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Some people have referred to it as the "secret government" of the
United States. It is not an elected body, it does not involve itself in public
disclosures, and it even has a quasi-secret budget in the 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 can
suspend the Constitution. Not only is it the most powerful entity in the
United States, but it was not even created under Constitutional law by the
Caongress. It was a product of a Presidential Executive Order. No, it is not the
U.S. Military nor the Central Intelligence Agency, they are subject to Congress.
The organization is called FEMA, which stands for the Federal Emergency
Management Agency. Originally conceived in the Richard Nixon Administration, it
was refined by President Jimmy Carter and given teeth in the Ronald Reagan and
George Bush Administrations. FEMA had one original concept when it was created,
to assure the survivability of the United States government in the event of a
nuclear attack on this nation. It was also provided with the task of being a
federal coordinating body during times of domestic disasters, such as
earthquakes, floods and hurricanes. Its awesome powers grow under the tutelage
of people like Lt. Col. Oliver North and General Richard Secord, the architects
on the Iran-Contra scandal and the looting of America's savings and loan
institutions. FEMA has even been given control of the State Defense Forces, a
rag-tag, often considered neo-Nazi, civilian army that will substitute for the
National Guard, if the Guard is called to duty overseas.
THE MOST POWERFUL
ORGANIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES
Though it may be the most
powerful organization in the United States, few people know it even exists. But
it has crept into our private lives. Even mortgage papers contain FEMA's name in
small print if the property in question is near a flood plain. FEMA was deeply
involved in the Los Angeles riots and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San
Francisco Bay Area. Some of the black helicopter traffic reported throughout the
United States, but mainly in the West, California, Washington, Arizona, New
Mexico, Texas and Colorado, are flown by FEMA personnel. 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 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 by-passed. Executive Order Number 12148 created the
Federal Emergency Management Agency that is to interface with the Department of
Defense for civil defense planning and funding. An "emergency czar" was
appointed. FEMA has only spent about 6 percent of its budget on national
emergencies, the bulk of their funding has been used for the construction of
secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a
major emergency, foreign or domestic. Executive Order Number 12656
appointed the National Security Council as the principal body that should
consider emergency powers. This 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. The National Guard could be federalized to seal all
borders and take control of U.S. air space and all ports of entry.
Here are just a few
Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution and
the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30
years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government
to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government
to seize and control the communication media.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government
to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government
to seize all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or
vehicles of any kind and total control over all highways, seaports, and
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 10999 allows the government
to take over all food resources and farms.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government
to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government
to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the
Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government
to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 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
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government
to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 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 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 assigns emergency
preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21
operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 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 powers in
every aspect of the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA's Civil
Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA's role as a
"new frontier in the protection of individual and governmental leaders from
assassination, and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or
attack, as well as prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to
U.S. opinion, or a global audience in times of crisis." FEMA's powers were
consolidated by President Carter to incorporate:
- the National Security Act of 1947, which allows for the strategic
relocation of industries, services, government and other essential
economic activities, and to rationalize the requirements for manpower,
resources and production facilities;
- the 1950 Defense Production Act, which gives the President sweeping
powers over all aspects of the economy;
- the Act of August 29, 1916, which authorizes the Secretary of the
Army, in time of war, to take possession of any transportation system
for transporting troops, material, or any other purpose related to the
- the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which enables the
President to seize the property of a foreign country or national. These
powers were transferred to FEMA in a sweeping consolidation in 1979.