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 government. In the policy language, it states: "The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government."
Not much attention was paid to this directive, especially in the largest media outlets. That's not too surprising, as most of the newspapers and all of the television news programs report the same stories, the kind that can be easily digested, while this story takes some explaining for most folks to understand its significance.
But I'm sure that you, gentle reader, understand the danger of centralizing power over a massive social services system. We've seen the failure of FEMA to respond well when a national disaster occurs. The agency is hampered by its own structure and bulk, along with its top-down management style that falls apart when an incompetent manager is sitting in the top chair – and in government, incompetence is obviously not career-threatening.
But that's not what has me spooked, you see... I'm probably just being paranoid, but this particular action by the President has me sniffing the wind. I smell something bad here...
The attack on New York and Washington on 9/11 caught most of America by surprise, but not everyone. There were many people in civilian and military intelligence who reported signs of an imminent attack in tthe summer months of 2001. They were ignored by the White House at the time, but they proved to be correct later on...
The "catastrophic emergency" of 9/11 resulted in a vast expansion of Federal powers. Today we have evidence of the President granting himself full control over those expanded powers. It makes me wonder, "Why now?"
Does the White House suspect another "catastrophic emergency" to happen soon? Is that why they've taken this extraordinary step that violates the separation of powers written into the US Constitution? Are they hearing from their intelligence officers again and listening to them now?
If some bad shit happens on a large scale real soon, it won't look like a coincidence to me. But it will close the lid and pound the first nail in the coffin of Freedom in America....

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