Tuesday, April 13, 2010

President Obama Declares National Emergency to Deal with Somalia

President Obama issued an executive order today declaring a national emergency to deal wtih the "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States" by "the deterioration of the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia, and acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea . . . ."

President Obama cited the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (the IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act, and section 5 of the United Nations Participation Act as authority to block property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Somalia.

The EO is perhaps a nice contemporary example of presidential authority to complement your study of Dames & Moore v. Regan?



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