In addition to the illegal wiretapping and other abuses of freedom the Bush administration has undertaken, a political watchdog group called the Center for Research on Globalization has pointed out that the White House released a directive called the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive on May 9th, 2007 in which George W. Bush declares that in the event of a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Catastrophic EmergencyÃ¢â‚¬Â,
“The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government. “
The language would create a Presidential dictatorship in the case of such an emergency by placing the executive branch in control of the coordination of the legislative and judicial branches – branches which constitutionally are equally empowered to the President.
The directive defines a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Catastrophic EmergencyÃ¢â‚¬Â as the follows:
“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;
The original article I read this at can be found here, although I wouldn’t call it a fair and balanced piece.
Still, there is reason to be concerned about this exertion of political power as it would shift the balance away from the original intent of the US Constitution. And it makes me really wonder why we haven’t heard about this from the mainstream media.
Where is CNN when we need them?