Does the Federal Government have the legal authority to take control and
directly rule the United States? The shocking answer is YES. The U.S. military
action in Yugoslavia and the Middle East could trigger certain federal statutes
and presidential executive orders which would empower a national takeover. Check
these facts for yourself.
Executive Power Over "Energy"
Congress in 1950 gave the President the power "to allocate materials,
services, and facilities ... to such extent as he shall deem necessary or
appropriate to promote the national defense." Under this Defense Production
Act, the President "by rule or order" may "control the
distribution" of goods and services in the civilian sector, so long as he
issues a "finding" that these things are "scarce, critical, and
essential" to maintain or expand the "energy supplies" of the
To invoke this power, the President must make a "finding." A
finding is just a paper document that gives explanations.
The President can authorize his cabinet Secretaries to independently wield
his power. Executive Order 12919 gave key cabinet Secretaries the legal
authority to "allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed
necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense." The Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will resolve any conflicts between the edicts
of these appointed commissars.
Executive Power over "Foreign" Interests
Congress gave the President more power with the International Emergency
Economic Powers Act. Under this IEEPA, the President may issue regulations to
"investigate, regulate, direct and compel, nullify ... any acquisition,
holding, ... use, transfer, ... [or] transactions involving any property in
which any foreign country or [citizen]" has an interest. Under this Act,
huge industries can be halted, and private property "frozen" -- merely
because a targeted foreign national owns some small part of that industry or
The President can exercise these IEEPA powers "to deal with any unusual
and extraordinary threat" to the national security or economy, if that
threat in any way comes from outside the U.S. The President simply declares a
"national emergency" and he gets these sweeping powers. Whatever the
President deems to be an "unusual and extraordinary threat" will be
enough to justify his use of the IEEPA.
Executive Order for "Emergency Preparedness"
Under Executive Order 11490, the President can take control of nearly every
industry, resource, facility and person in the United States. This concentration
of powers in the hands of the President was originally explained by the threat
of "a massive nuclear attack." A nuclear attack is not necessary,
however. To implement this Order, there needs only to be a "national
emergency type situation" and an act of Congress or an "order or
directive issued by the President."
This Order directs all of the Cabinet Departments and the major agencies to
develop plans to control their respective function areas. Banking and financial
markets, electric and atomic power, communications, transportation, agriculture,
health care and labor all fall under federal control. The plans are already
developed -- now all they need is an "emergency."
Stay Alert, Stay Armed
We can't blame one president or one political party for the federal power
grab. These laws and orders stretch over decades. To deter federal power abuse,
every peaceful freedom-loving citizen should own a serious firearm and be
adequately trained. Only individual citizens, knowledgeable about their rights,
armed individually and united in action, can prevent a potential federal
- 50 U.S. Code Appendix § 2071(a)-(c).
- 3 U.S. Code § 301.
- EO 12919, June 3, 1994, § 201.
- 50 U.S. Code §§ 1701(a)-(b), 1702(a).
- EO 11490, 34 Fed. Reg. 17567-17599, Oct. 30, 1969.
Originally appeared in "Shotgun News".
Richard Stevens is a contributor to KeepAndBearArms.com from time to time.
His work with Jews for the
Preservation of Firearms Ownership has received wide acclaim. All gun owners
are encouraged to read his book: Dial
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