Thursday, December 15, 2011

Senate passes "indefinite detention bill", Santa Monica

US Senate passes "indefinite detention" bill (AJ, English)

The Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was passed last week, is being called one of “the most traitorous acts ever witnessed in the Senate.”

The Senate voted 97-3 on Dec. 1 for this legislation and was reviewed the next week. The tweaks that were made to the NDAA would allow the US military to indefinitely detain anyone [merely accused of being] suspicious or “engaging in terrorist activities [which could mean anything like protesting, occupying, or using the Internet].”

However, the provisions seem to have been made with ulterior motives [for the sake of the military-industrial complex rather than] protecting our country. It allows the military to act as a police force as well as the judge of [guilt].

Even worse, this gives the president of the United States the unchecked power to detain alleged threats without charges; essentially, the president’s word would be [authoritarian] law and that seems like too much power for one person.

Not only did the Obama administration request certain provisions but, according to Senator Carl Levin, co-author of the bill, “The administration asked us to remove the language which says that U.S. citizens and lawful residents would not be subject to this section.”

[After he got that, he promised not to veto. Obama has been lying about being against the bill. He was against it until it was made more draconian than it began. Welcome to the hypocritical face of our "liberal, left-wing, green" Democrat, who it turns out is a Wall Street sponsored, authoritarian, "benevolent dictator" -- the voice of the military-industrial complex. He is everything that Bush set out to be. Dick Cheney, who must be advising, might now get an official title.] More

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