>>Obama Guts States’ Sovereignty and takes control of the National Guard which are the province of the states unless the states themselves release their authority.
Posted January 17, 2010on:
More important and terrifying news from American Daughter Nancy Matthis. thank you Nancy and all other contributors to American Daughter blog for your diligence in keeping track of the treasonous actions of the Democrats in congress and the Obama Administration. BB
By Nancy Matthis | Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 4:45 pm
By executive order, Obama moved toward seizing control of the state national guards on January 11, trampling posse comitatus. This power grab went unremarked by the mainstream media, and created little stir in the Blogosphere. (I only learned about it from a link on a Danish website that aggregates tweets, which I happened to check out because an American Daughter article was linked there.)
A press release was posted on the White House website — President Obama Signs Executive Order Establishing Council of Governors. At the time of announcement, the Executive Order was not given a number, which kept it below the radar, but it should be #13528. The innocuous title would trigger no alarms, and apparently few journalists have delved into the legal text:
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…. Such views, information, or advice shall concern … matters involving the National Guard of the various States; … synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and … other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities….
One blogger caught this as soon as it was posted. From The Left – Watch What They Do, Not What They Say! — Breaking News – Obama Signs Martial Law Executive Order (January 11):
It looks as though President Obama today has taken his first step towards martial law in America. I just pulled this piece off the wires which indicates the issuance of his new executive order. This order sets up the framework for the use of federal troops and the combination of state and federal agencies under the Defense Department. This is startling news for many reasons. Why now? Why now?….
The next day one of Ron Paul’s supporters mentioned it in their forum, Daily Paul Liberty Forum, — Breaking News – Obama Signs Martial Law Executive Order (January 12).
Two days later, an article was posted at Social Security Institute — Step into my parlor, said the President to the Governors (January 14):
….If history has taught us anything, it is to beware of “cooperative partnerships” between the federal government and states. They invariably result in an expansion of federal authority and reach at the expense of the states and a diminution of individual rights and freedoms in the name of the general welfare and national security. So-called “cooperative federalism” is a snare and a delusion.
One direct result of the new Council of Governors will be to provide the federal government more control of state National Guards, allowing the president to synchronize and integrate federal military operations within the United States. The total disregard for the Posse Comitatus Act within this order is one more erosion of restrictions against the use of the military for law enforcement.
More generally, the new Council of Governors establishes a bureaucratic transmission belt for the president to conscript state governors to act as agents of the federal government. Indeed, by establishing this council, appointed by the president and presided over by the Secretary of Defense, President Obama is asking governors to engage in the ultimate act of sovereign suicide in the name of “intergovernmental cooperation and coordination.” This council represents the ultimate in “intergovernmentalism,” a perversion of true federalism….
The president’s latest executive order is of a piece with his December 17, 2009 executive directive amending Executive Order 12425 to grant immunity to Interpol agents operating within the United States, paving the way for Interpol to be conscripted by the president as a kind of Swiss Guard. Taken together, these two executive orders represent another quantum leap in the continued erosion of meaningful constraints on the federal government’s police power, and they constitute a frightening continuation of this president’s expansion of the military-industrial-police state at his command….
Just today, another blogger expressed concern. From Dissident Voice — Obama Executive Order Seeks to “Synchronize and Integrate” State and Federal Military Forces (January 16):
…. the Executive Order (EO) established a Council of Governors, an “advisory panel” chosen by the President that will rubber-stamp long-sought-after Pentagon contingency plans to seize control of state National Guard forces in the event of a “national emergency.”….
Clearly designed to weaken the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which bars the use of the military for civilian law enforcement, EO 13528 is the latest in a series of maneuvers by previous administrations to wrest control of armed forces historically under the democratic control of elected state officials, and a modicum of public accountability.
One consequence of moves to “synchronize and integrate” state National Guard units with those of the Armed Forces would be to place them under the effective control of United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)….
…. Given the serious implications such proposals would have for a functioning democracy, the media’s deafening silence on Obama’s Executive Order is hardly surprising. Like their role as cheerleaders in the escalating wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, media self-censorship tell us much about the state of affairs in “new normal” America.
Like his predecessors in the Oval Office, stretching back to the 1960s with Pentagon “civil disturbance” plans such as Cable Splicer and Garden Plot, both of which are continuously updated, our “change” President will forge ahead and invest the permanent National Security bureaucracy with unprecedented power….
Other than those few mentions, and a handful of comments on Twitter, I have found no general discussion of the danger posed by this new initiative. But we’ll keep our readers updated.
KommonCents — Section 1385 of the Posse Comitatus Act (January 14)
Wikipedia — Operation Garden Plot
Operation Garden Plot is a general U.S. Army and National Guard plan to respond to major domestic civil disturbances within the United States. The plan was developed in response to the civil disorders of the 1960s and is now under the control of the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM). It provides Federal military and law enforcement assistance to local governments during times of major civil disturbances…. Under Homeland Security restructuring, it has been suggested that similar models be followed.
SourceWatch — Operation Cable Splicer
Operation Cable Splicer is “the program for an orderly takeover of the state and local governments by the federal government. FEMA is the executive arm of the coming police state and thus will head up all operations. The Presidential Executive Orders already listed on the Federal Register also are part of the legal framework for this operation.”