President Obama Extending Emergency Sanctions in Sudan

President Obama (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)
President Obama
(Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

The emergency in Sudan goes on.

President Obama notified Congress on Friday he is extending a 1997 emergency declaration with respect to Sudan, the legal maneuver needed to extend sanctions on that government for its alleged connections to terrorist networks and human rights abuses.

In 2006, during the George W. Bush administration, the government re-affirmed the emergency declaration and strengthened sanctions over what officials called genocide in Darfur.

Friday’s declaration said: “The actions and policies of the Government of Sudan continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

As USA TODAY’s Gregory Korte reported earlier this week, at least 30 separate such “emergencies” remain in effect, some for years, pursuant to the National Emergencies Act.

“Those emergencies, declared by the president by proclamation or executive order, give the president extraordinary powers — to seize property, call up the National Guard and hire and fire military officers at will,” the report.

As of earlier this week, Korte reported, Obama “has declared nine emergencies, allowed one to expire and extended 22 emergencies enacted by his predecessors.”

“Since 1976, when Congress passed the National Emergencies Act, presidents have declared at least 53 states of emergency — not counting disaster declarations for events such as tornadoes and floods, according to a USA TODAY review of presidential documents. Most of those emergencies remain in effect.”

SOURCE: USA Today – David Jackson

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