There will be NO Presidential election in November, 2008!
To paraphrase Glenn Beck, here’s how I got there.
If you think back to September, 2001, you might remember that in the aftermath of the WTC destruction, Rudolph Guiliani unsuccessfully attempted a power coup in NYC. The Mayoral primary elections were scheduled and Rudy saw an opportunity and grabbed it! He tried to convince NYC to cancel, or postpone indefinitely, the elections. He tried to convince them that he should be allowed to continue as Mayor until NYC was through the 9/11 crisis. I guess it would be his decision (decision maker, sound familiar) as to when the crisis was officially over.
Fortunately for everyone in the United States, the smart and reasonable peoples of NYC told Rudy to “kiss their ass” (Bronx lingo). They could, and would, elect their next Mayor and it would NOT be Rudolph Guiliani!
OK. Now we have a similar situation growing in Washington, D.C.
On May 9th, President Bush signed into law, “National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51” and “Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20.”
Paragraph 1 states:
(1) “This directive establishes a comprehensive national policy on the continuity of Federal Government structures and operations and a single National Continuity Coordinator responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of Federal continuity policies. This policy establishes “National Essential Functions,” prescribes continuity requirements for all executive departments and agencies, and provides guidance for State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector organizations in order to ensure a comprehensive and integrated national continuity program that will enhance the credibility of our national security posture and enable a more rapid and effective response to and recovery from a national emergency.”
And paragraph 6 states:
“(6) 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.”
These Directives assign explicit power to the executive branch to run the federal government. The legislative and judicial branches of government become irrelevant. In effect, we have a dictatorship.
And under what circumstances can Bush invoke these Directives?
Paragraphs 2b and 2d explain it thoroughly:
(2) (b) “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
(2) (d) “Continuity of Operations,” or “COOP,” means an effort within individual executive departments and agencies to ensure that Primary Mission-Essential Functions continue to be performed during a wide range of emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack-related emergencies
Guess what? Another Katrina, a presumed act of aggression by Iran, North Korea or just about anyone else, will allow Bush to institute martial law under these Directives. As Jerome Corsi says, “NSPD-51/HSPD-20 also makes no reference whatsoever to Congress. The language of the May 9 directive appears to negate any requirement that the president submit to Congress a determination that a national emergency exists, suggesting instead that the powers of the executive order can be implemented without any congressional approval or oversight.”
So let’s get this scenario straight — In December, 2007, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad farts in the general direction of the Afghanistan border. President Bush interprets this as a hostile and aggressive act. He then orders a nuclear air strike on Iran and declares a “catastrophic emergency”, thus invoking the “National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directives”
Next President Bush declares martial law, and declares emphatically, “There will be NO elections until after this “catastrophic emergency” is over and since I’m ‘The Decider’, I’ll have Tony Snow let you know when that will be. In the mean time, I’m headed to my bunker. DO NOT DISTURB!!!“
All humor aside, this is an extremely serious situation!
A dictator is at the helm and he will not relinquish power!
He can declare martial law at the time of his choosing!
American citizens have NO habeas corpus protection from his tyrannical rule!
The Third Reich is alive and well in the United States of America!!!