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Obama executive order raises fears administration can seize personal property

Barack Obama signs executive order.
Barack Obama signs executive order.
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Earlier this month, Barack Obama signed a new executive order that would let the government "block" the personal property of anyone the administration believes may have been complicit in undermining the democratic process in Ukraine. On Thursday, an article at Infowars says the order is so broadly written that the administration could use it to seize the personal property of Americans and warns that it sets a dangerous precedent.

"I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the actions and policies of persons -- including persons who have asserted governmental authority in the Crimean region without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine -- that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat," the executive order says.

The order also says that any property or assets in the U.S. that comes "within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in..."

Mac Slavo says that what makes this order dangerous is that Obama gave himself the authorization to block these assets, because, he added, "the laws of the United States are such that our government is not allowed to simply take someone’s bank assets, home or business without due process."

Worse yet, he says, the order is extended to American citizens whose actions are deemed to be “contributing to the situation in the Ukraine.”

Any “U.S. Persons” deemed by the treasury secretary in consultation with the secretary of state to have been “responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, directly or indirectly” in the following would have their property and assets frozen:

  • Actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine;
  • Actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine; or
  • Misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of an economically significant entity in Ukraine.

"Be careful what you say. Be careful what you write. President Obama has just given himself the authority to seize your assets," says a post at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

"What happens if you oppose the U.S. government getting involved in the business of the Eastern European region? What happens if you oppose U.S. policy in Ukraine? What if you criticize the new Ukrainian government? What if you think the U.S. baiting Russia into a new war is a bad idea?" Andrew Moran asked at Economic Collapse News.

According to Reuters, the executive order is intended to punish Russian officials for actions taken in Ukraine.

"The Guardian newspaper of London ran the headline 'U.S. imposes visa restrictions on Russian officials as Obama signs sanctions order,'" WND reported, observing that much of the media coverage focused on actions against Russia and other foreign interests while giving scant mention to possible actions against U.S. citizens.

Slavo argued that the definitions in the order are so broad and vague that any citizen who argues against Ukraine could find their assets and property sized.

He also says the executive order "has crossed a very dangerous line."

"It’s one that turns the notions of property rights and due process upside down by effectively bypassing the U.S. Constitution," he added.

If, he adds, President Obama can give himself the authority to seize property of those who offer political commentary opposed to Ukraine, could he not do the same to those who oppose other agenda items, like Obamacare or Common Core.

"The next Executive Order could come in the form of restrictions on firearms advocacy or target those who speak out against policies like government mandated health care. All it would take is the declaration of a national emergency and they can essentially do as they please," he said.

As we reported in May 2012, Obama has already signed an executive order that allows him to nationalize everything, including food, water and U.S. citizens, in order to prepare for national defense.

All that is required is a declaration of a national emergency.



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