Continuity of Government (COG)

The laws are already in place for the president to declare a national state of emergency, after which the Congress and the Judiciary would be disbanded and a group of administrators would take over the government.

If you read my blog on the state of emergency and the various acts that created this, you will see that the original act required Congress to declare an emergency, but it also required Congress to officially declare the emergency over. The original act was in, I believe, 1939, and that state of emergency was not officially called off by Congress until 1952. Under that act, there are several states of emergency still in effect, including one from 1971, that have never been declared over. Because of that, the president could effectively and legally establish a dictatorship now under COG.

A later amendment expanded national emergencies to include insurrection, natural disasters, etc., not just acts of war on the homeland. Katrina could have set the COG in motion should the president have decided to do so.

This blog is right. We are in much greater jeopardy of losing our republic than anyone imagines. The FISA law was just another nail in the coffin of democracy. There are several blogs I have written that apply to this (one is not an original article, but another’s work — credited properly):

http://www.democrats.org/page/community/post/lauraschneider/CNWl

http://www.democrats.org/page/community/post/lauraschneider/CRGP

The subject came up about the Patriot Act provisions, so I scanned the Patriot Act again and War and Emergency Powers Act of 1933. Since the War and Emergency Powers Act, every president has usurped lawmaking powers. Their ‘laws’ are called Executive Orders (EOs). These EOs, not our Constitution, are what is governing America today. The War and Emergency Powers Act enables … the president to declare a national emergency, and thereby become a dictator.” (Wiki)

http://epic.org/privacy/terrorism/hr3162.htmlLink

http://www.sourcewatch.org/ind ex.php?title=State_of_national _emergency
Link

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About Laura Schneider

Retired IT consultant (disabled), musician and animal lover. I support the constitutional concept of Right of Privacy and no discrimination against any person based on race, religion, ideology, gender, sexual preference or disability. I am very concerned about the erosion of our constitutional rights and protections under GWB (and even this administration). I strongly oppose torture, rendition or illegal search and/or seizure (without a warrant) and warrantless wiretapping. I believe that education is our best hope of a bright future for our children. Knowledge is power, and that's the kind of authority (Biblically speaking) that our children must have in order to be successful in a 21st century world.
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