A newly uncovered document is providing the latest proof why the Washington establishment and deep state swamp hate Donald Trump — because he truly represents We the People, America First, and is not a calculating, closet authoritarian.
Until Trump, we elected stereotypical Democrats and Republicans who appeared to be political opponents but really weren’t. Cases in point: George H. W. Bush teamed up with Bill Clinton on Global Initiatives, while Bush’s son, George W., the 43rd president, has also formed a bond with Clinton, one of the most corrupt men ever to sit in the Oval Office. And all three of them have also joined Barack Obama at times on other global initiatives.
The point is, Trump isn’t like that: He’s not a ‘team’ player, which is to say, he’s not on the deep state team.
Why does all of this matter? Because of that newly uncovered document.
‘Republican’ George Bush was supposed to be a champion of freedom and liberty — like most of the GOP — and yet, while in office, he signed off on a plan to mass incarcerate Americans as well as pull a “kill switch” on communications including the Internet in an apocalyptic situation like nuclear war.
Previously classified files obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice reveal that the 2004 George W. Bush administration conducted a holistic review of the president’s emergency powers, with the goal of modernizing a set of secret plans for continuity-of-government in a nuclear war.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library turned over 500 out of 6,000 pages of the documents, known as “presidential emergency action documents” (PEADs), which “shed troubling new light on the powers that modern presidents claim they possess in moments of crisis,” according to the Brennan Center, which obtained the records through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
PEADS are a creation of the Cold War, and understandably so; the world literally teetered on the brink of nuclear destruction on more than one occasion, especially when the chance of a Soviet first-strike nuclear attack was strongest. The earliest known drafts were reported to have contained authorities that drew from broad interpretations of presidential and executive powers.
Official reports from the 1960s noted that various PEADs gave presidents the authority to implement measures like suspending habeas corpus in order to detain “dangerous persons” within the country, to engage in news media censorship, and to bar international travel (of note, Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War and also censored news media sympathetic to the South).
Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., one Bush administration official saw updating the PEADs as an “urgent and compelling security effort, especially in light of ongoing threats.”
Though the Brennan Center could not obtain more recent PEADs, the documents the organization did receive “show some of the most disturbing aspects of early-Cold War emergency action documents” were kept in place at least until 2008.
“At least one of the documents under review was designed to implement the emergency authorities contained in Section 706 of the Communications Act,” the Brennan Center reported. “During World War II, Congress granted the president authority to shut down or seize control of ‘any facility or station for wire communication’ upon proclamation ‘that there exists a state or threat of war involving the United States.’
“This frighteningly expansive language was, at the time, hemmed in by Americans’ limited use of telephone calls and telegrams. Today, however, a president willing to test the limits of his or her authority might interpret ‘wire communications’ to encompass the internet — and therefore claim a ‘kill switch’ over vast swaths of electronic communication,” the center opined.
And of note, could that ’emergency declaration’ be tied to the economic collapse that the Brandon regime is fomenting? Or another mass shooting?
The Bush administration repeatedly noted that the then-president could claim very “broad” powers under equally broad interpretations of the law and the Constitution. There’s no question that the same ‘Obama family’ of officials running Brandon’s regime would do the same.
This is why it matters that the Clinton-Bush-Obama nexus is running our government again and not a true America First patriot in one Donald Trump.