Do you remember these astonishing words uttered by Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign? On July 2, 2008, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Obama deviated from his pre-released speech script and said the following:
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
Obama never explained what he meant by those unsettling words. But Rahm Emanuel, who is Obama’s White House Chief of Staff, did say in a 2006 interview with the New York Daily News that all Americans aged 18-25 should be inducted into “universal civil defense training” — in effect, a civilian military corps. Emanuel’s idea is also contained in his co-authored book, The Plan. Here’s the audio of the interview:
All of which is evocative of the Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth Movement) and Soviet Union’s Leninist Young Pioneers. What Obama proposed in his Colorado Springs speech also just happens to be against a federal law, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. Here’s what wikipedia says:
The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention… of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (today the Army, Air Force, and State National Guard forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain “law and order” on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) within the United States.
The statute generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. The Coast Guard is exempt from the Act during peacetime.
It is those words of Obama in Colorado Springs that should raise concerns about news that he has issued an Executive Order to create a Council of Governors, comprised of ten hand-picked state governors and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, to “advise” on “homeland security” and “military activities” within the United States. Recall that last April, a leaked DHS internal memo identified as “potential terrorists,” not radical Islamists such as Fort Hood jihadist murderer Nidal Malik Hasan, but veterans, conservatives, Christians, pro-lifers, and pro-2nd Amendment Americans!
More distressing still is the fact that this Council of Governors, like Obama’s many “czars,” is a done deal by virtue of the fact that the Council is a creation of a presidential executive order, which does not require the scrutiny and approval of Congress.
WAKE UP, AMERICANS! WAKE UP!
President Obama by executive order has established a new “Council of Governors” designated to advise on the “synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities in the United States.” The recent order, posted on the White House website, was accompanied by the explanation that the group is to work “to protect our nation against all types of hazards.” It comes just weeks after the president issue a similarly obscure order vastly expanding INTERPOL’s privileges in the U.S.
However, there was no definition of what would be included in the group’s authority. Can the council recommend “military activities” and can the governors, who already are in command of their own state guard units, mandate activities outside of their areas of jurisdiction? The White House did not respond to WND questions on the issue.
The previous order regarding INTERPOL caused concern for some in the U.S. because it exempts the international police force from such oversight as the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. At the ThreatsWatch.org website, authors Steve Schippert and Clyde Middleton said Obama’s order will lead to further erosions of American sovereignty. “In light of what we know and can observe, it is our logical conclusion that President Obama’s Executive Order amending President Ronald Reagans’ 1983 EO 12425 and placing INTERPOL above the United States Constitution and beyond the legal reach of our own top law enforcement is a precursor to more damaging moves,” they wrote. “When the paths on the road map converge – Iraq withdrawal, Guantánamo closure, perceived American image improved internationally, and an empowered INTERPOL in the United States – it is probable that President Barack Obama will once again make America a signatory to the International Criminal Court. It will be a move that surrenders American sovereignty to an international body whose INTERPOL enforcement arm has already been elevated above the Constitution and American domestic law enforcement,” they said. “For an added and disturbing wrinkle, INTERPOL’s central operations office in the United States is within our own Justice Department offices. They are American law enforcement officers working under the aegis of INTERPOL within our own Justice Department. That they now operate with full diplomatic immunity and with ‘inviolable archives’ from within our own buildings should send red flags soaring into the clouds,” they said.
The new governors panel, which the White House said was called for in the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, will include 10 governors picked by the president as well as the Coast Guard commandant and other officials from the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies.
The White House announcement said the council “will provide an invaluable senior administration forum for exchanging views with state and local officials on strengthening our national resilience and the homeland defense and civil support challenges facing our nation today and in the future.”
Los Angeles Times blogger Andrew Malcolm poked fun at the announcement, writing Obama “has determined that, a) there is an insufficient number of advisory bodies among the gazillion already in existence for the federal government in general and said president and his White House specifically.” Obama also, Malcolm said, “chooses to ignore the existence of the National Governors Assn., the Republican Governors Assn., the Democratic Governors Assn. and the secure telephones within arms-reach of virtually everywhere said president chooses to sit and/or recline. Ultimately, he said, Obama has decided, “One more meaningless advisory body probably couldn’t hurt anything, and might actually look good.”
At Canada Free Press, commentary writer Judi McLeod said, “Like the 30-plus czars running America with neither the people’s nor the congress’s blessings, the Council of Governors is already a done deal.”
Blogger Nicholas Contompasis suggested it was the “first step towards martial law in America” because it sets up the “use of federal troops and the combination of state and federal agencies under the Defense Department.” Participants on his forum page said the order appears to be in defiance of posse comitatus, which restricts U.S. military action within the United States. One contributor noted the order talks about “hazards” but then addresses only military hazards. “The very notion of the executive branch (good intentions or not) issuing executive orders/presidential directives that apply to anything or anyone not specifically within the executive branch is tyrannical,” the forum participant said.