Not only is it the most powerful entity in the United States, but it was not even created under Constitutional law by the Congress.
It was a product of a series of Presidential Executive Orders.
Not the U.S. military nor the Central Intelligence Agency, which are SUPPOSEDLY subject to Congress, but FEMA , has the absolute power to suspend the Constitution!
FEMA stands for the 'Federal Emergency Management Agency'.
It was conceived during the Richard Nixon Administration, refined by President Jimmy Carter, then given teeth in the Ronald Reagan and George Bush Administrations.
Few people realize the incredible power that FEMA wields.
It has crept into even our private lives with some mortgage papers containing FEMA's name in small print if the property in question is near a flood plain.
FEMA has been given responsibility for many new disasters, including urban forest fires, home heating emergencies, refugee situations, urban riots, and emergency planning for nuclear and toxic incidents.
In the West, it works in conjunction with the Sixth Army.
FEMA has even been given control of a new entity, the "State Defense Forces", a questionable civilian army that will substitute for the National Guard, if the Guard is called to duty overseas.
And it has been, hasn't it?
FEMA was created in a series of Executive Orders.
A Presidential Executive Order, whether Constitutional or not, becomes law simply by its publication in the Federal Registry.
Congress is COMPLETELY by-passed.
Executive Order Number 12148 , ISSUED BY JIMMY CARTER, actually created the newly-named agency that "interfaces" with the Department of Defense for civil defense planning and funding.
An "emergency czar" was even appointed.
And still the citizenry didn't question this growing monster!
FEMA's creation allows the government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S. citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United States and grant the government the right to isolate large groups of civilians in a national emergency.
The National Guard could be federalized to seal all borders and take control of U.S. air space and all ports of entry.
As a CANDIDATE, Barack Obama said: "'We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives 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.'"
Well, as of 2012 the first class of that "civilian national security force" graduated, as if the I.C.E. [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] isn't enough of a "rogue group" to contend with!
See my post on this blog page titled "Constitution-FREE Zones".
There you will learn of the little-known power that ICE has in areas up to 100 miles from America's borders, where the Constitution does NOT apply to our rights.
Nothing has driven home for me, personally, the absolute authority of FEMA, its unbridled POWER, so much as a reading of "Colorado's Homeland Security Strategy", published on the 31st of March 2008.
It can still be found in PDF via the 'Wayback Machine' archives and read <HERE>.
In that document, on page 10, is a chart of how the power flows, should we face martial law, or some real or imagined "terrorist threat". It chilled me to the bone!
At the center of that chart is FEMA, and out of FEMA flows the ORDERS for everyone else. FEMA is placed squarely in the CENTER of that "flow chart".
The document states plainly that:
<<The FEMA National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) is directly tied to the National Operations Center (NOC) for national support, the Regional Response Coordination Centers (RRCC) for regional response and coordination, DOD’s US NORTHCOM Command Center and National Guard Bureau Joint Operations Center (JOC) supplying defense department assistance and a variety of other inter-agency, state, Colorado National Guard, and non-governmental organizations’ (NGO) emergency operations centers (EOC).>>
FEMA "MANAGES" THEM ALL!
The document goes on to state, also on page 10, that:
<<It is important to note that military commanders and responsible officials of DOD components and agencies are authorized, when time does not permit prior approval from higher headquarters and subject to supplemental direction, to take immediate actions in response to requests from domestic civil authorities in order to save lives, prevent human suffering, and mitigate great property damage.
No presidential declaration of a disaster and/or emergency is required.>>
Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution AND the Bill of Rights.
Some of these Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years.
[PLEASE NOTE: CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE FALLEN FOR, EXEC ORDERS ARE NUMBERED AND, NO, OBAMA HAS NOT SIGNED A BAZILLION OF THEM QUITE YET.]
DO GO TO THIS WEBSITE TO SEE FOR YOURSELVES WHICH PRESIDENT ISSUED WHICH "EOs".
FACTS CAN BE A SCARY THING, BUT DEAL WITH THEM.
WHO ISSUED THAT EXEC ORDER?
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 (ISSUED BY KENNEDY) allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 (ALSO ISSUED BY JFK) allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 (BY JFK) allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 (AGAIN, JFK) allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 (STILL JFK) allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 (JFK) allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 (JFK) designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 (JFK) allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 (JFK) allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 (JFK) allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 (JFK) specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 (LYNDON B. JOHNSON) grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 (JFK) assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 (Gerald R. Ford) allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency.
It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad, sweeping powers in EVERY aspect of this nation.
It does NOT answer to Congress, nor to the Supreme Court, nor even to the President ONCE SET INTO MOTION.
IT IS A POWER UNTO ITSELF.
FEMA has sometimes been called the "secret government" of the United States.
ANY WONDER NOW WHY?
It is NOT an elected body, it does NOT involve itself in public disclosures, and it even has a semi-secret budget of billions of dollars.
This government organization has more power than the President of the United States or the Congress.
It has the power to suspend laws, move entire populations, arrest and detain citizens without a warrant and hold them without trial, it can seize property, food supplies, transportation systems, and YES, YES IT CAN SUSPEND THE CONSTITUTION!
MARTIAL LAW IN AN INSTANT
In case you were unaware, martial law can be declared "during time of increased tension overseas, economic problems within the United States, such as an economic depression, civil unrest, such as demonstrations or scenes like the Los Angeles riots, and in a drug crisis".
It is vital for you to understand that, once a President declares martial law, that ALONE will suspend all constitutionally protected rights!
Citizens can be forcibly removed from their homes and placed in detainment centers; adults and children can be forcibly vaccinated; children can be removed from schools and taken to undisclosed locations until it is deemed safe for their returns; warrantless searches of person and property are permitted; confiscation of firearms is mandatory; personal property can be seized permanently, including homes and bank accounts; military force is allowed on domestic soil; citizens can be forcibly quarantined; and federal employees/authorities are exempt from prosecution for any of this conduct, should harm occur.
SIMPLY GO READ ALL THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS ASSOCIATED WITH FEMA, READ THE PATRIOT ACT, AND THE RECENTLY PASSED NDAA...IT'S IN THERE, IT'S IN ALL OF THESE!
This is not science fiction, not a "conspiracy theory".
These are well established plans, documented history, actual LAWS that exist RIGHT NOW.
There's one major problem with the above "legislation", Exec Orders, or "Emergency Preparedness": NONE of those documents defines “national emergency.”
It is DELIBERATELY vague and could apply to natural disasters, financial crises, civil unrest, or a health issue similar to 2009’s H1N1 flu epidemic that fizzled after it became clear that the resistance to the vaccination was too great to overcome at the time.
This will not always be the case.
The government is actively securing the necessary control measures for a complete "legal" lock-down of America once a national emergency is declared, whether natural, financial, or medical...real, or 'perceived' only!
HERE'S A MAJOR NEWSFLASH FOR YOU:
The United States has been in a state of national emergency continuously for over 30 years, since the Carter administration invoked it, premised on the "situation in Iran".
After 9/11, Bush2 cranked it up a notch.
In November 2012, President Barack Obama informed Congress that the State of National Emergency, in effect since November 14, 1979, will be extended ANOTHER year.
See for yourselves.
And go read this one from 2007, during the Bush2 reign.
To get your eyes open wider, read this:
The John W. Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2006 (PL 109-364) was signed October 17, 2006, by George W. Bush.
The Act "has a provocative provision called 'Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies'," the thrust of which "seems to be about giving the federal government a far stronger hand in coordinating responses to [Hurricane] Katrina-like disasters," Jeff Stein, CQ National Security Editor wrote December 1, 2006.
"But on closer inspection, its language alters the two-centuries-old Insurrection Act, which Congress passed in 1807 to LIMIT the president’s power to deploy troops within the United States ... 'to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy'," Stein wrote.
[Jeff Stein, "Fine Print in Defense Bill Opens Door to Martial Law," CQ.com, December 1, 2006.]
WHO STEPS IN THEN?
We have been in a State of National Emergency since November, 1979.
Under a national emergency, the Constitution, a la FEMA, can be suspended and Congress can't do a thing about it!
The "CRISIS", as the government now sees it, [and has, almost since its creation], is CIVIL UNREST.
For generations, the government CLAIMED it was concerned with nuclear war, but demonstrations that began during the Vietnam War era prompted Presidents Nixon and Johnson to change the direction of emergency powers from wartime to times of DOMESTIC unrest.
The enemy became the U.S. citizen and the field of battle is American streets.
Diana Reynolds, of the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Boston's Tufts University and program director of the Edward R. Murrow Center, summed up the dangers of FEMA today and the public reaction to Martial Law in a drug crisis:
"It was James Madison's worst nightmare that a righteous faction would someday be strong enough to sweep away the Constitutional restraints designed by the framers to prevent the tyranny of centralized power, excessive privilege, an arbitrary governmental authority over the individual.
These restraints, the balancing and checking of powers among branches and layers of government, and the civil guarantees, would be the first casualties in a drug-induced national security state with Reagan's Civil Emergency Preparedness unleashed.
Nevertheless, there would be those who would welcome NSC (National Security Council) into the drug fray, believing that increasing state police powers to emergency levels is the only way left to fight America's enemy within.
In the short run, a national security state would probably be a relief to those whose personal security and quality of life has been diminished by drugs or drug related crime.
And, as the general public watches the progression of institutional chaos and social decay, they too may be willing to pay the ultimate price, one drug free America for 200 years of democracy."
[Source: “The Rise of the National Security State: FEMA and the NSC.” Publiceye.org. 1990]
YES, VIRGINIA, "BOOGER-MONSTERS" ARE CREATED DAILY TO KEEP YOU AFRAID, VERY AFRAID. BECAUSE, IF YOU ARE AFRAID, YOU WILL AGREE WITH EXTREME MEASURES TO KEEP YOU SAFE, LIKE GIVING UP YOUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY, TO BE ARMED, TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.
But FEMA was NOT the first attempt to subjugate the populace and replace our Congress and our constitution with a 'federal agency'.
In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the '5412 Committee' to keep a check on the CIA's covert activities.
The committee (also called the Special Group) included the CIA director, the national security adviser, and the deputy secretaries at State and Defense and had the responsibility to decide whether covert actions were "proper" and in the national interest. It was also decided to include Richard B. Russell, chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.
Allen W. Dulles would later admit, because of "plausible deniability", planned covert actions were NOT referred to the 5412 Committee.
[Well, if you make the foxes part of the plan to guard the hen-house, you'll come up missing hens every time.]
But Ike got a taste of how powerful the "shadow government" could be. It rattled him and he issued a warning to the American people, much as Wilson had, much as JFK would later.
On Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower gave the nation a dire warning about what he described as a threat to democratic government.
He called it the military-industrial complex, a formidable union of defense contractors and the armed forces.
Ultimately, Eisenhower became concerned that CIA covert activities were being poorly coordinated with American foreign policy and maybe even being worked primarily for senior corporate interests centered on upper-class families of the North-Eastern Establishment.
JFK also issued a very similar warning.
WHY HAVE THESE PRESIDENTS BEEN SO CONCERNED OVER WHAT THEY FOUND LURKING IN THE SHADOWS?
WHY AREN'T WE CONCERNED?
SHOULDN'T WE BE?
THINK ON THAT!
Further reading and other sources:
-The Rise of the National Security State: FEMA and the NSC: A STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY
- Berenson, Alex and Timothy Williams. “New Orleans Begins Confiscating Firearms as Water Recedes” New York Times. 8 September 2005
- Turley, Jonathan. “Camps for Citizens: Ashcroft’s Hellish Vision” Los Angeles Times. 14 August 2002
- The Library of Congress. Military Commissions Act of 2006. 17 October 2007 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:S.3930
- FM 3-19.40 (formerly FM 19-40). Military Police Internment/Resettlement Operations, Headquarters, Department of the Army, August 1, 2001. Includes sections on "Protection of Captives and Detainees" and "Protection of Enemy Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees" as they pertain to a military operation. Another copy posted on Global Security website.
- Army Regulation 210–35. Installations. Civilian Inmate Labor Program, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC, January 14, 2005: "This regulation provides guidance for establishing and managing civilian inmate labor programs on Army installations. It provides guidance on establishing prison camps on Army installations. It addresses recordkeeping and reporting incidents related to the Civilian Inmate Labor Program and/or prison camp administration."
- Tanya L. Green, J.D., "Executive Orders. A Blueprint for Dictatorship?" Millenium-Ark.net, March 30, 2000.
- Chardy, Alfonso. “Reagan Aides and the ‘Secret’ Government.” The Miami Herald. 5 July 1987
Case No. C-02-3444 SI: "John Gilmore vs. John Ashcroft, et al., filed in United States District Court, Northern District of California, July 18, 2002, posted at freetotravel.org: "On July 4, 2002, Plaintiff tried to fly to Washington, DC to petition the government for redress of grievances and to associate with others for that purpose. He was stopped because he refused to identify himself before boarding the flight. ... When he asked the airline officials why, they told him the government required that the airlines ask for ID, but they could point him to no law or regulation to support their demand. That is because no such regulation has been published. For the first time in this Nation's history, the US government is using secret regulations to restrict First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. ... Plaintiff objects to any requirement that he produce any government-issued document, whether it contains his identity or not, as a precondition of exercising his constitutional right to live or travel within the United States. Such 'internal passports' are anathema to a free society."
- Article originally published by the Geopolitical Monitor on the 20th of September 2007 and cross-posted by GR on January 10, 2008. "US FEMA Detainment Camps"
- Nina Bernstein, Crime Database Misused for Civil Issues, Suit Says, New York Times, December 17, 2003: "The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are unlawfully using a national crime database to get local police departments to enforce civil immigration laws."
- Edward Wenk, Jr., Threats to Democracy at Code-Red Level, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 31, 2003.
- Dave Lindorff, "Black Helicopters? The GOP's Police State," CounterPunch, May 21/22, 2005.
- Brian Ross and Vic Walter, "Exclusive: Report Says FBI Violated Patriot Act Guidelines," The Blotter Blog/ABC News, March 8, 2007.
- SourceWatch articles and external articles related to Patriot Act abuses.