Monday, September 5, 2011

Obama Orders Sweeping Sanctions and Regime Change in Syria Without Congress

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Once again President Obama has used the authority vested in him in the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act to impose sweeping sanctions against a sovereign nation without Congressional approval.

On August 18th, 2011, Obama signed Executive Order 13582: Blocking Property of the Government of Syria and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to Syria, which authorizes the seizure of all Syrian-owned property and interests in property in the United States.  It also bans exports of U.S. services to Syria, the import of petroleum from Syria, and any new investment in Syria or those who support them.

The following actions are now prohibited:
(a) new investment in Syria by a United States person, wherever located; 
(b) the exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any services to Syria; 
(c) the importation into the United States of petroleum or petroleum products of Syrian origin; 
(d) any transaction or dealing by a United States person, wherever located, including purchasing, selling, transporting, swapping, brokering, approving, financing, facilitating, or guaranteeing, in or related to petroleum or petroleum products of Syrian origin; and 
(e) any approval, financing, facilitation, or guarantee by a United States person, wherever located, of a transaction by a foreign person where the transaction by that foreign person would be prohibited by this section if performed by a United States person or within the United States.
The sweeping unilateral sanctions also permit the President to seize property without notice of those who sponsor or provide material assistance to Syria.  In the case that such a person should have Constitutional protections, Obama declared "there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination" because of his powers during a national emergency.

At the time of the signing, the White House called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside, "For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside," indicating an official policy of regime change in Syria.

This action follows Executive Order 13572 from April called Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to Human Rights Abuses in Syria which gave Obama the broad power to seize assets of Syrians suspected of being complicit in human rights abuses.

Previously, President Obama bypassed Congress when he imposed sanctions and seized property from the Libyan government by Executive Order 13566 in February of this year.  Less than a month later, the United States and NATO began policing the no-fly zone in Libya, also without debate in the Congress.  Now the U.S. and NATO are engaged in a civil war in Libya where billions are being spent, again without Congressional approval or oversight.

These new sanctions, along with recent EU sanctions, combined with calls for regime change in Syria, seem to be following the same pattern as the Libya invasion.  Thus, it is reasonable to assume that if Syrian President al-Assad resists, he will be forced out one way or the other.  It's also apparent that Obama believes he needn't consult Congress or abide by the Constitution about these matters because of powers vested in him under national and international emergency.  If the pattern is any indication, America may be headed for another undeclared war.


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Anonymous said...

Tyrant in control; subverting the Constitution as usual.: Treason

Anonymous said...

"For the sake of the American people, it is time for president Obama to step aside"

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Lawls, is he going to fund and aid the Rebels in Syria too? And then after they do so well at taking everything over, he can then kill them, and claim the prize? LOL! Why are we even over there again? I forget...

Anonymous said...

This is from EO 13572; "manifested most recently by the use of violence and torture against, and arbitrary arrests and detentions of, peaceful protestors by police, security forces, and other entities that have engaged in human rights abuses" While they say this is happening in Syria, isn't it happening in our own fucking backyard as well? We need to look at ourselves before we impose our will on others.

apeman2502 said...

Lobobama on the loose until someone stops him and points him in a different direction. The epitome of a 'loose cannon' president with no sense of self restraint. He is not militaristic because he feels the need. He is militaristic because he was told to be by his handlers.

Anonymous said...

Having assets in this country looks increasingly to be a really bad idea, and I'll bet that I'm not alone in thinking so.

Steve said...

Man, If I was the Syrian Dictator I would be planning to unleash hell on Israel if any attempt was made against my country. Including Bio and Chemical Weapons or a suicide attack on Israels nuke sites. Maybe thats what the lunatics in Washington and London want all along...

Anonymous said...

Every American president after JFK only answers to his AIPAC masters. Congress is irrelevant.

The only reason why Congress has not been abolished is to give you, the American citizen, the *illusion* of democracy and of checks and balances in government.

P.S: Ron Paul won't get nominated or elected in 2012. The game is rigged, so forget about it.

Anonymous said...

Obama's just the mouthpiece. Why are we focusing on the messenger and not on the people pulling the strings? Does anyone REALLY believe that Obama is the guy that has been organizing these events that started many presidents ago?

We have to get the money out of politics and elect honest representatives, something that under our current system CAN'T happen!


i am so done "posting", ameri-can'ts are so asleep at the wheel... that "lithium" they put in the water must be really taking affect. We should ban "residents" without birth certs! We should ban "fake ass dual citizen" politicians! We should ban, and "taser" t.s.ass-holes and janet napolitano. We should ban, taser happy po-lice. We should ban any politician that does not follow the "constitution"! We should ban any politican demon-crat or republic-scam that thinks the "constitution" is just a piece of paper! We should ban those that print fake fiat currency, then tax us for its production. We should ban d.u.m.b (deep underground military bases) if there is nuclear fall out, nibiru rising, or elenin, we should all suffer and die just saying. We should ban most if not all politicians from texas. We should ban hilarious hillary clinton and everyone named clinton! We should ban all popes especially the ones that look like darth vader and a demon! We shold ban "islamphobia" because it is an agenda by certain just saying though. We should ban dual citizen politicians that dont hold America first and foremost (they are the enemies america...duh!!) We shold ban sending our men and women into wars that support our enslavement to zionist banksters and eugenecists and population controlists and agenda 21ists and fascists and communists and ......

seduxen said...

Who is your president??? He does not invoke the 14th Amendment to save his country's economy, but violating the Constitution of The United States of America to wage illegal war??? Are you People all stupid??? No one can make a reasonable comment on this. You are deemed to disappear into History's cemetery for non-viable nation... You have parasites living, leeching, sucking on your body and you can not see them, you can not fight them, you are a walking dead, you are a zombie nation! I am in grief. Memento Mori...

Anonymous said...

I think you are going to have to accept the fact that you have a closet muslim in the White House who is absolutely an impostor under the constitution because he is a dual citizen.
The birth cert. is irrelevant. He was born somewhere and born a dual citizen and that means he is ineligible to be POTUS full stop.
No if and buts.
He `should be arrested and charged with treason and so should Nancy Pelosi and others who conspired to put him there without vetting.
You cannot impeach him = he is not a legal President.
I say he is a muslim because he is using the US to advance islamic law. Remember he fluffed the oath of office on the bible. He swore it next day in private on what.
In Libya, thanks to Soetoro, we now have a radical fundamentalist taking control and the new constitution will be based first and foremost on Sharia.
Those opposing Gaddafi were mainly of this radical muslim sentiment. Gaddafi was far to secular for them - he educated women to goodness sake.
Now Soetoro attacks the Syrian government of Assad.
Get this clear - the leading group seeking to overthrow Assad - who runs the only secular state in the middle east (No Israel is NOT secular) is none other than the Muslim Brotherhood. Not telling you THAT! are they.
Assad is under attack from the islamists. These are his 'rebels' too. He is fighting against radical Islam.
And what has Soetoro - who was educated at a Madrassa in Indonesia - what does he do - everything he can to undermine a secular state and hand to radical islam yet again.
When, for Gods sake, are Americans going to wake up to the enormity of what they have done to their country, their cocnstitution and to the planet by electing and, even when exposed - maintaining an islamic impostor to use the power of America for his own ends - ends which are against your country and people.
Arrest him and charge him and put him away with his aiding and abetting Mrs for their natural lives.

Mark of the Wild West said...

Obama is working the Neo Con PNAC plan as the replacement for George Bush. As 911 was an inside job, so will the next one be!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Obama is incapable of having an original thought. He is a TOTAL puppet and if you squint just right you can see the strings.

Anonymous said...

And CON-gress will feign anger and stomp and scream and then we'll forget all about it because the football game is on..... Typical US politics.

And besides, it's all for the Greater Israel.

Jonathan Turley wisely noted, "Anyone who believes there are 2 parties in Washington DC is a FOOL."


Anonymous said...

He's just doing what he's been told.

Woody McBreairty said...

Obama might well be a less qualified president than was George W Bush, and that is quite an accomplishment. Like the rest of the people who voted for Obama, I took him at his eloquent word, only to find them to be empty & hollow. He is not only not leading our country, he is misleading us deeper into the abyss of uncertainty and danger for the future of our country. Obama is eminently unqualified to be the presiden of this country and he should step aside in favor of a more qualified Democratic candidate in 2012. Joe Biden is a very good leader, Hillary Clinton could be elected, as she should have been in 2008. Obama is wasting our valuable time and we may never catch up.

SuZen said...

Stop funding the FED/IRS Mafia/Cabal. Refuse to file. No further tax compliance. Best way to opt out of the system and pull the plug. What are you afraid of? If you don't like the game, stop playing it!

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