Monday, January 11, 2010
looks as though President Obama today has taken his first step towards
martial law in America. I just pulled this piece off the wires which
indicates the issuance of his new executive order. This order sets up
the framework for the use of federal troops and the combination of
state and federal agencies under the Defence Department. This is
startling news for many reasons. Why now? Why now?
President Obama Signs Executive Order Establishing Council of Governors
Monday, 11 January 2010 19:07 Press Release Latest National News
· Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–January 11, 2010. The President today signed
establishing a Council of Governors to strengthen further the
partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments to
protect our Nation against all types of hazards. When appointed, the
Council will be reviewing such matters as involving the National Guard
of the various States; homeland defence; civil support; synchronization
and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United
States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National
Guard, homeland defence, and civil support activities.
bipartisan Council will be composed of Ten State Governors who will be
selected by the President to serve two year terms. In selecting the
Governors to the Council, the White House will solicit input from
Governors and Governors’ associations. Once chosen, the Council will
have no more than five members from the same party and represent the
Nation as a whole.
Federal members of the Council include the
Secretary of Defence, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Assistant
to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, the
Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public
Engagement, the Assistant Secretary of Defence for Homeland Defence and
Americas’ Security Affairs, the U.S. Northern Command Commander, the
Commandant of the Coast Guard, and the Chief of the National Guard
Bureau. The Secretary of Defence will designate an Executive Director
for the Council.
The Council of Governors will provide an invaluable
Senior Administration forum for exchanging views with State and local
officials on strengthening our National resilience and the homeland
defence and civil support challenges facing our Nation today and in the
The formation of the Council of Governors was required by
the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defence Authorization Act which stated,
“The President shall establish a bipartisan Council of Governors to
advise the Secretary of Defence, the Secretary of Homeland Security,
and the White House Homeland Security Council on matters related to the
National Guard and civil support missions.” (NDAA FY2008, Sec 1822)
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 11, 2010
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS
the authority vested in me as President by theConstitution and the laws
of the United States of America,including section 1822 of the National
Defense AuthorizationAct of 2008 (Public Law 110-181), and in order to
strengthenfurther the partnership between the Federal Government and
Stategovernments to protect our Nation and its people and property,it
is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Council of Governors.
There is established a Council of Governors (Council).The Council shall
consist of 10 State Governors appointed bythe President (Members), of
whom no more than five shall be ofthe same political party. The term of
service for each Member appointed to serve on the Council shall be 2
years, but a Membermay be reappointed for additional terms.
The President shall designate two Members, whoshall not be members of
the same political party, to serve asCo-Chairs of the Council.
2. Functions. The Council shall meet at the call of the Secretary of
Defense or the Co-Chairs of the Council toexchange views, information,
or advice with the Secretary ofDefense; the Secretary of Homeland
Security; the Assistant tothe President for Homeland Security and
Counterterrorism; theAssistant to the President for Intergovernmental
Affairs andPublic Engagement; the Assistant Secretary of Defense
forHomeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs; the
Commander,United States Northern Command; the Chief, National
GuardBureau; the Commandant of the Coast Guard; and other
appropriateofficials of the Department of Homeland Security and
theDepartment of Defense, and appropriate officials of otherexecutive
departments or agencies as may be designated by theSecretary of Defense
or the Secretary of Homeland Security.Such views, information, or
advice shall concern:
(a) matters involving the National Guard of the variousStates;
(b) homeland defense;
(c) civil support;
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(d) synchronization and integration of State and Federalmilitary activities in the United States; and
(e) other matters of mutual interest pertaining toNational Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.
Sec. 3. Administration.
(a) The Secretary of Defense shall designate an ExecutiveDirector to coordinate the work of the Council.
Members shall serve without compensation for theirwork on the Council.
However, Members shall be allowed travelexpenses, including per diem in
lieu of subsistence, asauthorized by law.
(c) Upon the joint
request of the Co-Chairs ofthe Council, the Secretary of Defense shall,
to theextent permitted by law and subject to the availability
ofappropriations, provide the Council with administrative
support,assignment or detail of personnel, and information as may
benecessary for the performance of the Council’s functions.
The Council may establish subcommittees of theCouncil. These
subcommittees shall consist exclusively ofMembers of the Council and
any designated employees of a Memberwith authority to act on the
Member’s behalf, as appropriate toaid the Council in carrying out its
functions under this order.
(e) The Council may establish a
charter that is consistentwith the terms of this order to refine
further its purpose,scope, and objectives and to allocate duties, as
Sec. 4. Definitions. As used in this order:
the term "State" has the meaning provided inparagraph (15) of section 2
of the Homeland Security Act of 2002(6 U.S.C. 101(15)); and
the term "Governor" has the meaning provided inparagraph (5) of section
102 of the Robert T. Stafford DisasterRelief and Emergency Assistance
Act (42 U.S.C. 5122(5)).
(a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair orotherwise affect:
(1) the authority granted by law to adepartment, agency, or the head thereof; or
functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
relating to budgetary,administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistentwith applicable law and subject to the availability ofappropriations.
Sec. 5. General Provisions. more 3
This order is not intended to, and does not, createany right or
benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable atlaw or in equity by
any party against the United States, itsdepartments, agencies, or
entities, its officers, employees, oragents, or any other person.
THE WHITE HOUSE,January 11, 2010.