Obama Gives Homeland Security More Powers

Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 11:52 AM

By Andra Varin

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama has expanded the powers of the Department of Homeland Security, granting it the authority to prioritize and re-establish communication networks in the event of a national security emergency or natural disaster.

Obama signed an executive order on Friday that allows for Homeland Security to re-establish communications “through the use of commercial, government, and privately owned communications resources, when appropriate.”

The order also says that the Homeland Security secretary, in conjunction with the defense secretary, would “serve as the federal lead for the prioritized restoration of communications infrastructure and coordinate the prioritization and restoration of communications, including resolution of any conflicts in or among priorities.”

“The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential,” the order says.

The Daily Caller points out that the federal government already has its own emergency communications network, the National Communications System, which allows members of the federal government to make use of private carriers during the event of a disaster.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

'Conservative War Chest' Targets Pryor, Gang of 5

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 21:52 PM

A conservative Super PAC has launched its 2014 campaign with a blistering ad accusing Senator Mark Pryor of being a sta . . .

Connecticut Republicans Sense Sweep In Works

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 21:44 PM

Republicans in the Nutmeg State feel "cautiously optimistic" that they will not only take the governorship that narrowly . . .

Unions Pouring Money into Democrats' Nov. Warchest

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 20:23 PM

Fearing Republican control of both the House and the Senate after the November midterm elections, labor unions are pouri . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved