Obama Signs Another Controversial Executive Order in the Name of National Security

Friday afternoons, when no one is paying attention, seem to be Obama’s favorite time to release his Executive Orders.  Last Friday, came another one; an update to an Executive Order created in 1994, the “National Defense Industrial Resources Preparedness”.  The order gives the president the power to take control of all domestic energy supplies for the purpose of protecting national security, as well as, delegating greater power to each cabinet member to achieve this.

As Fox News points out,

President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order on March 16 giving the White House absolute control over all the country’s natural resources in case of a natural disaster or during a time of war.

In the order, the National Defense Resources Preparedness Order, the President granted to himself the authority to approve the dispensing of all domestic energy, production, transportation, food, and water supplies as he deems necessary to protect national security.

Despite the national defense hurdle that ostensibly must be jumped in order for the order to take effect, the text of the document itself does not limit implementation to a time of war. In fact, the specific sections of the order make it clear that the President can take complete command and control of the country’s natural resources in peacetime, as well.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air gave an analysis of this new EO in comparison to its predecessors,

Note what this EO specifically orders: identify, assess, be prepared, improve, foster cooperation.  None of these items claim authority to seize private property and place them at the personal disposal of Obama.  What follows after Section 103 are the directives for implementing these rather analytical tasks, mostly in the form of explicit delegations of presidential authority to Cabinet members and others in the executive branch.

Why the update?  If one takes a look at EO 12919, the big change is in the Cabinet itself.  In 1994, we didn’t have a Department of Homeland Security, for instance, and some of these functions would naturally fall to DHS.  In EO 12919, the FEMA director had those responsibilities, and the biggest change between the two is the removal of several references to FEMA (ten in all).   Otherwise, there aren’t a lot of changes between the two EOs, which looks mainly like boilerplate.

Some people aren’t sure this is a big deal.  The rest of us want to know…what is our Marxist president up to?

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  • RealMc

    imagine for one second that was George Bush.

    The outcry would be deafening.

  • Lucky one

    Hopefully if he pulls a Hugo Chavez the military will be with the people.

  • Tell you what this Marxist president is up to…..planning on something right before the election,where elections are cancel and marial law is declared, if americans don’t like it …..to bad because the government now controls all water,food,energy resources….

  • democraps suck

    Odumbo is just laying the groundwork for a fake catastrophe right before the election so there won’t be one…in the interest of national security…why else did the mooslime POS need to do that

  • paul52

    Something very fishy here. Better scrub and fill the bathtub, oh, about Nov. 5???

  • Redwine

    Of course it’s a big deal. What Morrissey and other pundits who are dismissive of this update to an existing EO are overlooking is what this means in the hands of this particular “transformational” – and autocratic – POTUS (and his regime with radical department heads and unconstitutional czars), who flouts the Constitution, the Congress, and the rule of law with unparalleled regularity.

    Later today, please listen to the replay of Mark Levin’s cogent discussion of the topic during the first hour of his show (http://www.marklevinshow.com/sectional.asp?id=32930).

  • Montana Miles

    Read the EO; takes over everything in the USA and puts it in the hands of Obama and his Secretaries the “Defense Production Act Committee.” Obama’s EO does this without requiring a National Emergency.

    Excellent Audio that goes through the sections of the EO is as follows…

    Alert! Obama Declares/Updates MARTIAL LAW Implementation – Executive Or…: http://youtu.be/myPENDAJdE0 via @youtube

  • smmtheory

    I question the timing coming from a man whose seems intent on not leading in any direction other than bigger government.

  • dgree3

    Wake up all you frogs!!! The temperature in the pot just went up 10 degrees. You are only a few weeks away from slightly uncomfortable to well done.

  • Far OT – some heavy duty Web scrubbing going on this afternoon. There was a story about first First Child tripping to Mexico for spring break, but the story is disappearing from nearly everywhere without explanation. And rapidly so. It started about 3PM EST.


  • Skandia Recluse

    On the one hand, this is just prudent planning. On the other hand, this IS B.H. Obama we’re talking about. On the gripping hand, it makes you wonder what they’re afraid might happen in the near future.

  • Sickofobama

    I am one that is terrified by this latest EO.

    I’ve heard opinions saying this is no different than others from the 50s or the 90s however, there is one stark difference.

    Obama’s plan is during war or PEACETIME.

    Now why would any normal president have to have a plan of that kind during peacetime.

    Because he knows that next November it will not be like November 2008.

  • Sickofobama


    Seen other posts like yours.

    Obama is CIC.

    Which means the troops won’t have access to the necessary weaponry unless.

  • Militant Conservative

    And many think the opposition is crazy.

    I’m awake and scared to death. Fight or flight

    Response. Got nowhere to run to so that narrows

    It down some. The military’s allegiance is to the

    Constitution, not the president. Marine corps

    head has specific duties in this regard.

  • Rachelle

    Is this preparation for when he loses the election?

  • Redwine

    This EO coupled with the NDAA is extremely dangerous and a major cause for concern.

  • FurryGuy

    So far the hysterical loony conspiracies the Left had about Bush creating a dictatorship are actually being fulfilled by Barry.

    And the Left cheers the takeover.

  • formwiz

    Anybody checked the smoke detectors in the Reichstag lately?

    I have to agree with Lucky one that the Armed Forces would definitely be with the people, but it would still take some doing to break with 225 years of tradition.

  • Joanne

    This is a huge deal. There is far more to the Executive Order than HotAir is letting on. The government can even take anyone with skills they want to use in any capacity they want. In the Ukraine and Poland, communists killed off everyone with an education – this is nothing new for communists. The government takes someone on the guise of using them, but offs them instead. Why exactly is this a priority for Obama right now? Is he getting nervous about pulling off another election through corruption and deception? Why sign this Order when he’s hoping no one will pay attention? I’m thinking there isn’t going to be an election this November 2012 – not if Obama feels he can’t pull off a win through any means.

  • Sanmon

    Don’t worry thats what Obama wants you to do. Keep you all edged up so you do something stupid that will give him cause. Every week he has done something to keep you on the edge.

    Obama can’t fly a jet and he sure can’t drive a tank. The serving military and retired have more weapons and ammunition at home than than the have access to on base. All is well in America. Just stock up on food so you have a months supply at least while they escort him out of the White House.

  • someone looked at the numbers and decided the feds didnt have enough ammo stockpiled for homeland security so they are buying half a billion rounds between now and the end of the year!!!!!!!!!!


  • Joanne

    Just think this – you have a man who is fundamentally changing the U.S., who presents a fraudulent birth certificate twice, just for starters, and he wants to be able to declare martial law in peacetime. Think about it – a usurper in the Whitehouse who believes the U.S. Congress is a ceremonial body, while what he says, goes.

  • Coasta

    Thank you Redwine, Levin has been cut off the radio here.

  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    Check out Ann Barnhardt’s response at http://barnhardt.biz/

    The gist is, maybe it would be less horrifying under a different president, but with the current Anti-American occupying our White House (and all his cronies carefully tucked into multiple other positions of power in our government) she’s calling for alarm: “Why is the 3/16/2012 Executive Order worthy of grave concern? Simply put, because of the man and the regime who issued it. This is a man, and a regime that has done the following: ” and she goes on to present her case.

    She’s the cattle-futures broker who closed her business after the MF Global implosion (saying there is no longer any integrity or accountability in our financial systems after Jon Corzine’s apparent looting of supposedly “segregated” customer accounts at MF Global to the tune of $1.2 BILLION — with no repercussions to him so far). THAT particular story can be found at:

  • Sickofobama


    I know the troops swear an oath to the Constitution.

    But if things got to where I think they will, do the troops take over the weaponry and at whose command?

    I’ve always wanted to know.

  • Fionnagh

    I wonder if food and water will be distributed according to which congressional districts vote primarily GOP or Democrat. (Remember how that seemed to happen with car dealerships??)

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  • Taqiyyotomist

    #24 A_Nonny_Mouse

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    More people should be reading Barnhardt’s site daily, IMHO.

    She is fearless, and speaks the truth.

  • Liz

    Impeach. I believe Sheriff Arpaio. Especially since there has been no rebuttal.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    #25 Sickofobama

    Also: It doesn’t help that a huge percentage of “our troops” including naval vessels are, right now, as far from the U.S. as possible.

  • Diamond Girl

    Complete take-over via EO to nationalize every single thing he can get his Marxist claws on…his agenda is not done.


    People need to read this EO….this is during ‘Peace Time’ as well.

    Where are our repub leaders…where is anyone on our side of the aisle in congress? All I hear is a deafening silence!

  • ahem

    This is a setup.

  • JimmyT

    Laying the groundwork. OWS escalates it’s violence this fall and “Marshall Law”.

  • jaycee

    im so glad ill be taken at the rapture.

  • clarity rising

    I guess I’m not understanding something about our political system. What in the Constitution gives him the right to issue an executive degree? Especially of this sort? Can’t congress just say “Nah, I don’t think so!” Isn’t that what they are there for, to provide checks an balances on this sort of power grab?

  • Rock

    The devil is in the detail, IE the definition section is a interesting read. Near about everything privately owned or not seems to fall under the control of one Cabinet Member or another. Including farm equipment, vehicles, all water bodies within the Nation (seems that was on the EPA wish list not so long ago). The lack of specifics, and the all encompassing scope leaves me to suspect that everyone of our Rights are at risk here Given this President love to by pass the Congress and the voice of the American people, I see no reason to trust him or his inner circle on this matter.

  • midusdew

    I get the feeling the election will be rigged. pinko will win. Manufactured riots will break out then martial law will be enforced to round up all the guns

    What else could it be…..

  • … what is our Marxist president up to?

    Maybe this:

    ‘Most people have no idea that the United Nations has been drafting an environmental constitution for the world that is intended to supersede all existing national laws. This document has a working title of “Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development” and you can read the entire thing right here. Work on this proposed world environmental constitution has been going on since 1995, and the fourth edition was issued to UN member states on September 22nd, 2010. This document is intended to become a permanent binding treaty and it would establish an incredibly repressive system of global governance. This “covenant”, as it is being called, claims authority over the entire global environment and everything that affects it. Considering the fact that everything that we do affects the environment in some way, that would mean that this document would become the highest form of law for all human activity. This proposed UN environmental constitution for the world is incredibly detailed. The U.S. Constitution only has 7 articles, but the UN document has 79 articles. If the U.S. eventually ratifies this treaty, any national, state or local laws that conflict with this covenant will be null and void. This is potentially one of the greatest threats to our national sovereignty that we have ever seen and we need to warn the American people about it.

    Essentially what this proposed environmental covenant does is it takes the sustainable development principles underlying Agenda 21 and turns them into global constitutional law.

    All parties to this new constitution would be forced to turn their nations into centrally-planned societies where all decisions about everything are evaluated within the framework of sustainable development.

    If the United States became a party to this treaty, America would become a paradise for control freaks. Basic decisions about what you eat, about what you wear, about where you live, about how big a family you can have and about what activities you could engage in on a daily basis would be dictated by the mandates in the global constitution.

    If you doubt this, just read the document.*’

    Proposed UN Environmental Constitution For The World Would Establish An Incredibly Repressive System Of Global Governance


    Sounds exactly like something Hussein and Cass Sunstein would approve of, and would explain why he would claim power over every last resource in America. Everything bin Obama has done has limited access to energy and resources of all sorts while his regime has pushed ‘sustainable’ programs. The idea is to put everyone in the world on the same hunting gathering level no matter what resources their nation has, while the elites live high in Socialist utopia.

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  • squeaky

    control freaks can be dangerous. on a smaller scale you can marginalize them but like the narcissist…..i’ve worked with control freaks and they usually like to control the definition of just what is right and what is wrong. when they find that they can’t control a situation it can get ugly. remember valarie jarrett – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Nlq80DVpo

  • Shawn

    This is why they want to take our guns! I wonder just how many of the troops will support a mass murder of the people who oppose the big government machine. When is his next ex. order going to be to ban elections and pronoumce himself the surpreme leader?

  • Jerry C

    “I’ve got a baad feeling about this.”-Obi Wan Kenobi

  • radioone

    This EO appears to just be another piece of the puzzle in order to “transform America” as Obama promised.

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  • We are already in a covert civil war being run by Obama, a Marxist revolutionary. It is a war over the debt slavery of our children to the welfare state. It looks different to CWI because much of the modern economic and intellectual territory is the Internet. Also, since Obama can’t count on the military, he uses a proxy army of union brownshirt goons, illegals and OWS anarchists for muscle. Still a civil war, just more subtle. http://www.futurnamics.com/civilwar.php

  • Wesley

    People get ready Jesus is coming, soon we will be going home. My church and my father have told me that this would be a sign of the end times, if u are not ready get that way please.

  • Wesley

    People get ready Jesus is coming, soon we will be going home. My church and my father have told me that this would be a sign of the end times, if u are not ready get that way please.

  • Wesley

    People get ready Jesus is coming, soon we will be going home. My church and my father have told me that this would be a sign of the end times, if u are not ready get that way please.

  • Beth

    I just had a thought come to mind….”Diary of Ann Franks”

  • Justine Liberty Jeremiah

    This traitor has no right to do anything in this country, He is not an American citizen, he is not legal as president. He needs to be impeached immediately. And above all, he has NO AUTHORITY to declare himself in charge of our lands, waters, crops or even our waste products(poo poo). Why isnt he being impeached? He has proved himself a traitor several times over. Why isnt he being impeached? You guys need to call your representatives , I already have, and call, DEMAND, that this imposter be impeached NOW. NOT TOMORROW, NOW. READ MY LIPS, NOW.

  • nam_vet6869

    If you are old enough to remember WWII the Government issued ration cards for gas, sugar, limited tires and other items that were needed for the troops. I think this is basically the same idea with a couple of items added due to modernization and technology.