New Bush Disaster Plan: Should We Feel Protected or Paranoid?

Sat, 2007-06-02 09:30Ross Gelbspan
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New Bush Disaster Plan: Should We Feel Protected or Paranoid?

The Bush administration is writing a new plan to maintain governmental control in the wake of an attack or overwhelming natural disaster, moving such doomsday planning for the first time from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to officials inside the White House.

The policy makes no reference to Congressional checks and balances on the president's power to impose martial law or other extraordinary measures. Nor does it acknowledge the National Emergencies Act, a law that gives Congress the right to override the president's determination. Instead. the Bush team is pushing controversial theory that the Constitution gives the president an unwritten power to disobey laws at his own discretion.

 

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Go read Edward Luttwak’s ‘Coup d’Etat: a practical handbook’.

Gee, could the next disaster be a water shortage? Is that why our Conservative Quisling government refuses to protect Canada’s water? To make it easier for the Americans to extend their empire over us? Water wars

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