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I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, determine that the actions of certain persons to undermine Lebanon's legitimate and democratically elected government or democratic institutions, to contribute to the deliberate breakdown in the rule of law in Lebanon, including through politically motivated violence and intimidation, to reassert Syrian control or contribute to Syrian interference in Lebanon, or to infringe upon or undermine Lebanese sovereignty contribute to political and economic instability in that country and the region and 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 French are working in Lebanon to try to construct a national unity government. Syria is on record as supporting the French initiative. The Bush Administration is trying to block National Unity and continue with its strategy to destabilize the region by targeting Syria and Iran, instead of seeking diplomatic resolution.
"Certainly Iran and Syria are the principle sponsors, I would say, of both efforts to undermine the government in Lebanon and efforts to promote militia violence ... and the other things we've talked about in Iraq," he said.
(e) "Enduring Constitutional Government," or "ECG," means a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government, coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches and with proper respect for the constitutional separation of powers among the branches, to preserve the constitutional framework under which the Nation is governed and the capability of all three branches of government to execute constitutional responsibilities and provide for orderly succession, appropriate transition of leadership, and interoperability and support of the National Essential Functions during a catastrophic emergency;
Originally posted by Zaphod58
You can lose your property and assets in the US and possibly your rights to be in the United States if you are shown to be supporting Syrian controlled violence against the Lebanese government, or if you have assets that have been frozen outside the United States for supporting violence against the Lebanese government. Other than that Bush gains no powers, won't stay in office any longer, or anything else.
The IEEPA authorizes the president to declare the existence of an "unusual and extraordinary threat... to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States" that originates "in whole or substantial part outside the United States." It further authorizes the president, after such a declaration, to block transactions and freeze assets to deal with the threat. In the event of an actual attack on the United States, the president can also confiscate property connected with a country, group, or person that aided in the attack.
Iran (since 1979 for the Iran hostage crisis and subsequent sponsorship of terrorism)
Myanmar (since 1997 for repressing democratic opposition)
Russia (since 2000 to prevent export of weapons-grade uranium)
Sudan (since 1997 for human rights violations and sponsoring terrorism)
It also imposes certain "procedural formalities" on the President when invoking such powers, and provides a means for Congress to countermand a Presidential declaration of emergency and associated use of emergency powers
Originally posted by AmethystSD
Well Shots, it's Wikipedia. You should amend it.
Originally posted by dawnstar
can someone explain to me just what is so important in lebanon that anything that could happen there would cause a national emergency in the states??
Originally posted by grover
He has no right to do this, none whatsoever. In effect he is guaranteeing Lebanese sovereignty which the last I heard the Lebanese government had not invited him to do, which without their approval is in essence a violation of their sovereignty.