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


  15 comments for “Executive Order 13603 – How Dangerous Is It?

  1. Sua Sponte
    November 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    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.

    • Pamela
      August 11, 2015 at 1:16 am

      Thank you for taking the time to write this out. It can be tiring and disturbing to write out (some) of his failures! :-/

      I sure would like to share this on my facebook page, do you mind?

      • S. Noble
        August 11, 2015 at 10:11 pm

        Definitely! Share anything you like. :)

  2. Jim Browning
    November 15, 2014 at 10:13 am

    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!

  3. johnboy
    December 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    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.

  4. hechief
    December 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    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.

  5. W
    December 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    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.

    • Vilius
      May 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Net neutrality should be called Net Neutering. the takeover of the most dynamic free expression of thought is now under the control of the “thought police”. All of America loses . No longer will anyone be able to express opinions openly on the net like the ones I see here. We have created a heavy burden for ourselves, and have abdicated our freedoms to an ideology that will let you say anything you want, as long as it is what Obama, or the next puppet dictator is saying and thinking. We are a nation founded on the belief that freedom and free speech is an inalienable right given to us by God. As the US has removed God from all things public, so we have removed that Inalienable right. Ask God to forgive us and He will help us once again.

  6. Vilius
    May 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    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.

  7. medic
    May 3, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    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)

  8. Bob Davis
    May 21, 2015 at 7:01 am

    You commentators are clearly a bunch of paranoid racists with no understanding of reality. Obviously your real problem with Obama is that he is not white. It must drive you racists nuts. You play your silly conspiracy games, but from outside the USA, it’s pretty obvious to the rest of us (I am Irish) that you’re just p***d that a black man is giving orders instead of shining your shoes. As for your nut-job paranoia about the government, you’ve got the most hands-off, leave citizens alone, government in the world. So “leave people alone” you let people die or get bankrupt simply because they can’t pay their medical bills, something clearly immoral and unchristian. Your jails are open cesspools of illegality and crime, but you just accept it. You all carry guns, have the highest murder rate of any developed nation, and can’t see the obvious connection while the rest of us on this planet wonder what’s wrong with you.

    Get a grip on reality. Read something from outside the USA. Read something from outside your own closed circles. Heck, just open your minds and try thinking!

    • Bill
      May 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

      It’s ironic you’d say it’s conspiracy when the president ignores congress, the Supreme Court and rules via agencies like a Marxist.Ironic since he’s stirring up a race war to the best of his ability. The only one who cares that he’s black – and he’s half-black – are the Marxist revolutionaries he is involved with.

  9. velda
    June 24, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    we deserve everything we get, for not fighting back, not taking our and God’s country back from these monsters.

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