Presidential Executive Orders are controversial because as previously mentioned, they allow the President to make major decisions without the consent of Congress. For example, Executive Order # 6102 prohibited the hoarding of gold coins, gold bullion, and gold certificates & was used by Roosevelt to confiscate gold in 1933. I believe another terrorist attack could generate such a climate of fear, panic and public emergency. This would result in a political over-reaction that could destroy many of our remaining personal, financial, religious & educational freedoms we value so highly in America today. Read the following case study and decide if this is possible, then protect yourself and forward this report to your friends to make them aware of the threat – while there is still time. Note, this “what if” study is a worst case scenario, and although the timing of the study is during the Bush presidency, our goal is only to highlight the risk of the following controls in a public panic situation. We feel that the politicians of both major parties could incorporate at least some of these measures following the next Islamic terrorist attack.
This case study outlines a chilling terrorist attack scenario in the future, when on 9/11/2007, a presumed domestic Moslem radical group carries out a series of successful attacks inside the US similar in scope to the July 7, 2005 London subway bombings. Learn why since the Feds refuse to ethnic profile those who threaten us. Explore how an excessive political reaction inside the US could create a harsh regulatory environment that could destroy what is left of our civil liberties, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. You will discover how this could be used as a real or fabricated pretext to destroy your financial security, uproot your religious and educational freedoms, confiscate your gold, freeze your domestic bank savings (including mutual funds and investment portfolios), and raid your remaining cash holdings. The setting for this example is the day following the attack when the Final Presidential Executive Order, “protecting the public”, allows the government to take total control of your wealth and liberties using the terrorism emergency as the excuse.
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759)
Setting the Stage
Since 9/11/2001, the American public has been forced to suffer through 5 years of broad-based and usually misdirected border and airport security measures, instead of targeting the individuals and groups that might actually be terrorists. The government is unable to target certain factions and individuals due prohibitions against ethnic and racial profiling.
Now they are touting the benefits of Felony Frowning, read Lew Rockwell’s “Your Evil Intent” http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/evil-intent.html
about the new emphasis on frowning when entering and leaving the United States.Americans have sacrificed our last constraints protecting financial and communications privacy, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution, which have all been lost in the so-called “War on Terror”. Given the government’s broad actions to date, here we take the next logical step by projecting what could happen, given their past response, if there was another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. While we do not believe the risk to be imminent nor the response possibly as extreme as played out in the following example, it Is best to be prepared for the worst.
We all know how Homeland Security and the TSA have been harassing American grandmothers, mothers with babies, my wife (A true story – Read “Meet My Wife Tami – A Domestic Terrorist” at http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/holland5.html, and other innocent Americans as part of their effort to defend our nation from Islamic terrorists and al Qaeda operatives. While I will not begin to question what groups were ultimately behind the horrendous 9/11 attack, suffice it to say that Moslems around the world are angry and antagonized by the foreign policy actions of the US. Even if Osama and Islamic terrorists were not behind 9/11, they jumped at the chance to take the credit for the attack. Today almost five years later, millions of additional Moslems have been radicalized and now see America as their ultimate enemy.
On Tuesday at noon during a normal lunch hour, 10 conventional explosive blasts hit 7 major metropolitan areas in the United States. In New York City, a large truck bomb went off in front of the New York Stock Exchange, doing extensive damage to the building, the floor of the NYSE, and computer and communications equipment. The Wall Street subway station was also bombed by a suicide bomber, resulting in heavy causalities. A briefcase filled with explosives was left in a skyscraper elevator and detonated when the building was full of office workers preparing to go out for lunch.
A few minutes away, a transfer truck filled with explosives was blown up in the Holland Tunnel, and the resulting blast killed hundreds trapped in the resulting traffic jam. At the same time a jet leaving Orlando bound for Dallas exploded right after takeoff when it reached an altitude of 666 feet, apparently from a luggage bomb with an altitude trigger. Suburban malls in Minneapolis and San Francisco, a casino in Las Vegas, and a five star hotel in Miami were also ripped apart by bombs, leaving many hundreds dead and wounded. Finally, a small explosion from within a safe deposit box in the vault of the Bank of America headquarters building in Charlotte went off. Although no one was injured in this instance, other deposit boxes and their private contents were consumed in the small explosion. Moreover, additional bombs went off in two other Bank of America buildings in Atlanta and Seattle, creating a sense of panic and disarray for the United States leading bank.
A broad sense of public terror was increasing by the minute, making the situation and financial costs much worse. The American stock and bond markets were closed as investors remembered what happened after the 9/11 terrorist attack. Subways, planes, and high rise building elevators were almost empty as the public feared additional attacks. Malls and shopping centers, casinos, banks, and major hotels were strangely quiet as people stayed away in droves. The American economy was shutting down.
By 6:00 PM, just in time for the 6:30 nightly new programs, the Bush Administration and the Homeland Security Department held a joint news conference announcing 20 suspects were already in custody. Most of the suspects were young radical Islamists who had recently graduated from Madrasah style Islamic schools in the targeted cities and several were home schooled. There also appears to be direct financial and religious links between the terrorists and Hezbollah and of course Iran and Syria.
The President reported that a tip from Israeli intelligence had allowed the government to react quickly and forestall a planned second wave of attacks. He thanked them for their efforts. More news emerges as files found on the personal computers of the deceased and detained alleged terrorists clearly show that the suspects had financed their operation with funds wired from outside the country and through large amounts of cash currency secretly kept in bank safe deposit boxes.
The President then appealed to the public for their support and highlighted the need for them to stay calm during the emergency. He announced that effective noon tomorrow EST, September 12, 2007, a Presidential Executive Order would be released in response to the attack that would safeguard the American public and protect our nation from another attack such as this. He affirmed that this kind of unwarranted attack against innocent civilians and our financial interests would never happen again. He insisted that all the perpetrators, both domestic and foreign, as well as any conspiring organizations or governments, would be brought to justice.
Finally, he placed the US armed forces on high alert and ordered a carrier task force, which happened to be standing by off the coast of Iran near the Straits of Hormuz, to prepare for action. In addition, he called for unity among the American people, and warned politicians and all facets of the media of the need to understand that America is now in a state of war with the terrorists. Any and all anti-American activities and other actions that might divide the American people, deny the seriousness of, or question the coming emergency actions, especially tomorrow’s Presidential Executive Order, will be prohibited for the duration of the terrorism emergency. Helen Thomas, a reporter sitting in the audience loudly questions whether the President would ask Congress to issue a Declaration of War. She was immediately escorted from the press conference by the Secret Service.
The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”– Thomas Jefferson
The Executive Order
Office of the Press Secretary
September 12, 2007
Executive Order 13666 on Domestic Terrorism And Response to the 9/11/2007 Attack Safeguarding the American public by blocking property and prohibiting money, cash, and gold transfers; public and educational propaganda with persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism.
By the authority vested in me as President in the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to strengthen the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as all Federal, State, and local agencies, executive order 13666 is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment. The Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) shall immediately establish within the Department of Homeland Security (Department) a Domestic Terrorism Response Team (Task Force) to be named the Bush Executive Action Stopping Terrorism.
Section 2. Membership and Operation. (a) The Task Force shall be limited to the following members or employees, all of whom will be no lower than the Assistant Secretary level or its equivalent:
(i) the Secretary of Homeland Security, who shall serve as Chair; the Secretary of State; the Secretary of the Treasury; the Secretary of Defense; the Attorney General; the Secretary of Agriculture; the Secretary of Commerce; the Secretary of Labor; the Secretary of Health and Human Services; the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; the Secretary of Education; and) such other officers or employees of the Department of Homeland Security as the Secretary may from time to time designate; and such other officers of the United States as the Secretary may designate from time to time, with the concurrence of the respective heads of departments and agencies concerned.
Section 3. Functions. Consistent with applicable law, the Task Force shall:
(a) Provide direction to executive departments and agencies concerning the immediate emergency response required to protect and safeguard the nation and our financial infrastructure from internal and external terrorist attack. Due to prohibitions against ethnic and racial profiling, this emergency Presidential Executive Order will cover all Americans equally without regard to religious, ethnic, racial or political views and beliefs. To this end, we immediately implement the following temporary emergency actions, federal legislation, regulations, and requirements to become effective at 12:00 Noon, tomorrow on September 13, 2007.
(b) The Safe Banking Act – every bank, including their personnel and customers, are threatened by the risk of future safe deposit box bombs. Therefore, all bank and private safe deposit boxes are hereby sealed and closed for 60 days or longer until a complete inventory of every box in the nation is completed by approved bank personnel and the appropriate government agencies, to include but not limited to the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI and Homeland Security. All the contents are to be reviewed and an inventory prepared by the box owner of record and such approved bank and government personnel as the Department of Homeland Security deems as appropriate.
After the inventory is completed, all private records and legal documents may be retained and stored in the box, but the box holder may only utilize the same box in the future in conjunction with monitoring of contents by approved bank personnel. At the time of inventory, all currency, gold, precious metals, or collectibles exceeding $1,000 in fair market value will become the temporary property of the US Treasury until such time as the box holder shall provide records and cost basis of the purchase. The difference between cost and fair-market value will be immediately declared as income and taxed accordingly. Failure to show adequate records will also result in the immediate taxation and requirement of payment of income taxes on the deemed fair market value with a cost basis of zero.
(c) The Gold and Currency Protection Act – in order to protect the American public from future terrorism incidents by limiting their ability to fund unlawful activities, the Gold and Currency Protection Act will prohibit the future ownership of gold, silver, and currency in amounts exceeding $1,000 without the filing and completion of new Treasury Disclosure Forms. Effective immediately, all cash transactions in the United States exceeding $500 are prohibited and punishable by fines and jail time not to exceed $5,000 and 3 years.
(d) The Terrorism Emergency Safe Currency and Debit Card Initiative – all existing United States currency now circulating in the United States and around the world will be withdrawn from circulation as legal tender within 5 business days and replaced with a new currency with superior counterfeiting safeguards. All private holdings of cash are to be surrendered and exchanged at your local bank for a “Terrorism Emergency Debit Card” within the next 5 business days. Every transaction exceeding $1,000 must be accompanied by appropriate records, receipts and a paper trail. Any old currency held after the 5 day period will not be redeemed and will not be considered legal tender by the United States. No currency deposits or withdrawals will be allowed in existing bank accounts exceeding $1,000 for the duration of the terrorism emergency.
(e) The Financial Services Defense Act – all American investment markets, mutual funds, annuities etc. are frozen for the duration of the stock market closure due to the damage experienced by the terrorist attack on the New York Stock Exchange. This is a temporary closure but all commercial banks will remain open during the emergency in order to fulfill the safe deposit box and exchange of currency requirement mandated by this Presidential Executive Order. All future bank withdrawals, deposits, and debit and credit card purchases will be monitored and evaluated by the US Treasury for the protection of the citizens of the United States.
(f) The Funds Transfer Protection Act – all bank transfers exceeding $1,000 including bank wires, checks etc. going to or from outside the United States by private individuals are hereby prohibited without the completion of the new Treasury Disclosure Forms and approval by your local financial institution.
(g) The Terrorism Emergency Denial Act – The terrorism emergency denial regulations prohibit any and all anti-American activities and other actions that might divide the American people or deny the seriousness of the present situation. Moreover, the government prohibits any protests over coming emergency actions like the Presidential Executive Order. We also forbid the encouragement of our enemies during this terrorism emergency. Effective immediately, all press publishing, reporting, and editorials– including print, electronic, television, radio, all internet news and blog sites, and personal and private websites are hereby prohibited from denying or questioning the emergency or the government response until this terrorist emergency is declared over by the Department of Homeland Defense. The failure to follow these voluntary requirements and regulations may result in fines and or imprisonment.
(h) The Private School Protection Act – all private schools (including Christian schools) are hereby required to register their curriculum and materials with the Department of Homeland Security. Furthermore, all classes and schools are subject to monitoring and review by the Department and subject to visits at any time in order to stop the spread of Islamic propaganda and the radicalizing of the American Moslem population. The registration and review will be equally applied on all public and private school at the high school and college level.
(i) The Homeschool Reorganization Act – all homeschooling is hereby prohibited effective Septemeber 12, 2007, for the duration of this emergency. All children from the 1st to the 12th grade are required to immediately register and attend the public or private school of their choice.
(j) The Citizens Homeland Protection, Illegal Immigration and Transaction Defense Act – effective immediately all citizens of the United States, 18 years old or older, are required to register to vote in their local precinct and requested to also register for the new voluntary “Lawful Citizen Transaction Card” which will be scanned at the entrance to every place of business, meeting event, and at such shopping areas and other citizen protection spot checks as the Department of Homeland Defense deems appropriate for the protection of the citizens of the United States. No financial transactions, purchases or sales will be allowed without a valid “Lawful Citizen Transaction Card” in order to end illegal immigration and the terrorist threat to the United States.
To further protect our nation, starting in 60 days, the public will be allowed to voluntarily request a safe and secure micro chip placement in the right forehand in lieu of the card which can then be monitored at each required location by new equipment that will scan the right hand of each citizen. These chips will include important blood type, vital statistics and will allow law enforcement to track the location at will of every lawful citizen in the United States in order to protect this nation. This action will curtail illegal immigration and discourage illegals and potential terrorists from being able to transact business in the United States.
(k) The Religious Tolerance & Defense Act – all religious symbols, clothing, jewelry, etc. as well as the dissemination of religious tracts and public missionary activity are hereby prohibited outside of church and religious institutions. All services, ordinances, and private ceremonies at religious institutions are subject to review and monitoring by appropriate Homeland Defense Department personnel.
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to strengthen the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security and all Federal, State, and local agencies to help legal immigrants embrace the common core of American civic culture, learn our common language, and fully become Americans, it is hereby ordered as follows:
(l) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
September 12, 2007
And so on the following day, 9/13/2007, in a burst of patriotism and outrage at the death and carnage from the attack, the Senate voted 100 to 0 and Congress voted 434 to 1 in favor in a non-binding endorsement of the Presidential Executive Order. The people cheered and waved American flags, the opposition fell silent and our young men and women waited for the day when their Registration Acknowledgments were replaced with the draft cards and notices for the ongoing war in the Middle East.
GOP Congressman Ron Paul from Texas, the lone dissenting 1 vote in opposition, packed up his desk, resigned from the Congress and went home to Texas where he was barred from writing and commenting publicly by the Bush Executive Action Stopping Terrorism and the Terrorism Emergency Denial Act.
Accordingly, a long night of darkness fell over this former Republic and our remaining liberties. The Bush Executive Action Stopping Terrorism which became known by the initials, BEAST was enforced for the duration of the terrorist emergency which covered the rest of the Bush term and the one term presidency of Hillary Clinton. Five years later, in the November 2012 Presidential Election, an elderly Ron Paul was elected President of the United States and the terrorism emergency and the BEAST were declared unconstitutional and The Final Presidential Executive Order # Executive Order 13666 was cancelled.
Of course this is just a story and we are obviously having a little fun with the “BEAST” acronym showing a worst case situation. This scenario is meant to illustrate what could happen here in the United States. Still the PC prohibitions on ethnic profiling could result in these extreme kinds of government actions in the event of a real or contrived Islamic extremist terrorist attack on the United States. Unlike 9/11, there is nothing high tech about any of this. Although we use President Bush in the example simply because he will be President at the time of this story, I foresee few real differences in the foreign or domestic policy of either party, although this would more likely happen under a Democrat Party administration.
Quoting George Washington, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”
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