The Washington Times 
Friday, July 13, 2012
An executive order signed June 6 “gives DHS  the authority to seize control of telecommunications facilities, including telephone, cellular and wireless networks, in order to prioritize government communications over private ones in an emergency,” said Amie Stephanovich , a lawyer with the Electronic Privacy Information Center  (EPIC ).
The White House  says Executive Order 13618, published Wednesday in the Federal Register, is designed to ensure that the government can communicate during major disasters and other emergencies and contains no new authority.
“The [order] recognizes the creation of DHS  and provides the Secretary the flexibility to organize the communications systems and functions that reside within the department  as [she] believes will be most effective,” White House  spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden  said in an email. “The [order] does not transfer authorities between or among departments.”
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