Trump Renews Post-9/11 State of Emergency

September 18th, 2017

Via: USA Today:

President Trump has become the third president to renew a post-9/11 emergency proclamation, stretching what was supposed to be a temporary state of national emergency after the 2001 terror attacks into its 17th year.

But the ongoing effects of that perpetual emergency aren’t immediately clear, because the executive branch has ignored a law requiring it to report to Congress every six months on how much the president has spent under those extraordinary powers, USA TODAY has found.

Exactly 16 years ago Thursday, President Bush signed Proclamation 7463, giving himself sweeping powers to mobilize the military in the days following terrorist attacks that crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field. It allowed him to call up National Guard and Reserve troops, hire and fire military officers, and bypass limits on the numbers of generals that could serve.

Presidents Bush and Obama renewed that emergency each year. And on Wednesday, Trump published a now-routine notice in the Federal Register extending the emergency for the 16th time, explaining simply that “the terrorist threat continues.”

But as Trump extends the emergency into a third presidential administration, legal experts say a review of those powers is long overdue.

“The president is given these emergency powers as a temporary measure until Congress has time to act. It stretches credulity to think Congress hasn’t had time to act since 9/11 happened,” said Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. “We should not be treating 9/11 as an emergency in 2017.”

One Response to “Trump Renews Post-9/11 State of Emergency”

  1. Eileen Says:

    As written by Shakespeare in Romeo in Juliet, “All are Pun-Ish-ed.”
    Treating 9/11 as an emergency in 2017. Right. Might be an emergency for all of people in it for sure. Cheney might have all his electronic body parts hacked and his fortune of ill gotten goods stolen.
    Or Bush II’s beautiful mind sent off the edge while he sits pretty painting pictures after he bought an aquifer in Paraguay.
    Or John McCain, what a joke. Recorded meeting with ISIS in Syria.
    Fomenting war, fear, and making big bucks off the “war on terror” is what 9/11 was all about. After passing the Patriot Act the legislatures in this country for the most part have lost their fortitude for doing anything for the U.S. Their greatest zeal seems to be re-elected to their “elected” posts. What a SHAM as well as SHAME.

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