For Immediate Release January 13, 2011 Letter from the President regarding Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d))
TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
January 13, 2011
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the emergency declared with respect to foreign terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process is to continue in effect beyond January 23, 2011.
The crisis with respect to the grave acts of violence committed by foreign terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process that led to the declaration of a national emergency on January 23, 1995, has not been resolved. Terrorist groups continue to engage in activities that have the purpose or effect of threatening the Middle East peace process and that are hostile to United States interests in the region. Such actions constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.
For these reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared with respect to foreign terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process and to maintain in force the economic sanctions against them to respond to this threat.
Just to stop the incorrect information that is already starting to be pushed about on the Internet. President Obama has not signed a new Executive Order Declaring a State of Emergency.
There was a related, actual Executive Order was drafted and signed by President Clinton in 1995. That was Executive Order 12947 and it does invoke the National Emergency Economic Powers Act, it puts into law the prohibition of transacting, donating to or otherwise doing business with known or suspected terrorist organisations who threaten to disrupt the middle east peace process.
The National Emergency has been extended every year and has not been allowed to expire since 1995.
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