Obama's Final Loophole: The "Catastrophic Emergency" Clause?

Tyler Durden's picture

Politico's Ben White has pointed out something interesting, namely that while the 14th Amendment may or may not be practical under the current situation (especially not without a full blown constitutional crisis), one potential loophole that Obama may have comes from none other than former president Bush, in the form of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-20, one which deals with such trivia as "Catastrophic Emergency", "Continuity of Government", "Continuity of Operations", and lastly, and perhaps somewhat ironically, "Enduring Constitutional Government." Considering the amount of doom and gloom spun by the government is bigger than anything seen even under Hank Paulson, could this "crisis" be interpreted by the constitutional scholar as one that merits the invocation of Homeland Security privileges? Is America's maxing out its credit card comparable to a nuclear or terrorist attack on the continent? We may find out in less than 48 hours.

So, for your reading pleasure, here is National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 51/20



Subject: National Continuity Policy


(1) This directive establishes 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.


(2) In this directive:

    (a) "Category" refers to the categories of executive departments and agencies listed in Annex A to this directive;

    (b) "Catastrophic Emergency" means 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;

    (c) "Continuity of Government," or "COG," means a coordinated effort within the Federal Government's executive branch to ensure that National Essential Functions continue to be performed during a Catastrophic Emergency;

    (d) "Continuity of Operations," or "COOP," means an effort within individual executive departments and agencies to ensure that Primary Mission-Essential Functions continue to be performed during a wide range of emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack-related emergencies;

    (e) "Enduring Constitutional Government," or "ECG," means a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government, coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches and with proper respect for the constitutional separation of powers among the branches, to preserve the constitutional framework under which the Nation is governed and the capability of all three branches of government to execute constitutional responsibilities and provide for orderly succession, appropriate transition of leadership, and interoperability and support of the National Essential Functions during a catastrophic emergency;

    (f) "Executive Departments and Agencies" means the executive departments enumerated in 5 U.S.C. 101, independent establishments as defined by 5 U.S.C. 104(1), Government corporations as defined by 5 U.S.C. 103(1), and the United States Postal Service;

    (g) "Government Functions" means the collective functions of the heads of executive departments and agencies as defined by statute, regulation, presidential direction, or other legal authority, and the functions of the legislative and judicial branches;

    (h) "National Essential Functions," or "NEFs," means that subset of Government Functions that are necessary to lead and sustain the Nation during a catastrophic emergency and that, therefore, must be supported through COOP and COG capabilities; and

    (i) "Primary Mission Essential Functions," or "PMEFs," means those Government Functions that must be performed in order to support or implement the performance of NEFs before, during, and in the aftermath of an emergency.


(3) It is the policy of the United States to maintain a comprehensive and effective continuity capability composed of Continuity of Operations and Continuity of Government programs in order to ensure the preservation of our form of government under the Constitution and the continuing performance of National Essential Functions under all conditions.

Implementation Actions

(4) Continuity requirements shall be incorporated into daily operations of all executive departments and agencies. As a result of the asymmetric threat environment, adequate warning of potential emergencies that could pose a significant risk to the homeland might not be available, and therefore all continuity planning shall be based on the assumption that no such warning will be received. Emphasis will be placed upon geographic dispersion of leadership, staff, and infrastructure in order to increase survivability and maintain uninterrupted Government Functions. Risk management principles shall be applied to ensure that appropriate operational readiness decisions are based on the probability of an attack or other incident and its consequences.

(5) The following NEFs are the foundation for all continuity programs and capabilities and represent the overarching responsibilities of the Federal Government to lead and sustain the Nation during a crisis, and therefore sustaining the following NEFs shall be the primary focus of the Federal Government leadership during and in the aftermath of an emergency that adversely affects the performance of Government Functions:

    (a) Ensuring the continued functioning of our form of government under the Constitution, including the functioning of the three separate branches of government;

    (b) Providing leadership visible to the Nation and the world and maintaining the trust and confidence of the American people;

    (c) Defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and preventing or interdicting attacks against the United States or its people, property, or interests;

    (d) Maintaining and fostering effective relationships with foreign nations;

    (e) Protecting against threats to the homeland and bringing to justice perpetrators of crimes or attacks against the United States or its people, property, or interests;

    (f) Providing rapid and effective response to and recovery from the domestic consequences of an attack or other incident;

    (g) Protecting and stabilizing the Nation's economy and ensuring public confidence in its financial systems; and

    (h) Providing for critical Federal Government services that address the national health, safety, and welfare needs of the United States.

(6) The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government. In order to advise and assist the President in that function, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (APHS/CT) is hereby designated as the National Continuity Coordinator. The National Continuity Coordinator, in coordination with the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), without exercising directive authority, shall coordinate the development and implementation of continuity policy for executive departments and agencies. The Continuity Policy Coordination Committee (CPCC), chaired by a Senior Director from the Homeland Security Council staff, designated by the National Continuity Coordinator, shall be the main day-to-day forum for such policy coordination.

(7) For continuity purposes, each executive department and agency is assigned to a category in accordance with the nature and characteristics of its national security roles and responsibilities in support of the Federal Government's ability to sustain the NEFs. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall serve as the President's lead agent for coordinating overall continuity operations and activities of executive departments and agencies, and in such role shall perform the responsibilities set forth for the Secretary in sections 10 and 16 of this directive.

(8) The National Continuity Coordinator, in consultation with the heads of appropriate executive departments and agencies, will lead the development of a National Continuity Implementation Plan (Plan), which shall include prioritized goals and objectives, a concept of operations, performance metrics by which to measure continuity readiness, procedures for continuity and incident management activities, and clear direction to executive department and agency continuity coordinators, as well as guidance to promote interoperability of Federal Government continuity programs and procedures with State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure, as appropriate. The Plan shall be submitted to the President for approval not later than 90 days after the date of this directive.

(9) Recognizing that each branch of the Federal Government is responsible for its own continuity programs, an official designated by the Chief of Staff to the President shall ensure that the executive branch's COOP and COG policies in support of ECG efforts are appropriately coordinated with those of the legislative and judicial branches in order to ensure interoperability and allocate national assets efficiently to maintain a functioning Federal Government.

(10) Federal Government COOP, COG, and ECG plans and operations shall be appropriately integrated with the emergency plans and capabilities of State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure, as appropriate, in order to promote interoperability and to prevent redundancies and conflicting lines of authority. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall coordinate the integration of Federal continuity plans and operations with State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure, as appropriate, in order to provide for the delivery of essential services during an emergency.

(11) Continuity requirements for the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and executive departments and agencies shall include the following:

    (a) The continuation of the performance of PMEFs during any emergency must be for a period up to 30 days or until normal operations can be resumed, and the capability to be fully operational at alternate sites as soon as possible after the occurrence of an emergency, but not later than 12 hours after COOP activation;

    (b) Succession orders and pre-planned devolution of authorities that ensure the emergency delegation of authority must be planned and documented in advance in accordance with applicable law;

    (c) Vital resources, facilities, and records must be safeguarded, and official access to them must be provided;

    (d) Provision must be made for the acquisition of the resources necessary for continuity operations on an emergency basis;

    (e) Provision must be made for the availability and redundancy of critical communications capabilities at alternate sites in order to support connectivity between and among key government leadership, internal elements, other executive departments and agencies, critical partners, and the public;

    (f) Provision must be made for reconstitution capabilities that allow for recovery from a catastrophic emergency and resumption of normal operations; and

    (g) Provision must be made for the identification, training, and preparedness of personnel capable of relocating to alternate facilities to support the continuation of the performance of PMEFs.

(12) In order to provide a coordinated response to escalating threat levels or actual emergencies, the Continuity of Government Readiness Conditions (COGCON) system establishes executive branch continuity program readiness levels, focusing on possible threats to the National Capital Region. The President will determine and issue the COGCON Level. Executive departments and agencies shall comply with the requirements and assigned responsibilities under the COGCON program. During COOP activation, executive departments and agencies shall report their readiness status to the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Secretary's designee.

(13) The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall:

    (a) Conduct an annual assessment of executive department and agency continuity funding requests and performance data that are submitted by executive departments and agencies as part of the annual budget request process, in order to monitor progress in the implementation of the Plan and the execution of continuity budgets;

    (b) In coordination with the National Continuity Coordinator, issue annual continuity planning guidance for the development of continuity budget requests; and

    (c) Ensure that heads of executive departments and agencies prioritize budget resources for continuity capabilities, consistent with this directive.

(14) The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall:

    (a) Define and issue minimum requirements for continuity communications for executive departments and agencies, in consultation with the APHS/CT, the APNSA, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the Chief of Staff to the President;

    (b) Establish requirements for, and monitor the development, implementation, and maintenance of, a comprehensive communications architecture to integrate continuity components, in consultation with the APHS/CT, the APNSA, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the Chief of Staff to the President; and

    (c) Review quarterly and annual assessments of continuity communications capabilities, as prepared pursuant to section 16(d) of this directive or otherwise, and report the results and recommended remedial actions to the National Continuity Coordinator.

(15) An official designated by the Chief of Staff to the President shall:

    (a) Advise the President, the Chief of Staff to the President, the APHS/CT, and the APNSA on COGCON operational execution options; and

    (b) Consult with the Secretary of Homeland Security in order to ensure synchronization and integration of continuity activities among the four categories of executive departments and agencies.

(16) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall:

    (a) Coordinate the implementation, execution, and assessment of continuity operations and activities;

    (b) Develop and promulgate Federal Continuity Directives in order to establish continuity planning requirements for executive departments and agencies;

    (c) Conduct biennial assessments of individual department and agency continuity capabilities as prescribed by the Plan and report the results to the President through the APHS/CT;

    (d) Conduct quarterly and annual assessments of continuity communications capabilities in consultation with an official designated by the Chief of Staff to the President;

    (e) Develop, lead, and conduct a Federal continuity training and exercise program, which shall be incorporated into the National Exercise Program developed pursuant to Homeland Security Presidential Directive-8 of December 17, 2003 ("National Preparedness"), in consultation with an official designated by the Chief of Staff to the President;

    (f) Develop and promulgate continuity planning guidance to State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector critical infrastructure owners and operators;

    (g) Make available continuity planning and exercise funding, in the form of grants as provided by law, to State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector critical infrastructure owners and operators; and

    (h) As Executive Agent of the National Communications System, develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive continuity communications architecture.

(17) The Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall produce a biennial assessment of the foreign and domestic threats to the Nation's continuity of government.

(18) The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall provide secure, integrated, Continuity of Government communications to the President, the Vice President, and, at a minimum, Category I executive departments and agencies.

(19) Heads of executive departments and agencies shall execute their respective department or agency COOP plans in response to a localized emergency and shall:

    (a) Appoint a senior accountable official, at the Assistant Secretary level, as the Continuity Coordinator for the department or agency;

    (b) Identify and submit to the National Continuity Coordinator the list of PMEFs for the department or agency and develop continuity plans in support of the NEFs and the continuation of essential functions under all conditions;

    (c) Plan, program, and budget for continuity capabilities consistent with this directive;

    (d) Plan, conduct, and support annual tests and training, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, in order to evaluate program readiness and ensure adequacy and viability of continuity plans and communications systems; and

    (e) Support other continuity requirements, as assigned by category, in accordance with the nature and characteristics of its national security roles and responsibilities.

General Provisions

(20) This directive shall be implemented in a manner that is consistent with, and facilitates effective implementation of, provisions of the Constitution concerning succession to the Presidency or the exercise of its powers, and the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 (3 U.S.C. 19), with consultation of the Vice President and, as appropriate, others involved. Heads of executive departments and agencies shall ensure that appropriate support is available to the Vice President and others involved as necessary to be prepared at all times to implement those provisions.

(21) This directive:

    (a) Shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and the authorities of agencies, or heads of agencies, vested by law, and subject to the availability of appropriations;

    (b) Shall not be construed to impair or otherwise affect (i) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budget, administrative, and legislative proposals, or (ii) the authority of the Secretary of Defense over the Department of Defense, including the chain of command for military forces from the President, to the Secretary of Defense, to the commander of military forces, or military command and control procedures; and

    (c) Is not intended to, and does not, create any rights or benefits, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a party against the United States, its agencies, instrumentalities, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

(22) Revocation. Presidential Decision Directive 67 of October 21, 1998 ("Enduring Constitutional Government and Continuity of Government Operations"), including all Annexes thereto, is hereby revoked.

(23) Annex A and the classified Continuity Annexes, attached hereto, are hereby incorporated into and made a part of this directive.

(24) Security. This directive and the information contained herein shall be protected from unauthorized disclosure, provided that, except for Annex A, the Annexes attached to this directive are classified and shall be accorded appropriate handling, consistent with applicable Executive Orders.


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duncecap rack's picture

Wow. If Obama invoked that to borrow more they'd have to set up a cage fighting ring in the capitol.

km4's picture

Obama's a constitutional lawyer and community organizer right ;)

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Has anybody ever checked on the communities that Obama used to work in?  What are the chances they are more organized now than they were before?  Something tells me that moniker is as mistated as calling him a "constitutional scholar".  Then again, he might know the constitution and just not give a shit if he honors it. 

nmewn's picture

"Obama's a constitutional lawyer and community organizer right ;)"

Yeah and we're told he's brilliant at both...lol.

(21) This directive:

    (a) Shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and the authorities of agencies, or heads of agencies, vested by law, and subject to the availability of appropriations;

Whoopsie ;-)

narnia's picture

the whole litmus test of constitutionality has been thrown out the window long ago.  this is more of a, how is obama going to play this corrupt game in the unlikely event it's necessary.  

even though he says he won't, he'd use some excuse tied to the 14th to justify paying interest.  he'd use some existing or amended executive order to keep paying for the war.  then, he'd find some other method to fill in the gap to pay for the remainder of the $1.6 trillion or greater without complementing receipts.

as for your point, i believe he already has appropriations authority on his last chirade with congress.

oldman's picture


Years ago, our understanding was that 'full faith and credit' implied a capacity for the executive to raise taxes under an executive order, if necessary, to pay pricipal and interest of US Treasury securities, but NOT Agency debt.

We never looked up this under the law, it was such a 'given': everyone understood this and never once did anyone object to it under the 'law'. Times and people have changed so that no one is there any longer who would press this issue, imo.

In those days, the mere thought of this not being true was so ridiculous that a fight would have broken out on the bond desk had anyone suggested that it was untrue. Like I said, though, times and people have changed since our 1980/83 crisis, And we had not ever thought about borrowing more than the GDP.

Perhaps, someone with a different idea will pick up the thread---I'm curious about the other side of things, always.

Thanks for your post---it brought the question to mind---we may have just been deceived or deluded        om

GetZeeGold's picture

14 trillion over here.......16 trillion over there. Pretty soon you're talking abiout real money.

This is kinda of a secret.....so don't tell anyone.


July 21, 2011

The first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve uncovered eye-popping new details about how the U.S. provided a whopping $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. An amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Wall Street reform law passed one year ago this week directed the Government Accountability Office to conduct the study. "As a result of this audit, we now know that the Federal Reserve provided more than $16 trillion in total financial assistance to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in the United States and throughout the world," said Sanders. "This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you're-on-your-own individualism for everyone else."

The audit....right click and save. You now own it. 266 pages of light reading....enjoy. Grab some popcorn.


If a tree falls in the woods.....and the MSM doesn't report it. Did it really happen?

darkstar7646's picture

What happens if that availability of appropriations IS the emergency, however?

nmewn's picture

The three branches of government were setup as equals but with differing roles & responsibilities.

By law, the president does not appropriate funds, the congress does. He can only manage how they are spent from the amounts approved for him to spend. Therefore the president cannot issue an edict (like some insane king) saying he will and can raise revenue (taxes) or issue debt without approval. Especially from his own pen via executive order.

That would be unequal power sharing where he not only takes the money, but he spends it as well, all the while citing a doument that his office (the presidency) created, to say it is lawful.

The other co-equal branch in all this (the court) would blow this out of the water...unless he, as cnc, surrounds the supreme court and congress with tanks & troops, which does (the military) fall under his purview.

Then of course we would be talking about something completely different...lol...where every officer and tank commander will have to re-evaluate their oath to protect the constitution against all enemies foreign & domestic ;-)

derryb's picture

there is no protection from the executive branch as long as they have the power to appoint the judicial branch which has the power to tell the legislative branch to "go f--k themselves" when the presidednt so desires.

nmewn's picture

This falls under advice & consent (Article II, Section 2)...which, if the constitution were being followed as originally written, we would not be electing federal senators as they would be appointed by the individual states instead as intended...probably be looking at a completely different makeup in philosophy. This happened in 1913 with the 17th Amendment.

Oddly, something else happened in 1913...the creation of the federal reserve...it was quite a year ;-)

kall's picture

That's what I would like to know. So far the plan sounds very elaborate but in my opinion it's not focused enough. I am now studying for my masters in emergency management and I have an eye for it, we need to do better than that. When we talk about emergency situations I don't think separate authorities would do a better job than one single focused authority.

derryb's picture

His (and his wife's) licesnse to practice law were revoked years ago. Now he's a shithouse lawyer.

NewThor's picture


8 Billion enter, 6.3 Billion leave.


Elenin - Nibiru - And the Red Cross


A Mickey Mouse Dick in the dirt Play

by the Democratic and Republican Politicos and Corp. of USA/GLOBE MARKET

Anybody seen the new





Whoa. Really? REALLY?

ID BETTER BE NEO + Infinity +1 + Looped 


Frankie Carbone's picture

Bust a deal, Spin the wheel!
Bust a deal, Spin the wheel!
Bust a deal, Spin the wheel!

The wheel choices.

WWIII with China, Russia, and every arab on Earth.

18,000,000% APR on your next auto loan.

FEMA food, shelter, and security for everyone!

Thermonuclear terrorist attack on Des Moines IA but no one can explain how the nuclear blast had exactly the same signature as a US Air Force W-88 nuclear warhead.

War of Northern Aggression Part Deux.

The Northwest Territory and Alaska sold to the Chinese.

Run on cat food at PetsMart.

darkstar7646's picture

I'm not sure it's going to be that many...

GetZeeGold's picture

Blue zone thinking.

"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass." - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

Put Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto on the no fly list. He seems like a trouble maker.


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Yes.  Although I do not think it will come to that.  I expect a really SLEAZY last minute deal like we almost always get.

There will be NO spending cuts!  The Tea Party Republicans do not have the political power now.  Maybe in 2012 they will.  But, our problems will be even worse, and THEY would get the blame as the system crashes from Obama / Bankster mishandling, andyes let's use the word: ROBBERY of our country

HungrySeagull's picture

but... but... but... the House of Representatives is the holder of the Nation's Purse and shall dispense of the Nation's Bills and Income each year.

If this Economic Event Horizon passes by us, and this thing goes into effect... Government will stay open and the bills WILL be paid regardless of our debt. If Default is truly not an option.

Doña K's picture

We have had it. Hubby and I are sailing away. perpetual travelling status. 

FEDbuster's picture

"You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
Rahm Emanuel

There are many whom believe the ultimate goal of Obama is to take control like Chavez or Castro (Hitler, too).  A move like this would help to confirm this theory.  Of course economic collapse would help him move towards this "emergency" ruler position, too.

Zero Govt's picture

Obumma is toast come 2012, so he could only be 'Emergency Ruler' for a year . . .the 2nd August Timothy 'Pinokio' Geithner deadline is a fraud and the Republicans know it... it'll be missed just to further rub salt in the wounds and damn Obummas inept shambolic Presidency 

indygo55's picture

Yes! Thank you for saying that. Uh oh! I hear helicoptors. I think they have your IP address and now mine. Reminds me of that movie "Shudder Island" "RUN!"

mayhem_korner's picture


Good call.  Maybe Vegas ought to be running odds on whether BHO invokes dictatorial control to "prevent" or to "respond to" the economic collapse.  Kind of an under/over thing...

Founders Keeper's picture

[There are many whom believe the ultimate goal of Obama is to take control like Chavez or Castro (Hitler, too).]---FEDbuster

Hi FEDbuster. I agree Pres. Obama has designs to officiate the transition of the US to a socialist nation. 

Interesting though, I've come to think Obama doesn't like his job as much as he'd thought he would.  I don't think he likes being a leader. I don't think it's in his nature. He likes the authority and the fame of being Mr. President, but I don't think he likes the responsibility.  

In fact, I think Obama hates being a leader. This dictotomy may explain his administration's mixed messages, Obama's teleprompter dependence, his non-commital propensity for voting "present," the vacations, and his unfulfilled campaign promises that baffle many of his supporters.

FEDbuster's picture

It seems like he enjoys the perks, but not the work.  Flying on AF1 for family vacations, parties at the WH with the rich and famous, playing golf at top courses with friend for free,  state dinners, etc...  But when it comes time to work he would rather be talking sports than the economy.  College professors have never been known for a high work ethic, so it's not a big surprise to most of us.

Founders Keeper's picture


The only thing marxist/socialist/liberals fear more than conservatives is an honest day's work.

You see this everywhere.

The socialists are scared to death of conservatives.  That is in part why the lib MSM affixes "right-wing"(read conservative) blame on tragic incidents such as the lunatic lone attacker in Norway, or the mentally unstable attacker in Tucson AZ. Ironically, the attackers are often socialist statists.


HellFish's picture

I think bamabi knows he can't become a Chavez or Castro.  His aim is to break (financial, cutural, trust, etc.) as much of the USA as possible.  Hoping for a collapse and a rebirth of the USA as a quasi-communist country.

I think where he miscalculates is that breaking the USA will free many of the producers and conservatives from the current compact and may result in two countries after the collapse.  The productive red states with a conservative bias and the blue states with increased statism.

Fear not.  After 50 years the blue USA will be begging for admission to the Red USA - under our terms.  The USA will be safe for another century or two after the reunion - until the left again makes it's move.

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

"There are many whom believe the ultimate goal of Obama is to take control like Chavez or Castro (Hitler, too).  A move like this would help to confirm this theory. "

You're almost ready to have an objective thought. keep at it. What you didn't propose is how to support the opposing conclusion.

Namely, that Obama is not anything like Hitler or Castro and is just an American that is willing to do what it takes to become POTUS. Not that different from many that have come before.

If you think of objective ways to test the counter argument you will reach elite status on ZH, which is littered with angry, intellectual dysfunction and precious myth.

Sathington Willougby's picture


Yep, super congress to the rescue.  Permanent and vital to the nation's security super congress I might add.

SymforniX's picture

WHY can't they just be simply "The Tea Party"? Jeez... I expect nothing less than the "Pol Pot Democrats" to arise in answer...

CompassionateFascist's picture

Just try it, Zero. Just try it. Can't speak for the others, but I know of one Constitutional Militia Battalion - mine - that will pick up its weapons and head for the District of Corruption w/in 24 hours.

HellFish's picture

How do I sign up?  Please send details.

Founders Keeper's picture

[...but I know of one Constitutional Militia Battalion - mine - that will...]---CompassionateFascist

Hi CompassionateFascist. 

While I appreciate your passion and commitment to our nation's Constitution, I think you may have misspoke. Regarding "---mine---" militia. I think you meant to say the people's militia, or the state's militia, or the county's militia, or the local community's militia.

CompassionateFascist's picture

That's "mine" as in "the one I'm in....".

Founders Keeper's picture

MY misunderstanding. 

God's Speed to you, your outfit, and our nation's patriots.

Carry on.




StychoKiller's picture

Unilateral action(s) by Obamatron will have MORE NEGATIVE EFFECTS than positive ones, world-wide!  You can't please all the debtors/creditors ALL the time!

A Man without Qualities's picture

"You can't please all the debtors/creditors ALL the time!"

I think there is a way, but it involves the destruction of the currency in which the contracts are denominated...

Landrew's picture

Interesting, if O'Bummer has already decided that the 14th would not apply I doubt he would invoke this directive either?

trav7777's picture

The President does not have the legal authority to circumvent or suspend the Constitution.  Simply DOES NOT.

It doesn't matter what stupid shit these idiots write or say or do...they lack the legal authority.  Obviously, if they use extra-legal authority and the military goes along with it, then our government has changed and we live under a junta at that point

cosmictrainwreck's picture

please 'splain me how Exec Orders pass constitutional muster? I think Banksters have already proven "laws" don't mean shit (just change 'em - meh) and all the war powers & shit's all on the books already....just a matter of interpretation, dontcha know?. yeah, we're 1.5 steps (or less) from junta status....

davidgn's picture

REQUIRED READING from a UC Berkeley professor emeritus who has been screaming at the top of his lungs to publicize this issue, to little avail. This is the text of his address to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco:
"Is the State of Emergency Superseding the US Constitution? Continuity of Government Planning, War and American Society"  http://japanfocus.org/-Peter_Dale-Scott/3448 


davidgn's picture

...or just read Cognitive Dissonance's stuff. He has it covered.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Indeed.  One of Zero Hedge's resident geniuses.  NEVER leave us, Cognitive Dissonance!

narnia's picture

so what supreme court justice is going to authorize an injuction on the executive branch?  

isn't the game...  the executive branch can do whatever it wants, constitutional or not for 1.5 - 2 years until enough drug cases clear federal court for this lawsuit to make it to SCOTUS.  your confidence in self-constraint is not supported by reality.

trav7777's picture

scotus can issue cert at any time.  They found a way to get Bush v Gore on the fast track, didn't they?