JD Heyes — Natural News July 29, 2016
Would a President Hillary Clinton, perhaps facing massive unrest and outrage over her election, actually use the power of her office to starve her political opponents into submission? Some sources say that is exactly what she is planning to do.
A report in GovtSlaves.info cites as Clinton’s authority for such a brazen move an Executive Order signed by her predecessor – and the man who kept her out of court and likely out of prison – President Barack Obama. In 2011 Obama signed EO 13603.
According to the report, several claims are made:
1) The Department of Homeland Security has been stockpiling food – for years now – in anticipation of … something. A long-term-storage food supplier (here) claims to have been contacted by DHS personnel in 2013 inquiring how many meals per person, per day, the company could provide, whether it could mass-ship food supplies and whether supplies could be shipped within 24 hours.
This source claims that DHS began soliciting for mass quantities of storable foods in 2010, ostensibly to prepare for some kind of major widespread disaster.
And this source claims that the federal government began stockpiling food as early as 2008:
A Wall Street Journal columnist has advised people to “start stockpiling food” and an ABC News Report says “there are worrying signs appearing in the United States where some … locals are beginning to hoard supplies.” Now there’s concern that the U.S. government may be competing with consumers for stocks of storable food.
Oldest trick in the playbook
2) Clinton, as secretary of state, met with DHS officials and actually held operational planning meetings where the use of food as a weapon was brought up in case of mass civil unrest following her election. We could find no evidence online that this is true; it is being offered by the original source as some sort of intelligence from a “high level inside source” that is not further defined. But that isn’t in and of itself proof that she didn’t have those meetings; we wouldn’t expect to find stories online reporting how Clinton was openly plotting to starve political opponents if she became president.
What’s more, talk radio host Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show believed at one time that Obama was capable of using food as a weapon “in the administration and the application” of a state of martial law. It’s possible; it is one of the oldest tricks in the political playbook.
The real mystery
All said, the federal government certainly has claimed the right to essentially commandeer all food and water in the United States as part of dealing with any national emergency (whether real or contrived). EO 13603, as we have reported, certainly does give whomever is president the tacit authority to essentially nationalize the food supply.
Called the “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” Obama claimed authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950, a Korean War-era statute (50 U.S.C.) that gives the government the power to marshal whatever resources are necessary to protect and defend the country during “military conflicts, natural or man-caused disasters, or acts of terrorism within the United States,” the statute says.
Among its various directions and instructions, the order calls on various federal agencies and government officials to “identify requirements for the full spectrum of emergencies, including essential military and civilian demand,” and “assess on an ongoing basis the capability of the domestic industrial and technological base to satisfy requirements in peacetime and times of national emergency, specifically evaluating the availability of the most critical resource and production sources, including subcontractors and suppliers, materials, skilled labor, and professional and technical personnel.”
Why Obama felt it necessary to cite a 1950 Korean War-era law to enact a new executive order of this magnitude, when so much previous disaster planning had been done prior to his arrival in the White House, is the real mystery – not necessarily how some future president will use that power.