The President’s Plans for Martial Law

President Obama signs Executive Order “National Defense Resources Preparedness”

Last March, in a move that was largely ignored by the general population and the mainstream press, President Obama gave himself sweeping powers to declare martial law in undefined situations, in a power grab that made an end run around both Congress and the Constitution.

In an executive order dated March 16, 2012, entitled “National Defense Resources Preparedness”, the President gave himself and his designated Secretaries the authority to seize all domestic U.S. resources, such as food, water, transportation, energy, and infrastructure within the United States, in times of peace or war. They can now, according to the order, reimpose the draft, compelling American citizens into the military, and bind all American citizens to satisfy “labor requirements” for national defense. In short, the federal government now has the authority to take over almost every aspect of American life at a time of his choosing and without consulting Congress.

Covered under this Order are:

Civil Transportation (including “movement of persons and property by all modes of transportation in interstate, intrastate, or foreign commerce within the United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia, and related public storage and warehousing, ports, services, equipment and facilities, such as transportation carrier shop and repair facilities … direction, control, and coordination of civil transportation capacity regardless of ownership”);

Energy (including “all forms of energy including petroleum, gas (both natural and manufactured), electricity, solid fuels (including all forms of coal, coke, coal chemicals, coal liquification, and coal gasification), solar, wind, other types of renewable energy, atomic energy, and the production, conservation, use, control, and distribution (including pipelines) of all of these forms of energy”);

Farm Equipment (including “equipment, machinery, and repair parts manufactured for use on farms in connection with the production or preparation for market use of food resources”);

Resources (including “commodities or products, that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put” as well as “potable water packaged in commercially marketable containers, all starches, sugars, vegetable and animal or marine fats and oils, seed, cotton, hemp, and flax fiber”);

Food resource Facilities (including “plants, machinery, vehicles (including on farm), and other facilities required for the production, processing, distribution, and storage (including cold storage) of food resources, and for the domestic distribution of farm equipment and fertilizer”);

Health Resources (described as “drugs, biological products, medical devices, materials, facilities, health supplies, services and equipment required to diagnose, mitigate or prevent the impairment of, improve, treat, cure, or restore the physical or mental health conditions of the population”);

and lastly,

Water Resources (to mean “all usable water, from all sources within the jurisdiction of the United States” .

In short, the order empowers the President, and the various secretaries of key agencies, to control these vast resources as he sees fit and when he sees fit, whether there is a national crisis or not. And he can do this without the consent of Congress.

The order further states that “The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime (italics mine – Editor) and in times of national emergency.”

In short, the order gives Mr. Obama (or whoever currently sits in the Oval Office, the ability to impose martial law at any time, which gives him control of nearly every aspect of American life and survival. In addition to being a threat to individual liberty and the fundamental principles of individual responsibility, it is blatantly unconstitutional. The Constitution forbids the President from assuming such powers without the consent of Congress.

In light of the looming concern of an expanding war in the Middle East, precipitated by the imminent threat of a nuclear Iran, the rapidly failing economy, and the knowledge that non-policing federal agencies like Social Security and NOAA are being massively armed, the possibility of the President actually assuming the powers he has given to himself becomes real and frightening.

One can only speculate about what it would take to trigger that event. If the President should decide to impose martial law prior to November 6, would it disrupt the upcoming elections and change the outcome? Imposing martial law “in peacetime” and without Congressional approval, gives virtually unlimited power to one man, and would render Congress totally powerless. Under such conditions, can the United States, as we know it, survive?


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