|Sent on:||Monday, March 11, 2013 9:37 AM|
Sets of laws and procedures are waiting to spring into action when a national emergency is declared. Without congressional approval, the President can issue an "executive order" to enact a variety of extreme measures, including the rationing of energy, food and water, the control of the airwaves and transportation outlets, as well as the possible confiscation of people's personal vehicles and electromagnetic devices such as cell phones and computers, he outlined. In the event of such an emergency, citizens can also be forced to work on projects the government deems necessary, he continued.
The US has a number of ongoing national emergencies already declared, they are mainly related to security threats from foreign countries such as Iran, Somalia, Syria, and North Korea; adding that the declarations in these cases basically serve as pretexts for war or military actions that could be funded without congressional budget constraints, should the need arise. While the powers of executive orders weren't delineated into the Constitution, Congress hasn't acted to remove them, and thus there is kind of a "slippery slope," as to how these powers might be used, he pointed out. AND Obama would not have to leave office IF Martial Law were enacted.
In some cases it makes sense to have certain executive orders in place-- such as if a foreign country suddenly pointed a nuclear missile at the
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