President Obama: The “Power-Grabber-in Chief?”


“Obama White House gives Dept of Homeland Security control of all American communication systems.”

RT America | 13 Jul, 2012 16:44 |

President Obama’s Executive Order 142 allows the US government’s Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish control over even the privately owned communication systems in the country, including Internet Service Providers such as Time Warner, Verizon and Comcast, if the administration agrees that it is warranted.

The DHS can now “seize control of all private telecommunications facilities, including all telephones, cellular and wireless mobile phone networks, in order to prioritize government communications”.

The signing was accompanied with little to no acknowledgment outside of the White House.

Obama White House spokesperson Caitlin Hayden confirmed that, “Mobile phones, the Internet, and all social media are now all integral to the communications landscape,” confirming allegations that this executive order could be used as a kill switch for any of the millions upon millions of smart phones, and handheld or desktop devices across the country.”

Attorney Amie Stepanovich says of last week’s signing,

“This should have been done by Congress, so there could have been proper debate about it. This is not authority that should be granted by executive order.” 

Any US President after Obama is able to legally control all public and private media platforms across America, if they deem it necessary. They don’t have to ask or consult anyone. That is an awfully frightening amount of power to invest in one person without any consultation.

Can the President only partially control all private media in America? Would there be a time limit to that control?

This level of power comes without input from the Courts or Judges, without Congressional debate, without public consultation or media discussion. 

IMHO, it is highly unlikely this hugely significant Executive Order will ever be rescinded by a future President. It is simply too irresistible to ever give it up.

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