New Executive Order Gives President Power Over "Human Rights Abuses"

By:  Joe Wolverton, II
04/24/2012
       
New Executive Order Gives President Power Over "Human Rights Abuses"

Over the weekend, President Barack Obama signed an executive order granting himself power to impose sanctions against companies that are suspected of assisting the Syrian and Iranian regimes of employing information technology to carry out human rights abuses. 

Over the weekend, President Barack Obama signed an executive order granting himself power to impose sanctions against companies that are suspected of assisting the Syrian and Iranian regimes of employing information technology to carry out human rights abuses. 

 

In the order announced by the White House on Monday, President Obama declares that:
 
the commission of serious human rights abuses against the people of Iran and Syria by their governments, facilitated by computer and network disruption, monitoring, and tracking by those governments, and abetted by entities in Iran and Syria that are complicit in their governments’ malign use of technology for those purposes, threaten the national security and foreign policy of the United States. The Governments of Iran and Syria are endeavoring to rapidly upgrade their technological ability to conduct such activities. Cognizant of the vital importance of providing technology that enables the Iranian and Syrian people to freely communicate with each other and the outside world, as well as the preservation, to the extent possible, of global telecommunications supply chains for essential products and services to enable the free flow of information, the measures in this order are designed primarily to address the need to prevent entities located in whole or in part in Iran and Syria from facilitating or committing serious human rights abuses.
 
The policies set forth in this order piggy-back on an earlier executive order signed in 1995 by President Bill Clinton (Executive Order 12957) wherein it was declared that:
 
the actions and policies of the Government of Iran constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and [I] hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.
 
Apparently, then, President Obama believes that the monitoring of phone calls and Internet activity by the government of a nation is an abuse of the human rights of the citizens of that nation — unless that nation is the United States
 
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