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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Presidential Executive Order - Part III

This is the third of four posts about Presidential Executive Order 13629, as it apparently is known. I really don't like reading seemingly endless series' of posts like this. So I ask your pardon and promise that the next post - the 4th - will be the final one. That one will have two final areas of the Order to look at, and then I will close with comments and, for the unconvinced, an estimate of my lack of reality testing.
If you've freshly read the first two posts in this series, then feel free to skip the REVIEW and head to the section titled, CONTINUING, PART III.

Presidential Executive Order 13629 (October 26, 2012), promulgated by Barack Hussein Obama, establishes the "White House Homeland Security Partnership Council". 
  • to advance the Federal Government's use of local partnerships to address homeland security challenges
  • Partnerships are collaborative working relationships
  • Collaboration, with respect to addressing homeland security challenges, enables the Federal Government and its partners to
    • Use resources more efficiently
    • Build on one another's expertise
    • Drive innovation
    • Engage in collective action
    • Broaden investments
    • Improve performance.
  • National Security Strategy (a 2010 document worth examining at another time) emphasizes the importance of partnerships:
  • "[Federal Government] must tap the ingenuity outside government through stategic partnerships with:
    • Private sector
    • NGOs
    • Foundations
    • Community-based organizations.
  • We will support such partnerships through
    • Opportunities for engagement
    • Coordination
    • Transparency
    • Information sharing.
  • We must institutionalize an all-of-nation effort."
I held up two facts against this backdrop of "homeland security challenges": 1) the mass purchase of hundreds of millions of hollow point bullets by the Social Security Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Homeland Security; and 2) Lee DeCovnick's American Thinker post citing Obama's July 2, 2008 speech asserting the need for a civilian national security force equal in strength and support as the U.S. military. 

So, Barack Obama wants to establish many - hundreds? - of partnerships with local entities to address homeland security problems.  How will that be accomplished?

This executive order establishes the White House Homeland Security Partnership Council, and appoints as its chair the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Note that this new position is NOT a Cabinet position, but rather a personal "assistant to the President" position within the White House. A czar, if you will, answerable only to Barack Obama.

Who will be on the Council, and how will they be selected?

The Council will be composed of Federal officials who are from field offices of the executive departments, agencies, and bureaus. In other words, employees who work for agencies of the executive branch of the Federal Government all across America. These are people who would have lots of working knowledge of local organizations and groups who would be willing to be used by the Federal Government the President to address homeland security (lower case) threats. Presumably, these are the people who would specially recruit and recommend those local groups thought to be fit for duty as part of our "all-of-nation" effort to fight homeland security threats.

Do you think they will be forwarding any "fishy" email addresses?

This Council of field officers will be selected by members of the Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee shall include a representative at the deputy agency head level, just below the Cabinet level, from 19 Executive branch agencies.  So these are very high, very powerful people, very close to the Presidential level.

By the way, representatives of Executive branch agencies not represented in the 19 named agencies may be added to the Steering Committee by invitation of the Chair.

Do you get the sense that this whole project is going to be under the very close supervision of the President himself?  I do.

Next: Final installment: The Council's 6 tasks, the enormous power of the Steering Committee, and what all this may - or may not - mean.

Tags: Executive Order 13629, Deputy heads of Executive Agencies, Field Officers, fishy email, White House Homeland Security Partnership Council, Barack Obama, American Thinker, Lee DeCovnick, civilian national security.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!


  1. I also blame this mess on a weak Congress.

    1. One of the more frustrating things about this is the apparent powerlessness on anyone else's part to fight these executive orders or limit them in some way.

  2. not true. ppl have forgotten that when we all stand as 1 voice we always win. we all just need to wake up. we who are awake now should be telling every one about this. post it on facebook. trust me. they want to know. if they know then they are awake to the facts.

    1. Munster, I appreciate you coming by, and I hope you're right. At this point, however, speaking for myself, the biggest disappointment in the recent election is not that BO was re-elected, but that more than half of the voters in this country thought BO was the best choice for President. They have no idea what they did on November 6.


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