Executive Order 13603 – How Dangerous Is It?


President Obama has been using executive orders (EO’s) in ways they have never been used before. He is using them to do end-runs around Congress by legislating from the White House. Some EO’s are dormant but pose a potential future threat. One of those is EO 13603.

President Obama signed EO 13603 on March 16, 2012. The purpose is to delegate authority and address national defense resource policies and programs under the Defense Production Act of 1950. It provides the framework and authority for the allocation or appropriation of resources, materials and services to promote national defense.

It is an update and it is not much different from prior EO’s on the National Defense Resources Preparedness. However, one difference which is concerning to some is that the definition “national emergency” is now broader and it is quite vague. There were other subtle changes that might be of interest.

The EO includes all of Obama’s out-of-control agencies and they would have unlimited power if the president declared a “national emergency.”

Executive Order 13603 — National Defense Resources Preparedness allows the government to completely control our lives through the “industrial and technological base,” should the president declare a national emergency.

EO 13603 gives Obama the power over all commodities and products capable of being ingested by human beings and animals; all forms of energy; all forms of civil transportation; all usable water from all sources; health resources; forces labor such as military conscription; and federal officials can issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources.”

EO 13603 is the plan to control our economy and our lives in the event of a crisis endangering our national security. There are no checks and balances written into the EO.

Could a cyber threat be used as an excuse to use this authority? Could an economic crisis cause the president to take over retirement funds using this EO?

In Obama’s hands, this EO does give one pause.

President Obama is behind the nationalization of education, car companies, energy, school loans, housing. The growth of government and the unbridled spending seems endless under his reign.

One of the issues to be concerned about is his expressed desire to wrap his financial hands around the trillions in private retirement savings. A national financial crisis would allow him to do that.

Those are hypotheticals and there is no indication that President Obama will do any of that, however, the biggest concern is that we have now allowed our government to pass laws, EO’s, rules et al that give the government the right to do pretty much anything they want to us. We’ve been careless and inattentive.

We need an order like this but we don’t need an order that gives undefined and unlimited power to one person in the government who can then utilize his/her out-of-control government agencies as s/he sees fit.

For a historical perspective on EO’s, check out Forbes.com

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7 Comments on "Executive Order 13603 – How Dangerous Is It?"

1 month 29 days ago

Ash Yousef… or is it Youssef? Anyway you are a Troll, I see your heat postings all over, without substance everywhere. Look in the Mirror and tell me what you see.

2 months 18 days ago

yousef, you are totally wrong. like Rosalie said, he and others paid a tremendous amount of money to provide his fake birth certificate. he and mrs. obummer are the biggest racists in America. both of them have done more harm to this country than any other couple could ever dream of doing. your web site is also ridiculous. any one can put up a web site.

2 months 19 days ago

oh yeah sooo many good things I can count t on one finger. I know he is a consummate habitual liar and declares he can’t do this or that without violating the Constitution then turns around and does them anyway knowing the Media will never address the obvious lie. Unsecured border, immigration disaster, Fast and Furious, Libya, back to war to a country we were paying for 50,000 ghost soldiers and knew it. Signs ex. orders he admits are illegal and unconstitutional. He is psychotic and now is hanging with terrorists, race-baiters, tax cheats. Where is Muchelle lately hiding?
Thrown so many under the bus- including one Marine getting unjustly detained by our enemy to the south Mexico, the scenic nation of narco-hypocrisy. He has embarrassed the US, given financial aide to our enemies 600 Million to ISIS claiming it was aid freeing their stolen oil money to buy more weapons. That’s aid and comfort to an enemy. His birth certificate is a doctored phony with a ficticious hospital’s name. When he was born the hospital had a different name. He has trashed our medical care, I personally have had two primary care physicians LEAVE PRACTICE for better living. Did you ever think you’d see doctors leaving medicine??? I could go on but your one of those who don’t know the difference between a choke hold and a heart attack and I am sure you tell your children its OK to rob stores and charge armed policeman who do what they are supposed to do. Go after criminals UNTIL they stop and raise their hands.

Jim Browning
3 months 11 days ago

Well, Ash, guess you didn’t do your homework…..The hospital Obama said he was born in didn’t exist at that time….Hawaii issues two types of birth certificates….Hawaiian Birth for US citizens born on the Islands and a Certificate of live birth for anyone to register a child’s birth.. even if the birth took place on a passing boat.. Also, sense you have not vetted Barry Soetoro, How does a college student travel to Pakistan as Barry Soetoro and return as Barak Husein Obama……by the way barak and husein are arab names,,, not african….
Wow, he must not be african then!… Also he is a Mulato…… white mother, black father….. so calling him Black is not correct…..Just to give you some more history…..Obama stated that is Father was born in Kenya and fought in WW2….if his father was 18 at the start of WW2 in 1941 then his father was born in 1923….gee…that is an interesting statement since Kenya did not become a nation till 1968!!!!
Do your Home work before your mouth overloads your buttocks!

Sua Sponte
3 months 21 days ago

Somebody has been asleep at the wheel……The list you presented is a stretch and shallow at best…

Has lost nearly 70 Dem House Seats since taking office….fail
Policies so popular that Republicans swept the House and Senate….fail…
Leaves a U.S. Marine to rot in a Mexican jail yet trades a deserter for five terrorists…fail..
Taking states to court who are enforcing federal law….fail…
So popular with his own party they wouldn’t even be seen with him…..fail..
Secure the border….fail…
Has illegal aliens released (to include murderers)…fail…
Will Continue to Aggressively Use His Executive Authority’ Regardless of Election Outcome……Pffft, checks and balances and laws?….Those are things for the little people….King of the world Ma, king of the world!!!…
Russia still a threat?…Nah, I’m at the helm….fail…
Czars?…’nuff said….fail…
Cash for Clunkers….fail…
Expanded warrantless domestic spying…fail..
Plays the race card and points fingers like a natural bodily function instead of being a leader…fail…
Flushed millions in taxpayer money on “green energy”…..fail…
Visited all 57 states….fail…
Flushed nearly a trillion in taxpayer dollars on “the stimulus”, stated that stimulus would ensure that unemployment doesn’t exceed 8%….How’d that work out?….fail…
More than 800,000 drop out of the workforce since May…fail…
8,332,000 Americans Dropped Out Of The Workforce During Obama’s First Term…..fail…
Freeing ‘Forever Prisoner’ from Guantanamo Bay….. He’ll be fighting with ISIS by the end of the month…fail..
As first “post-racial” president, has stirred more racial strife than any other individual…fail..
Effectively turned all our allies against us…fail..
First time a president’s home state governor lost reelection since 1892…fail…
First president to preside over a cut to the credit rating of the United States Government…fail…
Violated the War Powers Act….fail..
Issued an unlawful “recess-appointment” while the U.S. Senate remained in session…fail..
Held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico….fail..
Signed a law requiring all Americans to purchase a product from a third party….fail..
Spent a trillion dollars on shovel-ready jobs — and later admited there was no such thing as shovel-ready jobs….fail..
Signed the equal pay bill, yet still pays his female staff less than men…fail…
Helps to cover up Fast&Furious which resulted in the death of a U.S. citizen and hundreds of Mexican citizens…fail…
Four Americans are murdered and he blames a video and keeps the ruse up for weeks?…Then he promises to “vigorously” pursue those responsible, can’t find them yet media is able to interview him?…..fail..
IRS targeting?….How Constitutional of him…fail..
You can keep your doctor!….fail…
Bars Veterans from visiting memorials commemorating THEIR sacrifice….fail..
The VA…Need I say more?…fail..
Spying on the AP….fail…
Spying on James Rosen and his family via email and cellphone…fail…
The Pigford scandal…fail..
Attacking Libya without Congressional approval….That worked out well…fail…
Put the muslim brotherhood into power in Egypt…fail…
Pulling out of Iraq with no clear victory over insurgent forces…fail..
More Americans on welfare than ever….fail..
Denying the notion of American Exceptionalism…fail…
Traded a deserter for five terrorists…fail..
Foreign policy?…Forget about it….fail…
American beheaded?…Hey, let’s go golfing….fail..
Obamacare website ($840 million)….so much fail…
Obamacare….see above…
Financial reform didn’t reform…..But surely, Obama saw to it that we would never repeat the problems that led to the financial crisis and the recession in the first place, right? Except that the Dodd-Frank financial reforms didn’t really reform anything. They created a couple thousand pages of new legislation and many, many more new executive-branch regulations, which have helped to muddle the rules rather than clarify them. But these regulations have never really resolved any of the pre-crisis problems….fail..
Arab Spring?….Pfffft….fail…
Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*…fail..
SpectraWatt ($500,000)*…fail…
Solyndra ($535 million)* ..fail..
Beacon Power ($69 million)* ..fail..
AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million) ..fail..
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million) ..fail..
SunPower ($1.5 billion) ..fail..
First Solar ($1.46 billion) ..fail..
Babcock and Brown ($178 million) ..fail..
EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)* ..fail..
Amonix ($5.9 million) ..fail..
National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million) ..fail..
Fisker Automotive ($528 million) ..fail..
Abound Solar ($374 million)* ..fail..
A123 Systems ($279 million)* ..fail..
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million) ..fail..
Johnson Controls ($299 million) ..fail..
Schneider Electric ($86 million) ..fail..
Brightsource ($1.6 billion) ..fail..
ECOtality ($126.2 million) ..fail..
Raser Technologies ($33 million)* ..fail..
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)* ..fail..
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)* ..fail..
Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)* ..fail..
Range Fuels ($80 million)* ..fail..
Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)* ..fail..
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)* ..fail..
LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)* ..fail..
UniSolar ($100 million)* ..fail..
Azure Dynamics ($120 million)* ..fail..
GreenVolts ($500,000) ..fail..
Vestas ($50 million) ..fail..
LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million) ..fail..
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)* ..fail..
Navistar ($10 million) ..fail..
Satcon ($3 million)* ..fail..
*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.

Sara Noble
3 months 16 days ago

That’s a great list!! You should write articles Sua.