This Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s White House released a new presidential policy directive numbered PPD-29, but later corrected it to PPD-30.
Since policies are labeled sequentially, this means that a PPD-29 exists. The problem was that nobody knew anything about it because it was never released publicly.
There are in fact 19 total secret orders, including PPD-29, that have never been released. Furthermore, the White House hasn’t even revealed the subject matter of 11 of them.
The reason we know about these 19 orders in the first place, Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists explained to reporters, is because of “the sequential numbering of the directives.”
Whenever the White House skips a number, it means that another directive has been hidden from us.
“It’s not only the public that doesn’t have copies,” Aftergood added. “It’s also Congress that doesn’t have copies.”
It was, he remarked, “a domain of largely unchecked presidential authority” equivalent to executive orders. The difference is that executive orders must be disclosed publicly to be put into effect, whereas PPDs can remain hidden.
“It is a kind of secret law,” political scientist Harold Relyea argued. “People have to obey it.”
Even scarier is that, according to WND, PPDs have the power to “allocate money, direct people or take a course of action.”
Yet for whatever reason, Obama has been allowed to issue a total of 30 PPDs, 19 of which have remained completely secret.
In other words, we don’t know about all the changes Obama has made to national policy.
But knowing him, they haven’t been anything good.