Pourquoi les Démocrates sont incapables d’arrêter Bush et Cheney

17 Oct 2007

Former and possibly future presidential candidate, attorney and political activist Ralph Nader quotes Democratic Congressman Olver (Mass.) on why the Democrats are powerless to stop Bush, Cheney and Co.

Olver said that if the Democrats started impeachment proceedings, the Bush administration would immediately bomb Iran. When Iran retaliates at all, Bush will declare a national emergency, declare martial law, and cancel the 2008 elections.

Voir le video.

Le NSPD-51 est un plan de coup d’État déguisé en plan pour la « continuité du gouvernement » en cas d’alerte nationale (comme un attentat terroriste, qui pourrait arriver en période électorale…)

Michel Chossudovsky explique:

National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive, NSPD-51/ HSPD 20

In May 2007, a major presidential National Security Directive is issued, (National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51/HSPD 20),

NSPD 51 / HSPD 20 is a combined National Security Directive emanating from the White House and Homeland Security. It is tailor-made to fit the premises of both the Pentagon’s 2006 « Anti-terrorist Plan » as well Vice President Cheney’s 2005 « Contingency Plan ».

The directive establishes procedures for « Continuity of Government » (COG) in the case of a « Catastrophic Emergency ». The latter is defined in NSPD 51/HSPD 20 (henceforth referred to as NSPD 51), 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. »

« Continuity of Government, » or « COG, » is defined in NSPD 51 as « a coordinated effort within the Federal Government’s executive branch to ensure that National Essential Functions continue to be performed during a Catastrophic Emergency. »

NSPD 51 has barely been reported by the mainstream media. There was no press briefing by the White House or by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, which would be the normal practice, given the significance and implications of NSPD 51. The text of NSPD /51 HSPD 20, announced by the White House is not even mentioned on the DHS’s website.

This Combined Directive NSPD /51 HSPD 20 grants unprecedented powers to the Presidency and the Department of Homeland Security, overriding the foundations of Constitutional government. NSPD 51 allows the sitting president to declare a “national emergency” without Congressional approval The adoption of NSPD 51 would lead to the de facto closing down of the Legislature and the militarization of justice and law enforcement:

The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government. In order to advise and assist the President in that function, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter terrorism (APHS/CT) is hereby designated as the National Continuity Coordinator. The National Continuity Coordinator, in coordination with the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), without exercising directive authority, shall coordinate the development and implementation of continuity policy for executive departments and agencies. The Continuity Policy Coordination Committee (CPCC), chaired by a Senior Director from the Homeland Security Council staff, designated by the National Continuity Coordinator, shall be the main day-to-day forum for such policy coordination. (National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51/HSPD 20, emphasis added)

NSPD 51 grants extraordinary Police State powers to the White House and Homeland Security (DHS), in the event of a « Catastrophic Emergency ». The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter terrorism (APHS/CT), who is slated to play a key role in the eventuality of Martial law, is a key White House adviser, Frances Fragos Townsend.

Foreign Policy Implications of NSPD 51: The Role of the Vice President

While NSPD 51 has the appearances of a domestic national security decision, it is, nonetheless, an integral part of US foreign policy. It belongs to a longstanding military national security agenda. Were NSPD 51 to be invoked, Vice President Dick Cheney, who constitutes the real power behind the Executive, would essentially assume de facto dictatorial powers, circumventing both the US Congress and the Judiciary, while continuing to use President George W. Bush as a proxy figurehead.

NSPD 51, while bypassing the Constitution, nonetheless, envisages very precise procedures which guarantee the powers of Vice President Dick Cheney in relation to « Continuity of Goverment » functions under Martial Law:

« This directive shall be implemented in a manner that is consistent with, and facilitates effective implementation of, provisions of the Constitution concerning succession to the Presidency or the exercise of its powers, and the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 (3 U.S.C. 19), with consultation of the Vice President and, as appropriate, others involved. Heads of executive departments and agencies shall ensure that appropriate support is available to the Vice President and others involved as necessary to be prepared at all times to implement those provisions. » (NSPD 51, op cit.)

In the case of a « Catastrophic Emergency », NSPD 51 could potentially be used to justify the implementation of retaliatory military action against Iran in accordance with Dick Cheney’s 2005 « Contingency Plan ». If the « Catastrophic Emergency » were to be triggered by a terrorist attack, NSPD-51 could be invoked as « the justification and … opportunity … to retaliate against some known targets » as outlined by the Pentagon in its 2006 anti-terrorist plan.

The broader question is whether the occurrence of this « Catastrophic Emergency  » is actually being planned by the Pentagon, with a view to justifying an attack on Iran.

The Role of the US Military in the Case of a « Catastrophic Emergency »

NSPD 51 would instate martial law under the authority of the White House and the DHS. It would suspend constitutional government under the provisions of Continuity in Government (COG).

The provisions of NSPD 51 are consistent with an existing body of legislation and regulations pertaining to alleged terrorist attacks on the Homeland and the declaration of martial law.

Since 2003, following the invasion of Iraq, Homeland Security (DHS) has contemplated time and again the possibility of a so-called code red alert « scenario » –using a potential or possible Al Qaeda terrorist attack on America soil as a pretext for implementing martial law. (For further details, see Michel Chossudovsky, America’s « War on Terrorism », Global Research, 2005)

Since 2003, the DHS has conducted several « anti-terrorist exercises » under the TOPOFF (top officials) program. The latter consisted in organizing anti-terror preparedness in a military style exercise with the participation of federal, State and local level governments. Various attack « scenarios » by foreign terrorists using weapons of mass destruction had been envisaged.

Code Red Alert was initially established under the provisions of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-3 (March 2002). Under the existing legislation, a code red alert would trigger conditions for the « temporary » suspension of the normal functions of civilian government. Several functions of civilian administration would be closed down, others could be transferred to the jurisdiction of the military. More generally, the procedure would disrupt government offices, businesses, schools, public services, transportation, etc.

According to (former) Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge (22 Dec. 2003):

« If we go to [code] Red … it basically shuts down the country. »

In which case, a national emergency is declared, Northern Command deploys its forces on air, land and sea. Several functions of civilian government are transferred to NORTHCOM headquarters, which already has the structures which enable it to oversee and supervise civilian institutions.

Code red alert would suspend civil liberties, including public gathering and/ or citizens’ protests against the Administration’s decision to declare martial law.

En français (toujours selon Chossudovsky):

En mai 2007, Bush a promulgué une importante directive présidentielle de Sécurité Nationale (National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51/HSPD 20), qui suspendrait le gouvernement constitutionnel et installerait des pouvoirs dictatoriaux étendus sous loi martiale dans le cas d’une « urgence catastrophique » (par exemple un deuxième attentat du type 11 septembre).

Le 11 juillet 2007, la CIA a publié ses « Prévisions du Renseignement National » qui pointaient l’imminence d’une attaque d’Al Qaïda sur l’Amérique, un deuxième 11 septembre qui, selon les termes de la NSPD 51, serait immédiatement suivie de la suspension du gouvernement constitutionnel et de l’instauration de la loi martiale sous l’autorité du Président et du vice-Président. (Pour plus de détails, voir Michel Chossudovsky, Bush Directive for a « Catastrophic Emergency » in America: Building a Justification for Waging War on Iran?, juin 2007)

La NSPD 51 accorde des pouvoirs sans précédent à la Présidence et au Département de la Sécurité Intérieure, annulant le gouvernement constitutionnel. Elle autorise le président en exercice à déclarer une « urgence nationale » sans l’approbation du Congrès. L’application de la NSPD 51 conduirait à la fermeture de facto de la législature (Congrès et Sénat) et à la militarisation de la justice et de l’application de la loi.

« Le Président devra conduire les activités du gouvernement fédéral pour assurer le gouvernement constitutionnel… »

En cas d’application de la NSPD 51, le vice-président Dick Cheney, qui détient le réel pouvoir derrière l’exécutif, assurerait principalement et de facto des pouvoirs dictatoriaux, circonvenant à la fois le Congrès et le pouvoir judiciaire, en continuant à utiliser le président George W. Bush comme homme de paille pour la galerie.

Tout en contournant la Constitution, la NSPD 51 envisage néanmoins des procédure très précises garantissant les pouvoirs du vice-Président Dick Cheney en relation avec les fonctions visant à assurer la « continuité du gouvernement » sous la loi martiale.

« Cette directive devra être appliquée en accord avec des dispositions de la Constitution concernant la succession à la Présidence ou l’exercice de ses pouvoirs, et facilitant l’application effective , et avec le Presidential Succession Act of 1947 (3 U.S.C. 19), avec consultation du vice-Président et, selon les cas, d’autres impliqués. Les chefs des départements et agences exécutifs devront s’assurer que le soutien au vice-Président et aux autres (responsables) impliqués sera disponible, afin de se préparer à tout moment à appliquer ces dispositions.»( (NSPD 51, op cit.).

Le décret pour confisquer les avoirs des militants anti-guerre/pro-paix est dans la droite ligne de la NSPD 51. Il pourrait être appliqué même en l’absence d’une « urgence catastrophique » envisagée par la NSPD 51. Il abroge la démocratie. Il représente un nouveau pas dans la « criminalisation « de toutes formes d’opposition et de contestation à la guerre menée par les USA et à l’agenda de la « Sécurité Inérieure ».

Conférence en français de Webster Tarpley à Montréal (20 oct 2007): le 11 septembre, la terreur synthétique et le plan néocon pour une troisième guerre mondiale.

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