Maybe I'm just being paranoid. But let's go on anyway...
One final note before getting into Section 2 of the Executive Order. After reiterating the value of partnerships with "...private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, community-based organizations, and State, local, tribal, and territorial government and law enforcement," the 3rd paragraph ends with the curious phrase, "we must institutionalize an all-of-Nation effort to address the evolving threats to the United States."
What does this mean? To institutionalize is to establish "a permanent rule of conduct or of government; something forming a prominent or established feature in social or national life" (Webster). It is not that DHS wants ordinary citizens to keep their eyes open and report suspicious activity. This isn't the DHS, and that's not what this is about.
Well, halfway through this post I discovered that Lee DeCovnick posted a very similar analysis of this Executive Order at American Thinker on November 5, 2012. There, he reminds us of
"...this quote from Obama's July 2, 2008 speech:
We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
DeCovnick speculates on who might be included among the NGOs, community-based organizations, etc. who might make up this civilian security force:
"Is there any doubt that this administration and its czars would seek partnerships with La Raza, ACORN and its renamed offshoots, Move On, PETA, the Center for American Progress, Media Matters, CAIR and other Islamic organizations, the Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, the SEIU, and the AFT and CTA?"
But then again, maybe I'm just being paranoid, right?
More to come. (I'll try not to drag this out too much more).
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