Obama extends post-9/11 state of national emergency for 16th year – USA Today

WASHINGTON — The post-9/11 state of national emergency — declared by President George W. Bush three days after the 2001 terrorist attacks — will continue through the end of the Obama presidency.President Obama has extended Bush’s Proclamation 7463 for the 16th consecutive year, giving him broad powers over the organization of the military for at least another year.Among them: the ability to call up the national guard and deploy those troops overseas. As of last week, 16,345 guardsmen remain called up under the legal authority involved by that proclamation, the Pentagon said.The emergency also gives the president — and his successor — the authority to “suspend the operation of any provision of law relating to the promotion, involuntary retirement, or separation of commissioned officers” of the armed forces. And he can appoint an unlimited number of new one- or two-star generals, waiving promotion requirements and legal limits on the number of officers.On Wednesday, GOP candidate Donald Trump suggested he would use his authority as president to replace top generals, saying he would seek the advice of generals on the Islamic State, but “they’d probably be different generals, to be honest with you.”Under the National Emergencies Act, national emergencies expire after a year, unless the president renews them by notifying Congress.Obama did just that last week. “The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues,” he said. “For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in  after September 14, 2016, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.”

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