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PoliCon
08-11-2009, 12:33 AM
Governors oppose DoD emergency powers
By Reid Wilson
Posted: 08/10/09 11:42 AM [ET]
A bipartisan pair of governors is opposing a new Defense Department proposal to handle natural and terrorism-related disasters, contending that a murky chain of command could lead to more problems than solutions.

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R), chairman of the National Governors Association, and Vice Chairman Gov. Joe Manchin (D) of West Virginia penned a letter opposing the Pentagon proposal, which they said would hinder a state's effort to respond to a disaster.

Current law gives governors control over National Guard forces in their own states as well as any Guard units and Defense Department personnel imported from other states.

The letter comes as the Pentagon proposes a legislative fix that would give the secretary of Defense the authority to assist in response to domestic disasters and, consequently, control over units stationed in an affected state.

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Jfor
08-11-2009, 12:40 AM
Reading between the lines there is really scary!

Gingersnap
08-11-2009, 09:42 AM
Reading between the lines there is really scary!

No kidding. Especially since DHS is busy rewriting the definitions of both terrorism and disasters.

Jfor
08-11-2009, 10:46 AM
Smoke'em if you got'em folks, things are starting to get hairy quickly!

HowardRoark
08-11-2009, 03:30 PM
Ugh. Scary stuff.

PoliCon
08-11-2009, 09:32 PM
No kidding. Especially since DHS is busy rewriting the definitions of both terrorism and disasters.

you have to love the way that the left charges headlong into doing things they only just recently accused Bush of wanting and trying to do. :rolleyes: