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In a State of Emergency, the President Can Control Your Phone, Your TV, and Even Your Light Switches

Under a little-known regulation that dates back to the 1930s, the president has legal power over electronic transmissions.

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December 11, 1941, is not nearly as memorable a date as the one that lives in infamy. But that Thursday after Pearl Harbor is still an important moment in American history, because it's the day that Germany declared war on the United States and the U.S. immediately reciprocated. And it was on that date that President Franklin Roosevelt told his press secretary, Stephen T. Early, that the government should take over one of the national broadcast networks.

Early informed James L. Fly, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and director of the newly created Defense Communications Board (DCB), that Roosevelt had personally directed Fly to acquire a national broadcast network for the government. The DCB had been created for just such a national emergency: Its mandate was to coordinate all communications (both military and civilian) in case of war or another national emergency. Both the FCC and the DCB were empowered by Section 606 of the 1934 Communications Act, which expressly gave the president full control over electronic transmissions in such circumstances.

Section 606(c), in particular, gave the president full control to suspend and commandeer the country's entire electronic regulatory system. "Upon proclamation by the President that there exists war or a threat of war, or a state of public peril or disaster or other national emergency, or in order to preserve the neutrality of the United States," the law said, the president "may suspend or amend, for such time as he may see fit, the rules and regulations applicable to any or all stations or devices capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations within the jurisdiction of the United States as prescribed by the Commission." He had the power to shut down any radio station—"or any device capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations between 10 kilocycles and 100,000 megacycles, which is suitable for use as a navigational aid beyond five miles"—and could commandeer its equipment, "upon just compensation to the owners."

Chairman Fly was prepared for this request, because he'd been working on broadcast propaganda plans for more than a year. Yet Fly was a civil libertarian, and he strongly disagreed with the White House's order. Pushing his own plan, he ultimately convinced his colleagues in the administration that propaganda delivered by Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and other established radio stars would be far more persuasive than any federal functionary offering exhortations on state-run broadcasts.

But the communication between Early and Fly on December 11, 1941, remains significant in the history of American media regulation. It's the closest we came to the implementation of Section 606 and a government takeover of America's electronic communications system. Section 606 remains in effect today, because the Telecommunications Act of 1996 incorporated substantial sections of the original 1934 Communications Act.

Now that President Donald Trump is declaring yet another national emergency, it's important to reconsider Section 606. Most Americans have no idea that these emergency declarations permit such sweeping powers over our way of life. Upon declaration of a national emergency, Trump can commandeer every single television and radio station in the United States and demand that it perform as he directs.

That's bad enough. But wait: There's more!

The law permits the White House to take over any device that emits radiofrequency transmissions. In 2019, that's everything from your implanted heart device to the blow dryer for your hair. It includes your electric exercise equipment, any smart device (such as a digital washing machine), and your laptop—basically everything in your house that has electricity running through it.

We tend to think of the FCC as the policeman of the airwaves: issuing licenses, fining stations for airing indecent words, and otherwise regulating radio and TV broadcasters. But its mandate is far broader. The FCC regulates all devices that can transmit electricity. Even the light switches in your home are regulated by the FCC, as they transmit tiny amounts of electricity in the course of operation. Though the danger to the public is minimal, the FCC regulates basically everything using electricity in your house.

Household electric devices usually fall into one of two lightly regulated categories: "incidental radiators" or "unintentional radiators." Your cell phone, the transmission tower of a radio station, and even your Bluetooth device are intended to radiate electricity, so they therefore fall into a more regulated category: "intentional radiators."

But when it comes to a president's emergency powers, these subcategories are essentially meaningless. The White House's sweeping power over electricity in a national emergency still exists, and it has been conferred upon the President by legislation passed by Congress. We're simply lucky that it's never been used previously, and that the only serious attempt to use Section 606 in U.S. history was stymied by a bureaucrat with a civil libertarian streak.

So remember: If he wants, President Trump—or any other president—can control your radio, your TV, your laptop, and even your light switches and microwave oven. Once again it's obvious: The history you don't know can hurt you.

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  1. This is a Chicken Little story.

    1. Oh it’s informative enough, but there’s no indication that Trump is going to take over our “radio, your TV, your laptop, and even your light switches and microwave ovens”. Which just makes this a classic case of journalistic fear mongering.

      1. What I am running in deadly fear from, is that Der TrumpfenFuhrer will remotely take over my pacemaker, my sex robots, and my teledildonics devices!!!

        1. That isn’t what scares me but the Beaver’s tirade is more enlightening worrisome.

      2. Which just makes this a classic case of journalistic fear mongering.

        Interesting.

      3. It’s not Trump we have to worry about. It’s the next president, especially if xe’s a Dem.

        But then, if xe’s a Dem, xe would make whatever power grabs xe wants, regardless of whether Trump did the same thing.

        The only problem will be that when we complain, Tony will point out that we’re hypocrites because we didn’t complain when Trump did it.

        1. The only problem will be that when we complain, Tony will point out that we’re hypocrites because we didn’t complain when Trump did it.

          And that Russians stole the election.

        2. Nah man, just re remember everything. Trump never did that, are you crazy. He was exercising his duty to protect. First article of the Constitution. Where the hell is LoveCon1783 to explain all of this?

          1. Point flew over your head again, I see. Most here see the emergency as illegitimate. But the precedent will give the next president (those are different words, Person) a green light to do all sorts of nonsense because Trump did it too.

            1. Which the Ds would do anyway.
              Where does this belief that the Ds will act with restraint when in power, unless Trump does something that sets precedent first, come from?
              Where does the belief that media won’t cover for the Ds, whether or not precedent has been set, come from?
              Certainly not evidence over the last decade plus.
              If Trump sets a precedent, the Ds and press will say it’s okay because Trump set precedent.
              If Trump (or McConnell or anybody else) doesn’t set precedent, the Ds and press will say it’s okay because Rs are standing in the way of progress/safety/equality/justice/Good/etc.
              That’s the only difference.
              Their rhetoric will be slightly more/less annoying – see SC nominations of Garland and Kavanaugh

              1. If Trump (or McConnell or anybody else) doesn’t set precedent, the Ds and press will say it’s okay because [Rs/constitution/representative government] are standing in the way of progress/safety/equality/justice/Good/etc.

                Updated

            2. And his obviously sardonic comment flew right over yours with a loud whistle everyone else heard.

            3. Except that it’s National Emergency #51, or something like that? So it’s a bit late to be talking about Trump establishing a precedent by doing this. The precedent already exists.

      4. Well my microwave oven just burned a burrito while the radio blared ‘Rapist…Drug smuggler’ and the doorbell is telling me I need to build a wall.

        Are you saying that’s coincidence?

      5. Well the article doesn’t claim that he will, but you seem determined to see anti-Trump propaganda everywhere. I find it disturbing that any President would be granted such sweeping powers.

      6. Why doesn’t Socolow blame Congress instead of fear mongering about Trump? Heck, I’d bet Trump would sign a bill giving him less power in an emergency than taking all your powered things. The government doesn’t have enough resources to collect it, give us receipts, and not lose it – they’ve got better things to do like play solitaire.

        Trump would still want to build a wall. And while I voted for Johnson, and believe a wall really isn’t needed (it’d be cheaper if we just deported illegals quickly, then they wouldn’t bother coming), I think Congress should spend the 0.1% of one year’s spending for what half the country voted for.

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    2. Yes, seems like chicken little to me. Maybe mine is a gross plain reading of the cited and linked to law but it seems to limit the authority to take over transmitting devices to those that are “capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations between 10 kilocycles and 100,000 megacycles, which is suitable for use as a navigational aid beyond five miles”

      It seems that heart monitors and household devices are not within the authority.

      1. A strictly literal reading of the law would give the President authority over such devices. The “which is suitable for” clause is just explanation of the purported reason for the law, kind of like the “well-regulated militia” clause of the Second Amendment. But certainly, there is no reason to think that the Federal government intends to take over such devices. And there are other laws or provisions that give the President powers in a “national emergency” that clearly seem unconstitutional. It would be nice to have a declaratory judgement that such provisions are unconstitutional, but the problem is, someone would need to have “standing” to seek such a judgement. And since there has been no attempt to implement such provisions (thank God), presumably no one does.

        1. “The “which is suitable for” clause is just explanation of the purported reason for the law, kind of like the “well-regulated militia” clause of the Second Amendment”

          No, it’s part of the law, not an explanation. The President can’t commandeer your electronics under this law unless it’s suitable. And if he did, he’d have to pay you just compensation for the taking.

          What he CAN do according to this law is “suspend or amend, for such time as he may see fit, the rules and regulations applicable to any or all stations or devices capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations within the jurisdiction of the United States as prescribed by the Commission”. So, basically, he can take for himself the entire power of the FCC. Considering that by June he will have personally appointed a majority of the FCC anyway, I’m not sure this is quite as earth-shattering as the article wants to make it seem.

        2. Well, that part of the law was to prevent the Russians from using radio direction finder devices to navigate to our cities and drop atomic bombs.

          But since we all now know that Trump will be telling the air traffic controllers to guide them without all that radio station crap, who really cares? OK, maybe a few socialists in New York City and LA and San Francisco, where the bombers will be sent; they might care a bit. But then again, since it will prove they were right about Trump, maybe not. It’s hard to tell with them, because things change a lot, depending on the latest polls.

    3. You’ve got that right and so do most of the responders.

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  2. But takeover healthcare, totes cool.

    1. Just health insurance, bro bro.

      1. So taking over the payment system – dictating prices and relationships, which is the core principle of fascism – is not taking over healthcare? He who has the gold makes the rules, as we have already seen.

      2. “Just health insurance, bro bro.”

        Nice try; fail.

    2. I’m surprised we even knew about it given the lack of attention the press gave to Obamacare.

      1. Hey there, people lost doctors in that fucking shit man.

        1. Really? I had no idea! No one said a word about it.

        2. “Hey there, people lost doctors in that fucking shit man.”

          After being promised, multiple times, they wouln’d by a scumbag, lying POTUS.

  3. Obama took control of GM and Chrysler. No one seemed to give a shit. Maybe Trump could hire Obama as secretary of taking over shit. Won’t be much press complaining.

    1. No one seemed to give a shit.

      It’s sad, isn’t it?

      1. What was worse was that the courts (in Indiana IFIRC) allowed it, dispossessing thousands of stockholders.

      2. I advocated prosecuting Obama’s ass for that. If only more people were ready to get out the torches and pitchforks to storm the castle.

        1. Lots of people are willing to storm the castle, but will not wait in line to buy the torches, and have no idea at all what to do with a pitchfork.

  4. There are currently 31 other “national emergencies” in effect that have been put in place by presidents going back to Carter. Nothing really new here.

    1. The story should just be ignored imho

      1. I admire and trust Dear Leader so fucking much I can’t stop thinking his declaration. What do, I do?

        1. Ima suggest using a portable drill to let some of the bad thoughts out of your head.

        2. “What do, I do?”

          You might consider learning to think and growing up, but lefties have a hard time with both those issues, so I doubt you’ll improve.

      2. I dunno about ignoring the story entirely, but the parts where they slur “electromagnetic radiation” to “transmit electricity” to “radiate electricity” should probably be taken with a grain of salt.

        MUH TESLA COILS!

    2. Don’t forget Obama added some to the list. Seems everyone else forgot.

      1. The silence during Obama’s eight-year reign was deafening.

      2. Reason needed some time to gear up for propaganda after 8 years of silence about the constitution clauses.

      3. That was / is different

  5. And these policies we’re put forward and approved by Progressives. Todays progressives still feel these are necessary laws and policies, just not when they are out of power.

  6. I’d be more worried about a president using this power to save us from climate change.

    1. In order to cope with the limited amount of electricity that can be produced by green means, the government would need to control what appliances we would be allowed to use, when we can use them, and for how long. We’d have to ask permission to turn on a light or use the microwave. All in the name of saving the planet. I can definitely imagine that. Trump? Not worried at all.

      1. “Trump? Not worried at all.”

        Um…….I would say less worried. But we must keep an eye on things. Trump has already tried to ban lots of people from the US, including people with green cards who had a right to enter. He’s more cautious now, but has some bad instincts.

        1. Green card or not, no one has the right to enter the white house without the President’s permission. Contrary to Mr. Acosta’s pathetic statements, being kicked out of the white house has nothing to do with the freedom of the press. He has simply bought into the idea that people are entitled to get what they want at the expense of other people’s freedom.

          1. I dunno, I think Trump would probably enjoy reviving Pres. Jackson’s Big Block of Cheese open house tradition.

            1. If I become POTUS, so shall it be done.

            2. I dunno, I think Trump would probably enjoy reviving Pres. Jackson’s Big Block of Cheese open house tradition.

              Already been done by his predecessor.
              On January 29th, the White House is holding “Big Block of Cheese Day.”
              Dated 2014

      2. “”In order to cope with the limited amount of electricity that can be produced by green means, the government would need to control what appliances we would be allowed to use,”‘

        What are they going to do, regulate what light bulbs we can buy?

        1. Careful mentioning the Great Bulb Famine. Some of us are still triggered by memory of the trauma.

        2. They have been doing that for years! Have you tried to get a 100 w incandescent one lately?

        3. What makes you think light bulbs will be for sale?
          They will be distributed by the ruling class, as they determine the need. So you deplorables will sit in the dark without heat or air conditioning or a water pump while AOC and the gang party on.

  7. I remember Obama and PPD-40, the government’s Continuity Of Operations Plan and the momentary panic when people realized just how vast and unchecked the emergency powers of the President are – and that a secret Kenyan Muslim was in charge of both the declaration of a state of emergency and the tin-foil hat supply. Unchecked power is only ever a problem when it’s in the hands of the wrong people, isn’t it?

  8. If your cellphone, radio tower, or bluetooth devices *are* radiating electricity, you should probably have them checked by a license professional. If every cellphone, radio tower, and bluetooth device on the market is doing so, some large organization should be looking into it and somebody affiliated with public utilities everywhere ought to be notified as well.

    1. Um….how much radiation of electrons is considered to be radiating? I doubt these items are 0.00000000000000000000000000000 %.

      Perfectly operating systems, of course, create magnetic fields as well, minor though they might be.

      Like most government actions, the proof is in the implementation.

      1. Um….how much radiation of electrons is considered to be radiating? I doubt these items are 0.00000000000000000000000000000 %.

        Electrons emitted relative to total electrons in the system or total electron flow? I didn’t count the zeroes, but you’re probably still a couple too high.

        Like most government actions, the proof is in the implementation.

        Same goes for the press reporting electrons radiated rather than even the dimmest lexical competency with regard to electromagnetic radiation.

    2. Maybe we could call such an organization the Federal Communications something? Council? Committee? Hmm……

  9. Man, I didn’t think he was that bad. If he decides to run for four terms will no for sure.

  10. Does the Constitution allow the legislative branch to bestow the power to legislate upon the executive? That seems like a basic violation.

    1. Poor troll doesnt know how the constitution works.

      Public school has failed you.

  11. Not my light switches – they’re firmly analog, wired, and not-connected.

    1. Not my light switches – they’re firmly analog,
      No grasshopper, they are not.

      1. Generally they are. He can shut off the power possibly but that is why I have a generator.

        1. And said generator will be hidden when they come for all devices using fossil fuels? You know, the black clad heroes who previously accepted your voluntarily surrendered firearms?

          And you will still be in your house then? By whose permission? You will be in the dorm at the plant where you are assigned to ride a stationary bicycle that powers a generator to charge batteries (aka ‘a quality job’) so your betters can have (led) lights to read and write up new proclamations each night.

  12. The emergency contemplated by these statutes has to be a new event or condition and has to rise to the level of war or natural disaster. These declarations are judicially limited in scope and time. The laws dependupon something new to have occurred there is no Congress to a necessitating an immediate execution response. It’s no light matter to unite the legislative power with the executive power. War is a sudden change and calamity. Fox New red alerts are about to meet a guy named Gorsuch and a thing called reality.

    1. Well my phone is trash. I was finished editing the comment. Anyway the short of it is the border isn’t experiencing an emergency and Congress had the chance to and did decide how we were going to guard the border.

    2. “has to be a new event or condition and has to rise to the level of war or natural disaster.”

      Uh, not the version I read on the federal site. Nor any of the currently active declarations I can find with a cursory search.

  13. “Upon proclamation by the President that there exists war or a threat of war, or a state of public peril or disaster or other national emergency, or in order to preserve the neutrality of the United States,” the law said, the president “may suspend or amend, for such time as he may see fit, the rules and regulations applicable to any or all stations or devices capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations within the jurisdiction of the United States as prescribed by the Commission.”

    So, *not* the Intertoobs, which FDR couldn’t even have *dreamed* of?

  14. Not even I’m freaking out about this, and for the same reason most people aren’t freaking out. He’s a clown and everyone knows this is a stunt. And the entire purpose of the stunt is to soothe his ego so he doesn’t spend an indefinite amount of executive time in bed surrounded by empty ice cream buckets.

  15. “”So remember: If he wants, President Trump?or any other president?can control your radio, your TV, your laptop, and even your light switches and microwave oven.””

    If it’s connected to the internet, the government already can. No emergency needed.

  16. The United States has been in a constant state of national emergency for decades now — that’s what the military spending bill that Congress passes every four years is proclaiming: that the emergency continues and we will need our wartime military to meet it.

    Why is Trump’s declaration anything more than business as usual?

  17. So POTUS is CiC of US military forces, right?
    I presume this includes the DoD?
    As commander in chief, how does a president not have the power to order military fortifications to be constructed on US territory?
    Wouldn’t this naturally come out of the defense budget?
    And how does the commanding officer not have legitimate authority to apportion the funds assigned to his command?

    1. Did we declare war on Mexico? Did Congress authorize spending on this project, or did it explicitly reject it? Isn’t it hilarious that we’re talking about a completely fabricated crisis? Can we not wait to stress-test the constitution in this way until something real happens?

      1. Poor congress gave up itemized budgets decades ago.

        The commander in chief gets to build what military fortifications he wants.

    2. As commander in chief, how does a president not have the power to order military fortifications to be constructed on US territory?

      Because he’s the CinC – he’s the CEO. Not the Chairman of the board. He gets to decide how the military he has will be run (ie, how to run the business) but not which new business to chase. So he doesn’t get to do major changes, including building fortifications, on his own whim.

      1. “he doesn’t get to do major changes, including building fortifications, on his own whim.”

        Lower ranking officers build fortifications all the time. I wouldn’t imagine they have explicit orders from Congress to do so…

  18. The law permits the White House to take over any device that emits radiofrequency transmissions. In 2019, that’s everything from your implanted heart device to the blow dryer for your hair. It includes your electric exercise equipment, any smart device (such as a digital washing machine), and your laptop?basically everything in your house that has electricity running through it.

    “or any device capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations between 10 kilocycles and 100,000 megacycles, which is suitable for use as a navigational aid beyond five miles”

  19. So Trump declares a national emergency and immediately declares this action unnecessary (some emergency–watch his performance from this morning if you haven’t). Then in order to deal with this national emergency, he immediately flies to Florida to play golf, where, drumroll, he has employed illegal immigrants for years!

    Feel like getting drunk yet?

    1. “Feel like getting drunk yet?”

      Feel like growing up yet? You should try it:
      “Obama Declared 13 National Emergencies ? 11 Are Still Active”
      https://bigleaguepolitics.com/obama-declared
      -13-national-emergencies-11-are-still-active/
      wanna bet he didn’t play golf after one?
      And, no, pointing out your hypocrisy is not ‘what-about-ism’; it’s pointing out that your claims of morality are nothing other than policically driven.

      1. Did I say anything about the morality of declaring national emergencies? Say, when there’s a national emergency?

        1. We had 13 emergencies that you are cool with, ( but didn’t know about)?

          1. I think it’s more relevant to discuss why you’re defending the current one.

            1. As of February 2019, 59 national emergencies had been declared, with 31 of them being renewed annually. These include the 8 that were declared prior to the passage of the 1976 Act.[1][4][19] The longest continuing national emergency dates back to November 1979 by the Carter administration blocking Iranian government property under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.[20]

              I defend nothing anyone in government does.
              I just wonder why nobody brings up the other 59 or 31 emergencies.

              1. “I just wonder why nobody brings up the other 59 or 31 emergencies.”

                I’d bet you are really wondering why our resident shitbag ignores all the precedent ’emergencies’.

              2. But people are bringing them up. I never heard of it before, and now it’s all over the place.

                Of course here it’s mostly brought up in order to excuse the current actions of Trump, which is the present subject.

                1. “Of course here it’s mostly brought up in order to excuse the current actions of Trump, which is the present subject.”

                  No, it’s brought up to show that you only care about the one taken by a guy with an R behind his name.

                  1. I am against people with (R)s after their names because they do horrendously stupid shit like this and sell it by appealing to racism and other bigotries. You’re against Democrats because you buy it.

                    1. Oh no, blackface! It’s just SO racist! Oh wait, that was a democrat.

                    2. Tony|2.16.19 @ 12:29PM|#
                      “I am against people with (R)s after their names because they do horrendously stupid shit like this and sell it by appealing to racism and other bigotries.”
                      And not opposed to those with (D) after their names because you’re a lefty scumbag.

                      “You’re against Democrats because you buy it.”
                      Now you get to show me where I posted such; you can’t, you fucking ignoramus.

        2. “Did I say anything about the morality of declaring national emergencies? Say, when there’s a national emergency?”
          No, scumbag, in your normal slimy fashion, you offered an innuendo that going golfing after declaring one was a moral issue.
          You fucking piece if shit, did you think anyone was fooled?

          1. That’s saying the emergency isn’t an emergency but he’s declaring it anyway, then golfing at a place that employs members of the class of people who constitute the nonemergency emergency.

            1. “That’s saying the emergency isn’t an emergency but he’s declaring it anyway,”
              So you admit your fave lying POTUS is every bit as culpable and that your concern is only teh (R)? Thanks, asshole.

              “then golfing at a place that employs members of the class of people who constitute the nonemergency emergency.”
              I’m sure someone must have once suggested you learn what ‘non-sequitur’ means, but I’m equally sure you haven’t the brains to understand.

  20. Socolow is as bad as regular Reason writers. Jesus when will you people do your homework.

    Under the constitution, habeas corpus can be suspended during time of war. WWII was the last time war was declared. Since then, its been AUMFs and various resolutions for failed Democrat adventures in foreign lands.

    As I linked in other articles, there are 31 on going states of emergency that Congress renews each year.

    Trump is securing the border against invaders, one of the few things the constitution mentions multiple times as a power of federal government.

    1. What kind of monster would call refugees “invaders”?

      People like you ruin countries, not refugees.

      1. Poor Tony. He hates the USA and Libertarianism.

      2. You’re an idiot Tony.

        Most countries in history WANTED to keep their country THEIR country. Because if they didn’t… It ended up becoming somebody ELSE’S country.

        We’re the first bunch of people in the history of the world that are so fucking stupid and cucked we’re INTENTIONALLY giving away our country to foreign shit heels we didn’t invite in.

        This isn’t to say countries haven’t invited certain, limited, controlled groups in before. That has always happened. But letting in hordes that DO NOT have permission has generally been fought against in the past.

        Perhaps you have heard of the colonization of the Americas? Or the Germanic invasion of Rome? Both were largely not even active wars, but rather demographic conquest. The fighting was largely incidental, it was the movement of populations that sealed the deal.

      3. The Reconquista (“reconquest”) is a term that is used (not exclusively) to describe the vision by different individuals, groups, and/or nations that the Southwestern United States should be politically or culturally reconquered by Mexico. These opinions are often formed on the basis that those territories had been claimed by Spain for centuries and had been claimed by Mexico from 1821 until being ceded to the United States in the Texas annexation (1845) and the Mexican Cession (1848), as a consequence of the Mexican?American War.

        In the late 1990s to early 2000s, as US census data showed that the population of Mexican Americans in the Southwestern United States had increased, the term was popularized by contemporary Mexican intellectuals, such as Carlos Fuentes, Elena Poniatowska, and President Vicente Fox,[8][17][25] who spoke of Mexican immigrants maintaining their culture and Spanish language in the United States as they migrated in greater numbers to this area.

        “Culturally reconquer”.

        1. If you want to prevent a conquest by the Mexicans , don’t you think you should find people to lead the cause who aren’t senile and ridiculous? You’re kind of doing this to yourself, are you not?

          1. LOL

            It’s because of cowardly PC pussies like you we’re having problems. The truth is the overwhelming majority of white Americans are down for common sense laws on most subjects, it’s barely 1/3 that are prog morons.

            Unfortunately we’ve already allowed in so many immigrants (legal and illegal) that the preferences of the founding stock of this country are being fought against tooth and nail. In short, the 1965 immigration act has destroyed Americas ability to actually govern in a way that most ACTUAL native born Americans want.

            It’s kind of fucked. Don’t worry Tony, if it comes down to blows I’ll put if a good word for you so you can be a kapo in the camps! You have a decent sense of humor sometimes, which I’m sure will come in handy in there!

            1. [White people have] already allowed in so many immigrants

              “Allowed in” is a bit of a euphemism in some cases.

    2. “Trump is securing the border against invaders,”

      Is he? His wall won’t be high enough to stop the killer bees. They’ll fly right over it and steal the jobs from American bees. Then they’ll sting us to death. Thanks Trump.

      1. The funny thing is, we COULD build a literally impassible wall nowadays if we wanted to.

        It could be really tall. Go deep into the ground, AND have sensors for above and below ground that detected any movement or seismic activity. We literally wouldn’t even have to bother to have physical guards almost anywhere at that point.

        I don’t know how much a baller wall like that would cost, but it might be worth it. If we weren’t pussies we could mount automated twin 50 cal machine guns too… But even most Rs are too big of pussies for that shit!

    3. How does this fit under Article I, Section 9, clause 2? Only during “rebellion or invasion” when “the public safety may require it” can the writ of habeou corpus be suspended. Additionally, this power is not given to the executive branch, but only to congress.

      The only way the President can get away with declaring habeous corpus is if Congress doesn’t do its job and instead delegates its responsibilities to someone else.

      All this aside, I would like to know what habeous corpus relates to the building of a wall. Habeous corpus has to do with legal process, demanding that individuals being accused of a crime be brought to court and given a fair trial. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the executive branch assuming legislative powers.

      1. I didnt say that a President can suspend habeas corpus. Habeas corpus is a fundamental right to receive Due Process before a judge after being arrested by an agent of the Executive Branch.

        If that can be suspended during actual war, like in WWII then building a wall is nothing but a function of government.

        You people are losing so bad against Trump that it makes you fume with rage.

        1. I actually am not against trump or the wall. But I do no appreciate executive action when Congress has clearly not approved something. Accordingly, I am beginning to think that national emergencies should never be an option.

          1. The three branches are supposed to be equal.

            Congress does not control everything. So comgress not controlling everything the executive branch is okay.

            Ultimately congess is probably the stronger branch since they control the purse. The executive and judicial branches halt without money.

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  23. TIL FDR invented the phrase “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

    1. Wait… did FDR actually say that or is that just a joke?

      1. Machiavelli and later Churchill. Most recently Rahm Emmanuel made the news with it. Can’t find where FDR said it but he certainly did not coin the phrase.

  24. They already regulate what light bulbs that we can buy!

    1. They tried but they did not predict low cost LED bulbs which is what most of us are replacing with anyway. They are much better than the old bulbs. More light, much more efficient and last far longer. I think we all hated those flourescent twisty things.

      The market was way ahead of the government again.

      Look at appliances, cars, batteries. All much better. Yes there are regulations but industry and innovation are the driving force.

      I remember talking with a chemistry grad student some decades ago. She was telling me why she went into it. “Because if you can make a battery that is 10% more efficient and cheaper there is more profit there than you can imagine”

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      2. LED bulbs are not low-cost. They are typically 5-10x the cost of a conventional lightbulb.

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  27. I can’t tell whether this is satire, trolling or straight-up pants-shitting.

  28. This is the kind of turds circling the toilet that is Washington DC.

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    He was in the Clinton and “W” Bush administrations.

    1. The reason I followed this piece of shit is because I saw an article about Joe Biden talking shit about the USA today.

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  29. What FDR actually did (among other things) is outlawed amateur radio communications for fear German and Italian spies would be talking back to the fatherland. The AARL stepped forward to create a volnteer network of people listening for any unauthorized signals in order to triangulate and catch the spies amongst us.

    After the war, an odd thing happened. The government refused to return the spectrum back to the hobbyists, but the membership of the AARL were the same people who built the electronics that helped win the war. With pressure on Congress, civilians were once again permitted to talk to each other.

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  37. Never forget: it’s Congress that wrote Section 606 and other parts of the US Code that delegate sweeping powers to the executive branch during a “national emergency” with no specification as to what would constitute same, short of some language like “whenever the President has declared a national emergency”.

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  39. There are some false claims or implications in this piece….namely all this nonsense about light switches and household appliances. BTW light switches, or hair dryers do not “transmit energy”. All energized and non-shielded electronics or connectors might emit small emits of RF energy, but the Act is concerned only with those involved in communications – specifically those “which is suitable for use as a navigational aid beyond five miles”. As the RF emissions from household wiring is low power and short range, typically not more than a few meters in the case of even high-power electronics such as a hair dryer or microwave, they are not covered under the auspices of the TCA of 1934, nor the Act as amended in 1996.

    The plain language of the Act shows that it is concerned with the ability of the President to control *communications” in the event of war/disaster/national emergency, so as to better enable the coordination of government agencies or to otherwise secure the nation against foreign interference by means of electronic communications. That is the prima facie PURPOSE of the Emergency Powers clause of 606.

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