Don Allen All FEMA part 41010 Feb 92 000500 AREAHUMAN VIA QEcho 2.66a +gt;+gt;+gt;+gt;+gt;

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Don Allen All FEMA part 4/1010 Feb 92 00:05:00 AREA:HUMAN VIA: QEcho 2.66a >>>>>======FEMA part 4============================================>>>>>> ____________________________________________________________________ | | | Bush Chips Away at Constitution | | | | George Bush, perhaps more than any other individual in | | U.S. history, has expanded the emergency powers of | | presidency. In 1976, as Director of Central Intelligence, | | he convened Team B, a group of rabidly anti-communist | | intellectuals and former government officials to reevaluate | | CIA inhouse intelligence estimates on Soviet military | | strength. The resulting report recommended draconian civil | | defense measures which led to President Ford's Executive | | Order 11921 authorizing plans to establish government | | control of the means of production, distribution, energy | | sources, wages and salaries, credit and the flow of money | | in U.S. financial institutions in a national emergency.[1] | | As Vice President, Bush headed the Task Force on | | Combatting Terrorism, that recommended: extended and | | flexible emergency presidential powers to combat terrorism; | | restrictions on congressional oversight in counter- | | terrorist planning; and curbing press coverage of | | terrorist incidents.[2] The report gave rise to the Anti- | | Terrorism Act of 1986, that granted the President clear-cut | | authority to respond to terrorism with all appropriate | | means including deadly force. It authorized the | | Immigration and Naturalization Service to control and | | remove not only alien terrorists but potential terrorist | | aliens and those "who are likely to be supportive of | | terrorist activity within the U.S."[3] The bill superceded | | the War Powers Act by imposing no time limit on the | | President's use of force in a terrorist situation, and | | lifted the requirement that the President consult Congress | | before sanctioning deadly force. | | From 1982 to 1988, Bush led the Defense Mobilization | | Planning Systems Agency (DMPSA), a secret government | | organization, and spent more than $3 billion upgrading | | command, control, and communications in FEMA's continuity | | of government infrastructures. Continuity of Government | | (COG) was ostensibly created to assure government | | functioning during war, especially nuclear war. The Agency | | was so secret that even many members of the Pentagon were | | unaware of its existence and most of its work was done | | without congressional oversight. | | Project 908, as the DMPSA was sometimes called, was | | similar to its parent agency FEMA in that it came under | | investigation for mismanagement and contract | | irregularities.[4] During this same period, FEMA had been | | fraught with scandals including emergency planning with a | | distinctly anti-constitutional flavor. The agency would | | have sidestepped Congress and other federal agencies and | | put the President and FEMA directly in charge of the U.S. | | planning for martial rule. Under this state, the executive | | would take upon itself powers far beyond those necessary to | | address national emergency contingencies.[5] | | Bush's "anything goes" anti-drug strategy, announced | | on September 6, 1989, suggested that executive emergency | | powers be used: to oust those suspected of associating | | with drug users or sellers from public and private housing; | | to mobilize the National Guard and U.S. military to fight | | drugs in the continental U.S.; to confiscate private | | property belonging to drug users, and to incarcerate first | | time offenders in work camps.[6] | | The record of Bush's fast and loose approach to | | constitutionally guaranteed civil rights is a history of | | the erosion of liberty and the consolidation of an imperial | | executive. | | | | 1. Executive Order 11921, "Emergency preparedness Functions, | | June 11, 1976. Federal Register, vol. 41, no. 116. The | | report was attacked by such notables as Ray Cline, the | | CIA's former Deputy Director, retired CIA intelligence | | analyst Arthur Macy Cox, and the former head of the U.S. | | Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Paul Warnke for | | blatantly manipulating CIA intelligence to achieve the | | political ends of Team B's rightwing members. See Cline, | | quoted in "Carter to Inherit Intense Dispute on Soviet | | Intentions," Mary Marder, "Washington Post," January 2, | | 1977; Arthur Macy Cox, "Why the U.S. Since 1977 Has | | Been Mis-perceiving Soviet Military Strength," "New York | | Times," October 20, 1980; Paul Warnke, "George Bush and | | Team B," "New York Times," September 24, 1988. | | | | 2. George Bush, "Public Report of the Vice President's Task | | Force On Combatting Terrorism" (Washington, D.C.: U.S. | | Government Printing Office), February 1986. | | | | 3. Robert J. Walsh, Assistant Commissioner, Investigations | | Division, Immigration and Naturalization Service, "Alien | | Border Control Committee" (Washington, DC), October 1, | | 1988. | | | | 4. Steven Emerson, "America's Doomsday Project," "U.S. News | | & World Report," August 7, 1989. | | | | 5. See: Diana Reynolds, "FEMA and the NSC: The Rise of the | | National Security State," "CAIB," Number 33 (Winter 1990); | | Keenan Peck, "The Take-Charge Gang," "The Progressive," | | May 1985; Jack Anderson, "FEMA Wants to Lead Economic | | War," "Washington Post," January 10, 1985. | | | | 6. These Presidential powers were authorized by the Anti- | | Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690: 100th | | Congress. See also: Diana Reynolds, "The Golden Lie," | | "The Humanist," September/October 1990; Michael Isikoff, | | "Is This Determination or Using a Howitzer to Kill a | | Fly?" "Washington Post National Weekly," August 27-, | | September 2, 1990; Bernard Weintraub, "Bush Considers | | Calling Guard To Fight Drug Violence in Capital," "New | | York Times," March 21, 1989. | | | -------------------------------------------------------------------- <<<<<<======Continued in FEMA part 5====================================>>>> Don --- QuickBBS 2.66/O (Reg)

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