Entry for June 02, 2007

Illustration from Center for Research on Globalization article Bush Pens Dictatorship Directive, Few Notice, Kurt Nimmo (email) , May 30, which was picked up from his May 26 entry in his blog, Another Day in the Empire. Nimmo is a photographer and multimedia developer in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

My friend Barry mentioned that the President had signed an order granting extreme powers in a national emergency. Well, here it is: “National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive,” signed May 9, which makes no attempt to reconcile itself with the National Emergency Act, U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter 34, Subchapter II, Section 1621, which requires that such proclamation of an emergency “shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register.”

A CRS study, National Emergency Powers (November 13, 2006 by Harold C. Relyea) notes that the National Emergency Act sets up congress as a balance empowered to “modify, rescind, or render dormant such delegated emergency authority,” if Congress believes the president has acted inappropriately.

See also : The Unitary King George, MWC News, Canada by Marjorie Cohn, May 31.

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