entitled “National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51” and “Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20.”

The White House released it on May 9.

Other than a discussion on Daily Kos led off by a posting by Leo Fender, and a pro-forma notice in a couple of mainstream newspapers, this document has gone unremarked upon.

The subject of the document is entitled “National Continuity Policy.”

It defines a “catastrophic emergency” as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government function.”

This could mean another 9/11, or another Katrina, or a major earthquake in California, I imagine, since it says it would include “localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack-related emergencies.”

The document emphasizes the need to ensure “the continued function of our form of government under the Constitution, including the functioning of the three separate branches of government,” it states.

But it says flat out: “The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government.”

The document waves at the need to work closely with the other two branches, saying there will be “a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government.” But this effort will be “coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial
branches and with proper respect for the constitutional separation of powers.”

Among the efforts coordinated by the President would ensuring the capability of the three branches of government to “provide for orderly succession” and “appropriate transition of leadership.”

The document designates a National Continuity Coordinator, who would be the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

Currently holding that post is Frances Fragos Townsend.

She is required to develop a National Continuity Implementation Plan and submit it within 90 days.

As part of that plan, she is not only to devise procedures for the Executive Branch but also give guidance to “state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure.”

The secretary of Homeland Security is also directed to develop planning guidance for “private sector critical infrastructure owners and operators,” as well as state, local, territorial, and tribal governments.

The document gives the Vice President a role in implementing the provisions of the contingency plans.

“This directive shall be implanted in a manner that is consistent with, and facilitates effective implementation of, provisions of the Constitution concerning succession to the Presidency or the exercise of its powers, and the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 (3 USC 19), with the consultation of the Vice President and, as appropriate, others involved.”

The document also contains “classified Continuity Annexes.”

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Somehow i get the sense of Pol GW Pot picture on all the Walls in America as a result of this fortuitous plan. It doesn't get much more cheeerie than this... Catastrophy/Debacle then more Catastrophy then more Debacle - Wow a change in the scheme of things - ya think?

White House News

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 9, 2007

National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive

NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/NSPD 51

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/HSPD-20

http://tinyurl.com/yqthor

The National Guard is no longer under the control of the State's Governors!

GOOGLE - HITLER TAKEOVER OF GERMANY

Sorta scary. Makes one wonder if the "Bushies" are setting the stage for their final push toward authoritarianism. Rove's plan for a one party system seems even closer now.
Will

Section (2)(b) on the White House site:

"Catastrophic Emergency" means any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions; (emphasis added)

Could a "disruption" in "government functions" be construed to include a failure by Congress to forward an acceptable Iraq funding bill to the President?

I'm guessing I already know what Bush and the AG's positions would be.

Oh My God!

Our country is truly under siege by a fascist element the likes of Hitler and Mussolini’s! These people must be stopped before it’s too late!

..republican's are losing control of everything, and as is the case, they'll resort to unbelievably criminal acts in hopes of terrorizing the sheeple enough to allow a 'martial law' declaration..

why do you fuckers think this bastard and his co-conspirators rammed thru the repeal of 'posse comitatus' and set the stage for Bush being able to declare 'martial law', so he wouldn't then use this unprecedented power??? give me a break..

look for another Rudy Guiliani "I'm a hero" moment, where the U.S. government either uses a nuclear weapon on a U.S. city and blames it on Iran, or does something with a biological agent, once again, with crap that came from Ft. Detrick, MD.

these son's of bitches are dangerous, cornered rats. they will not just sit on their new power, they'll abuse it.

it's time to unplug their machine, folks. like NOW!

...fits MY definition of a "catastrophic emergency".

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