Why the buzz over Obama’s mysterious executive order?

Why all the chatter on Twitter, the Drudge Report, the Huffington Press and all the conservative websites? Did Obama declare martial law?

Has President Barack Obama quietly given himself dictatorial powers over the weekend — new authority to nationalize much of the country’s national resources? To draft citizens into a non-military corps?

Obama puts his signature onto new law

That’s the buzz – particularly on Twitter over an Executive Order that Obama signed Friday afternoon.

“NYTFury” tweeted: “Obama signs Executive Order Allowing for Control Over All U.S. Resources. GOD HELP US.”

“WillF” tweeted: “ While many of my friends worry about a right-wing takeover of the US, did Obama just sign an Executive Order allowing dictatorship?”


“D_Seaman” commented: “REMINDER: an Executive Order from FDR allowed Japanese Americans to be detained without trial during WW II. Exec Orders can be powerful.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's order to Japanese-Americans

Is all the alarm justified? What is going on?

“Twitter is buzzing with controversy over the new Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama on Friday, March 16, 2012,” writes blogger Kyle Merriam. “The order was posted on WhiteHouse.gov, but many people heard on Twitter, responding with outrage that Obama

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Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
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