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Why Did Obama Nationalize The U.S. Food Supply With Executive Order 13603?


This article was written by J.D. Heyes and originally published at Natural News

In March 2012, President Obama quietly signed an Executive Order that has major implications should some sort of national emergency arise, such as enabling the federal government to take over management and distribution of all food, water and other resources.

In issuing the order, EO 13603, titled, “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” Obama claimed authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950, a Korean War-era statute (50 U.S.C.) (see it here) that gives the government the power to marshal whatever resources are necessary to protect and defend the country during “military conflicts, natural or man-caused disasters, or acts of terrorism within the United States,” the statute says.

In justifying the order, Obama wrote in Section 102 under “Policy:”

The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency. The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness. The authorities provided in the Act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States.

If you like your food, you can’t keep it

Among other things, the order directs various federal agencies and government officials to “identify requirements for the full spectrum of emergencies, including essential military and civilian demand,” and “assess on an ongoing basis the capability of the domestic industrial and technological base to satisfy requirements in peacetime and times of national emergency, specifically evaluating the availability of the most critical resource and production sources, including subcontractors and suppliers, materials, skilled labor, and professional and technical personnel.”

In addition, the order directs government agencies “to take actions necessary to ensure the availability of adequate resources and production capability, including services and critical technology, for national defense requirements.”

The order is specifically directed at the Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security, as well as the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, the latter two which are advisory bodies to the Executive branch. But several other Cabinet-level agencies, including the Energy Department and, importantly, the Department of Agriculture.

The need for government to not only ensure its functionality but also its survival during a time of emergency is understandable; all governments do this. But the timing of the order – as well as the motivation for issuing it – is what remains suspect.

Radio personality Dave Hodges, in a blog post, particularly noted the order’s emphasis on the confiscation of all “food resources,” which are defined in the order as “all commodities and products, (simple, mixed, or compound), or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put…”

Acquire storable food ‘off the grid?’

In addition, he notes, “food resources” includes “all potable water” and every imaginable agricultural product.

What is disturbing, he writes, is the order’s potential implication for anyone who is storing food in their homes or in special locations for consumption in the event of an emergency. The order – and indeed, the 1950 act – appear to grant the government such authority.

Also, Hodges notes, way back in 2008, before Barack Obama was elected to his first term, the Bush administration began mass purchases of storable foods, something that alarmed food sellers at the time.

It’s not clear what enforcement mechanisms would be employed by the administration should the president declare a national emergency and order stockpiled food confiscated, but such a scenario is unsettling on many levels. Not only would families be disrupted and immediately dependent upon federal, state and local agencies for subsidence, but there very likely would be violence directed toward any government agency or military unit instructed to confiscate private food stores.

Some have suggested bartering or using cash as ways to acquire storable foods “off the grid,” so as not to flag yourself like you would with any purchases using debit or credit cards.

Read about other questionable activities and executive orders coming from the Obama administration at



Brandon Smith



  1. The US Constitution is above any statute.

    Taking food, etc from the American people is Treason and *Terrorism if serving within our governments, or an attack on our nation if not owing allegiance to the USA. It matters not what statute/regulation/law/etc they use as their “excuse” because those that SERVE WITHIN OUR GOVERNMENTS – and that includes the military and law enforcement – are BOUND to support the US Constitution FIRST AND ABOVE anything else; orders of superiors, duties of the position they occupy, etc.

    Do NOT “just follow orders” or “just do your job”; KNOW what you are doing and make the choice of being a TRAITOR to the American people and the US Constitution KNOWINGLY because once we get to prosecuting you (general “you”), it matters not that you were “just following orders” or “just doing your job” – you will be held accountable in a REAL court of law without a treasonous or domestic enemy judge and prosecutor.

    Read the US Constitution, read the framers words – even if only their quotes, ask for clarification from Oathkeepers or, or, or … and they will assist you in coming back to the correct path or being able to choose your own path.

    It would suck if you got the death penalty for treason for “just following orders” or “just doing your job” – MAKE IT A KNOWLEDGEABLE CHOICE if you’re going to take the chance that will happen.

    Thomas Jefferson: “The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.”

    Read the US Constitution, both the Preamble to the US Constitution and the Preamble to the Bill of Rights, the Nuremberg Trials, etc.

    *28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

    Some words from the past

    Abraham Lincoln: “We, the people, are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts – not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution”

    Thomas Jefferson: “Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”

    James Madison, Federalist 14: “In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any”.

    Alexander Hamilton: “Every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “[A] strict observance of the written law is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to the written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the ends to the means.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “The government created by this compact (the Constitution) was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; but that, as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each party (the people of each state) has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights; that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism; free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power; that our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no farther, our confidence may go…. In questions of power, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

  2. Great post Cal as usual with you! Still a great site also. All I have to say to our terrorist leader is. If you send someone to my house for my emergency supplies that I’ve purchased for my family to survive on our own for a while in time of an emergency. Then you better be prepared to get past my emergency supply of LEGAL ammunition! Bless O. K. And God bless America!

  3. America has never before known the level of HIGH TREASON that it is now experiencing! Let it be know to every nation on Earth that “We The People” of the United States of America are under attack by infiltration from a hidden organization of foreign entities posing as the United States government. By way of evaluation, and referencing of the Untied States Constitution it’s easy to conclude with sound judgment in the best interest of the will of the people that America is hereby declared to be “Under Siege”. America is being ruled by TRAITORS! Furthermore the current officials within the top level government command structure do not represent the will of the United States of America, or its Constitution. Therefore, speaking as a citizen member, and representative of the United States of America under the power of the U.S. Constitution, it is advised that all Americans Citizens should be publicly sworn in, by publicly taking the oath to uphold and defend the United States Constitution. This can be done by any U.S. citizen with a King James Bible, in a public formal ceremony recorded on video, and released for public review to the internet or any publicly viewed media. If all Americans are held to account in this way, we can become each other’s overseers, with the true power of the U.S. Constitution in your hands, each Americans individual rights will have its intended authority to be protected! But remember this, violating your oath is TREASON! If you swear an oath to uphold, and defend the constitution, you better be prepared to do it! This means bravery, because it could cost you your life! Once sworn in, you can no longer look the other way when witness to a constitutional violation. Justice will prevail through us all by making the constitution stronger, and people in Washington D.C. will stop violating it when they realize citizens will have a duty to come after them and charge them with TREASON! The penalty for treason in some cases is death!

  4. The question now is, what do we do? Obviously Obama doesn’t care about the Constitution. He issues executive orders structured so he can go around senate for approval. He imposes his policies on the civilians without regard to their well being, he lies his way through with a smug look on his face. How can we stop him I’m his tracks when he has every day local and federal law enforcement agency watching his back? He’s got the state department and DOJ I’m his pocket

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