This is something that all Americans should understand and be made aware of. Friday night of St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 16, 2012), President Obama signed an executive order to control all U.S. Resources: water, FOOD, energy, transportation, commerce, etc. in times of war OR peace. Two similar executive orders have been signed by presidents in the past (both based on the Defense Production Act of 1950) but they were only declared during times of war!
This could be in response to preparations against Iran, and the president may have placed the United States on a war footing, notes the Huffington Post.
According to the release, stockpiling or prioritizing will not require a state of war. In Section 310 entitled, “Critical Items,” the government is empowered “to take appropriate action to ensure that critical components, critical technology items, essential materials, and industrial resources are available from reliable sources when needed to meet defense requirements during peacetime, graduated mobilization, and national emergency. Appropriate action may include restricting contract solicitations to reliable sources, restricting contract solicitations to domestic sources (pursuant to statutory authority), stockpiling critical components, and developing substitutes for critical components or critical technology items.”
This order could be the beginning of a plan that has significant reach into every garage and grocery store shelf.
The entire executive order can be found on the White House Briefing Room page: Executive Order—National Defense Resources Preparedness.