Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq
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, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et
seq.)(IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et
seq.)(NEA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,
I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find
that, due to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national
security and foreign policy of the United States posed by acts of
violence threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and undermining
efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq
and to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people, it is in the
interests of the United States to take additional steps with respect to
the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 of May 22,
2003, and expanded in Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, and
relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13350 of July
29, 2004, and Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004. I hereby
Section 1. (a) Except to the extent provided in section
203(b)(1), (3), and (4) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(1), (3), and (4)),
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 prior to the date of this order, all
property and interests in property of the following persons, 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 United States
persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported,
withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the
Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State
and the Secretary of Defense,
(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an
act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:
(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of
(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and
political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the
(ii) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial,
material, logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in
support of, such an act or acts of violence or any person whose property
and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or
(iii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to
act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose
property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.
(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section include,
but are not limited to, (i) 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 (ii) the
receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services
from any such person.
Sec. 2. (a) Any transaction by a United States person or within
the United States that evades or avoids, has the purpose
of evading or avoiding, 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. 3. For purposes of this order:
(a) the term "person" means an individual or entity;
(b) the term "entity" means a partnership, association, trust,
joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization; and
(c) the term "United States person" means any United States
citizen, permanent resident alien, 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. 4. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the
type 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 Executive Order
13303 and expanded in Executive Order 13315, and I hereby prohibit such
donations as provided by section 1 of this order.
Sec. 5. 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 these measures ineffectual. I
therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in
addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 and
expanded in Executive Order 13315, there need be no prior notice of a
listing or determination made pursuant to section 1(a) of this order.
Sec. 6. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the
Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, 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 redelegate any of these functions to other officers and
agencies of the United States Government, consistent with applicable
law. All agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed
to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the
provisions of this order and, where appropriate, to advise the Secretary
of the Treasury in a timely manner of the measures taken.
Sec. 7. Nothing in this order is intended to affect the continued
effectiveness of any rules, regulations, orders, licenses, or other
forms of administrative action issued, taken, or continued in effect
heretofore or hereafter under 31 C.F.R. chapter V, except as expressly
terminated, modified, or suspended by or pursuant to this order.
Sec. 8. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any
right, benefit, or privilege, substantive or procedural, enforceable at
law or in equity by any party against the United States, its
departments, agencies, instrumentalities, or entities, its officers or
employees, or any other person.
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 17, 2007.
Folks, what this means, in a nutshell, is that George W. Bush has decided that he can suspend the Constitution at will, and that there is some sort of "emergency" happening inside this country as a result of the Iraq War. Apparently, this "emergency" is so severe, that Bush feels the need to bypass the court system, and let the Treasury Secretary, and he and Condi decide, unilaterally, who should be targeted, and who should have everything they own taken away.
No one in his or her right mind could possibly not see anything impeachable in this thing.