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(b) The Secretary of each agency delegated authority under subsection (a) of this section (resource departments) shall plan for and issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources and establish standards and procedures by which the authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions. Each Secretary shall authorize the heads of other agencies, as appropriate, to place priority ratings on contracts and orders for materials, services, and facilities needed in support of programs approved under section 202 of this order.
The National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order exploits the "authority" granted to the President in the Defense Production Act of 1950 in order to assert that virtually every means of human survival is now available for confiscation and control by the President via his and his Secretaries' whim. The unconstitutionality of the overwhelming majority of Executive Orders is well established, as well as the illegality of denying citizens their basic Constitutional and human rights, even in the event of a legitimate national emergency. Likewise, it should also be pointed out that, like Obama's recent Libyan adventure and the foregone conclusion of a Syrian intervention, there is no mention of Congress beyond a minor role of keeping the allegedly co-equal branch of government informed on contextually meaningless developments. As was mentioned above, the scope of the EO is virtually all-encompassing. For instance, in "Section 201 -- Priorities and Allocations Authorities," the EO explains that the authority for the actions described in the opening paragraph rests with the President but is now delegated to the various Secretaries of the U.S. Federal Government. The list of delegations and the responsibility of the Secretaries as provided in this section are as follows: (1) the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer; (2) the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy; (3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources; (4) the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation; (5) the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and (6) the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials. One need only to read the "Definitions" section of the EO in order to clearly see that terms such as "food resources" is an umbrella that includes literally every form of food and food-related product that could in any way be beneficial to human survival. That being said, "Section 601 -- Secretary of Labor" delegates special responsibilities to the Secretary of Labor as it involves not just materials citizens will need for survival, but the actual citizens themselves. Obviously, the ability of the U.S. government to induct and draft citizens into the military against their will is, although a clear violation of their rights, not an issue considered shocking by its nature of having been invoked so many times in the past. Logically, this "authority" is provided for in this section. However, what may be shocking is the fact that Section 601 also provides for the mobilization of "labor" for purposes of the national defense. Although some subsections read that evaluations are to be made regarding the "effect and demand of labor utilization," the implication is that "labor" (meaning American workers) will be considered yet one more resource to be seized for the purposes of "national defense." The EO reads, Sec. 601. Secretary of Labor. (a) The Secretary of Labor, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of other agencies, as deemed appropriate by the Secretary of Labor, shall: (1) collect and maintain data necessary to make a continuing appraisal of the Nation's workforce needs for purposes of national defense; (2) upon request by the Director of Selective Service, and in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, assist the Director of Selective Service in development of policies regulating the induction and deferment of persons for duty in the armed services; (3) upon request from the head of an agency with authority under this order, consult with that agency with respect to: (i) the effect of contemplated actions on labor demand and utilization; (ii) the relation of labor demand to materials and facilities requirements; and (iii) such other matters as will assist in making the exercise of priority and allocations functions consistent with effective utilization and distribution of labor; Notice that the language of the EO does not state "in the event of a national emergency." Instead, we are given the term "purposes of national defense." This is because the "authorities" assumed by the President have been assumed not just for arbitrary declarations of "national emergency" but for peacetime as well. Indeed, the EO states this much directly when it says, The head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense is delegated the authority of the President under section 107(b)(1) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2077(b)(1), to take appropriate action to ensure that critical components, critical technology items, essential materials, and industrial resources are available from reliable sources when needed to meet defense requirements during peacetime, graduated mobilization, and national emergency.
On Thursday, two of those senators -- Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado -- went further. They said a top-secret intelligence operation that is based on that secret legal theory is not as crucial to national security as executive branch officials have maintained. The senators, who also said that Americans would be "stunned" to know what the government thought the Patriot Act allowed it to do, made their remarks in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. after a Justice Department official last month told a judge that disclosing anything about the program "could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States."
Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an "Internet of Things" -- that is, wired devices -- at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital firm. "'Transformational' is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies," Petraeus enthused, "particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft." All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you're a "person of interest" to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the "smart home," you'd be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room's ambiance. "Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters -- all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing," Petraeus said, "the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing." Petraeus allowed that these household spy devices "change our notions of secrecy" and prompt a rethink of "our notions of identity and secrecy." All of which is true -- if convenient for a CIA director.
A parliamentary probe team on Thursday said up to 20 American troops were involved in Sunday's killing of 16 civilians in southern Kandahar province. The probing delegation includes lawmakers Hamidzai Lali, Abdul Rahim Ayubi, Shakiba Hashimi, Syed Mohammad Akhund and Bismillah Afghanmal, all representing Kandahar province at the Wolesi Jirga and Abdul Latif Padram, a lawmaker from northern Badakhshan province, Mirbat Mangal, Khost province, Muhammad Sarwar Usmani, Farah province. The team spent two days in the province, interviewing the bereaved families, tribal elders, survivors and collecting evidences at the site in Panjwai district. Hamizai Lali told Pajhwok Afghan News their investigation showed there were 15 to 20 American soldiers, who executed the brutal killings. "We closely examined the site of the incident, talked to the families who lost their beloved ones, the injured people and tribal elders," he said. He added the attack lasted one hour involving two groups of American soldiers in the middle of the night on Sunday.
US soldiers were alleged to have sexually assaulted two female victims before they were killed in the Panjwai massacre in southern Kandahar last Sunday, a high-level Afghan probe team revealed. The Wolesi Jirga's, or lower house of Parliament, delegation investigating the Kandahar shootings by US troops said besides killing 16 civilians, the soldiers sexually assaulted them. On the ill-fated Sunday, US troops shot 16 civilians, including nine children and three women, and injured five others when they opened fire on houses in Zangabad village, in Panjwai district. Some of the victims' bodies were later set on fire.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that the United States would intervene if Israel attacks Iran's nuclear facilities, although he did not indicate the extent of the possible military involvement. "Obviously Israel is an independent country, and they'll make whatever decisions they make on their own based on what they think is in their national interests," Panetta told Al Hurra, an Arabic news outlet, today. "If they should make that decision, then obviously the United States will -- would take action to protect our facilities in this area and protect our interests in this area." Panetta had been asked specifically if the United States would "intervene with Israel" in the event of an attack.
WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is threatening to impose sanctions on India over its continued economic ties with Iran amid disagreements between Washington and New Delhi over how much and how soon the latter is reducing oil imports from the (in US eyes) pariah nation. India has "failed" to reduce its purchase of Iranian oil and if it doesn't do so, President Barack Obama may be "forced" to impose sanction, unnamed administration officials were cited as telling Bloomberg wire service. A decision in this regard could come as early as June 28, they added, implicitly offering New Delhi a ten- week window to show a decline in Iranian oil imports.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A car bomb blew up in a residential area of Syria's second city Aleppo on Sunday, a day after two blasts rocked the capital Damascus, the Syrian television channel al-Ikhbariya said. Opposition sources said the blast hit an area close to a local security office. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion had killed and injured people in the area but gave no estimate on the number of casualties.
A year has passed since largely peaceful protests began in Syria in mid-March 2011. So far well over 6,500 people are reported to have been killed; many more have been injured. Tens of thousands of people are believed to have been arrested. Deaths in custody have rocketed. Additionally, satellite images show the shelling of residential areas in Homs. Yet, the international community has not effectively addressed this human rights crisis. By vetoing two UN Security Council resolutions on Syria while continuing to supply Syria with arms, the Russian Federation's actions have only served to heighten the violence in Syria. Read More >>
Suzanne Nossel, former assistant to Richard Holbrooke in his capacity as UN Ambassador and currently Hillary Clinton's Deputy Assistant for International Organization Affairs, has been selected as the new Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. In the discharge of her duties at the State Department, she diligently exploited human rights to benefit imperial ambitions. Ms. Nossel had previously worked for Human Rights Watch, as well as for Bertelsmann Media Worldwide and the Wall Street Journal as Vice President of Strategy and Operations. The AI-USA Board of Directors deemed that Suzanne Nossel's commitment to the Clinton and Obama administrations was sufficient proof of her competence and decided not to hold a grudge against her for the crimes committed in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, etc.
Suzanne Nossel became Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in 2009. She is former Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch. Earlier, she has been Vice President of Strategy and Operations for the Wall Street Journal, from 2005 to 2007. After leaving the UN, she worked in business development for Bertelsman Media (2001--2005). Suzanne Nossel became Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, commencing January 2, 2012.
Alleged Kenyan fighter jets have on Sunday bombed several military bases in the rebel held Port city of Kismayo, reports say. No casualties have been reported so far. Locals say Kenya fighter jets attacked Al-Shabaab's Congo military base north of the city. But Kenya has denied the attack. Kenyan military spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir said that Kismayo has been under aerial attacks, but it is not their troops,
Rumours are swirling that China plans to build an Oil export Base in Kismayo in order to set up offshore oil rigs.
China has shifted its support from the Kenyan-backed "Azanian Liberation Force" to the more savvy and experienced Ethiopian-backed TFG Forces concentrated in Gedo. It's main leader former Colonel "Barre Hiiraale" commands the force with an impressive 3,500 militia men. Prior to this shift, China supported the Kenyan backed Ogaden-clan and its leader, the former Somali defence minister, a French-educated anthropologist, Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, seemed a good choice. In April he formed the Azania group, made up of Somali soldiers belonging to the Ogaden clan and trained by Nairobi at Isiolo in Kenya.
The Financial Times Deutschland, quoting sources in Brussels and other European capitals, said Merkel has been lobbying other government chiefs for SchŠuble, 69, to take over from Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker when he steps down in June. SchŠuble was seen as having the best chances at the moment after other potential candidates such as Italian Premier Mario Monti and Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen have turned the job down, the newspaper quoted the sources as saying. But there was resistance in Paris, where President Nicolas Sarkozy was concerned that Germany's position would become too strong, it added.
A growing number of people are unable to pay their bills, the family finance institute Nibud says on Friday. Around 30% of people are behind with payments and 70% have debts in more than one area. In 2009 that figure was 56%. Not only are people in the red, but automatic payments are being cancelled and demands for payment of the rent or mortgage are being ignored, says the Nibud.
Today, President Obama and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon announced that Brian McKeon will move from his position as Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President to the position of Deputy Assistant to the President, Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Staff (NSS).
He worked as Executive Vice President for Law and Policy at Fannie Mae, the federally-chartered mortgage finance company, as a registered lobbyist from 1999 through 2005. This line on his resume raised eyebrows when his appointment to the Obama transition team was announced, given that the company had been seized by federal regulators. Before his appointment to the Obama Administration, Donilon was a partner in the Washington office of the law firm O'Melveny & Myers, where he advised companies and their boards on a range of "sensitive governance, policy, legal and regulatory matters."   Government and political work Donilon worked as assistant secretary of state for public affairs and has served as the Clinton administration's Secretary of State chief of staff. Although he has no military experience and worked as a lobbyist, Donilon was "intimately involved in many major foreign policy issues, including negotiating the Bosnian peace agreement and the expansion of NATO".  Donilon figures prominently during formulation of strategy for Afghanistan and associated discussions in Bob Woodward's 2010 book, "Obama's Wars." Donilon was 'criticized' by General Jones who once disparaged Donilon, for his lack of overseas experience, telling him that as a result: "You have no credibility with the military," according to Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars." Jones said that Donilon was not good in his dealings with his staff at the National Security Council, displaying "too little feel for the people who work day and night....". Donilon did visit Afghanistan March 2010 during President Obama's six-hour late-night visit to the country.
If you questioned the sanity of the folks over at SABAM before, now I hope you'll realize just how plain evil they really are. This morning, word got out in Belgian media that SABAM is spending time and resources to contact local libraries across the nation, warning them that they will start charging fees because the libraries engage volunteers to read books to kids
An Anacortes, Washington, man and his son saw a triangle-shaped UFO with three red lights at each of its points, according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. The witness said the craft made two different sounds - "a high pitch whine" - and a "rumble." "There were also two white alternating lights that appeared to be in a center-front position on the bottom of the craft." They are not sure if what they saw was a military craft. The object was moving very slowly at a low altitude across the sky.
The case of the legendary "Blue Man" whose entire body turned blue after taking a liquid concoction that the mainstream media continues to refer to as "colloidal silver" is a fraud. Contrary to what you may have heard about the incident, 57-year-old Paul Karason from California had not been taking real colloidal silver at all when he turned blue, and the entire charade appears to have been nothing more than a shock-factor story to detract the public from exploring the truth about properly-prepared silver colloids and their incredible power to heal when taken appropriately.