President Obama expanded the powers establised by the 1950 Defense Production Act to executive resource control during peacetime. This applies to the distribution and supply of everything from defense equipment and fuel resources to food and water resources.
The signing of this order is just the latest in a series of questionable decisions made by our elected officials since the year began, joining the signing of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), and H.R. 347 (essentially limiting the right to free speech and protest). There is much speculation on the motives behind these decisions, but it seems reasonably clear that the more dissent is voiced, the less voice we are permitted to have.