Wednesday, November 21, 2007

FEMA Eclipses the United States Constitution

Quoted at length from a comment left on in response to an article claiming that the U.S. Government considers the Constitution to be "Terrorist Literature." Click here for the full conversation.

Some people have referred to FEMA as the "secret government" of the United States. It is not an elected body, it does not involve itself in public disclosures, and it even has a quasi-secret budget in the billions of dollars. This government organization has more power than the President of the United States or the Congress, it has the power to suspend laws, move entire populations, arrest and detain citizens without a warrant and hold them without trial, it can seize property, food supplies, transportation systems, and can suspend the U.S. Constitution.

Is it any wonder why the U.S. government considers America's Constitution "terrorist literature."

Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:

allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.

designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.

specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Viva la Revolucion!

Just in case anyone missed it: We're currently in the midst of a Capitalist takeover. Each of the energies necessary to power our country has been handed over to private corporations to sell as a commodity for a profit. The schools that educate our children -- the roads that lead us to work -- are crumbling, while these same institutions continue to rise in the private sector. We own nothing; merely renting our property from their owners: from the money in our pockets to the songs in our head. And for all of our iPods and air conditioned cars, we do not pay the highest price. The tolls of our lifestyle are placed upon the backs of the poor.

In the course of our day we interact with any number of waiters and construction workers, taxi cab drivers and maids. These are but a small sample of the millions of jobs which were created in the economic boom of our country. Few realize that these jobs couldn't afford their workers the wages necessary to survive in the real world, that many had to take on two or three jobs simply to survive. The real benefactors were the Corporations whose profit margins soared. However, this wealth is nothing compared to the resources privatized in smaller nations. The dividing line between the poor who own nothing, and the rich who hold private agreements with the US Government, is much more pronounced across the entire South American continent.

The War On Democracy by John Pilger reveals the hidden agenda of the American Empire, to Capitalize on the wealth of smaller nations by privatizing their resources at the expense of the poor. While the film only covers a handful of military coups funded by the United States in South America, making mention of dozens more in passing, the reality should speak volumes of our current actions in the Middle East. Furthermore, this film should make it clear to every American that such a takeover by the people is necessary to oust the corrupt politicians, corporations, and military leaders that have stolen our country for their own profit. This film should stir the revolutionary in each of us, or at least offer a perspective of our country from our neighbor's point of view.