Americans Out of the Liberty Loop
Americans Out of the Liberty Loop
DOJgov.net Newswire July 4, 2002
The concept of maintaining continuity of government during and after an
emergency is not a new idea.
During the Cold War, Congress established elaborate and rather
survival facilities in the mountains of West Virginia. Presumably,
the American "common folk" would be incinerated, the privileged could
survive and guarantee the continuity of government and civilization
their own criteria for human survival.
It was on this premise that in 1964, the great film Director Stanley
created the classic "Dr. Strangelove."
According to the Washington Post (March 2002), the operation was
re-activated after the 11 September attacks. It is reported to involve
officials drawn from all departments, depending on the perceived level
threat (or in the case of Dr. Strangelove... position in government,
superior genetics and potential virility for human regeneration).
Those taking part, live and work underground for long spells at secret
fortified locations on the East Coast. The core group of federal
would be drawn from the same bureaucratic minions whose self
negligence and apathy caused the deaths of thousands in the World Trade
The plan for a shadow government has been implemented now because of
heightened fears that Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network might obtain
portable nuclear weapons.
An unnamed senior official told the Associated Press news agency that
US intelligence had no specific knowledge of such weapons, the risk was
great enough to warrant activation of the plan. Dick Cheney's survival
provide legitimacy for constitutional succession, but he can't run the
country by himself.
He went on to say that President George W. Bush did not foresee ever
to turn over government functions to the secret operation, but believed
was prudent to put the plan into action in the light of the war against
terrorism and persistent threats of future attacks.
Other officials, who spoke to the Washington Post newspaper, said the
back-up government consisted of anything from 70 to 150 people at two
principal locations on the East Coast. They are suspected to be living
working in heavily fortified mountain bunkers, carved out under
s Raven Rock Mountain and Weather Mountain in Virginia during the Cold
in the 1950s.
These underground cities are home to government officials who rotate
on three-month stints. Their identities and even their titles are kept
secret. As with all budding bureaucracies, it is not unreasonable to
that this number will increase, as will the funding and lavishness of
Once activated for what some call "bunker duty", they live and work
underground 24 hours a day, away from their families. No formal
made relative to having families join them as accommodations grow
Those deployed for the operation are not allowed to tell anyone where
are going or why. "They're on a 'business trip', that's all," one
was quoted as saying.
Although it does not identify the exact location of these sites, the
Washington Post says they make use of geological features to render
highly secure. They are well stocked with food, water, medicine and
supplies and are capable of generating their own power. There are
links, computers and other connections to the unprotected and totally
vulnerable civilian populace.
The newspaper said that only the executive branch is represented in the
full-time shadow administration. Other branches - such as Congress and
judiciary - have separate continuity plans.
The Bush administration is following a script that was maintained
every administration, up through the Clinton years. But at the
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and at the new Office of
Homeland Security (Now being elevated to a 170,000 strong super
officials have been busy updating those plans, particularly the way
relate to using the military as a kind of domestic national police for
continuity of government." For those unaware of fed-speak, this means
protecting of elected officials and bureaucrats from the rest of us,
viewed as the potential enemy.
Many people feel that the Posse Comitatus act of 1878, might protect
from a police state combining the military and civil law enforcement,
heavy managerial input by the US Department of Justice. But laws are
already on the books authorizing martial law, including Section 32CFR
4** of the Code of Federal Regulations. These are the rules written by
unelected bureaucrats that govern our lives.
In broad based terms, the CFR simply states: "Martial law depends for
justification upon public necessity." **(If you have Adobe Acrobat
installed you can view 32 CFR 501.4 in PDF format by double clicking
hyperlink with your left mouse button. You can download by right
and then left clicking.)
And let us not forget that vast emergency federal powers by decree
least to John Kennedy, who issued a raft of such orders during the Cold
You can read recent Executive Orders and look up the topics of all
Executive Orders by going to http://www.archives.gov/search/index.html
National Archives and Records. They are difficult to pull up and
Executive Orders 12919, 12656, 13228 and the ominous Executive Order
In force today (or replaced by something worse), they reveal how easily
individual liberties and constitutional government can be set aside.
downloads of documents, Right Click on the above Executive Order
and Left Click to view or download.
With constitutional government "temporarily" placed in the garbage
American people would be subject to direct control by unelected
scrambling to shore up a jack boot heel on the dreams of our Founding
Fathers. Federal Workers Get Terrorist Evacuation Plan - The Rest of
America Can Go to Hell
August 17, 2002
In a bipartisan attempt aimed at shielding the federal bureaucracy from
danger, the Bush administration has reportedly approved a safety
plan for saving the nation's more than 2 million federal workers within
According to today's edition of the Washington Post, upon confirmation
threat, the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Emergency
Agency (FEMA) and General Services Administration may release up to
federal workers in the Washington area and 1.8 million nationwide.
Directors of the three agencies could alert the White House, local
and regional emergency managers within minutes, the Post said.
Presumably, the American taxpayers who fund these agencies' federal
employees will be afforded an "after the fact" warning and be left to
The plan, prompted by confusion during the Sept. 11 attacks, is
allow for an orderly evacuation, the newspaper said.
The procedures have been months in development and were presented to
government officials this summer.
No explanation was given why the life of a federal employee is worth
than anyone else. And while the rest of the American people might face
hardship, starvation and death under Martial Law, federal bureaucrats
continue receiving full salaries, medical care, lavish pension funding
The three agencies have set up new 24-hour operation centers, which are
constant contact with federal, state and local law enforcement, the
said. Some government officials have been assigned cellular or
phones or other wireless devices along with emergency call lists.
Scott Hatch, a spokesman for the Office of Personnel Management, told
Post the plan is designed to begin the evacuation within 15 minutes.
40 Years of Executive Orders Trashes Our Constitutional Guarantee of
A Presidential Executive Order, whether Constitutional or not, becomes
simply by its publication in the Federal Registry. Congress is
Here are just a few Executive Orders that would suspend the
the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders could be enacted by the
of a Presidential pen.
It should be noted that over time, some of the following Executive
have been rescinded or replaced by others. But the true terror to our
liberty rests with the ease in which they can be issued and how earlier
orders are frequently replaced by those of a more draconian nature:
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of
transportation and control of highways and seaports.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all
power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to take over all food
resources and farms.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians
work brigades under government supervision.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health,
education and welfare functions.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a
national registration of all persons.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports
aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to
communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be
abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads,
waterways and public storage facilities.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of
Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders
effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice
enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial
support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all
aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise
assist the President.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to
departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders
over a fifteen year period.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness
develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production
distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow
money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national
also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the
Congress cannot review the action for six months.
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 12148 created the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) that is to interface with the Department of Defense for civil
planning and funding. An "emergency czar" was appointed. FEMA has only
about 6 percent of its budget on national emergencies, the bulk of
funding has been used for the construction of secret underground
to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency,
* EXECUTIVE ORDER 12656 appointed the National Security Council as the
principal body that should consider emergency powers. This allows the
government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S.
citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United
and granted the government the right to isolate large groups of
The National Guard could be federalized to seal all borders and take
of U.S. air space and all ports of entry. Many of the figures in the
Iran-Contra scandal were part of this emergency contingent, including
Colonel Oliver North.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every
the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA's Civil Security
stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA's role as a "new frontier
the protection of individual and governmental leaders from
and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or attack, as
as prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion,
global audience in times of crisis."
The Violent Crime Control Act of 1991 provides additional powers to the
President of the United States, allowing the suspension of the
and Constitutional rights of Americans during a "drug crisis". It
for the construction of detention camps, seizure of property, and
control of populated areas.
When the Constitution of the United States was framed it placed the
exclusive legislative authority in the hands of Congress and with the
President. Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution is
in its language, "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested
Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and
Representatives." That is no longer true. The Bill of Rights protected
Americans against loss of freedoms. That is no longer true. The
provided for a balanced separation of powers. That is no longer
Perhaps it can be summed up succinctly in the words of conservative
Howard J. Ruff. "Since the enactment of Executive Order 11490, the only
thing standing between us and dictatorship is the good character of the
President, and the lack of a crisis severe enough that the public would
stand still for it."
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