RE: [-empyre-] Sedition, terror, privacy and the impossible control goal
Quite a list of juridical and political aporias here...many of which history
has seen before, albeit in different shapes and locales.
With everyone vying for a controlling stake (or favored nation relationship)
with the largest shareholders of the world pie--which is not to say that
controlling stake means total control, but rather, a sphere of significant
influence--we might ask a politically realist question:
In terms of national security, what are nations to do, otherwise?
This is a question we need to ask ourselves...how much of a martial strategy
is a nation of peoples ethically entitled to in order to prosper and ensure
its survival? Total? None? Something between?
It's a very real question that needs to answered by everyone that dares to
think of such real global problematics, no?
Nicholas Ruiz III
Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities
--Florida State University--
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Henry Warwick
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 1:36 PM
Subject: Re: [-empyre-] Sedition, terror,privacy and the impossible control
Impossible you say? It's been this way for a long time. Many of the
following executive orders are from the Kennedy and Ford
Administration. Some have been superceded by subsequent Executive
Orders, but not in ways that reduce their power or range. I have a
long list of such Orders at the end of this post.
All it would take is for some power mad party and its Administration
du jour that is bent on keeping power at all costs to simply go
skipping down memory lane and pick and choose what they need from
The latest machinations by the Bush Junta et al and their illegal
wiretapping schema only follows the course that's been set for
decades. It'll come to a peak with the collapse of the petrodollar,
which is the REAL reason why the Bush Junta are gunning for Iran. The
Iranian Oil bourse, set to open next month, will denominate Iranian
oil in Euros. The Dollar was taken off the obsolete gold standard in
1971, and shortly after that came the oil shocks of 1973. The US gov
then centered their economic hegemony around oil, creating the
petrodollar. If you are in Chile, you have to buy oil from the saudis
in DOLLARS. Tying the dollar to oil made sense - you can't have an
industrial system without it, and it allowed for a massive inflation
of the currency without losing direct value - the USA could have
negative trade deficits ad infinitum because everyone needed dollars
to buy oil.
Iraq under Saddam Hussein began trading its oil in euros in November
2000. Several other oil producing countries also agreed to sell oil
in euros-Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Russia, Indonesia, and Malaysia
(soon to join this group). In July 2003, China announced that it
would switch part of its dollar reserves into the world's emerging
"reserve currency" (the euro).
An interesting article on this is here:
In any case, the Iranian Oil Bourse is the next target. Malaysia is
no longer a significant problem to the USA, through industrialisation
and depletion of their fields, they are likely to become oil
importers in 2009.
Indonesia is projected to deplete and go into importer status in 2008.
That leaves Libya, Venezuela, and Russia. Libya blinked at the
invasion of Iraq, and are likely to follow USA lead until the USA is
too weak to project its interests, where they would then convert to
euros. Russia sells in euros and dollars. Once it consolidates its
fields by crushing the revolts in the south, I would guess it would
fully shift to euros. That just leaves Iran and Venezuela. We know
Iran is going euro in March, so I would expect Chavez to cheerfully
stick a fork in the American Economy and follow suit.
At that point, (probably 2007 or 2008) the world will be awash in
useless dollars. This will cause the dollar to lose value, and sink
into an inflation. The Fed will respond with high interest rates, but
will continue to create huge sums of money in order to keep the
remaining eurodollars afloat and maintain the outflow of american
dollars to places like China which are dependent on the American
economy to keep their own industrialisation on track.
Eventually, as global oil depletion takes hold and we start to slide
down the back side of Hubbert's Peak, there will be massive
investment in energy resources in order to increase efficiency, shore
up the dollar, and keep the machine going, with a multitude of proxy
and limited resource wars breaking out.
Some countries (that have half a lick of sense) will bail from the
petroleum economy ASAP, viz Sweden's announcement last year: http://
and Iceland's decision to use geothermal to make Hydrogen to replace
This will be replicated throughout europe, especially as Russia
continues to jerk people around with the gas pipeline.
This means that Northern Europe will have a much softer transition
into a post-petroleum economy. The larger militarist and industrial
powers however, are going to have a much more difficult time - USA,
China, Japan, Russia - not a good situation.
Anyway: once the hammer starts coming down, the executive branch of
the USA has a number of legal resources it can resort to in order to
clamp down on the populace. These Executive orders follow.
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 communication media.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all
electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to seize all means
of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any
kind and total control over all highways, seaports, and waterways.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10999 allows the government to take over all
food resources and farms.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize
civilians into 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 and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to
relocate 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, inland 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 into effect in times of increased international tensions and
economic or financial crisis.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of
Justice to 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 and assist the President.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to
federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative
Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness
Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of
production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries,
credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any
undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of
emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the
action for six months.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every
aspect of the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA's Civil
Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA's role
as a "new frontier in the protection of individual and governmental
leaders from assassination, and of civil and military installations
from sabotage and/or attack, as well as prevention of dissident
groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion, or a global audience in
times of crisis." FEMA's powers were consolidated by President Carter
to incorporate the... National Security Act of 1947 allows for
the strategic relocation of industries, services, government and
other essential economic
activities, and to rationalize the requirements for manpower,
resources and production facilities.
1950 Defense Production Act gives the President sweeping powers
over all aspects of the economy.
The Act of August 29, 1916 authorizes the Secretary of the Army, in
time of war, to take possession of any transportation system for
transporting troops, material, or any other purpose related to the
The International Emergency Economic Powers Act enables the President
to seize the property of a foreign country or national.
These powers were transferred to FEMA in a sweeping consolidation in
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