Brush Fires and National Emergencies

February 22, 2014

Lots of fires this week around the world.  Ukraine, Venezuela, Bosnia.  Plenty of people around here playing with matches, too.

Global Incident Map 21FEB

This is a little history lesson for those new members of the resistance that seem to think the assault on their personal liberties is something that happened to them only two election cycles ago.

Let us begin with a little recent history — back in the fall of the year 1969.

Richard Milhouse Nixon, 37th President of the United States,  issued Executive Order 11490, on October 30, 1969, “Assigning Emergency Preparedness Functions to Federal Departments and Agencies,” which consolidated some 21 operative Executive Orders and two Defense Mobilization Orders issued between 1951 and 1966 on a variety of emergency preparedness matters.   Yep, the same guy that disconnected your money from the gold standard.


President Gerald Ford,  38th President of the United States,  in 1976, ordered the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency (FEPA) to develop plans to establish government control of the mechanisms of productions and distribution of energy sources, wages and salaries, credit and the flow of money in American financial institutions in any (heretofore undefined) “national emergency.” This Executive Order (EO 11921) also indicated that, when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress could not review the matter for a period of six months.

Starting to sound familiar?

President Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States,  in 1979,  signed Executive Order 12148 which created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to replace the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency. This Presidential Directive mandated an interface between the Department of Defense (DOD) and FEMA for civil defense planning and funding.


Which brings us to the next President and former Governor of California, Ronald Regan.   This will take a little explaining, because this is one of those major chain of events that went largely under everybody’s radar.

In 1971, then California Governor Reagan, with a $425,000 grant from the Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, established a counter-terrorism training center–the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI)–and made General Louis O. Giuffrida its commandant.
Shortly after he assumed the directorship of FEMA in 1981, General Giuffrida had flooded high-level FEMA posts with friends from CSTI and the military police, had created a Civil Security Division of FEMA, and had established a Civil Defense Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland–based on the CSTI model. By 1984, the Center had trained one thousand civil defense personnel in survival techniques, counter-terrorism and military police methods.

President Ronald Reagan, now 40th President of the United States,  signed a series of National Security Decision Directives between February to July of 1982, on civil defense policy and emergency mobilization preparedness. While Reagan’s real U.S. civil defense policy is contained in the classified NSDD 26, some of the law enforcement and public safety provisions of the policy are made public in NSDD 47. This National Security Decision Directive provides for an intensified counterintelligence effort at home and the maintenance of law and order in a variety of emergencies, particularly terrorist incidents, civil disturbances, and nuclear emergencies.

Reagan gave the National Security Council (NSC) authority over the planning for civil defense policy with its expanded civil security powers. He mandated the creation of a senior-level interdepartmental board, the Emergency Mobilization Preparedness Board (EMPB), and charged it with responsibilities for policy and planning guidance, coordination of planning, resolution of issues, and monitoring progress.

Oliver North (remember Ollie North?) served on the EMPB, having been assigned there from 1982 to 1984 by former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane. General Giuffrida was there too, providing operational supervision. By forming the EMPB, Ronald Reagan made it possible for a small group of people, under the authority of the NSC, to wield enormous power. They, in turn, used this executive authority to change civil defense planning into a military/police version of civil security.

That’s when FEMA morphed into the monster it is today.  And still today, very few people know a hill of beans about FEMA.

In January of 1982, FEMA and the Department of Defense issued a joint paper entitled, “The Civil/Military Alliance in Emergency Management” which specified many of the provisions of Reagan’s policy on emergency mobilization preparedness. This document indicates that FEMA had been given emergency powers to acquire resources from federal and state agencies (including National Guard personnel) and the private sector (banking, communications, transportation, etc.) “for use in civil disturbance operations.

Apparently General Frank S. Salcedo, Chief of FEMA’s Civil Security Division and General Giuffrida’s former colleague at CSTI, wanted more. In 1983, in a workshop at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, General Salcedo recommended expanding FEMA’s power further in the areas of survivability training, research on imposing martial law, and the potential threat posed by foreign and domestic adversaries. As he saw it at least 100,000 U.S. citizens, from survivalists to tax protesters, were serious threats to civil security.

Salcedo saw FEMA’s new frontier in the protection of industrial and government leaders from assassination, and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or attack, as well as the prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion or a global audience in times of crisis.

And 30 years ago, they started having “training exercises” to those ends.

The Rex-84 Alpha Explan (Readiness Exercise 1984, Exercise Plan), indicates that FEMA, in association with 34 other federal civil departments and agencies, conducted a civil readiness exercise during April 5-13, 1984. It was conducted in coordination, and simultaneously, with a Joint Chiefs exercise, Night Train 84, a worldwide military command post exercise (including Continental U.S. Forces or CONUS) based on multi-emergency scenarios operating both abroad and at home. In the combined exercise, Rex-84 Bravo, FEMA and DOD led the other federal agencies and departments, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Secret Service, the Treasury, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Veterans Administration through a gaming exercise to test military assistance in civil defense.

So any agency that was an agency participated in this week-long exercise, all across the country and a few places abroad.  Even back then, all you survivalists and tax protesters were seen as a threat to civil security.  That would be those people known as preppers and tea partiers today.  And how many of you are there now, today? More than 100,000?

The exercise anticipated civil disturbances, major demonstrations and strikes that would affect continuity of government and/or resource mobilization. To fight subversive activities, there was authorization for the military to implement government ordered movements of civilian populations at state and regional levels, the arrest of certain unidentified segments of the population, and the imposition of martial rule.  This means me.  This means you.

There’s the phrase you’ve been waiting for — martial ruleFEMA started off as an agency for the  co-ordination of civil policing forces with the military, but easily evolved into a protection screen to keep “the forces of domestic terrorism” from decapitating the higher levels of government.  Kind of like in some of those brush fires on today’s map.

Then in 2007 —

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, created and signed Executive Directive 51 on May 4, 2007, which claims power to execute procedures for continuity of the federal government in the event of a “catastrophic emergency”. Such an emergency is construed as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.”

The source text for NSPD51 repeatedly reaffirms constitutionality and specifically states that “Recognizing that each branch of the Federal Government is responsible for its own continuity programs, an official designated by the Chief of Staff to the President shall ensure that the executive branch’s Continuity of Operations and Continuity of Government policies in support of Enduring Constitutional Government efforts are appropriately coordinated with those of the legislative and judicial branches in order to ensure interoperability and allocate national assets efficiently to maintain a functioning Federal Government.”


Conservative activist Jerome Corsi and Marjorie Cohn of the National Lawyers Guild have said that this is a violation of the Constitution of the United States in that  the three branches of government are separate and equal, with no single branch coordinating the others.  The directive, created by the president, claims that the president has the power to declare a catastrophic emergency.

It does not specify who has the power to declare the emergency over.

That task may necessarily fall to us.

Earn Your Patch

Then in 2008 —  NORTHCOM

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT went under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or man-made emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.

Finally 2009 —

The current 44th President of the United States, the current guy sitting in the White House.  Was against the Patriot Act and the NDAA before he made his new pay grade.  Go look up his campaign speeches.  Not going to link them here.

The Patriot Act  is supposed to be about the authority to intercept wire, oral, and electronic communications relating to terrorism and computer fraud.  But towards the end, in Section 802. Definition of Domestic Terrorism, subpart 5:

(5) the term `domestic terrorism’ means activities that–

`(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;

`(B) appear to be intended–

`(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

`(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

`(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

`(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.’.


The NDAA pretty much sealed the case to classify anyone as a national security threat, and detain them indefinitely, without specifying the charges and denying them legal counsel.

Under Section 1021 of the NDAA, foreign nationals who are alleged to have committed or merely “suspected” of sympathizing with or providing any level of support to groups the U.S. designates as terrorist organization or an affiliate or associated force may be imprisoned without charge or trial “until the end of hostilities.” The law affirms the executive branch’s authority granted under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and broadens the definition and scope of “covered persons.” But because the “war on terror” is a war on a tactic, not on a state, it has no parameters or timetable. Consequently, this law can be used by authorities to detain (forever) anyone the government considers a threat to national security and stability – potentially even demonstrators and protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.

Just Words

Congress passed the NDAA again on 19 DEC 2013, and this guy signed it, yet again.

The NDAA retains it’s most controversial aspect, the notorious section 1021, which allows the government to detain any American citizen for an unlimited amount of time without due process.

Another disturbing section of this NDAA, Section 1071, beefs up the already high levels of spying by the NSA. Section 1071 outlines the creation of the “Conflict Records Research Center”, where the unconstitutionally obtained information that the NSA has collected is compiled and shared with the Department of Defense. This information, referred to as “captured records,” can be anything from your phone records, emails, browsing history or posts on social media sites.

The ever-changing definition of “terrorism” according by the state, has now expanded to describe individuals who are reverent of individual liberty, suspicious of centralized authority, and identified potential “terrorist activity” to include such trivialities as paying with cash.

What’s that?  You don’t feel any safer?  You don’t think you’re being better protected? After 30 years of these guys working their asses off?   Well just ask the guys that wrote these Executive Orders and spent billions of tax payer dollars if THEY feel any safer, and that answer will be, “Yes”.  Hmmmmm.  So maybe it wasn’t all about you, but about MAKING THEM SAFE FROM  YOU.  They will feel safe when they see the smoke of the brush fires.  After all, they do not fear you as long as they promise you the opportunity to vote every couple of years.  It will keep you busy working to replace them, with others just like them, just like it did last time.  And that will keep those matches tucked safely away in your pockets.  Here’s your remote.  Just sit on your couch and channel surf.  Now be a good sheeple.

the wall

Time to think about what action is necessary to bring them to a halt.  How to make them just stop.  Looks like in Kiev, at least for now, they’ve figured that one out.

Kiev Square


9 Responses to “Brush Fires and National Emergencies”

  1. Reblogged this on The Grey Enigma and commented:
    H/T Western Rifle Shooters

  2. Yank lll Says:

    Outstanding.. its good to have all the history in an unfettered plain truth version.. one can only hope Americans have the balls they have in Kiev..

    Yank lll

    • tensmiths Says:

      how’s things in the tampa area? are you using PULSE? hope this simple telling of a tale gets people to think about euromaiden, as something other than just an extension of “politics as usual”. and the parallels between what the people in venezuela are protesting now and what we should be protesting now are staggering. that’s why the msm will not mention it. we are almost there. but then the politicians here have been preparing for that moment, for a long time. we can’t be just one brushfire in a town square.

      • Yank lll Says:

        Tampa’s OK when I get there.. Dont use Pulse, stay off most social nets..Your tale has confirmed things I’ve been tellin people for years, got every one dead on.. a pleasure to read the truth about each one of the no good bastards. I did manage to get some enjoyment reading about those Ukrainian police begging forgiveness for their crimes..
        Keep the faith, they can piss on a brush fire but in a real inferno all bets are off.

        Yank lll

  3. Hillbilly Says:

    Time for a new government alphabet organization. Constitutional Enforcement Agency. Looking to fill about 225 million positions.

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  5. lynler Says:

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.

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