April 19, 2011
“Waco and Libya are only the first and latest examples of U.S. humanitarian atrocities in the post-Cold War era. In both situations, we see the U.S. government leaving behind rubble and death, and the chattering classes agreeing that Washington has the innocents’ best interests at heart, even as it imposes sanctions on civilians or cuts them off from water, disregarding the very humanity of the victims of Uncle Sam’s explosions. When D.C. kills it is never seen as when others, whether private American citizens or foreign despots, do it.
When a private religious separatist allegedly molests children, it is an excuse for gassing children to death. But when the federal government molests children it is merely airport security. When a foreign dictator is allegedly about to kill tens of thousands of innocents, it is an excuse for another non-defensive U.S. presidential war. But when the U.S. government kills millions though sanctions, chemical warfare, conventional bombings and depleted uranium, it is simply the mainstream foreign policy consensus at work.
It is particularly hard to cut through these double standards when left-liberal presidents kill, as both sides of the spectrum benefit from pretending that these politicians are less trigger-happy than the conservatives. Yet Clinton and Obama have both revealed themselves to be as bloodthirsty as the Bushes before them.”
“The Davidian cult in Waco was dealt with by armored vehicles,” remarked Muammar Gaddafi in February, defending his own crackdowns in light of the U.S. government’s. April 19 marks eighteen years since the end of the Waco siege and exactly one month since Obama began bombing Libya. Now that the federal government is again shedding blood in the name of humanitarianism, we might reflect on how it obtains legitimacy for its most brazen acts of violence.
Long ago, when governments slaughtered the enemy merely for being different and thus subhuman or for occupying desired territory, such crude rationales satisfied the states’ agents and subjects. The modern democratic state, however, employs more sophisticated propaganda when it burns, gasses, shoots, and bombs people including civilians. There is always the excuse of security: the targeted people pose a threat. When this argument seems tenuous, it is well complemented by that most insidious of pretenses: The killing is done for the good of others. It is an act of kindness. The American empire, like the Roman and British before it, inflicts violence to civilize and rescue those in need…..(Go to link for the whole story)
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Presidential Policy Directive 8 – National Preparedness for what’s to come?
The Great Shakeout
“We’ve posted several times about the upcoming Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill on April 28. As of today, there are over 1.6 million people signed up in the 11 participating states. Whether you have already signed up, or are considering it, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium and its partners have a great list of resources to help you engage your stakeholders (or family members) in earthquake preparedness.” Go to link for more info
The Great Central U.S. Shakeout
A multi-state earthquake drill, hosted by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, will take place April 25 at 10:15 a.m. CDT (or April 19 for Indiana residents) to practice the proper actions to stay safe during a quake. More than 1.5 million participants have registered, including schools, businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and families. Visit the ShakeOut website to learn more and sign up today.
National Level Exercise 2011
In May, we will be hosting a National Level Exercise to simulate the scenario of an earthquake in the New Madrid seismic zone. The purpose of the exercise is to prepare and coordinate a multiple-jurisdictional integrated response to a national catastrophic event. The exercise is another opportunity to strengthen relationships across emergency management team and continue to improve catastrophic earthquake planning.
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2011 National Level Exercise
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From the DHS Blog: Presidential Policy Directive 8 – National Preparedness
Posted by: Public Affairs
On March 30, 2011, President Obama signed Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8 on National Preparedness.
But what does that mean exactly? Well, as the Department of Homeland Security writes on their blog:
“this directive instructs the federal government to take action to strengthen our nation’s security and resilience against a variety of hazards, including terrorism, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters.”
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Presidential Policy Directive / PPD-8: National Preparedness
March 30, 2011
PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE/PPD-8
SUBJECT: National Preparedness
This directive is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters. Our national preparedness is the shared responsibility of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens. Everyone can contribute to safeguarding the Nation from harm. As such, while this directive is intended to galvanize action by the Federal Government, it is also aimed at facilitating an integrated, all-of-Nation, capabilities-based approach to preparedness.
Therefore, I hereby direct the development of a national preparedness goal that identifies the core capabilities necessary for preparedness and a national preparedness system to guide activities that will enable the Nation to achieve the goal. The system will allow the Nation to track the progress of our ability to build and improve the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.
The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism shall coordinate the interagency development of an implementation plan for completing the national preparedness goal and national preparedness system. The implementation plan shall be submitted to me within 60 days from the date of this directive, and shall assign departmental responsibilities and delivery timelines for the development of the national planning frameworks and associated interagency operational plans described below.
National Preparedness Goal
Within 180 days from the date of this directive, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall develop and submit the national preparedness goal to me, through the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. The Secretary shall coordinate this effort with other executive departments and agencies, and consult with State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public.
The national preparedness goal shall be informed by the risk of specific threats and vulnerabilities – taking into account regional variations – and include concrete, measurable, and prioritized objectives to mitigate that risk. The national preparedness goal shall define the core capabilities necessary to prepare for the specific types of incidents that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, and shall emphasize actions aimed at achieving an integrated, layered, and all-of-Nation preparedness approach that optimizes the use of available resources. The national preparedness goal shall reflect the policy direction outlined in the National Security Strategy (May 2010), applicable Presidential Policy Directives, Homeland Security Presidential Directives, National Security Presidential Directives, and national strategies, as well as guidance from the Interagency Policy Committee process. The goal shall be reviewed regularly to evaluate consistency with these policies, evolving conditions, and the National Incident Management System.
National Preparedness System
The national preparedness system shall be an integrated set of guidance, programs, and processes that will enable the Nation to meet the national preparedness goal. Within 240 days from the date of this directive, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall develop and submit a description of the national preparedness system to me, through the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. The Secretary shall coordinate this effort with other executive departments and agencies, and consult with State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public.
The national preparedness system shall be designed to help guide the domestic efforts of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public to build and sustain the capabilities outlined in the national preparedness goal. The national preparedness system shall include guidance for planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercises to build and maintain domestic capabilities. It shall provide an all-of-Nation approach for building and sustaining a cycle of preparedness activities over time.
The national preparedness system shall include a series of integrated national planning frameworks, covering prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. The frameworks shall be built upon scalable, flexible, and adaptable coordinating structures to align key roles and responsibilities to deliver the necessary capabilities. The frameworks shall be coordinated under a unified system with a common terminology and approach, built around basic plans that support the all-hazards approach to preparedness and functional or incident annexes to describe any unique requirements for particular threats or scenarios, as needed. Each framework shall describe how actions taken in the framework are coordinated with relevant actions described in the other frameworks across the preparedness spectrum.
The national preparedness system shall include an interagency operational plan to support each national planning framework. Each interagency operational plan shall include a more detailed concept of operations; description of critical tasks and responsibilities; detailed resource, personnel, and sourcing requirements; and specific provisions for the rapid integration of resources and personnel.
All executive departments and agencies with roles in the national planning frameworks shall develop department-level operational plans to support the interagency operational plans, as needed. Each national planning framework shall include guidance to support corresponding planning for State, local, tribal, and territorial governments.
The national preparedness system shall include resource guidance, such as arrangements enabling the ability to share personnel. It shall provide equipment guidance aimed at nationwide interoperability; and shall provide guidance for national training and exercise programs, to facilitate our ability to build and sustain the capabilities defined in the national preparedness goal and evaluate progress toward meeting the goal.
The national preparedness system shall include recommendations and guidance to support preparedness planning for businesses, communities, families, and individuals.
The national preparedness system shall include a comprehensive approach to assess national preparedness that uses consistent methodology to measure the operational readiness of national capabilities at the time of assessment, with clear, objective and quantifiable performance measures, against the target capability levels identified in the national preparedness goal.
Building and Sustaining Preparedness
The Secretary of Homeland Security shall coordinate a comprehensive campaign to build and sustain national preparedness, including public outreach and community-based and private-sector programs to enhance national resilience, the provision of Federal financial assistance, preparedness efforts by the Federal Government, and national research and development efforts.
National Preparedness Report
Within 1 year from the date of this directive, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit the first national preparedness report based on the national preparedness goal to me, through the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. The Secretary shall coordinate this effort with other executive departments and agencies and consult with State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public. The Secretary shall submit the report annually in sufficient time to allow it to inform the preparation of my Administration’s budget.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism shall periodically review progress toward achieving the national preparedness goal.
The Secretary of Homeland Security is responsible for coordinating the domestic all-hazards preparedness efforts of all executive departments and agencies, in consultation with State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, nongovernmental organizations, private-sector partners, and the general public; and for developing the national preparedness goal.
The heads of all executive departments and agencies with roles in prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery are responsible for national preparedness efforts, including department-specific operational plans, as needed, consistent with their statutory roles and responsibilities.
Nothing in this directive is intended to alter or impede the ability to carry out the authorities of executive departments and agencies to perform their responsibilities under law and consistent with applicable legal authorities and other Presidential guidance. This directive shall be implemented consistent with relevant authorities, including the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 and its assignment of responsibilities with respect to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Nothing in this directive is intended to interfere with the authority of the Attorney General or Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with regard to the direction, conduct, control, planning, organization, equipment, training, exercises, or other activities concerning domestic counterterrorism, intelligence, and law enforcement activities.
Nothing in this directive shall limit the authority of the Secretary of Defense with regard to the command and control, planning, organization, equipment, training, exercises, employment, or other activities of Department of Defense forces, or the allocation of Department of Defense resources.
If resolution on a particular matter called for in this directive cannot be reached between or among executive departments and agencies, the matter shall be referred to me through the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.
This directive replaces Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-8 (National Preparedness), issued December 17, 2003, and HSPD-8 Annex I (National Planning), issued December 4, 2007, which are hereby rescinded, except for paragraph 44 of HSPD-8 Annex I. Individual plans developed under HSPD-8 and Annex I remain in effect until rescinded or otherwise replaced.
For the purposes of this directive:
(a) The term “national preparedness” refers to the actions taken to plan, organize, equip, train, and exercise to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.
(b) The term “security” refers to the protection of the Nation and its people, vital interests, and way of life.
(c) The term “resilience” refers to the ability to adapt to changing conditions and withstand and rapidly recover from disruption due to emergencies.
(d) The term “prevention” refers to those capabilities necessary to avoid, prevent, or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism. Prevention capabilities include, but are not limited to, information sharing and warning; domestic counterterrorism; and preventing the acquisition or use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). For purposes of the prevention framework called for in this directive, the term “prevention” refers to preventing imminent threats.
(e) The term “protection” refers to those capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters. Protection capabilities include, but are not limited to, defense against WMD threats; defense of agriculture and food; critical infrastructure protection; protection of key leadership and events; border security; maritime security; transportation security; immigration security; and cybersecurity.
(f) The term “mitigation” refers to those capabilities necessary to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Mitigation capabilities include, but are not limited to, community-wide risk reduction projects; efforts to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure and key resource lifelines; risk reduction for specific vulnerabilities from natural hazards or acts of terrorism; and initiatives to reduce future risks after a disaster has occurred.
(g) The term “response” refers to those capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.
(h) The term “recovery” refers to those capabilities necessary to assist communities affected by an incident to recover effectively, including, but not limited to, rebuilding infrastructure systems; providing adequate interim and long-term housing for survivors; restoring health, social, and community services; promoting economic development; and restoring natural and cultural resources.
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Mother of 13 year old stands up to Government forced drugging of her child!
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People of Japan are in SERIOUS trouble! Earthquakes, Tsunami, Radiation, Liquefaction, now volcano
My heart and prayers go out to all those who are suffering from these terrible days.
May our Father in Heaven guide you and your families to a place safe from harms way.
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Edgar Cayce Prediction
Question: What great change or the beginning of what change, if any, is to take place in the earth in the year 2000 to 2001 A.D.?
Answer (Cayce): When there is a shifting of the poles. Or a new cycle begins.
Question: Will it cause a sudden convulution and about what year?
Answer: In 1998 we may find a great deal of the activities as have been wrought by the gradual changes that are coming about… (at) the change between the Piscean and the Aquarian age. This is a gradual, not a cataclysmic activity in the experience of the earth in this period.
As to the changes physical again: The earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the east coast of America. There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for eruption of volcanoes in the Torrid areas, and there will be the shifting then of the poles – so that where there has been those of a frigid or the semitropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow. As to conditions in the geography of the world, of the country, changes here are gradually coming about. Many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of the United States.
In the next few years, lands will appear in the Atlantic as well as in the Pacific. And what is the coast line now of many a land will be bed of the ocean. Even many of the battlefields of the present (1941) will be ocean, will be the seas, the bays, the lands over which the new order will carry on their trade as one with another.
Portions of the now east coast of New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation, though, here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia, these will disappear. This will be much sooner.
The waters of the lakes (Great Lakes) will empty into the Gulf (of Mexico), rather than the waterway over which such discussions have been recently made… (St. Lawrence Seaway).
Then the area where the entity is now located (Virginia Beach) will be among the safety lands – as will be portions of what is now Ohio, Indiana and Illinois and much of the southern portion of Canada and the eastern portion of Canada; while the western land, much of that is to be disturbed in this land, as, of course, much in other lands.
The earth will be broken up in many places. The early portion will see a change in the physical aspect of the west coast of America. There will be open waters in the northern portion of Greenland. There will be new lands seen off the Carribean Sea and dry land will appear – South America shall be shaken from the uppermost portion to the end, and in the Antarctic off Tierra Del Fuego, land, and a strait with rushing waters.
Has the US Constitution been suspended?
Many called for the impeachment of President Clinton, then it was President Bush and now we have President Obama on the list. But here is my question, who ever heard of a president “elect” dictator king impeaching himself?
Something I came across recently which gives new insight into the latest outrage of President Obama ordering the attacks on Libya without congressional consent and WHY Congress sits back and does nothing.
Seems, the checks and balance of the US Congress no longer exist, but resides with the executive branch since Aug. 4, 1990. Senate Bill 2834: Senate Intelligence Authorization Act—-IMO, this is why Congress did NOTHING when Obama ordered our troops to attack Libya without congressional authority. If not true, then WHY the inaction from our so-called congress?? (Now I understand why crazy stuff is crammed into bills presented that have nothing to do with what they are supposed to be voting on!—They have been slipping in these Constitution destroying items for YEARS and then they go back and combine them later!)
It was set to law years ago, but not used until the present time. What that tells me, is this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I have felt the “Noahide Laws” would be used at some point in the future, now I see proof, that these “harmless” sounding bills/public laws can and will be used against the American people. Think they don’t know what they are doing ?
This is an ancient evil thousand upon thousands of years old —the work of the ages— is unfolding upon the world! (Very interesting read, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion)
For years, there have been revisions and add-ons to this bill and many others such as the creation of FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, The Patriot Act, etc, giving the Executive branch more and more power.
We all should remember how Janet Napalitano-Head of DHS, sent out alerts to all local law enforcement about US Patriots being domestic terrorist—-think that was an accident? No, it was a TEST and proves that patriots aka Nationalist are a threat to their agenda to come. (I woke up one morning in America only to discover the country I love has been hi-jacked by Lucifer worshiping Fascists….not a dream, but reality in our face!)
In addition, for decades, presidents have been skirting congress by writing their own laws and policies and term them as, Executive Orders, National Security Council Memos, National Security Directives, and or National Security Decision Directives. During President Reagan’s terms in office, a man I admired for the most part, is documented to have written over 300 of them!
People, its OVER! Done and gone. The country we knew as America is no more—-they only wait for their appointed time to spring the trap they have set for the sleeping/brainwashed/ delusional masses.
This great EVIL has infiltrated EVERY aspect of our society! They rule from BOTH sides of the political isle. They control our media, schools, colleges, banking, housing, jobs, industry, healthcare, economy, private property, food supply, seed supply, waterways, transportation, fuel, electrical power plants; our court / legal systems, our military and our law enforcement agencies at local, county, state levels and Postal Service. Think the post office is harmless? Not so, when you and your family could/would be required to “register” there and they start separating your family for work detail or your children are loaded onto a bus for “re-education”…..and what if you should plan to fight them, they may just shoot you in the head on the spot and take your family anyway.
There is no escaping what is coming according to The New Testament—the time of the Gentiles is about to be fulfilled.
Our once great nation has been blessed with so many freedoms and privileges and I’m THANKFUL to Our Father in Heaven, that I was born and raised here. Enjoy your freedoms and the life given you by Our Father; cherish your family time and prepare for the spiritual battles to come. The time for the American people to reap what our nation has sown upon foreign soil is coming back to us full circle!
Here is one patriot, William “Bill” Cooper, who tried to warn us.
Secret “Alien” Agenda
Evil in the world
Do Not be Deceived! How to fight the demons and deliverance.
Behold a Pale Horse by Bill Cooper––
This is 1 of 18 audio book videos available on You Tube for those who can not attain the book.
“Humanitarian Aid” payloads now posed for Syria. When will they “Aid” the USA?
There was a time I took pride in being the daughter of an Army WWII veteran.
There was a time when I took pride in being the wife of a US Navyman, now retired.
There was a time when I took pride in our son joining the US Army to help others and to defend and serve our country.
Though that pride of them personally remains, because I know their hearts and intentions were in the right place, that pride of country has fallen into the abyss. The promise sworn to “Up-Hold the Constitution and defend our republic from Foreign and Domestic enemies” has long been forgotten and replaced by “International Law” with the help of corrupt traitors in high places.
‘Unconstitutional WAR and ACTS of war on foreign soil is NOT right—and to give it pretty terms like “Peace Keepers” or “Humanitarian Aid” does not change the fact that it is the USA leading the death squads upon people who have NOT attacked us on our home soil!
Horror stories told me by our son of the fighting in Iraq substantiates what Alex is talking about. Those so called “Farm boys’ as he calls them, usually have been raised with morals and if the evil ones can corrupt them, they make good sincere sounding leaders. On the other hand, most of these same farm boys also know Right from Wrong and being ordered to commit acts of war upon innocent unarmed civilians weighs heavy on them.
If they refuse to follow those orders or break down emotionally because of them, the Propagandist spew, ‘well they just couldn’t cut it in the military or they are cowards, it’s Post Stress Disorder, War is Hell, etc’…..
But, the true reason many families fail to realize, is that WRONG is Wrong, so please trust in and pray for your soldier and loved one to know the difference and to do the right thing no matter the cost to himself!
A battle for their Soul is being waged and that is more important than the flesh!
The US Army recruitment of foreign men into our US Army is a great concern to me—Our son brought home one from Haiti, and one from the Ukraine to spend the weekend on our farm. Though nice and well mannered, these young men are still foreigners, who already come from foreign influenced de-stabilized countries, with unstable backgrounds. They were not raised in the USA, so do not understand what America really is about, so IMO—most likely NOT loyal to the American people!
These men are being trained here in the USA to be killers in other lands. What is this called by our government and media? They refer to them as “Black Ops”, but yet that term also is called Terror cells….Blackwater, Al Quida, Hamas, Talaban ring any bells yet?
People need to research and learn the truth of what is really happening around them. Seems we are destined to hang separately, because the masses either no longer care, or too brainwashed to understand that our country has been hijacked by EVIL greedy foreign elitists.
I know in my heart, that all the evil done in the name of the USA is gonna come full circle and we SHALL reap what we have sown in other lands. God have mercy on us all.
May our Father in Heaven Bless and protect those who continue to try and show the truth.
Here is what Zionist war monger LIEberman wants!
And now a few words from past Presidents!
UN Powers Violate Their Own Resolution By Targeting Gaddafi
Paul Joseph Watson
March 21, 2011
As the contrived moral high ground behind the absurdly hypocritical “humanitarian” pretext of the attack on Libya collapses in the wake of Russia, the Arab League and the African Union condemning the US-led NATO bombings, so does any pretense of legality that the “no fly zone” resolution holds, because the obvious attempt to assassinate Gaddafi violates not only U.S. law, but the UN’s own charter.
Vladimir Putin’s characterization of the air strikes as a “medieval crusade” and his warning that the attacks prove why Russia has to build up its defenses against NATO is the most damning indictment of the campaign thus far. It follows an Arab League u-turn as well as an African Union condemnation, as all the lies and bluster about a “humanitarian mission” crumble within days of the assault being launched.
The Orwellian delusion that the “no fly zone” anything other than a cruel hoax became obvious within hours, as NATO rejected Libya’s proposal for independent third party countries to patrol the skies and instead launched an instantaneous bombardment of Gaddafi’s military facilities, strikes that have killed dozens of innocent people according to Libyan claims that have been confirmed by Russia.
From the very beginning, this war had nothing to do with “protecting civilians” and everything to do with toppling the leader of Africa’s richest oil nation.
Now western leaders have all but admitted that the sole focus of the campaign is to kill Gaddafi, as air strikes pound targets around the beleaguered Libyan leader.
Napule87 on You Tube says,
“I’m a former US Army Soldier & this completely disgusts me!How have we come to this point?Can’t believe the evil they’ve gotten our military involved in.God help us all.”
“A sickness, a deep evil is leading this nation and we all know it. You heard it and now what? More medals. He is a coward. He’s in Afghan with all these modern weapons fighting people with not much more than guns and a few other old weapons. Dear God folks we need to wake up. this is a form of insanity that is out there in our names. It’s not even a deal to kill little kids anymore. “
A Conspiracy Theory is now FACT! United Nations now dictates to the USA!!
The puppet king speaks!!! International this, international community that, when “the powers that be” have by design, orchestrated these events in order to overthrow the USA and this is all done AGAINST the US CONSTITUTION! When will our military leaders remember their vows and not go along with those who are NOT Americans and those who commit blatant in our face abuse of power???? Serve OUR country and our people, not the special / best interests of foreign nations / entities!
Why are our elected officials who swore to uphold US Law and our Constitution not REVOLTING at this latest abuse of power outrage? IMO—-it’s just a matter of time before they do and on cue, when they are TOLD to by whoever controls their strings. And when the American people finally get enough and rebel, then the UN will treat the USA the same way as Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Libya!
March 20, 2011
Obama Attacks Libya, and Where’s Congress?
By J.B. Williamshttp://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/obama_attacks_libya_and_wheres.htmlOn the eighth anniversary of the day President George W. Bush ordered U.S. troops into Iraq in 2003, with the full support of the U.S. Congress and majority support from the U.N. Security Council, Barack Obama launched a Tomahawk missile assault on the sovereign nation of Libya with no majority support in the U.N. and without even consulting Congress.
Acting alone while Congress was away on recess, solely at the command of the United Nations and without constitutional authority, Barack Obama dropped over $70 million worth of Tomahawk missiles on Libya — a dictatorial maneuver to force a regime change in a foreign land.Under what authority did Obama green-light this dictatorial assault? To be certain, Qadaffi is no prize, but what Obama just did is nevertheless unacceptable. Acting all alone in a truly imperialistic fashion, Obama violated his oath of office, Articles I and II of the U.S. Constitution, and the War Powers Act — all in one mindless, knee-jerk decision.Article II, Section II of the U.S. Constitution identifies the U.S. president as the commander-in-chief and the civilian oversight of the U.S. military. But the clause gives the U.S. president no authority to use military might to enforce his political will upon foreign nations.Article I, Section VIII of the U.S. Constitution bestows the power to declare war solely on the U.S. Congress. It requires both the commander-in-chief and Congress to commit U.S. troops to combat, without which any deployment of troops is wholly unconstitutional.The 1973 War Powers Act was put in place to prevent a U.S. president from doing exactly what Barack Obama just did.SEC. 2. (a) It is the purpose of this joint resolution to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and insure that the collective judgment of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and to the continued use of such forces in hostilities or in such situations.A U.S. commander-in-chief can order use of military force under only three specific conditions:
- 1. a declaration of war,
- 2. specific statutory authorization, or
- 3. a national emergency created byan attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.The U.S. Congress has not declared war against a foreign nation since WWII. But when George W. Bush sent troops into Afghanistan and Iraq following the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil, not only did he not consult Congress in advance, but he sought and received specific statutory authorization from Congress before ordering troops into combat. Bush complied with the Constitution and the War Powers Act under conditions (2) and (3). He also had a broad coalition of U.N. partners driven by years of U.N. resolutions defied by Iraq.In the case of Obama and Libya, none of the three necessary conditions exist.
- 1. Congress did not declare war.
- 2. Congress was not consulted and did not give specific statutory authorization.
- 3. The U.S. was not attacked in any way by Libya, which presented no threat to the U.S. or U.S. assets.As a result, Barack Obama had no constitutional authority to attack Libya with over $70 million worth of U.S. taxpayer-provided Tomahawks, placing American soldiers in harm’s way in yet another war which cannot be justified even by the pursuit of oil.Obama has acted alone, well beyond the scope and authority of his office and at odds with the national interests of the United States and the Constitution which he took an oath to uphold and defend…..go here for more of the story...