How to extend a presidential term....greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
On November 12th, 1997 the Following Document was released to the American Public. The wording is quite descriptive and needs not be addressed,
However...we should look into the purpose of the Document...and ask.. .Why is it necessary for the President to put such a document into effect. He tells us that things couldn't be better...except for that 'gnat' from Iraq nipping on his xxx. Since the Press Release only 'references' Title 50 of the United States Code, it really doesn't spell out what our President is up to...So here it is... The Story behind the Story
A close White House Source...fearing to be involved with a violation of Federal law ( Misprison of a Felony...Title 18 section 4 of USC ) tells me that 'The President has empaneled a small, trusted group of legal minds...their charge...to identify the options available or needed to extend Clintons administration beyond its current term.'...here is the result of that Think Tank...Step 1...Extend a National State of Emergency as defined under United States Code, Title 50. Step 2...cause an event which is defined under this code ( nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon threat ) ...the event must be by use of a 'weapon of mass destruction' ( listen to Clinton...he is using this clause in virtually every speech he makes ) . The event does not have to take place within the boundaries of the U.S. Once that event has taken place...the President can extend his powers...take congress out of the lawmaking business by agreeing to consult with them 'from time to time' and put law and order in the hands of FEMA. Even the U.S. Military falls under FEMA jurisdiction... But this would require that a cooperative and trusted FEMA Chief be in place... Clintons Chief of Security while Governor of Arkansas was Raymond 'Buddy' Young...Young was appointed Region Six FEMA Boss in Clintons First Presidential Term...Young has recently been moved to Offices in Washington D.C. Will The present FEMA Chief step aside quietly...or will he be 'Browned' Out?
This Press Release was extracted from The White House Virtual Library
White House Press Release
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release November 12, 1997
CONTINUATION OF EMERGENCY REGARDING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
On November 14, 1994, by Executive Order 12938, I declared a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons ( "weapons of mass destruction" ) and the means of delivering such weapons. Because the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, the national emergency declared on November 14, 1994, and extended on November 14, 1995 and November 14,
1996, must continue in effect beyond November 14, 1997. Therefore, in accordance with section 202 ( d ) of the National Emergencies Act ( 50 U.S.C. 1622 ( d ) ) , I am continuing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12938.
This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
THE WHITE HOUSE, November 12, 1997.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 02, 1998
So what's your point?
Previous presidents, starting at least as far back as Eisenhower, have declared numerous national emergencies in regard to various things. Did any of _them_ "extend a presidential term"? No.
You can look up Title 50 (and any other Title) of the U.S. Code online. The U.S. Code and other important legal materials are online at www.law.cornell.edu.
If you want to attack Clinton (e.g., by insinuating that he's doing something sneaky), please do it in a political forum and be honest and straightforward about it.
-- No Spam Please (email@example.com), November 02, 1998.
The same story was put out about Richard Nixon. I didn't believe it about him (and I despised Nixon far more than Clinton) and I don't believe it now. Put it down as a recurrent urban legend.
-- Paul Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 02, 1998.
It's groundless speculation like this that gives fact-based paranoids like me a bad name.
Perhaps that's the idea.
-- E. Coli (email@example.com), November 03, 1998.
From the date of the order I gather it will have to be renewed in 2 weeks, right?
-- Buddy Y. (DC) (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 03, 1998.
Over here, Mr Blair (I don't call him Tony since that was just an election ploy, a familiarisation making him out to be " a friend") has got another ruse for ensuring his re-election, changing the voting system to a PR method that will mean a Labour majority forever. I expect he will declare a y2k emergency if he thinks it necessary. He may use y2k to promote the ascendancy of the public sector in other ways.
-- Richard Dale (email@example.com), November 04, 1998.