H1N1 "national emergency" falls far short of Martial law
Any concerns the public may have that the United States is headed towards Martial law as a result of President Obama's recent announcement declaring H1N1 a "national emergency" seem to be put to rest in this World Net Daily article by Drew Zahn titled, Swine-flu emergency! What does that mean?
In the void of information, Internet rumors were quick to flame, centering on concerns over how the Obama administration might use the declared emergency to suddenly expand government power.
"Obama just declared H1N1 a national emergency," wrote a WND reader in an e-mail, "Here we go with martial law."
An article by Kurt Nimmo of InfoWars took the worry a step further, wondering if the White House's declaration engaged certain measures of the National Emergencies Act:
"In the weeks ahead," Nimmo writes, "we may witness a move toward martial law, forced vaccination and internment of those who refuse."
But even if there really is a plot to manipulate the H1N1 virus scare into enforcing a sweeping expansion of federal power, today's "national emergency" falls far short of martial law.
In the Declaration Of A National Emergency With Respect To The 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic the President references Sections 201 and 301 of the National Emergencies Act, expanding the powers of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, consistent with Section 1135 of the Social Securities Act (SSA):
Section 201 of the National Emergencies Act, however, simply requires the president to inform Congress in writing when a national emergency is declared – which he did today, after signing the declaration last night.
Section 301 forbids the president from taking up any powers of the National Emergencies Act save those he lists in the proclamation of emergency, requiring him to "specify the provisions of law under which he proposes that he, or other officers will act."
Read Zahn's Swine-flu emergency! What does that mean? to learn more about what "powers" President Obama specified and the words President Obama used to justify H1N1 a "national emergency".
Read the Proclamation signed by President Obama Declaration Of A National Emergency With Respect To The 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic
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