Executive order overreach

Posted on May 17, 2012 by

From the Washington Post: President Obama executive order gives Treasury authority to freeze Yemeni assets in U.S.

President Obama issued an executive order Wednesday giving the Treasury Department authority to freeze the U.S.-based assets of anyone who “obstructs” implementation of the administration-backed political transition in Yemen…

It covers those who “have materially assisted, sponsored or provided financial, material or technological support” for the acts described or any person whose property has already been blocked, as well as those who have acted on behalf of such people.

Even liberal media is beginning to get nervous, as they realize such language could cover things like journalism and political advocacy.