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Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq
Office of the Press Secretary

The White House
July 17, 2007

Quoting Truthout,
“Editor’s Note: Posted below is the recently dispatched Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq, and notice to Congress of its issuance. It is a remarkably broad assumption of power taken unto the executive branch by George W. Bush.

While there are references to making persons that “… pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence …” specific targets of this action, the order also names a far broader spectrum of individuals and actions that may be subject to punitive measures as well. Mr. Bush’s order names persons that “have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in support of, such an act or acts of violence or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.”

Further, while this order empowers/instructs “… officers and agencies of the United States Government …” to assist in its enforcement, ultimately judgment is rendered to members of the executive branch, each of whom serves at the pleasure of Mr. Bush. Since the order seeks to circumvent both judicial and Congressional oversight, it renders unto the executive branch, and ultimately Mr. Bush, absolute power of law.

Congress has moved in recent weeks to confront Mr. Bush, his cabinet and staff. At the center of each Congressional action against the White House is what Congressional leaders view as misuse of executive privilege. – ma/TO”

And, this NY Times editorial on this subject.

Posted by Steve on July 29, 2007 at 6:55 am | Permalink

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  1. Are ya freakin kiddin me??? Where’s the news about YELM? Ahh, gotta throw in the political views too. What was I thinkin?

    Comment by Art Wallace on August 5, 2007 at 8:04 pm

  2. Dear Mr. Wallace,

    Thanks for the comment.
    I believe this issue correlates well to Yelm & something of which to be aware for Yelm’s future,
    seeing how our little town has grown to where surveillance cameras are on the Yelm-Tenino Trail and throughout the city, with more to come,
    as reported here & in the Nisqually Valley News. These cameras are reportedly for our safety, according to Mayor Harding & Police Chief Stancil.
    Remember the quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
    Why even Wal-Mart’s cameras are now watching the east end of town.
    So, yes, this is an issue that is relevant here – as the invasion of what is left of our privacy/liberty is now being abridged right here in Yelm?
    Ever seen the 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States?

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    I appreciate your interest.


    Comment by Steve Klein on August 5, 2007 at 10:18 pm

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