President Obama issues a constitution trampling executive order declaring Syria a national emergency and outlaws reporting on terrorist rebel activities.
By Alexander Higgins (Thanks to Arabi Souri)
In perhaps the most unconstitutional power grab by the Obama administration to date the constitutional rights of Freedom of Press and Freedom of speech have now been suspended under the false premise that the “human rights violations” in Syria and Iran constitute as “national emergency”.
Perhaps even more laughable than the claim that the conflict in Syria is somehow a national emergency is the fact that the executive order directly states that excuse being used to target Iran is human rights violations are alleged to have occurred in 1981, over 31 years ago, which were supposed to have occurred when the US funded the Iraqi’s to invade Iran and was trying to instigate a revolution within Iran much like they are doing in Syria right now.
So here we have our totalitarian government setting another disastrous legal precedent by declaring a national emergency based upon something that happened 31 years ago.
In any case, using these claims the executive order goes onto outlaw any activities which could be used by the government of Syria or Iran to track the activities of terrorists conducting attacks within those nations.
That also means reporting on any such attacks and a whole slew of related activities such as giving donations and even directly or indirectly providing software or technologies that the would enable the tracking of the terrorists.
The executive order names people and organizations who are determined to be in violation of the order at the time of the signing an then goes on in Section 1) to give the United States government the ability to declare additional entities or person to be in violation of the order.
Specifically it authorizes the government to action against any who is said to have 11) a ii(A) operated, or to have directed the operation of, information and communications technology or 1) a ii (B) sold, leased, or otherwise provided, directly or indirectly, goods, services, or technology that could assist in or enable serious human rights abuses by or on behalf of the Government of Iran or the Government of Syria.
That covers a whole range of activities such as reports on the terrorist staging fake propaganda videos for CNN and news being faked by Al Jazeera.
Moreover, people running applications like the Syria Tracker which keeps tabs on reported attacks by terrorists and reported attacks by the government by the terrorist can now find themselves in the crosshairs of the US government under this new executive order.
Of course as following suit with broad language civil liberty trampling proclamations, such as the Patriot Act or the NDAA, you are also guilty if you 1) a ii(C) have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the activities described in 1) a ii(A) or 1)a ii(B) again.
Translation, if you worked on the project like the Syria tracker watch out. If you have donated to its authors, or the company that provides the technology that runs the project, or anyone else who may be directly or indirectly involved in the project, you can be targeted.
If you donated to a website or news organization that reported on the activities of the terrorists you may find yourself under review for violating this executive order.
Of course the order gets even broader, as it goes on to state you are guilty if any in anything in violation of this executive order is 1) a ii(D) owned or controlled by you or if you, or if you have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.
Of course, donations are considered free speech according Supreme Court to Citizens United when it comes to corrupting our politicians, but the same rights aren’t extended to you as an individual and the government will mandates strict time and place restrictions on the free speech you can exercise if they allow you to exercise it. Clearly free speech is anything from “free” when it is controlled by the government.
Section 2 then goes on to provide a broader outline of the prohibition of Free speech, I mean donations, as Obama declares “I hereby determine that the making of donations of the type of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the two national emergencies identified in the preamble to this order, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order
The order then goes onto specifically state that constitutional rights of ownership are being thrown out the window without judicial oversight in Section 8: ” For those persons […] who might have a constitutional presence in the United States […] prior notice […] would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective […] there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order.”
If all of this wasn’t enough to make you sick the US government, its contractors and its employes are all exempt from the order as are any and all corporations who have existing contracts with Syria or Iran.
The last check of power that the people have against an over bearing government is the Freedom of the Press.
This is just an escalation of the attack of that freedom that we have seen with the NDAA being used to silence journalists critical of the United States government in their reporting in the War on Terror.