By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,
I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, find that specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation — in particular, efforts to undermine the conduct of free and fair democratic elections and democratic institutions in the United States and its allies and partners; to engage in and facilitate malicious cyber-enabled activities against the United States and its allies and partners; to foster and use transnational corruption to influence foreign governments; to pursue extraterritorial activities targeting dissidents or journalists; to undermine security in countries and regions important to United States national security; and to violate well-established principles of international law, including respect for the territorial integrity of states — constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.
Accordingly, I hereby order:
Section 1. All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:
(a) any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, and, with respect to subsection (a)(ii) of this section, in consultation with the Attorney General, or by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, and, with respect to subsection (a)(ii) of this section, in consultation with the Attorney General:
(i) to operate or have operated in the technology sector or the defense and related materiel sector of the Russian Federation economy, or any other sector of the Russian Federation economy as may be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State;
(ii) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged or attempted to engage in, any of the following for or on behalf of, or for the benefit of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation:
(A) malicious cyber-enabled activities;
(B) interference in a United States or other foreign government election;
(C) actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in the United States or abroad;
(D) transnational corruption;
(E) assassination, murder, or other unlawful killing of, or infliction of other bodily harm against, a United States person or a citizen or national of a United States ally or partner;
(F) activities that undermine the peace, security, political stability, or territorial integrity of the United States, its allies, or its partners; or
(G) deceptive or structured transactions or dealings to circumvent any United States sanctions, including through the use of digital currencies or assets or the use of physical assets;
(iii) to be or have been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of:
(A) the Government of the Russian Federation;
(B) an entity that has, or whose members have, engaged in any activity described in subsection (a)(ii) of this section; or
(C) an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order;
(iv) to be a political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of the Government of the Russian Federation;
(v) to be a spouse or adult child of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to subsection (a)(ii) or (iii) of this section;
(vi) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of:
(A) any activity described in subsection (a)(ii) of this section; or
(B) any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or
(vii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.
(b) any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, a government whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to chapter V of title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations or another Executive Order, and to be:
(i) a citizen or national of the Russian Federation;
(ii) an entity organized under the laws of the Russian Federation or any jurisdiction within the Russian Federation (including foreign branches); or
(iii) a person ordinarily resident in the Russian Federation.
(c) any person determined by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in or attempted to engage in, cutting or disrupting gas or energy supplies to Europe, the Caucasus, or Asia, and to be:
(i) an individual who is a citizen or national of the Russian Federation; or
(ii) an entity organized under the laws of the Russian Federation or any jurisdiction within the Russian Federation (including foreign branches).
(d) The prohibitions in subsections (a), (b), and (c) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the date of this order.
Sec. 2. The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include:
(a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and
(b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.
Sec. 3. (a) The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of noncitizens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1 of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended, except when the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security, as appropriate, determines that the person’s entry would not be contrary to the interests of the United States, including when the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security, as appropriate, so determines, based on a recommendation of the Attorney General, that the person’s entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives.
(b) The Secretary of State shall implement this authority as it applies to visas pursuant to such procedures as the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, may establish.
(c) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall implement this order as it applies to the entry of noncitizens pursuant to such procedures as the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may establish.
(d) Such persons shall be treated by this section in the same manner as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).
Sec. 4. (a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
Sec. 5. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in this order, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.
Sec. 6. For the purposes of this order:
(a) the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;
(b) the term “Government of the Russian Federation” means the Government of the Russian Federation, any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, including the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, and any person owned, controlled, or directed by, or acting for or on behalf of, the Government of the Russian Federation;
(c) the term “noncitizen” means any person who is not a citizen or noncitizen national of the United States;
(d) the term “person” means an individual or entity; and
(e) the term “United States person” means any United States citizen, lawful permanent resident, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.
Sec. 7. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in this order, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order.
Sec. 8. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA, as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions within the Department of the Treasury. All departments and agencies of the United States shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.
Sec. 9. Nothing in this order shall prohibit transactions for the conduct of the official business of the Federal Government or the United Nations (including its specialized agencies, programs, funds, and related organizations) by employees, grantees, and contractors thereof.
Sec. 10. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to submit recurring and final reports to the Congress on the national emergency declared in this order, consistent with section 401(c) of the NEA (50 U.S.C. 1641(c)) and section 204(c) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1703(c)).
Sec. 11. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
April 15, 2021.
I am speechless. Biden is becoming quite the little dictator!! What “national emergency”??
The “national emergency” seems to be gradual realization by the rest of the world —and maybe in Foggy Bottom, too— that the wheels are coming off the USA . . . . . . To me it looks like a pathetic admission of weakness, but it is also vicious.
I wonder who was responsible for framing this blanket permission to define interactions between Russia and the USA as criminal and shoving it under Biden’s nose, and when they started working on it. Under Obama?
More likely, under Trump, but under direction of the Obama-neocon cabal.
Another reason for eliminating Trump.
He would never have signed this, I am quite sure.
Re “All departments and agencies of the United States shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.”–that means the Executive Branch, right? Can Biden force the judiciary to respect this? What about Congress? What is the legal weight of such an order? Seems like similar to (re)defining Julian Assange as a spy . . .
But can this “work”? What is the point here?
Isn’t the presumption here that the Russian government can control every action of each one of its “persons” and “entities”?
Ultimately, though, surely this is directed toward criminalizing actions by American citizens and “entities” and “persons.” Slipping in the “person” idea seems also to be a warning shot toward American companies and also private citizens that they can easily get into serious trouble for anything they do that has anything to do with Russia.
Are European and other “allies” on board with this? I wonder.
They soon will be. They will get the word and follow like the vassals they are.
UK already on the case :
Russia has now responded:
“….The move includes actions against the American diplomatic mission in Russia as well as US officials.
1) Moscow said that both countries’ envoys should hold consultations with their superiors amid the current situation, thus also recommending that US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan return to Washington for this purpose.
2) 10 American diplomats will be expelled from the country.
3) Russia is launching the procedure to withdraw from an earlier agreement allowing diplomats of the two countries to travel outside the cities where they are based.
4) Moscow will ban US diplomatic facilities from hiring Russians and third-country citizens.
5) The Kremlin also added eight members of the Biden administration to the no-entry list.
6) In addition, Moscow will be ending the operations of the US fund operating in the country with the goal of meddling in Russian domestic politics.
“The Russian Foreign Ministry added that Moscow will respond to each and every “sanctions wave” from Washington. It further said that Washington’s policy of “containing Moscow” is “short-sighted” and risks further deteriorating Russia-US ties.
The Foreign Ministry stressed that the measures it is introducing are “not done by choice” and underscored that Moscow still wishes to avoid further confrontation with the US. Instead, it seeks “a calm and professional dialogue” with Washington, the ministry added….”
Good to see the point I made yesterday about Sullivan having to return to the US for “consultations” was made by the Russians. He can’t stay when the Russian Ambassador to the US is in Russia – makes no sense. I hope Nuland is one of the 8 banned from entering Russia.
Lavrov has expanded further too:
“We also have the opportunity to take painful measures for American business, we will also keep them in reserve”, Lavrov said during a press conference……”
There is no way Sleepy Joe Biden can be a little dictator. Half the time he does not know where he is nor what he is signing. He is just a puppet, placed in the White House to further neocon policies. He does as told. The perfect puppet.
That was said tongue in cheek.
I think the rest of my comment made my assumption clear that someone else is doing the “dictating” (ha ha).’
I have serious doubts about whether Joe is even real. At best, he’s an Alzheimer’s case, at worst he’s pure CGI – refer to the video of his hand moving in front of the microphone layer. Whenever I see video or photographs of Joe it just looks like something is wrong with him/it, it does not look real. I guess that’s one reason why Putin wanted a live debate with him coz it would expose the fraud! I suspect that the criminals can distance themselves from certain legal liabilities in future (eg: Nuremberg criminal trials) if they can prove that THEY did not make any decisions as president, rather it was all CGI. Of course, nobody will ever know who created/authorized the CGI and they all walk free to an extent.
Trump put more sanctions on Russia than all the others combined, Trump couldn’t even get the troops removed from Syria in fact they added more the Trump worshipers should realize that he like all the rest who have held that office are nothing but window dressing for the deep state which he was part of controls the levers of government, for as Putin stated they come and go, but their policies remain the same and they do so what’s with so-and-so wouldn’t have done this..
Just like Trump was beholden to Likud and the crazy Christian Zionists, Biden is also beholden to AIPAC and Obama holdovers like Cookie Nuland and her husband, Robert Kagan. The Ashkenazim have had it in for Russia since forever. It started way back in 965 when Sviatoslav I destroyed the Khazar city of Sarkel and its capital at Atil. A visitor to Atil wrote soon after Sviatoslav’s campaign: “The Rus’ attacked, and no grape or raisin remained, not a leaf on a branch.”
The Khazars went on to become the Ashkenazim and the rest is history. My hope is that Biden realizes this and backs off on Ukraine, the old Khazar homeland. He’s being played like a cheap piano by the neocons and this has to stop, NOW!
Alleged dement Biden as a puppet has to soften up Ukraine for the Askenazim who are planning to return to Eastern Europe, like Poland and Ukraine, while they calculated living in the ME is becoming more risky and tensed while the Arabian neighbours are, already strong and, becoming better trained and armed with sophisticated wartoys. They are now also battle hardened. Israel has been circled by Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq. The Ashkenazim former wargames against unarmed women, children, elderly is definitely over!
Like everyone is calling nowadays: “the world not be the same anymore after COVID-19”, well here you have it.
IMO, there arealready Ashkenazim silently packing suitcases to moved to Ukraine and Poland. It is for them a favourable time, for corrupt UkriNazis politicians are selling the land of Ukraine like hotcakes to everybody with money.
Since Sleepy Joe did not have the mental powers to write all of this, I wonder who wrote it for him. I also wonder how much of it he understood, and after signing the Executuve Order, how many minutes did it take for him to forget what he actually signed.
This Executive Order is nothing but political and legal gangsterism, fabrications introduced to back neocon globalist policies. Washington is overplaying it’s hand. This will not end well. No empire has ever survived, spending huge amounts of money to maintain it’s existence and creating a heap of enemies along the way, as Washington is doing.
“Sleepy Joe did not have the mental powers to write all of this”
Do you really believe that politicians write their statements? It will have been a committee of relevant persons including lawyers, departments heads (who would have to sign off on it) and various other rubber stampers. And how long do you think it would have taken to write, compile and edit it all? Not five minutes, not five days, not five weeks, maybe five months is closer.
This has been in the pipeline for months – part of the plan.
“This has been in the pipeline for months – part of the plan.”
No need to wonder who is behind this. The same entity that has been behind U.S. governmental warmongers for years. The global-banker-Zionist-controlled deep state (whew… that’s a mouthful, ain’t it)? Talk about “buy low, sell high”. Just wait until they start gobbling up all the natural resources (not to mention the scientific talent) of the newly-defeated (former) Russian Federation. Oh yeah, we better ship all those Russian gold bars over to Washington, D.C. pronto.
who wrote it for him ?
Probably some Ass-ke-Nazis
The moneylenders around Rottenchild plan the next big war and Covid is a great coverscreen
welcome back to 1939…
“If my sons did not want wars, there would be none.” ~ Gutle Schnaper, Mayer Amschel Rothschilds wife
It looks like Biden and Putin had a highly fruitful and rewarding chat. To what extent are these sanctions different to the previous million sanctions? And why are the Russians still selling space rockets to their sworn enemies? Why do the accept this never ending siege without coming out at once and for all their own swift, their own gold block chain based currency? Are they friends underneath? Is everything a joke? Does Israel control both America and Russia? Is this all a bluff? Mi no comprender…
Technologically, i dont foresee any advantage do distributed decentralized technology with blockchain technology.
Russia can do just the same with centralized technology, a lot easier, faster, and more important, withouth ever risking loosing control.
I am literate and reasonably intelligent, but digesting this scribble results in a mental overload. Once the Russian lawyers will have overcome theirs, Russian institutions and affiliations will stop delivering goods and services to the US because Joe Biden orders them to do so.
In my opinion, this executive order signed the death certificate of the US dollar.
For the rest of the world, time to move on.
“In my opinion, this executive order signed the death certificate of the US dollar.”
The market seems to agree because its initial knee-jerk reaction was a fall in the USD against gold.
Btw on this site (24h gold) you can follow the prices of gold in different currencies.
There is no doubt in my mind that Russia, China and Iran are moving toward eliminating US dollar from their transactions. President Putin also mentioned that they are prepared to move from SWIFT and Russians have been working on their own payment system.
It certainly seems like the most sensible reaction—move away from the dollar ASAP.
I think any psychologist (I’ll let others take care of the economics!!) would agree.
When someone is being abusive/passive aggressive/waving a gun around/what have you and obviously itching for a fight—you know how it is with some people, such as bellicose spouses of both sexes—walk out of the room.
They want a fight with you, so you are the last person who can calm them down.
This would imply Russia-and-China’s delinking as much as possible all economic and other transactions from the USA. At this point possibly the only useful communications are between military top commanders.
Certain “entities” in the USA want a fight with Russia, and they cannot be talked out of it. They are thrashing about looking for a reason to start shooting, figuratively and/or concretely. As Scott Ritter concludes in a podcast linked somewhere here at the Saker, Russia and China are trying to stand by and quietly get this wreck of an entity to shore before it implodes and brings the whole world down with it.
It would be great to have a sound gold based money system in the Heartland separated from the false Jews :-D.
Off course the usury gang in West are stressed, pessed and red headed. Russia outperformed the old Baal tribe again
Don’t be fooled by the seaming motion less state – in reality events unfold in unprecedented fashion and speed. Just as a reminder – Saudi Arabia’s ARAMCO is now openly considering an alternative to the dollar – Petro Dollar Good Bye ! See what’s going on ?!!
Biden blinked and Zelensky called it off
The Destroyers turn around and leave the Black Sea only shortly after having arrived or still underway, no business there anymore.
All the while Putin is sitting on his throne meditating like a Buddha – until – 21. /22. April THEN he will speak – remember had been explicitly announced a week ago by the Kremlin !
This is not Poker, but Chess in the final phase of a game
“War!” by any other means the US can concoct or construe.
Basically, Biden wants a war. The Khazarians want a war. The Russophobes want a war.
The only reason a direct declaration of war is not in the cards is the US will cease to exist if war occurs.
With the lunacy of the Biden team, et al, it is clear escalation to nuclear strategic weapons exchange will occur in minutes of any smaller exchange.
Thus, thank God and the Russia MIC, Shoigu and Putin and all the thousands of men and women who built hypersonic missiles and S-400 missile defenses and radars. They are saving the human race and “peace” in the world.
The abject insanity of Biden and his cadre is self-evident.
The US always pictures the Kims of North Korea as the crazies.
The US leaders now own the title. Kim looks like Saint Francis compared the lunatic in the Oval Office.
True they want a war, but not nuclear war !
Remember: Putin once said regarding a nuclear war: “You will go to hell and we to heaven” – seems trivial but it reveals an extremly deep truth, he know exactly with whom he is dealing – you don’t shout at the devil and his minions, you kill them with the spirit and holy water, forgotten ??!!!!!!!!!!
– They can have a nuclear war and go to hell (something the brothers of that specific church try to avoid by all means, remember ?)
– There is no other war on the menu, not regarding Russia !
The only menu left on the card is to cannibalize each other internally, or become wise.
Actually KIm and his administration are quite cool. I read several statements and reports from his Administration, they are all balanced, intelligent assessments to their subject.
Probably a decade ago, a fascinating essay appeared on The Saker Blog cautioning against the very cross-cultural miscue we may be living through right now (if not even dying from soon enough). I’ve never been able to find it again, although I’ve looked.
The US, under the irrevocable thrall of Hollywood tropes, loves to project power or emit performative gestures. Like stacked and sleepy Hindu elephants, it’s symbolism all the way down, folks. As for true substance, there’s barely been a soundcheck going back to 1959’s Bay of Pigs fiasco. That’s a lot of shock, awe and popcorn.
Indeed it’s hard to know anymore where Mickey Rooney’s Let’s-Put-on-a-Showism ends and sustained resolve begins, or whether a clear demarcation even exists anymore in the American toolset.
The incestuous relationship between the MIC and the box office may have started as a feedback loop, yet has long since eaten its own tail i.e. the brain may be awaiting orders from the anus at this juncture. Too bad The Rock isn’t POTUS yet. We could use his narrative arcs that always end well and just in the nick of time. Will real life be so lucky?
By contrast, the Slavic mindset remains tethered fastidiously to the ground. This means that weighty confrontations are submitted to sober and lengthy consideration. Understatement is neither weakness nor conscious projection. It just is.
The frightening part is that when a decision IS taken it could likely unfold at a non-propitious moment absent a spot-lit catwalk and interminable prancing. In short, the final scene might make an appearance in what feels, to Westerner infotainees anyway, like the middle of the movie, spoiling continuity, pacing and uranium stockpiles. Will we even have time to make it to the theatre exit?
There is every reason to suggest that the RUSSIANS HAVE DECIDED and that no animatronic tap-dance from Biden at a vaguely-promised Summit can undo their decision, especially when it’s followed the very next day by an Emergency and afresh round of sanctions. This is no way to run the prelude to Armageddon.
Russia simply doesn’t fit the globalist paradigm and never will. Thus, moments of apparent Western placation are deemed DOA as they amount to little more than tactical feints. Who with a pulse doesn’t know this by now?
Berdyaev, Spengler (calling it Petrinism), and any number of Russian Orthodox mystics have assured us that a singular Russian moment approaches. Dugin speaks of the unique interplay between the modern and the archaic in Russian history as a clear repudiation of the West’s “universal paradigm” of historical advance. The list goes on. Might we be on the threshold of an especially dark rendition? As Putin has said before, a world without Russia is not a world worth having. So be it.
That puts the present moment somewhere between TS Eliot’s Whimper and Bang, and more in the mid-realm of Grievous Misunderestimation to quote a Shrub-ism.
Does anyone misconstrue the wide scope of this supposed National Emergency?
it is everything, and the kitchen sink. If this insanity continues, we will be throwing missiles at one another imminently. As the US/NATO cannot get to where they want to be by conventional means .. you know what follows.
Russia, well to my knowledge, they say .. let’s go – its on anyway.
We’re fast walking down a dark road here.
I seriously hope besides the classical assimetrical response, this time we have also a simetrical one. Enough of stealing foreign property without consequences.
I am utterly sick to my back teeth of the United States of Assholes.
Looks like it might be time to prepare the emergency shelter… war is near
Not to downplay this madness, but the list of national emergencies in the US is long (33 currently in effect):
Nice! “Blocking property of certain persons…” seems to be a recurring theme. I wonder if they realize that “Blocking recognition of legitimacy of US idiots…” seems to be the world’s mostly unanimous, albeit largely undeclared response?
Remember we deal with greedy people whose mindset in only at grabbing profit everywhere and in anything.
Russian oligarch are well advised to move their assets outside the USA and its vassals. Like the previous sanctions by Europeans, this is long-term good for Russia. The Neocons are so stupid that they never look at secondary effects.
Yes, repatriation of capital will be a good thing although these sanctions often omit the names of ‘certain Russians’ friendly oligarchs, liberal off shoring types anti Putinists etc. The US continue to force Russia to carve their way to complete autocracy and forge further East in the quest for new business. The 21st Century is the Eurasian Century.
The dementia patient`s and his handlers hubris is not compatible with reality, i am truly sickened by them.
Using a cold head possible and looking into the technical details, what this order specifically implies?
Given that I don’t see any particular individual or organization named, to me it’s a “carta franca” to sanction any individual or organization that the US government sees fit without issing another executive order.
Even the title says “Specified Harmful Foreign Activities”, so it’s not intended tio the Russian government “at large” (just the specific activities they fancy to sanction).
My take as well. This is basically an “everything and the kitchen sink” type order that opens the gates for every and all manners of property seizures, including I suppose, for posting pro-Russian comments on blogs like this.
How long before it is a crime to view the RT and Sputnik websites?
How long before it’s a crime for ‘Mericans to post on this website? A week? Two weeks? Is it time to fire the ‘Merican moderators (if any)?
Yes, it looks as though the point is to create a casus belli out of any old whole cloth, even it comes down to looking for a needle in a haystack (to switch metaphors).
In fact the aim is so transparent as to be risible—to the point of childishness.
It is kind of like a slow-motion tantrum expressed in legalese.
I do think one apt response would be for Russia to forbid any further dealings of any sort with the USA.
They can say they are doing so in order to protect innocent Americans from becoming entangled in a web of their government’s weaving.
6 days ago Russia and China announced a joint pact to push back against US dollar hegemony. Only one side can come out of this currency war alive
They are just saying that as much as possible, we’ll trade in other currencies and not in dollars. Private business can do whatever they want…
Now I understand why the US was escalating in Ukraine. It was meant to sell this package.
The original scenario was a blitzkrieg after which Russia would be punished for anything it did to counter the Ukrainian advances. The Russian mobilization made that impossible so now they have chosen scenario B where inside the US all the old complaints are used and outside it Russia is accused of escalating the situation.
True, all the Russophobe sheep here in Europe will be assured – The West is the navel of the World not having the faintest idea of what’s really happening. In a way this is good because it’s a stabilizing factor now and THAT is what is needed foremost currently.
I can not imagine the Russians being surprised by this new move anymore, the first ripples of it could be heard for some time already.
Saker: This is quite scary. I am curious what does this mean for people like yourself and other analysts who may be of Russian origin and are ‘acting on behalf of [Russian gov’t] whether indirectly…’ do you think this may spell some sort of new Gestapo-esque crackdown on people like yourself and sites like this etc? This development is quite ominous and worrying.
That was my first thought as well. I’m amazed this and other sites like it have lasted this long.
Two things call attention. Firstly, this: (a) The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of noncitizens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1 of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspende. One criterion in section 1 is (i) a citizen or national of the Russian Federation. The literal interpretation is that henceforth all Russian citizens, including dual citizens (say, Russian-French), are barred from entering the US, except for rare special authorisation (not ordinary visa). I do not think you can read it any other way. Secondly, is that property sanctions extend to everyone (iii) to be or have been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of: (A) the Government of the Russian Federation. That is to say, ALL Russian officials are sanctioned. This is a stand-alone test, not cumulative with other tests (such as participation in cyber-attacks). If so, and I do not see how you can read it otherwise, then just wow. Nothing like this existed at any point during the Cold War.
It is a declaration of national emergency so dissidents can be arrested at will. And the Russians cannot sue to recover the market value of their properties owned in the USA ( see the last point in the declaration ). Someone wants that Russian consulate on prime land in San Francisco? Great view, too!
Nasty and about to get nastier– this is primarily an operation against the American working class but if their “dicking around”( i.e. in a more classy language of diplomacy, their provocations) shows them weaknesses in the Russian response, then, they will store that information for the next attack–maybe in a few years.
Food for thought
Just like what was planned For WW 2 but did not work ,Germany and Russia where to destroy each other,
remember the USA had plans to nuclear attack on Russia ,China and Korea in the early 1950’s then England
could come in and take over the heartland ,Now go forward 70 years ,Germany is replaced by America
Russia and America destroy each other ,America has done it’s dirty deeds and is bankruped, time to get rid of
it, remember America is just a tool for their over all plan just like in ww 2 England (the main actor) started ww 1 ,ww2 and now WW 3 others are also involed.to many countries to mention.
I know it sounds a little crazy ,but if you look at history of these criminal scum ,there MO is to set up countries
to have wars and destroy each other ,History repeats it self , they have it down as a science.
What are your thought”s
No you are right. Its ordinary London game since the start of the British Empire. Its so easy recognizable.
I think its got to the position in the u.s. when good and wise people of that country look at their constitution, realise tyranny has taken control and do their duty for their country and for the world before we all melt . This is their hour
1984 for sure has come.
TVs that watch you, words redefined, random new enemies.
It wasn’t long ago that Dems were up.in arms about banning Moslem immigration. This has national emergency is certainly setting up the stage for something awfull
Here is the letter that Biden wrote to the U.S. Congress about his declaration of a national emergency via his EO (Executive Order):
The last part of the preamble in Biden’s letter, which is the same preamble in the EO troubles me, to wit:
“to undermine security in countries and regions important to United States national security; and to violate well-established principles of international law, including respect for the territorial integrity of states — constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.”
This is the foundational statement of Biden’s affirmation to Zelensky that the U.S. will “take measures” to support Ukraine’s plan to retake the LPR and DPR and invade the Crimean Federal District of the Russian Federation.
Section 1 prohibits any person affiliated with the Russian government to engage in commerce with respect to existing property held in the U.S. Note the fact the order did not just specify “real property”, which refers to tangible, capital assets such as: land, buildings, estates, businesses, rental property, etc. It also includes personal property as well e.g., bank and investment accounts, cash money, automobiles, marine vessels, etc.
Section 7 says that no prior notice of a determination has to be given.
Effectively the EO denies a class of people (Russian nationals) the right to enjoy their U.S. owned property, which includes selling or transferring it. That is a form of punishment called a “Bill of Attainder” that prohibits the Congress and the States from enacting such legislative acts as stated in the U.S. Constitution.
Does a Bill of Attainder apply to this presidential EO too? Well the purpose of the prohibition was to insure the “Separation of Powers” that is fundamental to our Republican form of government. This means the U.S. Congress can not perform a judicial function through a legislative act, nor should the President be able to punish a class of people for which that power is exclusively granted to the judicial branch, either. Refer to the U.S. Supreme Court case “United States v. Brown” as an example:
One last thing that I’m very concerned about with this EO and that is for all Russian people residing in the U.S. who may be accused as Russian agents working undercover to undermine U.S. national policy.
Specifically, Section 1, subsection (a) (ii) states any person determined, “to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged or attempted to engage in, any of the following for or on behalf of, or for the benefit of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation:”
Sub-sub paragraph (C), states, “actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in the United States or abroad;”
This is very, very broad but it could be used to suppress any blogs that support Russia’s position with respect to world affairs. I would not be surprised if ordinary U.S. based Russians are swept up with this EO too, given the wickedness of what the U.S. did to Russian embassies inside the U.S.
You express far better my inchoate thoughts up-thread: What the actual legal underpinnings or implications are of this EO in terms of separation of powers.
It seems to encroach on powers of other branches of government and as such seems to be comparable to Hitler’s takeover of all branches of government after the Machtergreifung—a major step in his establishment of a totalitarian regime.
Does the executive branch have the powers it claims in this EO? The powers of enforcement? IF the Republicans manage to take over Congress or one house, can they undo this EO? Circumscribe its enforcement? Surely local police and other local authorities will be dragged into enforcing these edicts.
What is states refuse to go along with this?
I hope that legal and constitutional scholars across the land are putting this EO under a microscope.
Already 20 minutes late.
“We will Begin Shortly”
He hasnt said anything and already has double dislikes than likes :P
That was it?
Much ado about nothing…
In substance, you are correct. There is no substance to Biden’s remarks.
In context, he signaled fear. Fear that the Russians have responses that will harm the US.
The signals that are flying out of Biden, Blinken, the EU, NATO, and the nutjobs in Ukraine all indicate abject fear of the Russian military.
Turning around the two ships from entering the Black Sea is one clear signal of fear. They were being sent to show strength to the Ukies. Ha!
The piss is rolling down the pants legs of lots of Russophobes. They know, not all, but enough of them know that Russia means business.
As the US tries to strangle Russia financially with the new sanctions, tries to work a Maidan color revolution enticing teens and sub-teens to join street demonstrations, keeps Navalny as a topic for “human rights and democracy”, the reality is nothing has traction. It all ain’t working.
And now Putin may take a turn at bat. April 21, he may or may not indicate what Russia will do.
Today’s TV gaslighting was pathetic. The notion that Biden can handle what might happen due to his desperation is scary.
He speaks for a country that knows he’s a fraud and corrupt.
His interest in Ukraine is pecuniary. It’s a pig trough for corrupt monies to be laundered and brought into the US for Dem political campaigns.
Understand that the US knows they have no missile defense against hypersonic missiles.
They can destroy the world. But they will not exist when the shooting stops. This is the source of their great fear.
the dirt cheap houthi suicide drones are already attacking saudi patriot air defenses. hahaha.. this is very hilarious indeed!
zelensky must have realized by now that he was sold out by empty american promises of military support when the warships cancellation to the black sea indicates FEAR. the sanctions are just all hot air if the moron in kiev can even discern it. but like all stupid us/nato instigators, he will remain the total idiot as he is.
Now imagine you’re China, and you observe US behavior to Russia.
Lebensraum in Russia, taking over all competitors in US. Without lifting a little finger and without firing 1 bullet.
Pure Sun Tzu………………………………..LOL.
The Anglo world humiliating China for centuries erased in one basket case.
Maybe boycott the Rocket Engines if the Americans are still buying.
The US has apparently a stockpile of RD-180s and AJ26s that will last a few years.
The rocket engines, RD-180 and the NK-33/AJ26 are made in Russia.
US is dependent on the RD-180, which has flown over 50 times on U.S. missions with 100 percent success.
And dependent on the NK33/AJ26 engine, which was used six times with 100 percent success.
I feel that we are witnessing Fear mongering, not imminent treat of war .USA strongest weapon is Propaganda. And they are pushing it to the extreme, because they can not do anything else.Yet , there is boomerang effect. All sanctions just accelerate drive for financial and technological independence of Russia, China and other state on the way to independence.There is a saying :
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
So all this Fear campaign can make Putin’s Russia stronger, not weaker.
As always Time will be a Judge .
So what happens when a third party arranges for something stupid, again?
In this case and for once, I would eliminate the third party first, before dealing with the rest.
Who do these people think they are? 50% of their own citizens know they stole the presidency. This is all a ploy to cover for the theft of presidency and to mask the theft of funds that went on since Bill Clinton at least. As the commentator above said: Wheels are coming off. They better start a WWIII before they become street pole accessories.
Also, I don’t think Trump would have never done the same. He would have.
By the authority given him by the Constitution??
If they were upheld, he would not be resident. What a complete joke.
News flash: creepy uncle joe and gang – you have fooled the 1/3 of the country that voted for you. Not fooling the rest of us. You and your regime are illegitimate.
The rest of the world knows the truth too. They are either conspiring with you or have been paid to agree. You have made this once great country a complete laughing stock.
Amen!!! And i don’t care what executive orders Sleepy Joe writes about “gun control”. He ain’t taking our guns away!
51% of Americans believe he stole the election! So glad i never voted for that corrupt man.
US fifth column(Carnegie) view on the event:
It appears that in the short term, President Zelenskiy got what he was aiming for. Having burnished his patriotic credentials, Zelenskiy strengthened his position. In foreign policy terms, it was amid the crisis along the border that President Biden called Zelenskiy for the first time, ending an awkward pause. Both NATO as an institution and individual US allies voiced their support for Ukraine. The UK, in its new role as a power separate from the EU, convened a meeting of Ukraine’s closest friends: the United States, Canada, Poland and Lithuania. Against that background, Zelenskiy repeated Kyiv’s earlier request to be admitted to NATO.
It is hard to say whether Russia has “won” anything.
Well, the imbecile wanted to be next FDR; now he is – does anyone remember FDR’s Executive Order 6102? The one confiscating private property of the american citizens, namely their privately held gold?
I’m (almost) speechless.
It reads like a declaration of war. Are they trying to repeat their action in WW2, when they had arrested all Japanese people in the USA and put in camps?
I have such a feeling that it will backfire, and we’ll get kind of a reverse situation with the ‘Iron Curtain’ and Berlin Wall that we had for decades. I’ve been to the Berlin Wall when it was in function and you really don’t want that back. Only now it is more clear where live will be more prosperous.
‘Putting fire to the gasoline’ that David Bowie once in the song ‘Cat people’ comes to mind…
Stay safe and healthy, cheers, Rob
Well, I for one, stopped reading at about page 2. It was frankly bizarre and verging on schizophrenia. There is a term which psychologists use which I believe is called ‘projection’. This involves projecting on to your adversary all op sins and shortcomings onto the hate object. There is no negotiating with this opposing interlocutor since the source of the projection is incapable of moving from his fixed position. He (or she) is, as the Russians say, non-agreement capable.
Time for a little trench humour I think. When in 1916 British infantry were under the cosh of German artillery they sang a little ditty. It went something like this:
Hush, here comes a whizz-bang
Hush, here comes a whizz-bang
Come on you soldier boys
Get down them stairs,
Down in your dog-outs
And say your prayers
Hush here comes a whizz-bang
And its headed straight for you
And you’ll all see the wonders of no-man’s land
When that whizz-bang hits you.
Now for an updated version of a nuclear exchange. Sarmat RS-28 intercontinental ballistic missile
Hush here comes a Sarmat
Hush here comes a Sarmat
Come on you neo-cons
Get down those stairs
Into your fall-out shelters
and say your prayers
Hush here comes a Sarmat
and its headed straight for you
And you’ll see all the wonders of nuclear devastation
When that Sarmat hits you
Pathetic. The Liberals got their beloved war administration back, congratulation, may they pay dearly for their stupidity.
Hopefully if Putin has any sense he will take the exact document change a few names and places and run it through the Russian Parliament !!