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I'm getting a little spooked here...

Is it just me, or is there something especially ominous in the latest Presidential Directive? National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20, documents released earlier this month by the Bush administration, give the president some new powers in the event of a national emergency.
Actually, the new National Continuity Policy outlined in those documents formalizes the current reality in Washington, where the White House has exerted firm control over most branches of government. It simply defines and extends that control while giving it some legitimate-sounding cover.
According to this new policy "...any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government function" would be sufficient cause for the President to assume full directorial control over every branch of the US gover…