We should also remember that these folks fight to defend our country from threats both without and within. No greater threat from within than the President of the United States.
From The Progressive:
(The directives) defin(e) a “catastrophic emergency” as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government function.”
This could mean another 9/11, or another Katrina, or a major earthquake in California, I imagine, since it says it would include “localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack-related emergencies.”
The document emphasizes the need to ensure “the continued function of our form of government under the Constitution, including the functioning of the three separate branches of government,” it states.
But it says flat out: “The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government.”
Given the Bush administration's callous disregard to the basic tenets of the Constitution, we should be scared. We have 2-1/2 years left of this administration, its criminal, secretive, authoritarian Cabinet, and the Congress' inability to find the fortitude to charge these men and women with treason. The damage they have caused to the Constitution, the most sacred of laws that govern us, has been untold. At this point, any and all references to Nazi Germany, Stalin's USSR, and other fascist regimes is apt and on point.
This weekend, remember the more than 3,400 troops who lost their lives for this thoughtless, criminal military action. And pray for justice for the men and women ultimately responsible for their deaths.