Bush Anoints Himself as the Insurer of Constitutional Government in Emergency

From The Progressive:

With scarcely a mention in the mainstream media, President Bush has ordered up a plan for responding to a catastrophic attack.

Under that plan, he entrusts himself with leading the entire federal government, not just the Executive Branch. And he gives himself the responsibility “for ensuring constitutional government.”

He laid this all out in a document entitled “National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51” and “Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20.”

The White House released it on May 9.

Other than a discussion on Daily Kos led off by a posting by Leo Fender, and a pro-forma notice in a couple of mainstream newspapers, this document has gone unremarked upon.

The subject of the document is entitled “National Continuity Policy.”

It defines a “catastrophic emergency” as “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 function.”

This could mean another 9/11, or another Katrina, or a major earthquake in California, I imagine, since it says it would include “localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack-related emergencies.”

The document emphasizes the need to ensure “the continued function of our form of government under the Constitution, including the functioning of the three separate branches of government,” it states.

But it says flat out: “The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government.”

9 Comments

  1. “…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 function.”

    Sounds an awful lot like the Bush presidency.

  2. Next thing, an “incident” will be defined as “Terrurhist-lovin’ Demmerkrats taking over Congress,” or some tree-hugging hippie not loving Jesus enough…

  3. I’m sure the govt only want to ensure that in the event of another catastrophe they will retain the power and choice to pull another ‘Katrina’ stunt. Hell, if they handed the responsibility over to a private organization then they are only ensuring that it will be done properly! Now that doesn’t leave much room for scandal now does it!?! (Not that the govt wouldn’t have a hand in anything that plays out anyway, regardless of it being in writing or not)

  4. All of our administrations have had something like this in place since the Cold War (Eisenhower). I agree that it is frightening, but it only reflects the increased power of the US Presidency since the end of World War II.

  5. Seen from the outside, as a non american, It is really worrying what the people of the US are willing to accept. Land of the free anyone? Sheeeshhh…..

  6. Fluff, from inside the US, as an American, I don’t like this a little bit, and am not willing to accept it. But since the chance to vote is a few months away, (and he’s been know to steal those, anyway) the only thing I can do is complain in writing to my Democratic representatives, who seem to be only interested in taking away my recreational land and my guns. If they had balls, I think Dubya would own them.

    It’s not been the land of the free for a generation.

  7. Interesting…especially considering the theories that the last terrorist attack was allowed to happen.

    So, if another attack is allowed to happen, at the behest of Bush and his crew, then Bush gets to seize all authority?

    Anyone else see a problem here?

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