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  Another sign of the time and a diminishment of freedom.

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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), was signed into United States law on December 31, 2011, by President Barack Obama, cunningly covered under the auspices of ‘Peace Time Martial Law at the discretion of this one man.’

Why The NDAA Bill is Even Scarier Than You Thought

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 passed the Senate with a 98-0 vote. The NDAA is a huge federal law that among other things specifies the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense.

As  large as life this Executive Order  H.R. 1540, was posted on the WhiteHouse.gov web site on Friday, March 16, 2012. The Executive Order expands upon the ‘Defense Production Act of 1950‘ for the ‘National Defense Resources Preparedness.

In a nutshell, it’s the blueprint for Peacetime Martial Law and it gives the president the power to take just about anything deemed necessary for “National Defense”, whatever they decide that is. It’s peacetime, because as the title of the order says, it’s for “Preparedness.”  A copy of the entire order follows the end of this story.

Under this order the heads of these cabinet level positions; Agriculture, Energy, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Defense and Commerce can take food, livestock, fertilizer, farm equipment, all forms of energy, water resources, all forms of civil transportation (meaning any vehicles, boats, planes), and any other materials, including construction materials from wherever they are available.

Specifically, the government is allowed to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate.  They decide what necessary or appropriate means.

Kent Welton writes: “This allows for the giving away of USA assets and subsidies to private companies:  (b)  provide for the modification or expansion of privately owned facilities, including the modification or improvement of production processes, when taking actions under sections 301, 302, or 303 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2091, 2092, 2093; and (c)  sell or otherwise transfer equipment owned by the Federal Government and installed under section 303(e) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093(e), to the owners of such plants, factories, or other industrial facilities.”

What happens if the government decides it needs all these things to be prepared, even if there is no war?  You likely won’t be able to walk into a store to purchase virtually anything because it will all be requisitioned, “rationed” and controlled by the government.  Construction materials, food like meat, butter and sugar, anything imported, parts, tires and fuel for vehicles, clothing, etc. will likely become unobtainable, or at least very scarce.  How many things are even made here in the USA any more?

A bit of history…  During WWII, price stabilization didn’t begin until May of 1942, which froze prices on nearly all every day goods and rationing started in 1943. Why would the government want to control everything before a war?

Will there be rationing under this kind of system or human microchips?

What better way to control the movement and actions of the populace…

       … and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day                    comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you in that day…- Samuel 8:17-18

                             

Under this new Executive Order, cabinet heads are authorized to loan money, offer loan guarantees and even subsidize payments at above market rates (no bid contracts?) for whatever they need.  This could make Solyndra or Halliburton look like Junior Achievement.  Nothing like a war will generate these kinds of huge profits for the corporate “partners” and you can bet the bankers and contractors are already lining up for this one—because under this order no war is even required!

In a crisis situation, the government will be able to take whatever they need, print money to get whatever they want and distribute it as they see fit for the benefit of a “war effort” or the politically connected corporations and individuals.  All other contracts except those for employment are superseded by this executive order, it’s all here in black and white.

Specifically, it orders:

“to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense.

The order is not limited to wartime implementation, as one of the order’s functions includes the command and control of resources in peacetime determinations.

Section 101.  Purpose. This order delegates authorities and addresses national defense resource policies and programs under the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (the “Act”).

(b)  assess on an ongoing basis the capability of the domestic industrial and technological base to satisfy requirements in peacetime and times of national emergency, specifically evaluating the availability of the most critical resource and production sources, including subcontractors and suppliers, materials, skilled labor, and professional and technical personnel; – White House

Additionally, each cabinet under the Executive Branch has been given specific powers when the order is executed, and include the absolute control over food, water, and other resource distributions.

Sec. 201.  Priorities and Allocations Authorities.  (a) The authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071, to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, is delegated to the following agency heads:

(1)  the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;

(2)  the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;

(3)  the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;

(4)  the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;

(5)  the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and

(6)  the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.

(e)  “Food resources” means all commodities and products, (simple, mixed, or compound), or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put, at all stages of processing from the raw commodity to the products thereof in vendible form for human or animal consumption.  “Food resources” also means potable water packaged in commercially marketable containers, all starches, sugars, vegetable and animal or marine fats and oils, seed, cotton, hemp, and flax fiber, but does not mean any such material after it loses its identity as an agricultural commodity or agricultural product.

Executive Orders created for national defense and national preparedness are not new in American history, but in each instance they brought about a Constitutional crisis that nearly led standing Presidents to hold dictatorial power over the citizenry.  During the Civil War, President Lincoln halted freedom of speech and freedom of the press, while at the same time revoking Habeas Corpus and the right to a fair trial under the sixth amendment.  During World War I, when Congress refused to grant Woodrow Wilson extended power over resources to help the war effort, he invoked an Executive Order which allowed him complete control over businesses, industry, transportation, food, and other economic policies.   

In both cases, it was only after the death of each President that full Constitutional powers were restored to the citizens of the United States.

The economy of the United States is based on the free flow of resources, energy, and the rights of consumers to buy and sell as they see fit.  Any interference in this economic process quickly leads to shortages, rising prices, and civil unrest.  The purpose of President Obama signing this new Executive Order is yet unclear to some, however, it may coincide with information coming out of Israel that plans for a tactical or strategic strike on Iran. Oil prices in Europe rose over $3 a barrel for Brent crude after the Israeli actions, and US oil prices rose $2 for WTI.

The Obama administration is preparing for a long drawn out war in the Middle East, or at the very least, an expected and manufactured crisis (i.e. ISIS = Israeli , U.S. and NATO Manufactured Terror) that will require the need to override Constitutional authority and claim dominion over all resources in the United States under the guise of national defense. With the rise in Disaster Preparedness growing for both individuals and states leading up to Obama’s Executive Order, the mood of the nation points strongly towards some event or disaster that will require massive preparations on a national as well as local scale, like the U.S. manufacturing of an Ebola outbreak.

It’s All About Control!

The National Defense Resources Preparedness (NDRP) allows members of Obama’s Cabinet to take resources such as livestock, water, fuel, farm equipment, vehicles, planes, boats, food and just about anything the government thinks it needs for “defense preparedness.”   I am just skimming the surface here as there are many more details in the order.  (Click here for the complete Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness – NDRP.)  Many are calling this a setup for peacetime martial law.  After reading the Executive Order, I don’t see how anyone could disagree with this statement, it’s All About Control!

This is an extension of the Patriot Act, which Congress basically traded liberty for so-called security.  But when you look at several of the government’s big power grabbing moves, you can’t help but ask, what are they getting ready for?  Is it a Middle East war that will probably turn into world war?  Is it another financial meltdown worse than the one in 2008? I think it’s both.

On the war question, I have written many posts that say war is a “when” not an “if” scenario. Even our master, Israeli and it’s evil Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said he did not need the approval of the U.S. to attack Iran.  Iran has said it has the right to strike first if it feels necessary, and I agree.

The world hasn’t been this close to a global war since the late 1930’s. War would plunge the world into a deep depression so fast that many could be wiped out financially literally overnight.

Another financial meltdown is not just probable but highly likely. In my opinion, and many experts, another financial crash is also a question of “when” and not “if.”  The Fed pumped out $16 trillion in the wake of the last meltdown, and it has frozen interest rates at near 0% through 2014. Talk of a so-called “recovery” is preposterous with a record of at least 46.5 million Americans on food stamps and declining home values despite near record low mortgage rates. Sure, the stock market has doubled since 2009, but it was cut in half after the 2008 meltdown. How is anyone making money? Charles Biderman of the Wall Street research firm ‘TrimTabs,’ recently said, ‘the increase in stocks came mainly from trillions of dollars of new money printed by the Fed.  

Shouldn’t this have fixed the economy?  Shouldn’t the banks be able to go back to “mark to market” accounting and not value real estate and mortgage-backed securities at whatever the bankers think they will fetch/steal in the distant future?  No way is that going to happen because nothing is fixed from the last meltdown. The failing economy was just papered over with trillions of freshly printed dollars.’

Economist Dr. Marc Faber of gloomboomdoom.com agrees the economy has been propped up by money printing, but that will not stop a financial crash forever.  In a recent interview, he said, “. . . I think eventually the financial system will be an MF Global where you don’t get your money back from the banks and the investment banks and from the mutual funds and so forth and so on. And, so I think everybody has to think to himself, how do I protect myself against such a black swan event.”  (Click here for the complete interview from ChrisMartenson.com)  Dr. Faber is recommending physical gold and silver as portfolio insurance.  (FYI, Faber also recommended buying stocks in 2009, at the very bottom of the last financial meltdown.)

The stock market is not the only part of the economy facing a crash.  Star banking analyst Meredith Whitney says there is a “tidal wave” of municipal bond defaults coming.  MoneyNews.com reported, “In late 2010, Whitney told 60 Minutes that municipal defaults could run up into the hundreds of billions of dollars although that hasn’t happened. Maybe not officially, but insolvency is a deepening problem, and defaults are still on the way. . . . So there’s been every effort on the part of the states to prevent this tidal wave of defaults, which is going to happen sooner or later. It’s happening at an accelerating pace. . . .You’re either willing to see it or you’ll shut your eyes, and if people want to tell me, ‘Oh, I was wrong,’ because this hasn’t played out, stay tuned.”  (Click here for more on the story.) 

I’m betting Ms. Whitney is right, and I think the government is betting the same way.  Maybe our leaders feel they have to make all of these liberty killing moves to maintain the union in a financial catastrophe. Maybe the government sees an ominous world war on the horizon. Whatever it sees, it is definitely not good times ahead, and it can’t be that far away. The moves the government has made are not for liberty and freedom–it’s all about control.

Fed_gov_stealing_landSackett v. EPA: How One Couple’s Battle Against the Feds

Here is the story of Chantell and Mike Sackett, a couple who have been trying to fight the federal governments takeover of their land. Today the supreme court has finally ruled on whether property owners have a right to meaningful judicial review when the EPA seizes control of their property.

How the Nightmare began:

The whole ordeal started back in 2005 when Mike and Chantell Sackett bought a small .63 acre parcel of land with the intent to build a three-bedroom family home. The lot was in a residential area with a number of existing homes. The Sacketts obtained all the needed permits, followed all the local laws and then started work on their new home.

Just when the couple thought they had realized their dream of owning a home, they were devastated by EPA who told the couple to stop building.  Without judicial hearings or notice, the EPA claimed that the Sacketts property sat on protected wetlands and ordered them to return the land to its native condition or face enormous fines. The EPA then demanded payments of over a quarter of a million dollars to “request” permission from the U.S. government to build on their own land.

Armed with what they believed to be proof that the land was not “wetlands,” the Sacketts tried to challenge the EPA’s claim. To their surprise the EPA denied their request and the Ninth Circuit ruled that they had no right to immediate judicial review.

Supreme Court rules land owners have the right to fight

After years of battling the EPA and racking up over one-hundred million dollars in fines, I am happy to report that the Supreme court finally ruled in the Sacketts favor. The Supreme Court held that landowners have a right to direct, meaningful judicial review if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency effectively seizes control of their property by declaring it to be “wetlands.”

While we are happy for the Sacketts, this ordeal is far from over. The ruling today will allow for judicial review, but the Sacketts will still have to fight this battle out in the courts.

HERE ARE MORE LINKS TO STORIES ABOUT THIS SUBJECT:

NDAA Resources:

H.R. 1540GovTrack.us

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 31, 2011.

Introduced
Apr 14, 2011
Reported by Committee
May 11, 2011
Passed House
May 26, 2011
View Vote Result »
Passed Senate with Changes
Dec 1, 2011

Vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Conference Report Agreed to by House
Dec 14, 2011
View Vote Result »
Conference Report Agreed to by Senate
Dec 15, 2011
View Vote Result »
Enacted — Signed by the President
Dec 31, 2011

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See also

the unconstitutionality of Obama’s Predator Drones – “Targeted Killings of US Citizens and the UN ARMS TRADE TREATY.

Obama signs NDAA 2013 without objecting to indefinite

Dictator is as dictator does… | News for those with Eyes to

Government takeover of the Land of the Free?

Obama Executive Order: Peacetime Martial Law! – Canada

National Defense Resources PreparednessNDRP Order

Dollar and America on the Road to Ruin

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