President Biden stopped short of declaring an official climate change national emergency today, but that doesn’t mean he won’t in the near future. In this clip, Glenn explores the TERRIFYING presidential powers Biden could have under such an order. For example, could climate change deniers be ARRESTED? Glenn explores that — and other possible scenarios — in this clip. ‘Warning to all Democrats and all Republicans,’ Glenn says. ‘Any president who is talking the way this president is...that's very, very dangerous.’
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: This national emergency thing really bothers me. And it -- and it's shocking to me, how many things that we have talked about in the past are -- are here now. And the national emergency thing is something like, in the last four weeks, I had a whole show on it, saying, this is what's coming next.
And while for yesterday, they thought for a while, he was going to declare a national emergency for today. But the White House has said. Don't look for it today.
But it could be coming next week.
That's terrifying. That should chill you to the bone. It's one of those things that I said, four weeks ago. If they declare a national health or climate emergency, run for the hills. Run for the hills.
PAT: It was interesting to see the squad too, just blatantly wearing the green bandanas that you were talking about. Which shows their affiliation with the communist -- the revolutionary Communist Party in America. But the thing is, they don't care anymore. They think they're too far you down the road, that we can do anything about it.
And as you started saying it, in 2009. They're just going to show themselves, because they're proud of who they are, and what they are. They love it. And they can't wait to tell you what they're doing, and who they are. And what they are.
So if we don't do anything about it now. This is all going to be on us. Because they're just outright saying it, showing it.
GLENN: Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Let me -- let me go through -- and this is so incredible. Because we are dealing with people, who want to destroy our Constitution. Want to reset absolutely everything. And they are so close to doing it.
GLENN: A national emergency. The president doesn't have to explain in great detail. He can just declare the national emergency, because of, you know, climate. And then he has to outline to Congress, some of the things that he wants to do. And -- but nobody can stop him. Unless it's the Supreme Court. So we have these -- and we talked about this, maybe six months ago. They're called PEADs. Or PEADs
Presidential Executive -- no. Presidential Emergency Directives. And these are secret even from Congress. Congress doesn't even know what they are. They are presidential directives, when a president comes in, he says, what are the possible emergencies that could happen, that I won't have time to respond on? And they'll say, you know, nuclear war with Russia. Okay.
So there's a PEAD. And these PEADs are executive emergency orders that are -- remained unsigned -- so, Congress doesn't know what they are, because they're not in effect.
So this was the big worry of the left, that President Trump had all of these PEADs already done, and all he would have to do is sign them, and you could move quickly.
So the president right now, they are working on one of those PEADs. An emergency directive, that would give the president 140 special powers. And let me just give you a scenario here, and this is -- this is from -- let me see, who printed this?
This is from the Atlantic, back in 2019. They were worried about the -- the president doing a -- a national emergency. Claims of an emergency or necessity cannot legitimatize marshal law, until they can.
Presented with this ambiguity, presidents have explored the outer limits of their constitutional emergency authority. In a series of directives known as the presidential emergency action documents or PEADs, which originated as part of the Eisenhower administration, to ensure continuity of government, in the wake of a Soviet nuclear attack.
Their draft executive orders, proclamations and messages to Congress, that are prepared in advance of anticipated emergency. PEADs are closely guarded within the government. No one has ever -- not one has ever been publicly released or leaked. Their contents have occasionally been described in public sources, including FBI memorandums, where they were obtained through Freedom of Information Act, as well as agency manuals and court documents.
According to these sources, PEADs drafted from the 1950s, through the 1970s, would authorize not only marshal law, but the suspension of habeas corpus, by the executive branch.
The revocation of America's passports, the roundup and detention of subversives identified in an FBI security index, that contained more than 10,000 names.
Now, this was what was in there in the 1970s, that we know. Can you imagine a list of enemies? Can you imagine the list of enemies to the climate? How many people do you know on radio, that have been called enemies of the climate? That they're client deniers? And these people should be put in jail. If the president issues an executive order on emergency action, it gives him the power to be able to arrest those people and hold them, without habeas corpus. So you don't have a judge involved. You don't have a trial. No hearing involved in that.
So they talk about this, and they say, let me give you this scenario, from the Atlantic. Trump's inflammatory tweets, provoke predictable saber rattling from Iranian leaders. He responds by threatening preemptive military strikes. Some Defense Department officials have misgivings, but others have been waiting for such an opportunity. As Iran's statement grows more war-like, Iran phobia takes hold among the American public.
Now, just take Iran out, and replace it with Russia. Take Trump out, and replace it with Biden. That's exactly what's going on right now.
Proclaiming the threat of war, Trump invokes Section 706 of the Communications Act, to assume government control over internet traffic, inside the United States in order to prevent the spread of Iranian disinformation and propaganda. Now, we already know -- the Department of Homeland Security is saying, that there are many sources of propaganda, mis, dis, and malinformation.
We know they're tracking it right now. And we also know that their point of view is not necessarily your point of view. You don't think they would do this? It's a climate emergency. He also declares a national emergency under EPA, authoring the Treasury Department to freeze the assets of any person or organization suspected of supporting Iran's activities, against the United States. We've seen this happen in Canada. Wielding the authority conferred by these laws. The government she is the down several left-leaning websites. And domestic civil society organizations, based on government determinations, classified, of course. That they are subject to Iranian influence. No. They already have this scenario.
The difference between, I think, conservatives and Marxists is Marxists will warn you about fascism. But will not warn you about communism. Where, I will tell you, yeah. There are fascists out there. There are people on the far, far, far right, that I think they're so far right, that they're actually left like a circle. But, you know, if you want to claim that fascists are on the right. Fine. Fascists are on the right, great. Yes. They exist. And I do believe there are people on the right, that wouldn't mind seizing power. But it's few and far between. And would not have regular American support. The left, however, that is the Democratic Party. It is no longer the Democratic Party. They are beholden to the Marxist communist left. As evidenced by the green bandanas around their necks. Okay. So, so they don't see it from their own side. But they see the same problem we see. If you think Donald Trump can do it, why do you suppose that Joe Biden wouldn't do it?
When the climate emergency is, I can't get Congress to do what I want they believe to do. When the health emergency is, I can't get Congress and the Supreme Court to do what I want to do. That's not the definition of emergency. That's the definition of, you suck at politics. Or you're out of step with the American people. Or the Constitution. Protests erupt -- go ahead. Go ahead.
PAT: It's pretty amazing too, what we're okay with. When it's our -- when it's our party in power. Like, under George W. Bush. If you remember, at the beginning, we were all for the Patriot Act. Now, it turned out, years later, we realized, that that was stupid. And we shouldn't have been for it.
But we were. Because it was our guy. You know, I'm sure it was -- it was the same thing, with the Alien and Sedition Act, under John Adams, back in 1800.
You're okay. Because he's your guy.
GLENN: Yeah. That's the problem. We can't have a guy. It's why I've never asked you to trust me. I've never asked you to trust me on anything. I've always said, do your own homework. And root them in principles.
It's why the 9/12 Project was different than the Tea Party. The 9/12 Project was rooted in principles and values. That's where your loyalty needs to be. Not to me. Not to anybody else.
You can't just follow someone blindly, and say, he's my guy. Loyalty is important. You know, you don't just sell people out. But if they are breaking the values and the principles that you hold dear, you need to call them on it. You need to call them on it.
One more thing on this. He -- the Atlantic goes on and says, this is the scenario under Trump. Protests erupt. On Twitter, Trump calls the protestors traitors and suggests, in capital letters, that they could use a good beating. When the counter protesters oblige -- which would -- would not happen. Would not happen. Because that's not what the right does -- Trump blames the original protesters, for sparking the violent confrontation, and deploys the Insurrection Act to federalize the National Guard in several states.
Do you not see with what they're setting up with January 6th? Do you not see that this is -- this is their scenario. They say it's coming with Donald Trump. But this is their playbook. Using the presidential alert system, first tested on October 2018. The president sends a text message to every American cell phone, warning that there's a risk of violence at polling stations. And that troops will be deployed as necessary, to keep order. Some members of opposition groups are frightened. And they stay at home, on Election Day. Other people simply can't find accurate information online about voting. With turnout at historic lows, a president who is facing impeachment just months earlier, handily wins reelection and marks his victory by renewing the state of emergency.
Now, gosh, why shouldn't we fear that this could be happening with this president, when he's saying he's going to declare a climate emergency, and a health emergency? Warning. Warning to all Democrats, and all Republicans. Any president, who is talking the way this president is, and that includes Donald Trump. Warning! That's very, very dangerous.