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

  1. 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.

      • Tammy Simpson
        October 20, 2015 at 7:32 pm

        There’s been a race war in this country since it was stolen by the British settlers from black indigenous people of the Americas. Or was it only when Obama was elected is when you realized it?

        • Edward G
          May 14, 2016 at 11:55 pm

          black indigenous people of the Americas????

          • nexusxyz
            May 22, 2016 at 7:32 am

            What black people would they be. Simply focusing on the British is a tad bigoted since a whole range of different races entered the US, In any event the US won its little war in 1776. I think it was Americans via the ignoring of 600 treaties with native Americans, after 1776, that stole the land.

    • A Tesoriere
      October 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      you silly silly just hide your head in the obama koolaid

    • connie frist
      October 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

      What part of executive overreach do you not understand?
      If your only defense is racism, then you have no defense.
      Reality? Closed minded? How about projection?
      If this were a conservative, of any color or sex, you and you minions in the MSM would be apoplectic.
      Proof of point, when Ben Carson came out as a conservative, the MSM was calling him an Uncle Tom.
      How racist is to think all Blacks MUST be /progressive/democrat/leftists?
      Don’t lecture us about racists, the left are the most overtly racist and sexist among us.

    • February 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      To paraphrase, get a grip on reality and open your mind, Bob. Try to explain the merits of EO13603. Why the expansion, Bob?
      Why does it cause you to deflect?
      Racism is irrelevant and projected drivel.
      Have you no real understanding of the implications?
      Are you Barak?

    • Mark McKay
      April 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

      You are blind my friend. It’s not about race my son’s half black. Between all the lies and cover ups that have been going on for decades. Operation Northwoods operation paperclip and then you have 911 the sandy hook shooting that never happened. He’s a puppet and if u don’t realize what he’s doing your ignorant. They want our guns to take over. We’re the strongest civilian army in the world and they don’t like that. They dumb us down with the drugs they bring in. Do you know anything about strong city network? He singed another order last month that allows the UN to come and police us. If you don’t see all the signs then you my friend have no hope. Just lay down.

      • Linda
        October 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm

        Let The truth be told, She just said it”

    • RIDER
      May 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Obama IS white, half white. And you did not know that his mother is white? Anyone who objects to him is a racist? Personally, like many, I don’t give a rats ass what color he is. And BTW, I couldn’t get past your first few sentences because of your ignorance. Go back on your meds.

    • George Ortiz
      May 21, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      It figures that someone like you would try to discredit this, if that’s more people like you in this country then we are really in trouble because you won’t get it until it actually happens and went it does it’ll be too late for you.

    • ICECHARD69
      May 22, 2016 at 10:54 am

      You all never get tired of that same response everytime someone disagrees with what obama is doing ,do you? After all if someone disagreesthey must be white and a racist or they would agree .. .lmao so according to how i see your line of thinking ; you must be black ,a racist , think obama is perfect( like Jesus was only better cause he’s black), and therefore nobody could possibly disagree because what obama is doing is wrong . You must really be clueless, while obama is black , unless you are muslim obama doesn’t give a damn about you. You may as well be white lol

    • David
      June 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      And, you, unfortunately, seem to function not out of your own reasoning & mental researching & real life experiences but docily follow the SCRIPT of Hillary/Obama Progressive Agenda. All that is the same script such as, for example, if you disagree with Obama on politics & beliefs then that makes that person “racist”(really?). If you really believe that, you would do better to follow your own advise because this kind of thinking is sick. Or, then, you are truely a Prigressive/Marxist. The majority of True Americans are not on that RIDE.

    • Robin
      July 6, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      WOW! Bob, you seem to know a lot for someone that dont even live in the US….we all carry guns? Where did you pick that one up at? The local pub? After all, you are Irish and making assumptions about how racist we all are so it shouldnt bother you that I make a few of my own. But just to set you straight, Bob…we dont all carry, and many of us dont even own guns. Do we believe we have a right to protect our families from those that dont care about laws? You bet your Guinness lovin ass we do. Do we accept that our jails are “cesspools of illegality and crime?” Hate to let you in on a secret “Bob” but jails have CRIMINALS in them, so naturally they will have crime… if your Irish jails lack this do tell your secret! And lastly “Bob” all of us are not the “paranoid racist” you think either. Easy for you to sit there and run your mouth when your in Ireland…”bottoms up” Bob….

    • Honrado
      August 1, 2016 at 6:30 am

      You’re a belligerent racist fool Bob with no real argument. The person who cries racism is the racist. The article states truth and facts and said nothing whatsoever about race or racism. Face the truth or be a tool for the Communists until they take you and yours.

    • Spiderman
      August 19, 2016 at 1:26 am

      Vote TRUMP make America Great!!!

    • martin
      August 22, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Bob your a race baiter… Spewing lies.

    • joy watson
      September 15, 2016 at 9:28 am

      amen well said. i am an american teen i see that shit in my neighborhood every day….

    • John Sears
      September 20, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      It’s great when a foreigner, all in a single comment, can point out everything that’s wrong with “white America” and then ask “what’s wrong with you” at the end of their explanation. Yes, yes we are all paranoid! Just like white water, Monica Lewinsky, Hilary’s Parkinson, 9-11, Obama’s birth certificate are all crazy conspiracies…. Please enlighten us white racists further on what else we’re wrong about.

    • Evil
      September 23, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      You Clearly work for the government and wrote this to true this important information off topic funny how this EXECUTIVE ORDER 13603 has now been removed off all government sites Pdf 10 pages removed as if it never was.

    • KSparx
      September 24, 2016 at 8:51 am

      You’re funny, Bob. Now, piss off!

    • allen Johnson Jr.
      October 2, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      It is hard to imagine the ego inflation that precedes a post like this.` It is not that the content is all wrong. It is the arrogant, know-it-all, holier-than thou attitude that requires some serious soul searching and, if not too late, a change of heart.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 🙂

    • November 23, 2015 at 3:09 am

      Please do
      I’m with you Velda. I’m a vet, top secret clearance. Something is not right. It’s time for the people of this country I fought for the bring this Executive Order to the people of this fine nation.

  4. Roy
    November 16, 2015 at 12:12 am

    This message is simple!
    If you have any doubt in what is real or not, ask yourself this question..

    Is there a real source that you can honestly beleive in? If you believe in something is wrong then its wrong, if you believe that something is right then it is right but, if you are not sure what you believe then you are lost. There is a solution for all this corruption in our leadership men and women…

    If you believe that there is a God and a son then fight back or, if you believe there is an evil force at work between nations then prepare for battle. If you believe in neither then keep your opinions to yourself because you just might be on to something, or not?
    The real question is how much more time are going to waist?

    Do you think God will hold it against you for going to battle, I believe not! If God can destroy all things that are evil than so may who believes in him without consiquence.

    “Gods Amnesty for Men of Moral Attitude”

  5. Charlotte
    December 10, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    What’s really wrong with this country is that everybody has a fucking agenda. Just live and mind your business.

    May 7, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS as EXECUTIVE ORDER 13603: is reviewed in this June 2015 article r – http://investmentwatchblog.com/executive-order-13603-obama-authoriz… and – – http://www.independentsentinel.com/executive-order-1360/dhs-out-of-… We had a coworker ask How Dangerous Is Executive Order 13603 – ? What a question. BHO is flat dangerous when he has a pen in his hand and doubly so when he has a congress that will not review and strike down E.O.s that are obviously tyrannical in nature. BHO signed this in March of 2012. It’s the congress that needs the scalding reprimand when they see that the president has written such an order. -https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS20846.pdf – – Congressional Revocation and Modification of Executive Orders Congress may also influence the duration and effectiveness of executive orders. Orders issued pursuant to authority provided to the President by Congress, as distinguished from orders that are based on the President’s exclusive constitutional authority, may be legislatively modified or nullified.62 Congress may revoke all or part of such an order by either directly repealing the order, or by removing the underlying authority upon which the action is predicated.63 Either of these actions would appear to negate the legal effect of the order. Congressional repeals of executive orders are relatively rare in modern times, primarily because such legislation could run counter to the President’s interests and therefore may require a congressional override of a presidential veto. One study has suggested that less than 4% of executive orders have been modified by Congress.64 To effectuate a repeal, Congress need only enact legislation directing that provisions of the executive order “shall not have legal effect.”65 For example, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 explicitly revoked a December 13, 1912, executive order that had created the Naval Petroleum Reserve Numbered 2.66 In 1992, Congress similarly revoked an executive order issued by President George H. W. Bush that had directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a human fetal tissue bank for research……. So here we are in 2016 with a Republican majority and past logic told us that if this president should write any more E.O.s that border on tyrannical WE THE PEOPLE had better see an immediate “knee jerk” revocation of the same. But the bottom line here in view of this late date and the context of this entry seems to carry the message – – In the meantime keep your powder dry, larder stocked and walk with the eye in back of your head peeled for trouble.

  7. Lesley
    October 20, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Clearly this is nothing but Trump supporters. What have this world come to when just to even let this man be able to run for president. It’s a joke and its not about race its about ignorance

    • S. Noble
      October 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      You can say that when you have a corrupt liar as a candidate? Read the Wikileaks releases. The readers aren’t all Trump supporters by the way.

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