Thursday, August 27, 2009

That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

First, there was the official Missouri State Police report on militia activity classifying Christian conservatives and groups that oppose abortion and illegal immigration as domestic terrorists.
This state law enforcement report (“The Modern Militia”) completely omits domestic terror groups associated with fundamentalist Muslims or those connected to liberals such as extreme environmentalists. Instead it focuses on conservative Christians and third-party political groups such as Libertarians. To my knowledge the scoreboard for violent "militia" action by groups has fundamentalist Muslims at just around 3,000 deaths in one day. Seems odd they wouldn't even be mentioned.

Next came an interesting post at Pat Dollard explaining the scope of power given to FEMA who will be the federal agency that...

"comes running in the event of a national emergency, such as, but not limited to, epidemic, civil unrest, [Emphasis mine] natural disaster, economic disaster, or just about any other local, state, or national “emergency” that might cause the government to declare a state of emergency within the U.S. Upon such a declaration, the amount of power given to FEMA to perform it’s mandate is staggering. Almost all of FEMA’s powers are derived, not from enacted law, but by Executive Order. Here are the ones that empower FEMA in case of a Presidential Declaration of Emergency: Executive Order #10990: allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.Executive Order #10995: Seizure of all communications media in the United States.Executive Order #10997: Seizure of all electric power fuels and minerals, public and private. Executive Order #10999: Seizure of all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any kind and total control of highways, seaports and waterways.Executive Order #11000: Seizure of all American people for work forces under federal supervision including the splitting of families if the government finds it necessary. Executive Order #11001: Seizure of all health, education and welfare facilities, public and private.Executive Order #11002: Empowered the postmaster general to register all men, women and children in the U.S.Executive Order #11003: Seizure of all airports and aircraft.Executive Order #11004: Seizure of all housing and finance authorities to establish Forced Relocation Designated areas to be abandoned as “unsafe.”

And finally there is the scariest news headline thus far. It gives the FBI, a federal agency with jurisdiction for the American homeland the power to "interrogate" "terrorists". This power was stripped away from the CIA, the federal agency that has jurisdiction for issues in foreign lands. In one swoop of the pen, we've all become possible targets of the FBI and the real terrorists get a free pass. This is sure to cause waves of safe, secure, warm-fuzzy feelings in the hearts of all center-right Americans.

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