Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

Do these Executive Orders associated with FEMA suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:...


allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.


allows the government to seize and control the communication media.


allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.


allows the government to seize all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any kind and total control over all highways, seaports, and waterways.


allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.


allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.


allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.


designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.


allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.


allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.


allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.


specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.


grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.


assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.


allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every aspect of the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA's Civil Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA's role as a "new frontier in the protection of individual and governmental leaders from assassination, and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or attack, as well as prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion, or a global audience in times of crisis." FEMA's powers were consolidated by President Carter to incorporate the...

National Security Act of 1947

allows for the strategic relocation of industries, services, government and other essential economic activities, and to rationalize the requirements for manpower, resources and production facilities.

1950 Defense Production Act

gives the President sweeping powers over all aspects of the economy.

Act of August 29, 1916

authorizes the Secretary of the Army, in time of war, to take possession of any transportation system for transporting troops, material, or any other purpose related to the emergency.

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Loosen off the tinfoil hat.

    First, none of them allow the government to suspend the Constitution.

    Second, saying "suspend the Constitution *and* the Bill of Rights" illustrates a gross ignorance of the Constitution. The Bill of Rights is a PART of the Constitution.

    Third, all the orders to is allow for emergency powers in the case of an emergency. 11049, for example, was utilized in the run-up to hurricane Rita to enable the government to set all lanes of I-10 to run out of Houston instead of two lanes into the city and two out.

    I'd also note that well over half of the EO's that you quote are no longer valid, having been superceded by other EO's further down the list.

    Finally, several of the quotes are completely wrong.

    You name, for example, "EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 : allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports." - well, that's just not true.

    EO 10990 merely established the Federal Safety Council, which is a body that advises on workplace safety.


  • 5 years ago

    Combined with Presidential Policy Directives I would say yes. It is very easy for the government to declare a state of emergency. We are currently operating under more than 20 states of emergency today. Congressional members of both parties have repeatedly brought up this issue and concluded that if martial law were declared the President would be elevated to a position above both Congress and the judiciary; basically to a dictatorial position. Several attempts were made by Congress to see the contingent government continence plan that would take effect in the case of martial law. They were denied due to security concerns. Each time a new President takes office, the Executive Orders are reinstated. In effect, every Executive Order since President Kennedy has been repeatedly renewed. FEMA didn't exist until President Carter, however, most of the agencies within FEMA already existed, as did their directives. Don't be surprised when people resist these facts. They would have to turn off their TVs and watch Congressional hearings or read government documents to find them. Executive Orders were not to be used to legislate, but they have evolved to do that very thing, and courts have ruled them to have the full force and effect of Congressional law.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

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