When a national emergency is declared, FEMA assumes, what is, in essence, dictatorial power across the country. FEMA itself is likely unconstitutional, but, for now, that can't be helped. As an astute poster at Boston.com put it, "If you are an educated adult and have the ability to see through propaganda, this new "emergency" should frighten you, not H1N1 itself." Why, you may ask, should that be the case? Because part of FEMA's extraordinary powers include the ability to relocate large numbers of the citizenry, and to assume control over all private industries in the face of the declared emergency. In short, protections under The Constitution, which are precarious during normal times, become null and void during national emergencies.