Executive Order on “Natural Resources Defense Preparedness” | Volokh Conspiracy

And in a counterpoint of sanity we read this at Volokh, referencing Ed Morrissey at HotAir:

Some corners of the internet were abuzz this weekend over a new Executive Order signed by President Obama on Friday concerning “Natural Resources Defense Preparedness NDRP” The EO, which seeks to ensure the country has “an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency,” is the stuff of which conspiracy theories are made.

Yet there’s no there there.  The EO is simply an update of prior orders on the same subject going back decades to, among other things, account for changes in the cabinet and the like. if this is a presidential power grab — and I don’t believe it is — the power was grabbed decades ago. For more, see Ed Morrissey’s detailed assessment…

via The Volokh Conspiracy

What is President Obama so afraid of? (NDRP Executive Order) | Sovereign Man

Quietly, and with little fanfare, President Obama signed a “National Defense Resources Preparedness” Executive Order on Friday. As the name suggests, the order intends to shore up the country’s national defense resources in advance of a national emergency.

To be fair, this is not the first time that such an order has been written. Presidents Bush (II), Clinton, Reagan, and even Eisenhower provided directives in the same spirit as President Obama’s order– providing some level of government commandeering in times of national emergency.

In the past, these orders have related to things like production capacity for defense contractors, or giving FEMA authority to resolve disputes between other departments in federally designated emergency areas.

President Obama’s order, however, takes things much, much further. Continue reading

Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness: Why Obama’s Latest Executive Order is Scary | Gina Miller via ScottFactor

…  This past Friday afternoon brought a new executive order from the White House.  It was titled, “National Defense Resources Preparedness.”  This order sent the blogosphere and conservative news followers into a terrified frenzy.  I even sent out an e-mail to many on my blast list with a link to the order on the White House website, because it is an alarming thing in light of the current communist administration in Washington. Continue reading