New Executive Order, IMPORTANT!
Today President Obama Signed a New Executive Order, found here:
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The executive order formed a Council of Governors, pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008.
The Council will "strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State governments to protect our Nation and its people and property". Provisions include:
1. The Council shall meet at the call of the Secretary of Defense or the Co-Chairs of the Council to exchange views, information, or advice with the Secretary of Defense;
the Secretary of Homeland Security;
the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism;
the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement;
the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs;
the Commander,United States Northern Command;
the Chief, National Guard Bureau; the Commandant of the Coast Guard;
and other appropriate officials of the
Department of Homeland Security and the
Department of Defense, and appropriate officials of other executive departments or agencies as may be designated by the
Secretary of Defense or the
Secretary of Homeland Security.
(a) matters involving the National Guard of the various States;
(b) homeland defense;
(c) civil support;
(d) synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and
(e) other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.
Recall a few of those key items that I have highlighted...
If you remember the NSPD-51 "Continuation of Government"--martial law--that vests all power in the executive branch, identifies the individuals who will be responsible for the oversight of the CoG government. Here is an excerpt:
The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government. In order to advise and assist the President in that function, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (APHS/CT) is hereby designated as the National Continuity Coordinator.
The National Continuity Coordinator, in coordination with the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), without exercising directive authority, shall coordinate the development and implementation of continuity policy for executive departments and agencies.
The Continuity Policy Coordination Committee (CPCC), chaired by a Senior Director from the Homeland Security Council staff, designated by the National Continuity Coordinator, shall be the main day-to-day forum for such policy coordination."
"The National Continuity Coordinator, in consultation with the heads of appropriate executive departments and agencies, will lead the development of a National Continuity Implementation Plan (Plan), which shall include prioritized goals and objectives, a concept of operations, performance metrics by which to measure continuity readiness, procedures for continuity and incident management activities, and clear direction to executive department and agency continuity coordinators, as well as guidance to promote interoperability of Federal Government continuity programs and procedures with State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure, as appropriate.
The Plan shall be submitted to the President for approval not later than 90 days after the date of this directive." "The Secretary of Homeland Security shall coordinate the integration of Federal continuity plans and operations with State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure, as appropriate, in order to provide for the delivery of essential services during an emergency." "Continuity requirements shall be incorporated into daily operations of all executive departments and agencies."
Remember, under NSPD-51 a disaster will be declared in order to justify the Federal siezure of state and local functions under the control of the executive branch with the legislative and judicial brances operating as advisors. A disaster is defined as:
The directive states that this power could/would be exercised in the case of a "Catastrophic Emergency", meaning "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 ..."