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

23 hours 7 seconds ago

Ok, has anyone read the EO? It was originally written by President Truman during the Korean War, does anyone remember that little FUBAR? The EO was updated and YES looks likes Martial Law but does anyone’s grandpa parents remember what they did to the Japanese Americans at the beginning of World War II? The Patriot Act is so UNCONSTITUTIONAL that the Supreme Court was sleeping? The Executive branch puts us in a war that has no END in sight, no BATTLE PLAN to deal w/invisible enemy, anyone remember VEITNAM? They said 10yrs but we were there earlier than that supposedly training ARVN. This nation was founded on life, liberty and the pursuit of prosperity. Oh by the way when does a multinational Corp. become a living personage that is protected under the Constitution? I believe OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS states endow by their creator to certain unalienable rights…..I haven’t seen a hospital big enough to deliever a corp. Who’s the baby moma? The dead beat dad that doesn’t pay his corp. taxes and inversion to avoid support. I say scrap it and start over, Pax America is just to big to govern and history proves it British, Roman, Greek, Persion Spanish, French just to name a few. Bring our troops home for the National Defense w/exception of our Navy that travels the world and should be doing humanitarian aid & pirate protection. Well I rattle enough to get a visit from the Feds’. So I say those who DO NOT REMEMBER HISTORY & not the unabridged VERSION ARE CONDEMN TO REPEAT IT. Just read and vote. KEEP BUGGING THE PISS OUT OF YOUR STATE & FEDERAL representatives. Good bye and good luck (who said this)

2 days 22 hours ago

Was anyone on this site alive in April of 2013? less than a year after Obama made himself dictator, he tested EO 13602. Dictators like Obama want to leave nothing to chance. Two teenage boys and the Saudi prince mastermind that was ushered back to Saudi Arabia were used to bomb the Boston Marathon. Within minutes of this action, EO 13603 was invoked. Boston, was selected for the test because it is the birthplace of American Independence. This was Obama’s Muslim Cordoba Initiative. It is symbolic of the Jihad to not just kill your enemy, but to disgrace him. Boston was shut down in exact compliance with EO 13603. No Communications, banking, transportation, or business operated for nearly 48 hours. The jihadists in the Muslim Brotherhood gloat in closed door meetings that the American people are gullible fools. They will believe anything you tell them. Thousands of innocent citizens were dragged out from their homes made to kneel in front of their private property; had their homes ransacked while a rifle was pointed at their heads. All this was done using the smokescreen of looking for two teens who did blow up innocent civilians. I don’t know which was worse. I can only say that the people rallied together after the bombing, and that was a good thing. However for the thousands of innocent humiliated citizens who lost their complete and total freedom for a day this was not America. I am sure this was Obama’s greatest day of glory in the miserable 6 years he’s made America a humiliated and beaten nation.

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