TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. Consistent with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register the enclosed notice, stating that the emergency declared in Proclamation 7463 with respect to the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, is to continue in effect for an additional year.
The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2013, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.
BARACK OBAMAThis says a lot.
Fascinating—and very strange. For an emergency, it certainly doesn’t feel very immediate.
My question is this: Is there an existential pressing terror threat against America or is this to have access to emergency powers under a false definition of terrorism? (Patrick @ SFB)
They’ll tell you that the government must violate the rights of the American people to defend us against those that hate our freedoms. Tell that to our constituents back home, We’re here to answer one question for the people we represent: Do we oppose the collection of every Americans’ phone records?U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), speaking during yesterday’s House vote on his amendment to defund the NSA phone surveillance programs. The proposal was voted down by a close 217-205.
Mr. Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses his final destination the better it is for us and for him…I hope it will not affect the business-like character of our relations with the U.S. and I hope that our partners will understand that.Russian President Vladimir Putin, flippantly brushing aside Washington’s demands that Russia extradite Edward Snowden. “Moscow is now giving wedgies and making the Obama administration eat bugs,” the American Interest’s Walter Russell Mead wrote yesterday. That may be true, but Putin also claimed that Russian intelligence hasn’t attempted to debrief Snowden, which if true, should at least be a minor relief to the Obama Administration. Still, though, this is undoubtedly aggravating news for Washington. source