TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENTTO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESAND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
February 25, 2011
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act(50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)
(IEEPA), I hereby report that I haveissued an Executive Order (the “order”) that takes steps withrespect to the situation in Libya.
I have determined that the actions of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi,his government, and close associates, including extreme measures against the people of Libya, constitute an unusual andextraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policyof the United States. The order declares a national emergencyto deal with this threat.The order blocks the property and interests in property ofpersons listed in the Annex to the order, who I have determinedmeet the first or second of the six criteria set forth below.
The order also provides criteria for designations of personsdetermined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultationwith the Secretary of State: to be a senior official of the Government of Libya; to be a child of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi; to be responsible for or complicit in, or responsible forordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, or to haveparticipated in, the commission of human rights abusesrelated to political repression in Libya; to have materially assisted, sponsored, or providedfinancial, material, logistical, or technical support for,or goods or services in support of the activities describedabove or any person whose property and interests inproperty are blocked pursuant to the order; to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purportedto act for or on behalf of, any person whose property andinterests in property are blocked pursuant to the order; or to be a spouse or dependent child of any person whoseproperty and interests in property are blocked pursuantto the order.
In addition, the order blocks the property and interests inproperty of the Government of Libya.2I have delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury the authority,in consultation with the Secretary of State, to take suchactions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations,and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA, as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the order.
All executive agencies of the United States Government are directedto take all appropriate measures within their authority to carryout the provisions of the order.Additionally, the Secretary of State is suspending all existing licenses and other approvals for the export of defense articlesand services to Libya.
The order, a copy of which is enclosed, became effective at8:00 p.m. eastern standard time on February 25, 2011.