RE­VERS­ING COUNTERTERROR DIRECTIVE

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Aides to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump say one of the many pres­i­den­tial di­rec­tives to be struck down early in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will be Pres­i­den­tial Study Directive-11, or PSD-11.

Key ad­vis­ers to Mr. Trump, in­clud­ing in­com­ing White House Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Michael Flynn, a re­tired Army lieu­tenant gen­eral, have crit­i­cized the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion over its pol­icy of play­ing down or ig­nor­ing the Is­lamic na­ture of the global ter­ror­ist con­flict.

Many se­cu­rity an­a­lysts say one ba­sis for the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ide­o­log­i­cal ap­proach to ter­ror­ism is PSD-11. The still-se­cret directive, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial who has read it, is the main ra­tio­nale be­hind the coun­tert­er­ror­ism strat­egy of Pres­i­dent Obama, who has sought to court the Is­lamist move­ment known as the Mus­lim Brother­hood as an al­ter­na­tive ide­ol­ogy to that of al Qaeda and now the Is­lamic State.

Trump ad­vis­ers told In­side the Ring that PSD-11 will be can­celed as soon as the na­tional se­cu­rity team takes of­fice af­ter Jan. 20. As part of a new trans­parency pol­icy, the or­der also may be de­clas­si­fied to ex­pose what the ad­vis­ers say were harm­ful coun­tert­er­ror­ism poli­cies that re­stricted the govern­ment’s abil­ity to un­der­stand and ad­e­quately counter the Is­lamist ter­ror­ist threat.

A Con­gres­sional Re­search Ser­vice re­port states that Mr. Trump will have pow­er­ful ex­ec­u­tive au­thor­ity to can­cel or re­voke ex­ec­u­tive

or­ders once in of­fice.

“While the Con­sti­tu­tion does not per­mit the pres­i­dent to sin­gle-hand­edly re­peal or amend statutes, there is much that a new pres­i­dent can do to rapidly re­verse the poli­cies of a pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion,” the Nov. 22 CRS re­port states.

Most ex­ec­u­tive ac­tions fall into three cat­e­gories: ex­ec­u­tive or­ders is­sued by the pres­i­dent that gov­ern ex­ec­u­tive branch of­fi­cials and agen­cies; dis­cre­tionary agency di­rec­tives and guid­ance doc­u­ments that do not have the force of law; and agency rules is­sued pur­suant to del­e­gated au­thor­ity from Congress that have the ef­fect of law.

“An ex­ec­u­tive or­der may be as swiftly re­pealed as it was is­sued, and re­cent pres­i­dents have tra­di­tion­ally ex­er­cised this prerog­a­tive,” the re­port said. “For ex­am­ple, both Pres­i­dents Obama and Ge­orge W. Bush acted quickly to re­voke ex­ec­u­tive or­ders is­sued by their pre­de­ces­sors that did not re­flect their own pol­icy goals.”

Dis­cre­tionary or­ders can be with­drawn by the heads of ex­ec­u­tive agen­cies, and agency rules and reg­u­la­tions can be re­pealed, although the re­peal process can take time and must com­ply with man­dated pro­ce­dures.

“Re­ports sug­gest that the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion may tar­get any num­ber of ex­ist­ing rules for re­peal, in­clud­ing rules is­sued by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, Depart­ment of La­bor, and Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion,” the re­port said.

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