Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Fourth Branch of Government

President Obama, much aided by a media blackout on the subject, has signed an Executive Order, the documentation of which conspicuously bears no identifying number, which creates an entity known as "the Council".

The Council is made up of ten governors, appointed by the President, which shall meet with the intention to "... exchange views, information, or advice with the Secretary of Defense; the Secretary of Homeland Security; the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs; the Commander, United States Northern Command; the Chief, National Guard Bureau; the Commandant of the Coast Guard;" etc, etc,.

The ten Council members are to serve terms of two years, and may be reappointed to additional terms. No more than five of the members may be of the same political party, and the two co-chairs of the Council must be of different parties as well. No one is compensated for this service in the Council, except for travel expenses.

Now, what exactly do they discuss at these Council sessions?

"(A) Matters involving the National Guard of the various states; (B) homeland defense; (C) civil support; (D) synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and (E) other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities."

The Council is also expected to write up a "charter" for this organization, officially declaring its creation and purpose.

This is basically the most unconstitutional piece of work since the PATRIOT Act, as it flauntingly violates Posse Commitatus, and possibly Article IV, Section I of the U.S. Constitution (if the proceedings of the meetings are not immediately disclosed to the several states); it also violates the inviolable separation of powers between federal and state authority.

As the exclusive members of this entity are the executive officers of individually sovereign states, meeting to discuss matters of federal and national importance places "the Council" in a position of wielding unprecedented powers and authority which are unmatched, unrivaled, and basically unchecked by the three, mutual branches of government, thus creating, unofficially, the fourth branch of U.S. government.


Johann Van De Leeuw said...

It just gets worse.
Keep your powder dry,

Liberty said...

This move is actually authorized by a previous bill National Defense Authorization for 2008, Public Law 110-181) (Link is in PDF form)

The President shall establish a bipartisan Council of Governors
to advise the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland
Security, and the White House Homeland Security Council on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions."

So the blame doesn't all lie on President Obama's shoulders. ;)

AdamS said...

Combine that with this:

These guys are insane. They are really going to try and set up a militarised police state in a country with 100 million gun owners (and an Army full of Oath Keepers)? It's surely no contest?...

Son3 said...

Amen, Johann.

Actually, Liberty, while a "Council of Governors" is brought up in that legislation, it does not limit the number of governors in the Council to ten. In fact, a plain reading of the text and context would lead to the understanding that all governors were to be members of that body, or at least those willing to attend. Good point, though; tyranny is bipartisan.

AdamS, I have great hope that the people will remain galvanized enough to see through a Republican dictator in 2012 so we can end these shenanigans. DVDs won't win this one for us, I'm afraid.

Son3 said...

By the way, President Bush signed the NDA 2008 law.

Bush burned the Constitution, and Obama is dancing on its ashes.

The Rattler said...

Not to doubt you, I had to google it.

Oh crap.

I need another beer. Be free my friend.

Son3 said...

Yes, a stiff swig of Sam Adams will lighten the burden of tyranny, if you know what I mean... and I think you do.

Free your soul to the Lord, buddy, where His spirit is, there is liberty.

The Rattler said...

Jesus said wherever two or more are gathered in HIS name, ask what you will and it will be granted. A prayer amongst believers on an internet blog I believe still counts. "God, may Your hand surround our nation. May You show favor on us even though we have spoiled this precious gift from You called America. Search our hearts God and convict us so we as a nation may be a Light unto the world. And to look to You. We ask your forgiveness. We ask for Pat Robertson's forgiveness for being an ass. In Your name. Amen"

Son3 said...

*NOTE: The above comment's impolite language got by my filter because I found it quite hilarious. Please do not take this as a precedent.*

The Rattler said...

S3 I will make a point to filter myself before quoting such things. I figured since it is the same spelling as in my Bible it was permissible.

I always enjoy stopping by the land of oz. Living in the land of California, also known as pel***(filtered)***osiville, I look forward to the day I can have my own exodus and reach the promise land.

Son3 said...

Quite so... are you a good witch or a bad witch?

(Not a witch at all, I hope...)

Yes, it is spelled the same in my Bible, though I don't recall the context and meaning being the same - animal or knucklehead. :)

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