On September 14th, 2001, only days after the horrific attacks on our country, then President George W. Bush signed a national emergency declaration that activated over 500 special provisions within the law to be used by the President in the defense of a country under the eminent threat of attack. On September 10th, 2009, a full eight years after the attacks, President Barack Obama signed a continuance to that declaration declaring, in effect, that we were still under the threat of eminent attack.
Obviously, this is not true. While our enemies continue to look for ways to attack our country, the security situation, combined with a more active intelligence community, has largely mitigated the need for a national state of emergency. Still, while we have no need for a state of emergency, our country remains under such a declaration and the 500 special powers given to the President during such times remain in effect.
According to 50 U.S.C. 1601-1651, the Congress is required to meet every six months during a state of emergency to evaluate the need to continue under the powers or to rescind the declaration in full. Not only has our congress not rescinded this needless declaration, they have violated the law by not meeting as dictated to discuss the continued need.
I'm writing this to encourage each of you to write your Representative and your Senators and urge them to do the people's business and revoke this emergency declaration immediately. There is no need for it and it needlessly grants the government powers they do not require or need over the lives of ordinary Americans.
Below is a copy of the letter I sent our Representative. Please feel free to copy it in full or modify it to fit your particular need. Do what you will but, whatever you do, let your Congressmen know where you stand on this issue.
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Dear Representative Boren,
I'm writing to you today as a concerned constituent. On September 14, 2001 - only days after the horrific terrorist attacks on our country, President Bush signed a directive declaring a national state of emergency. Doing so activated over 500 special provisions which the President could use in the defense of our country and the prevention of additional attacks.
Eight years later, on September 10, 2009, President Barack Obama extended that state of emergency saying that 'The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues' which went into effect on September 14, 2009.
Mr. Boren, I think it's obvious to most Americans and certainly to the Congress, that the need for the declaration has passed. The President no longer requires the same provisions to be active in order to adequately protect us from the terrorist threat and it's time that such the declaration be rescinded - immediately.
As dictated by by 50 U.S.C. 1601-1651, Congress is mandated to meet every six months to reconsider the need for the declaration and either rescind it or continue it as needed. I believe the Congress has unanimously FAILED the American people in its duty in this matter and I urge you to move quickly and decisively to fix this situation.
As a constituent, I respectfully request that you work with your colleagues in the Congress and seriously re-evaluate the need for a national state of emergency. Please do your duty to the American people and move to RESCIND this declaration as soon as possible.
Thank you for your time and all the work you do for us.