Will Barack Obama Use Directive NSPD-51 To Postpone Elections?

Many Facebook friends of mine, as well as, several pundits, including those at the Examiner.com are speculating that Barack Obama could enforce the directive signed by President George W. Bush titled "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive," or as it is most commonly referred to as NSPD-51, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

What is the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive you ask? Well, most links to the directive now point to a landing page that is covered in Barack Obama "stuff". However the text of the directive is still obtainable. You can read the directive here. Specifically it states that its purpose is to establish "a comprehensive national policy on the continuity of Federal Government structures and operations and a single National Continuity Coordinator responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of Federal continuity policies. This policy establishes "National Essential Functions," prescribes continuity requirements for all executive departments and agencies, and provides guidance for State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector organizations in order to ensure a comprehensive and integrated national continuity program that will enhance the credibility of our national security posture and enable a more rapid and effective response to and recovery from a national emergency."

The directive loosely translates what a national emergency is. Jerome Corsi writes,

The “National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive,” with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive, establishes under the office of president a new National Continuity Coordinator.

That job, as the document describes, is to make plans for “National Essential Functions” of all federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations to continue functioning under the president’s directives in the event of a national emergency.

The directive loosely defines “catastrophic emergency” as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.”

When the president determines a catastrophic emergency has occurred, the president can take over all government functions and direct all private sector activities to ensure we will emerge from the emergency with an “enduring constitutional government.”

Translated into layman’s terms, when the president determines a national emergency has occurred, the president can declare to the office of the presidency powers usually assumed by dictators to direct any and all government and business activities until the emergency is declared over.

Ironically, the directive sees no contradiction in the assumption of dictatorial powers by the president with the goal of maintaining constitutional continuity through an emergency.

The directive specifies that the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism will be designated as the National Continuity Coordinator.

In other words, the directive brings all power under the President, instead of balancing the powers as the Constitution requires. This was a huge power grab by Bush. The Department of Homeland Security drew up the Federal Continuity Directive 1 (FCD1) in response to the Bush Directive, which was to "provide the operational guidance to implement this policy."

But that isn't the end. Barack Obama left Bush's NSPD-51 intact and quickly went beyond it. John Griffing wrote,

By way of executive proclamation, President Obama has secured for himself the power to declare martial law in the event of a national "emergency," real or contrived, and without the accountability typically required by the Posse Comitatus Act and the National Emergencies Act of 1976.

This is the legacy of the "conservative" Bush administration. National emergencies have now been transformed into power-grabbing devices thanks to the virtually unnoticed National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD) 51.

NSPD 51 empowers the president to co-opt all state and local government authority in the event that he declares a national emergency. This is a self-declared power not subjugated to the National Emergencies Act of 1976 as in previous directives.

President Obama quickly went beyond NSPD 51, signing an order creating a "Council of Governors" who would be put in charge of declaring martial law. The directive is in direct violation of Posse Comitatus and the Insurrection Act. This "Council of Governors" answers only to President Obama.

In October of last year, President Obama declared a national emergency in the midst of the much-hyped swine flu crisis. This declaration was largely overlooked. By combining his October declaration with the provisions of NSPD 51, President Obama can now be considered virtually uninhibited by Congress and free to flip the switch at any moment.

Now I can hear the cry from some who will cry "Conspiracy theory!" However, I ask you, why is it necessary to put all power of the United States in the hands of just one man? Why, with a Constitution such as our are things of this nature even tolerated? Could it be that the American people don't see tyranny when it is staring them in the face? I believe it is.

In fact, we can't even tell which Big Government candidate we want to vote for. We don't care if "our" team's jersey is in the White House administering all these power grabs, as long as it isn't those liberals. But friends, it doesn't matter who is in office should they choose to exercise this power, it will be devastating to our freedom!

So the question remains, with only five days to answer it. Will this directive be enforced? I sure hope not. This article is not to incite fear in you, but to make you aware of just how those who have obtained the office of the President have granted to themselves fiat power, apart from the Constitution and no one in Congress blinks an eye at it. In fact, they approve of it, yet we continue to elect the same kinds of people that will not do anything to reverse these kinds of executive orders and directives. There is absolutely no need for them. Keep your eyes open over the next few days.

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  • Donk970

    It takes the backing of the military to be tyranny. Does anyone honestly believe that the military would back Obama in a power grab?

  • http://twitter.com/LoudAmerican Operation Northwoods

    where is the twitter tweet button?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathleen.beacon Kathleen Beacon

    He didn't despite your plethora of insinuations about anything negative you can dig up about Obama. And all your readers who were so sure about Obama losing are wrong too. Why? Because they have an unrealistic and mean-tempered outlook, not to mention an extremist's right wing way of looking at things in general. He won because, thankfully, most voters think he's the better choice...for many reasons. http://obamaachievements.org/list

  • Somar

    The Elections Board is responsible to ensure a fair election process that Incumbent Presidents do not interfere with to ensure fair consideration to both candidates representing the intrests of their respective party; The Democratic, and the Republican parties alike. Mr. President has shown a personal interest to interrupt elections; however, that will violate the established process in order to ensure a fair process. His personal interest do not meet the Board's requirement to ensure respect to both party's election campaign process. It is the best system we should not violate as it ensures the protection of The United States of America - the most successful country in the world. In this regard, as U.S. Citizens, "We The People" have the 'right' to vote to participate in the decision we believe is best for our country. Therefore, our vote will determine our safisfaction or disfatisfaction concerning the direction of our country. At present, our Republican Candidate has conducted a very smooth & successful campaing and the interruption will not be fair treatment. The American people have a right to provide an opinion that most likely would be similarly applied to him also if it was the case.
    Please Be-aware... I trust that in the end, this election will provide us with the type of leadership that most represents our interests - who will lead our country in the direction that most fit our standards. Thank You!

  • Gouchybear

    Recall all the threats on Twitter to RIOT if Romney wins? Right there is your National Emergency under which obeyme will declare NSPD-51 to be in effect and Martial Law the law of the land.

  • djw663

    Nope, don't think he will be able to get away with it regardless it will not help him.

  • servant

    NO! Noway WILL HE TRY TO POST=PONE THE ELECTION, BECAUSE EACH DAY COMES ANOTHER BENGHAZY BOMBSHELL! If MR:ACORN had his way the National Elections would have been a done-deal by September 1!