Because this writing is delivered to you via the Internet, I’m guessing you’re probably sitting down right now as you read these words. You’re on your phone, laptop or tablet, and (again, just guessing here), and right now, the world around you must seem calm enough, if you’re able to focus enough to read.
It’s odd for the world around us to seem so peaceful when we’re in a state of national emergency…
Wait, haven’t you heard?
The US has been in a state of emergency since the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. It was declared by George W. Bush and ex-President Obama extended it.
What is the exact reason for this extension, since it has been about 16 years already and the USA has world’s strongest military power?
The answer is, the President is given more powers when a state of emergency is declared.
Then-President Obama extended Bush’s Proclamation 7463 for the 16th consecutive year, giving him broad powers over the organization of the military for at least another year. Among them: the ability to call up the national guard and deploy those troops overseas.
The emergency also gives the President — and his successor — the authority to “suspend the operation of any provision of law relating to the promotion, involuntary retirement, or separation of commissioned officers” of the armed forces. And he can appoint an unlimited number of new one- or two-star generals, waiving promotion requirements and legal limits on the number of officers.
Donald Trump once suggested he would use his authority as President to replace top generals, saying he would seek the advice of generals on the Islamic State, but “they’d probably be different generals, to be honest with you.”
Under the National Emergencies Act, national emergencies expire after a year, unless the president renews them by notifying Congress.
Congress is also required to meet every six months to consider whether to revoke each state of emergency. In 40 years of the National Emergencies Act, Congress has never done so — and only seriously threatened it once.
There are now 32 states of national emergency pending in the United States, with the oldest being a 1979 emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter to impose sanctions during the Iran hostage crisis. Most are used to impose economic sanctions — mostly as a formality, because Congress requires it under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
One of those things that makes you think?
Together We Can Survive Anything,
P.S. The following message is highly controversial, but it’s a message all Americans (especially those aged 55+) deserve to hear.
This kind of knowledge could easily be called “surprising”, “controversial,” and even “unfair.”