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Monday, December 19, 2011

2012 National Defense Authorization Act

On the 14th of December, 2011, the House of Representatives of these United States voted in favor of indefinite military detention, without charges, of any American, anywhere, anytime, without due process of law, at the discretion of the government alone.

Final Vote 283-136 Lets start with those members of Congress who voted NO(Democrats in italic)

The Senate voted Tuesday, December 13.  The vote was 86-13. Here are the Senators who voted NO:
Cardin (D-MD)
Coburn (R-OK)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Durbin (D-IL)

Franken (D-MN)
Harkin (D-IA)
Lee (R-UT)
Merkley (D-OR)
Paul (R-KY)

Risch (R-ID)
Sanders (I-VT)
Wyden (D-OR)

The rest of the blackguards can be found here and here.

How did this happen? 
"this appears to be one of those issues that escapes the kind of public attention (read: outrage) it deserves because of a dismaying lack of information and discussion in the mainstream media, as well as some spin on the part of supportive legislators and a sneaky timeline for the voting process: just in time for the holidays!" truthdig.com

The bill was drafted in secret:

The US Senate Armed Forces Committee, led by Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ), held a secret closed door session to insert ominous new Federal powers into the Defense Authorization Bill. This is the annual bill to fund the US military. These new powers were requested by the Obama administration.

Because people couldnt be bothered to read about what was happening and make their voices be heard.  Because the media failed to inform them:  That as US troops were leaving Iraq, the battleground was moving to the United States.

The homeland is part of the battlefield and people can be held without trial whether an American citizen or not,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, one of the key backers of the new authority.
Section 1031 of the NDAA bill, describes the U.S. as a "battlefield" and would give the military a green light to arrest and detain American citizens without any charges or trial.

How did this happen?

1.      Facebook Nation does not read or care about these things, only interested in phones and games
2.      A little education is dangerous, inside and out of the House and Senate
3.      Most members of the 99% are too busy with survival: unemployment, foreclosure, not enough food and not being able to provide for their families at Christmas.  At the same time they are living on hope, prayers and good faith, none of which should be applied to government.
4.      The bill was rushed through between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This bill has 920 pages!! Do you honestly believe that your Congress and Senate members had time to read and study it?  Or that they took the time?  This thing was a fait acompli from the start.  Obama insisted on it... it was gonna pass.
5.      This is the worst of it.  These issues were front and center action items with Human Rights Watch, the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights during the Bush reign.  The fighting Democrats were caught napping during the passage of 2012 NDAA.  We thought we had beat back extra-judicial executive powers.  We believed Obama when he said he would close down Guantanamo Bay.  We believed him when he said:
“We're not a country that runs prisons that locks people away without ever telling them why they're there.  Or what they're charged with.”

“We're not a nation that locks people up without charging them."
This bill is insidious: Indefinite military detention, without charges, of any American, anywhere, anytime, without due process of law, at the discretion of the government alone.

"At the discretion of the government alone" describes a MONARCHY!!  Leave Nothing to the discretion of the Government!! <<< That's how and why we formed a Democracy 236 years ago!!!
Since the word treason has lost its currency in the US over the last 10 years I will say: This bill is evil:  It is presumption of guilt based on suspicion alone.  It re-states that, "When the President does it, it's not illegal."  Nixon-Bush-Obama.  To complain that it's Unconstitutional, at this point, is rather limp.  It is the devaluation of the dignity of human life -- suspension of habeas corpus will, in effect, bomb us back to the middle ages.
Obama has betrayed the hope invested in him. 

There IS no hope… only eternal vigilance.


See also:
US: Refusal to Veto Detainee Bill A Historic Tragedy for Rights President Decides to Sign Ill-Conceived National Defense Authorization Act, Human Rights Watch
NDAA 2012: Ron Paul Warns Bill Would Legalize Martial Law
Senators Demand the Military Lock Up of American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window ACLU
Lindsey Graham calls for using military against American citizens, Examiner.com
Senate Set to Vote on Bill that Defines the U.S. as a Battlefield Economic Policy Journal
Does US Senate Commit Treason in 2012 NDAA? United Progressives
And if you think I'm kidding:

Why is the Media Lying About New NDAA Power for Indefinite Military Detention of Americans?  War is a Crime

It should be noted here that 6 additional senators voted NO than when S. 1867 was previously voted on and passed 93-7 on December 1.  Al  Franken Democrat Minnesota voted NO.