[IWAR] US/FEMA EO 13083, exec rule under "perceived" natsec threat

From: Mark Hedges (hedgesat_private)
Date: Wed Jul 01 1998 - 11:40:23 PDT

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    From: Patrick Poole <ppooleat_private>
    Subject: Conference Call: EO 13083/Presidential Authority
    Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 10:01:36 -0400
    Conference Call Seminar: Executive Order 13083, Presidential Authority
    and Congress Asleep at the Wheel
    The Center for Technology Policy at the Free Congress Foundation will be
    hosting a conference call seminar ... to discuss the impact of
    President Clinton's Executive
    Order 13083 on "Federalism." This Executive Order, issued on May 14th,
    lists nine kinds of issues that would justify unilateral federal
    "emergency" action, regardless of the 10th Amendment. A short
    presentation by journalist and noted executive authority expert Cliff
    Kincaid of America's Survival will be followed by a question and answer
    session. Additional topics that may be covered are the effect of
    Presidential Decision Directives and the pending Senate ratification of
    the UN Criminal Court Treaty. Prior to the conference call, you can view
    a copy of EO 13083 and other related documents from our home page at:
    [details omitted]
    EO 13083 allows the President to declare a national emergency, which
    would then invest the Clinton-appointed Federal Emergency Management
    Agency (FEMA) with the power to direct federal, state and local
    governments. This would replicate the executive powers laid down in the
    1933 War Powers Act and allow FEMA to control all communication
    facilities, power supplies, food supplies, airports, transportation of
    any kind, seaports, waterways and highways - and Congress would not be
    able to debate the president's declaration for six months.
    The President could implement these powers under "any threat to national
    security, perceived or real." One example of a threat that could
    activate the War Powers Act is the breakdown in the national "cyber
    infrastructure." Senator Robert Bennett, the Chairman of the Senate
    Special Committee on the Year 2000 problem, recently asked the
    Department of Defense officials if the military would be ready "in the
    event of a Y2K-induced breakdown of community services that might call
    for martial law." The subsequent problems arising from the Y2K problem
    may very well justify the powers claimed under the War Powers Act and EO

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