Continuity of Government: Is the State of Emergency Superseding our Constitution?
On 9/11, the Bush administration implemented “Continuity of Government” (COG) measures, a set of secret emergency rules which Congress has not been allowed to review. These were reinforced by the proclamation of a state of emergency which has continued to be renewed by President Obama, despite vocal criticism. Do COG measures, as some people warn, indicate that the Constitution has been superseded?
Peter Dale Scott
Ph.D.; Professor of English, UC Berkeley