Republicans Push For Department of Homeland Security Takeover of National Parks

(THE INTEL HUB)   Republicans in the House are pushing to give control of at least 50 national parks within 100 miles of the US border to the Department of Homeland Security.

The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act would allow DHS to suspend any federal law on lands run by the departments of Agriculture and Interior.

recent article published in the LA Times documents the way most Rhino conservatives will be thinking heading into the November elections.

House Republicans are backing legislation in Congress to give the Department of Homeland Security control of more than 50 national parks and forests within 100 miles of the U.S. borders, including in Washington state.

The legislation involves a sweep of land along the frontier with Canada and Mexico, but exempts state land, private property and federal holdings used for mining, livestock grazing and timber harvesting. The new authority would carve through 54 national parks.

Among the parks that would be affected are North Cascades National Park and Olympic National Park in Washington; Glacier National Park in Montana; Saguaro National Park in Arizona; and Acadia National Park in Maine. National forests along the border, and areas protected as wilderness, also could be affected.

Perhaps the most startling aspect of this plan by House Republicans is the fact that it would let DHS conduct any activity or construct any facility that they claim is required to secure the border.

The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, sponsored by conservative Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, would give Border Patrol and Customs agents and other federal officials the right to suspend any federal law, including environmental laws, on land managed by the departments of Interior and Agriculture.

It would give Homeland Security the right to conduct any activity or construct any facility required to secure the border.

Sadly, the fact remains that DHS is NOT about securing our border and giving them new powers to construct facilities in the name of border security may be a cover for a more sinister plan involving a martial law takeover and DHS/FEMA camps.

For their part, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees has issued a stark warning that calls this DHS takeover plan unprecedented with the potential to devastate 54 of America’s national parks, forests, and historical sites as well as negatively effect the economy.

PRNewsWire release from the group outlined their fears:

Legislation pending in the U.S. House of Representatives that is being falsely touted as improving U.S. border security would instead “have the potential to devastate 54 of America’s national parks, historic sites, national monuments and other popular park icons and negatively impact the nation’s economy,” according to a warning issued today by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR). H.R. 1505, the mistitled “National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act,” would gut a century’s worth of proven federal lands protection, potentially opening up millions of pristine acres of national parks to off-road vehicle use, road construction, air strips and helipads, fencing, base installations, and other disruptions.

This radical legislation introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) would suspend the enforcement of almost all the nation’s environmental laws on all lands under the jurisdiction of the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture within 100 miles of the northern border with Canada and the southern border with Mexico.

It would change the targeted national park and other federal areas into security zones and leave priceless resources unprotected. Such dramatic changes to the integrity of our national parks and forests would almost certainly damage local economies, which have evolved to depend on the tourism, jobs, and related economic benefits generated by these national assets.

Why would families seeking the natural and cultural wonders and transformative outdoor experiences of our national parks choose to visit such Border Patrol-controlled areas criss-crossed by new roads, penetrated by noisy all-terrain vehicles, and dominated by tactical infrastructure?

This apparently bogus and dangerous act, conveniently used under the guise of national security, would literally shatter environmental laws and make it even easier to construct any type of facility homeland security chooses.

This at the same time as DHS gears up for some sort of confrontation with the American people with purchases of up to 750 million .40 caliber hollow point rounds.

http://theintelhub.com/2012/04/23/republicans-push-for-department-of-homeland-security-takeover-of-national-parks/

3 Responses to Republicans Push For Department of Homeland Security Takeover of National Parks

  • And you wonder why I’ve become a Libertarian

  • It sure is a wonder why one would be libertarian. Less resistance to the corporate-fascist… I think not! One thing is sure clear though, it is all out war against the 99%.

  • First of all, by what constitutional delegation of authority does the federal government have any power to create National Parks in the several states and, exercise the absolute power of federal law therein?

    Article 1, Section 8: Clause 17-18:

    17. To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such district (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful buildings: And, 18. To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

    So we see that the District of Columbia was created and is the seat of the federal government. We see that congress has the power to exercise exclusive legislation within that 10 square miles of D.C.

    Next, we see congress, with the consent of state legislatures, may purchase land within the various states, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful buildings.

    And again, we see that the federal government, has the power to exercise exclusive legislation within the land purchased. That it may, make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof. What are the forgoing powers? They are listed in Article 1, Section 8. What are all other powers? Those are powers delegated throughout the constitution in its entirety.

    Now, I see that the congress may, with the consent of a particular states legislature, may purchase land for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful buildings, but I see nowhere within the constitution that congress, or the president, has the power to set aside within the various states, land to create National Parks, and, to exercise exclusive legislation therein.

    Now, you may say, that the state has the power to relinquish state land to the federal government if it so wishes by its own authority. But I have to ask you, by what authority in the constitution, does the federal government have the authority to accept state land other than by the power invested to it by the constitution? What does the constitution specifically say in Article 1, section 8, Clause 17-18? Is there anywhere else in the constitution that congress, and the federal government in particular, have any legislative power over any land other than that not delegated to it?

    So from whence does the power come from, that congress, and the federal government in particular, to take land and create National Parks within the various states?

    So, by what power does congress have in giving control of certain National Parks to the Dept. of Homeland Stasi?

    I am open to suggestions.

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