Obama Executive Order Expands Homeland Security Into State & Local Areas

Barack Obama signed a new Executive Order on October 26 which will expand the role and power of the Department of Homeland Security under Secretary Janet Napolitano. The order establishes a new Security Partnership Council that will have tremendous effects for state and local areas that interact with DHS.

The Executive Order's purpose is stated as:

The purpose of this order is to maximize the Federal Government's ability to develop local partnerships in the United States to support homeland security priorities. Partnerships are collaborative working relationships in which the goals, structure, and roles and responsibilities of the relationships are mutually determined. Collaboration enables the Federal Government and its partners to use resources more efficiently, build on one another's expertise, drive innovation, engage in collective action, broaden investments to achieve shared goals, and improve performance. Partnerships enhance our ability to address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.

The National Security Strategy emphasizes the importance of partnerships, underscoring that to keep our Nation safe "we must tap the ingenuity outside government through strategic partnerships with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and community-based organizations. Such partnerships are critical to U.S. success at home and abroad, and we will support them through enhanced opportunities for engagement, coordination, transparency, and information sharing." This approach recognizes that, given the complexities and range of challenges, we must institutionalize an all-of-Nation effort to address the evolving threats to the United States.

Kenneth Schortgen, Jr. at the Examiner writes,

Since it's creation in 2001 from the aftermath of 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security has expanded its authority over states, communities, and law enforcement each year. From expanding TSA responsibilities over airport transportation to now include trains, subways, and even highway checkpoints, to new regulations in how border control agents function in immigration conflicts, Homeland Security is one of the fastest growing government agencies in the past decade.

Through creating a new Steering Committee in partnership with how Homeland Security missions, directives, and programs are implemented in state and local levels, the fine line between state sovereignty and the need protect the country from disaster and terror attacks is becoming smaller every day. Over the past few years Homeland Security grants to local law enforcement have led to a militarization of police and public safety, and new drone technology is being used in criminal investigations outside the scope of national security.

In a little more than a decade, the Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with its underlying and partnering Federal agencies, have infiltrated nearly every community in America. This new Executive Order, which expands the scope of the agency and gives it greater power in state and local partnerships, will mean greater loss of freedoms and liberties to both the states and citizens as the Federal government imposes greater authority over what should remain state sovereignty scope and missions.

A new Council and Steering Committee is created in this executive order. According to the EO, the Council membership will be:

(i) Pursuant to the nomination process established in subsection (b)(ii) of this section, the Council shall be composed of Federal officials who are from field offices of the executive departments, agencies, and bureaus (agencies) that are members of the Steering Committee established in subsection (c) of this section, and who have demonstrated an ability to develop, sustain, and institutionalize local partnerships to address policy priorities.

(ii) The nomination process and selection criteria for members of the Council shall be established by the Steering Committee. Based on those criteria, agency heads may select and present to the Steering Committee their nominee or nominees to represent them on the Council. The Steering Committee shall consider all of the nominees and decide by consensus which of the nominees shall participate on the Council. Each member agency on the Steering Committee, with the exception of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, may have at least one representative on the Council.

Then the Steering committee will be chaired by the Chair of the Council and this steering committee will include a representative at the Deputy agency head level, or that representative's designee from the following agencies:

(i) Department of State;

(ii) Department of the Treasury;

(iii) Department of Defense;

(iv) Department of Justice;

(v) Department of the Interior;

(vi) Department of Agriculture;

(vii) Department of Commerce;

(viii) Department of Labor;

(ix) Department of Health and Human Services;

(x) Department of Housing and Urban Development;

(xi) Department of Transportation;

(xii) Department of Energy;

(xiii) Department of Education;

(xiv) Department of Veterans Affairs;

(xv) Department of Homeland Security;

(xvi) Office of the Director of National Intelligence;

(xvii) Environmental Protection Agency;

(xviii) Small Business Administration; and

(xix) Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Does anyone think this will either give the people more of their freedoms back or actually catch "terrorists?" If you do, then there is some ocean front property beside my house I would like to sell you.

Over and over the federal government, whose main job is to protect, fails to do so, and to cover their obvious failure in this, they continue to promote more government to do what they are currently failing to do. It goes on and on and on and now it's coming into local and state government. It will be only a matter of time before the federal government becomes the only governing power in this nation, if their power is not reined in via the Constitution.

So again, we so more expansion of the federal government and a bigger power grab, even into the local and state areas of government by the feds.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740085475 Dave AndrĂ©

    Sounds like more UN speak to me. "mutually determined", an executive order isn't mutual in any way. "we must institutionalize", why must we? I'll be glad to defend myself and my neighbors as they will for me. "achieve shared goals", currently the government doesn't seem to share many of my goals, otherwise they'd be finding a solution to the budget and preventing drugs and alien smuggling.

  • dhale

    Unfortunately, Obama has been re-elected and our country is quickly becoming a socialist state. It's hard to believe that half our country wants a repeat or worse of the last 4 years.

  • mthammer

    Lets not stop thepressure on this man Obama, We need to continue the onslaught on Benghazi, Fast & Furious, defamation law suits against Harry Reid ,Nancy Pelosi ,Axelrod, Dick Durbin ,Bidon . Calling Romney a murderer,a felon all done by Stephanie Cutter the paperwork has already been filed in nevada, Kansas,Illinois, Missouri,Florida and South Carolina. These people will need to employ their own attorneys, we will tie them up in court as long as it lasts. We Will also employ the Thomas Law Center , as they are also in seveeral law suits against the government. Benghazi is the most important effort we need to take on right now, We have both Obama & Bidon telling the American People the Ambassador didnt ask for any help from the state Department and the white house on the security in Libya. We now have cables showing that it is true , we have a Secretary of defense lied on TV saying we couldn't send in any backup to help The four killed in Benghazi . When both Panetta & Obama releived General Ham because he wanted to help the people in Libya. Get General Ham to come infront of the House Oversight Committee and tell us who relieved him who made the order also to relieve the Admiral in charge of the middleeast Fleet in the mediterranean, was he relieved by Obama and panetta . When you dont have the military on yourside in government you are done , Watch out America we could be not long away from a Military Coupe. If that doesnt come to pass another American Revolution will take this country back . If you look at the states that dint vote for Obama The Red ones , there are 185 million guntoting taxpayers

  • Henry

    Socialism? Try Marxism. The brutal marixst President of Venezuela is slapping his knee saying, "Dang, I didn't think the boy could do it!" Americans are going to have a hard lesson under a 2nd term of obama. Maybe when the blood starts flowing in large cities all over America, people will finally wake up, albeit too late to save a Republic,

  • KittyKittyKit

    See what happens America???............we give a muslim and an n-word a chance to be President and just like we always knew they would, they'd turn on us and destroy us. I'm glad I'm old and ready to "check out", anyway. This STUPID younger generation who voted for this OBAMANATION deserve what they're getting. These muslim a--holes are gonna KILL all of you YOUNG STUPIDS. Go ahead, get drunk, whore around, watch sports. That's as mentally deep as American youth is today. Sheep for the slaughter, and the ISLAMIC WOLVES are more than happy to accomodate you. I'm soooooooooo glad I got to live in America when it was America.

    Hey OBAMA........you and ALL YOUR MUSLIME brotherhood will one day KNEEL at the feet of JESUS CHRIST and declare him to be LORD and the ONLY begotten Son of God.

    Jesus said, "Don't fear him who after he has killed the body has nothing more that he can do. I tell you whom you should FEAR. FEAR HIM, who after he has killed the body,has POWER to cast the SOUL into HELL." Jesus said to John, in the Book of Revelation.....I HAVE THE KEYS TO HELL AND DEATH" ........which he took away from your father when he walked out of HELL on the 3rd day after your father fell into the trap of crucifying the ONLY innocent, perfect human being to walk the earth, and thereby became GUILTY of killing an innocent man who had never committed an imperfect act and therefore he did not EARN THE WAGES of being imperfect and DEATH could NOT and CANNOT hold him. HE IS ALIVE!!!!!.......and this time, when he gets back to earth, he's coming in POWER, and GREAT GLORY, and he is going to SORELY PUNISH all those who HATE and torment and kill his followers (Christians and Jews). He's going to KILL YOUR BODIES.......AND.............HE'S GOING TO CAST YOUR SOULS INTO HELL. toodle-do

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/477FNR3QC2EXBUNNJFYXM3OHIQ Walter

    A traitor is, a traitor is, a traitor. Hang all traitors first then have his trial. Americans for America first. Everyone else can go to hades and kiss the devels' butt.

  • Piltdown911

    Where in the Constitution does it say the president can legislate through exectutive orders? I just can't seem to find it.

  • sparkysr15108

    It is obvious, by this latest Executive Order, that BHO has no fear of losing this election. My guess is he thinks the fix is in!!

  • liberty76

    FOUR MORE DAYS to freedom or war.