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January 11, 2010

President Obama establishes Council of Governors by Executive Order

by Stephen Gordon

Brad just asked what people are reading today.  President Obama just provided some interesting reading material indeed. Here’s the opening text from an Executive Order dated January 11, 2010:

EXECUTIVE ORDER
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1822 of the National Defense AuthorizationAct of 2008 (Public Law 110-181), and in order to strengthenfurther the partnership between the Federal Government and State governments to protect our Nation and its people and property, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Council of Governors.
(a)
There is established a Council of Governors (Council).The Council shall consist of 10 State Governors appointed bythe President (Members), of whom no more than five shall be ofthe same political party. The term of service for each Member appointed to serve on the Council shall be 2 years, but a Membermay be reappointed for additional terms.
(b)
The President shall designate two Members, whoshall not be members of the same political party, to serve asCo-Chairs of the Council.
Sec. 2. Functions. The Council shall meet at the call of the Secretary of Defense or the Co-Chairs of the Council toexchange views, information, or advice with the Secretary ofDefense; the Secretary of Homeland Security; the Assistant tothe President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; theAssistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs andPublic Engagement; the Assistant Secretary of Defense forHomeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs; the Commander,United States Northern Command; the Chief, National GuardBureau; the Commandant of the Coast Guard; and other appropriateofficials of the Department of Homeland Security and theDepartment of Defense, and appropriate officials of otherexecutive departments or agencies as may be designated by theSecretary of Defense or the Secretary of Homeland Security.Such views, information, or advice shall concern:
(a)
matters involving the National Guard of the variousStates;
(b)
homeland defense;
(c)
civil support;
more
(OVER)
2
(d)
synchronization and integration of State and Federalmilitary activities in the United States; and
(e)
other matters of mutual interest pertaining toNational Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.

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9 Comments

  1. To what end?

    I’m sorry. Silly question. Expanding the state, of course. Also, I’m sure 4,761 jobs will be created or saved.

    Comment by Orlando M — January 11, 2010 @ 11:50 pm
  2. Sounds relatively innocent, doesn’t it? I can’t wait to see what it’s *really* for…

    Comment by tfr — January 12, 2010 @ 7:12 am
  3. could this be the begining of an internal para military force?

    Comment by KC — January 12, 2010 @ 12:38 pm
  4. Innocent? I don’t think there is any reason the federal military should operate in the US short of being invaded.

    Check out:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act

    Comment by Jazzbiker — January 12, 2010 @ 2:50 pm
  5. Isn’t this prohibited by the Constitution?

    Comment by Peter — January 12, 2010 @ 2:54 pm
  6. Hiel Obama

    Comment by Dale — January 12, 2010 @ 3:14 pm
  7. Feel free to correct me, but didn’t Prime Minister Putin of Russia do this same thing when he was president a few years ago? Once you build a centralized framework, you can insert the Royal Governors wherever there once were autonomously elected ones. A step in that direction whatever the case.

    Comment by Lycurgus — January 13, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
  8. All of the evils that could (and probably will) arise from this council completely aside, isn’t this, in a way, a step back to the days before the 17th Amendment (which essentially removed the ability of the state governments to have any kind of say in national matters)? For all the whining and crying about the federal government romping all over the states, shouldn’t libertarians at least be a little more accepting of Obama’s attempt to give to the states a little of the power that they once had via the Senate? Or, is this move just as Lycurgus says it is?

    Comment by Justin Bowen — January 13, 2010 @ 8:19 pm
  9. This account above sounds to me like the usual making a mountain out of a molehill but the threat of marshall law is not an idle one…As of tomorrow it looks like the Democratic majority in the senate will lose its lock on the agenda if the filling of Kennedy’s seat goes to the Republican candidate. The health care bill is falling apart apparently at this moment unless something is rushed thru and Obama signs it faster than the speed of light. This is Not the way our government is designed to work and the “masses” are waking up to the shell game and smoke and mirrors that is more evident every day. Never underestimate the American determination to fight “city hall” and if it takes to a full-fledged revolution (and it might) be prepared for one hell of a fight! Preparations for just that have been in the works for many years by groups of highly organized and extremely well trained “ordinary” people who are very well equipped with every weapon you can imagine and are hair-trigger ready. I have no personal information of any kind, but quietly watching developments closely from the sidelines for years leads me to conclude that something, perhaps totally unexpected, will trigger events to go out of control in many different ways. Not because of any type of warnings found in biblical or Mayan prophesy but because these predictions are being used as a kind of script to create the chaos someone in control (the powers that be, perhaps) need to happen for their purposes. In other words, the Bible or the Mayan calendar says it’s going to happen and we now have the technology to make these things (earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions) which we do now have, as I understand it, so now is the time to play out that end-of-time game. It is also a scientifically viable time as we pass through the center of the galatic plane, always a rough ride, and the sun is behaving in very unusual ways and seems to be heating up the whole solar system. This is my clumsy description of what is going on as I understand it without having the benefit of the mathmatical or physics training that really is needed to explain any of this correctly. All of this is the opinion of one very reclusive 70ish woman who studies and reads a lot. To be taken with a grain of salt or not.

    Comment by leoetal2000 — January 18, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

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