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National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive

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  1. Holy Diver

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    Hopefully this administration keeps us safe from a terrorist attack. If one happens, they will have the ultimate power over the population, they will become dictators. We all know that Bush doesn't want unilateral power....so this comes as good news (heavy HEAVY sarcasm)

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070509-12.html

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    The Bush administration has released a directive called the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive. The directive released on May 9th, 2007 has gone almost unnoticed by the mainstream and alternative media. This is understandable considering the huge Ron Paul and immigration news but this story is equally as huge. In this directive, Bush declares that in the event of a “Catastrophic Emergency” the President will be entrusted with leading the activities to ensure constitutional government. The language in this directive would in effect make the President a dictator in the case of such an emergency.
    The directive defines a “Catastrophic Emergency” as the following.

    "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;

    So what does this mean? This is entirely subjective and doesn’t provide any real concrete definition of what such an emergency would entail. Assuming that it means a disaster on the scale of the 9/11 attacks or Katrina, there is no question that the United States at some point in time will experience an emergency on par with either of those events. When one of those events takes place, the President will be a dictator in charge of ensuring a working constitutional government.

    The language written in the directive is disturbing because it doesn’t say that the President will work with the other branches of government equally to ensure a constitutional government is protected. It says clearly that there will be a cooperative effort among the three branches that will be coordinated by the President. If the President is coordinating these efforts it effectively puts him in charge of every branch. The language in the directive is entirely Orwellian in nature making it seem that it is a cooperative effort between all three branches but than it says that the President is in charge of the cooperative effort.
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  2. scout

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    It is amazing that the United States has functioned throughout its life which has been filled with catastrophic events and threatened with nuclear destruction, and now it has found a need to use dictatorship powers under unforeseen circumstances. It is also a fact, that once congress passes a measure into law, it is expanded beyond its original purpose.

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