Wednesday, October 08th, 2008 | Author:

Today “Mike” left a comment on my blog questioning the truth of claims made by “Dr. P. Fenderson,” specifically the article I referenced on martial law in which he listed several executive orders and their nefarious purpose. Wanting to be accurate and not mislead anyone, I had time to do just a little digging this afternoon.

The first thing that needs to be said is: mea culpa. I should have checked the good “doctor’s” claims before I posted, and I didn’t. Hopefully, this is a lesson I’ll only need to learn once.

The second thing is that Mike appears to be right. Fenderson’s article, among many other things, said this:

Executive Order 10995 allows Seizure of all communications media in the
United States.

I have another pathetic confession to make. I could not find my way through the maze of the Federal Register to find the actual text of this order. (If you can, please share!) So I found what appears to be the text here.

It was signed by John F. Kennedy on February 16, 1962 and titled “ASSIGNING TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS.” It establishes the position of “Director of Telecommunications Management” whose duties are as follows:


a) Coordinate telecommunications activities of the executive branch of the Government and be responsible for the formulation, after consultation with appropriate agencies, of overall policies and standards therefor. He shall promote and encourage the adoption of uniform policies and standards by agencies authorized to operate telecommunications systems. Agencies shall consult with the Director of Telecommunications Management in the development of policies and standards for the conduct of their telecommunications activities within the overall policies of the executive branch.

(b) Develop data with regard to United States Government frequency requirements.

(c) Encourage such research and development activities as he shall deem necessary and desirable for the attainment of the objectives set forth in section 6 below.

(d) Contract for studies and reports related to any aspect of his responsibilities.

To me, this sounds a lot like making sure the phones and radios in the White House work. It’s a far cry from “seizing all communcations media.”

Fie on you, “Dr. Fenderson.” You have destroyed your own credibility. I only pray that I have not done the same.

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3 Responses
  1. Cato says:

    I’ve seen those executive orders elsewhere, not from Fenderson. Did you find them anywhere, or aew you just taking Mike’s word for it?

  2. Cato says:

    Apologies, one other thing. The executive order to which you refer, 10995, this is a true executive order, but it is meant to make sure the phones are working at the White House? Why would an executive order be needed for such a thing?

  3. akaGaGa says:

    Cato, I’ve only had time to find the one I quoted above, and that’s the basic text of the order. It says nothing about emergency circumstances or seizing control. If you follow the link, it has what I presume to be the whole text.

    We’re getting ready to go away for a few days, so I probably won’t be able to get back to this again until next week. If you have time to dig the rest of them out in the meantime, go for it. The numbers are:

    12148, 12656, 10990, 10995, 10997, 10998, 10999, 11000, 11001, 11002, 11003, 11004, 11005, 11051, 11921, 12919