In his typical duck-‘n’-dodge fashion, President Barack Obama spewed his 115th executive order upon the American public on a late Friday afternoon, March 16. Cloaked in one of Obama’s candy-coated, grandiloquent titles, the “National Defense Resources Preparedness” executive order set the blogosphere ablaze this past week.
Canada Free Press ran an article titled “Obama Executive Order: Peacetime Martial Law!” An Examiner.com article similarly declared that the order would “nationalize everything” and “allow for a civilian draft.” And the Drudge Report ran a story headlined “Martial Law? Obama issues Executive Order: the National Defense Resources Preparedness.”
On the other hand, mainstream media minions and others were quick to quell the hysteria as rumor. William A. Jacobson, associate clinical professor at Cornell Law School, warned: “If someone wants to make the argument that this is an expansion of presidential powers, then do so based on actual language. There is enough that Obama actually does wrong without creating claims which do not hold up to scrutiny.”