Archive for December 2nd, 2011

AIPAC/Neocon mouthpieces Levin & McCain shred Bill of Rights for support of Israel

The Israel Lobby and the Creation of US Dictatorship

http://thepassionateattachment.com/2011/11/30/the-israel-lobby-and-the-creation-of-an-american-dictatorship/

MSM: NDAA, to Restrict Journalists?:
 
 
Obama signs controversial defense bill (watch video at following URL and read what is mentioned as well about coming war with Iran):
 
 

US Army Preparing for Martial Law Scenario in US? Civil Disturbance and Mock Riot Drills In Washington?

http://theintelhub.com/2012/04/09/us-army-preparing-for-martial-law-scenario-in-us-civil-disturbance-and-mock-riot-drills-in-washington/

 Paul & Napolitano~Restore Civil Liberties
 

Obama rules as a dictator, says Ron Paul — RT

http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-paul-president-congress-311/

Carl Levin on NDAA ‘Obama Admin insisted on the contents’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DNDHbT44cY

 
Obama’s change: From kidnapping and torture to assassination
 
 
Big irony of the NDAA: It gives detainees in Afghanistan MORE due process:
 
 
Jonathan Turley on surveillance and privacy issues (NDAA mentioned):
 
 
Obama’s change: From kidnapping and torture to assassination
 
 
‘Obama just didn’t have the balls to follow with the right thing’
 
 
Obama Signs NDAA Martial Law
 
 
Weimar and Washington (by Philip Giraldi)
 
 
Indefinite detention and torture act arrives at White House — RT
 

Ron Paul furious over indefinite detention act:

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/12/14/ron-paul-furious-over-indefinite-detention-act/

‘Ron Paul challenges US establishment’ http://www.presstv.ir/detail/219525.html

Americans will be transferred to foreign prisons under NDAA — RT
 

Indefinite detention Act voids US Constitution

http:// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PgzLOTVXbg

US Senate passes ‘indefinite detention’ bill  
 US president expected to sign law allowing so-called terror suspects to be detained indefinitely, without trial

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2011/12/2011121523013469986.html

Anonymous attacking creators of indefinite detention bill — RT

 http://rt.com/usa/news/anonymous-ndaa-portman-torture-913/

Obama to approve indefinite detention and torture of Americans
 
 
Indefinite Detention: ‘Architecture of fascist state’
 
 
Detaining US citizens: How did we get here?The US Senate is pushing to give the military the option of indefinitely detaining US citizens without trial.
 
 
Politics Over Principle
 
 
Ron Paul furious over indefinite detention act: http://rt.com/usa/news/defense-ron-paul-detention-745/

US support for Israel was primary motivation for 911 and earlier attack on World Trade Center in 1993 so US is losing its Bill of Rights because of support for Israel:

 http://tinyurl.com/motivation911 & http://tinyurl.com/911motivation & http://tinyurl.com/911motivemediabetrayal 

Battlefield US: Americans face arrest as war criminals under Army state law

http://rt.com/usa/news/senate-mccain-battlefield-graham-429/

Obama insists on indefinite detention of Americans

http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-detention-defense-levin-635/

Glenn Greenwald: Obama Had Indefinite Detention Inserted Into Defense Authorization Act

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdVdjoPR3Vk

Indefinite Military Detention Of U.S. Citizens Is A Win For Terrorists, Former Admiral Says

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/12/indefinite-military-detention-former-admiral_n_1144121.html  

House-Senate Revise Indefinite Detention Bill in Bid to Avoid White House Veto, But Fears Remain

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/12/14/house_senate_revise_indefinite_detention_bill

Glenn Greenwald: Obama Had Indefinite Detention Inserted Into Defense Authorization Act

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdVdjoPR3Vk

US: Refusal to Veto Detainee Bill A Historic Tragedy for Rights | Human Rights Watch

http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/12/14/us-refusal-veto-detainee-bill-historic-tragedy-rights

Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, calls the National Defense Authorization Act a draconian violation of our civil rights.  See seven minute video interview on Real News:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=7688

National Defense Authorization Act: Battlefield USA

http://allenlrolandsweblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/nat-defense-authorization-act-confirms.html 

Zionist Senators Push Military Detention for US

http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/senators-demand-military-lock-american-citizens-battlefield-they-define-being

 US Senate To Vote On Bill That Will Allow The Military To Arrest Americans On American Soil And Hold Them Indefinitely

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/11/26/us-senate-to-vote-on-bill-that-will-allow-the-military-to-arrest-americans-on-american-soil-and-hold-them-indefinitely/

‎”In short, the US Senate and the House of Representatives—are in the process of establishing a military dictatorship. Any senators or congressman supporting this or merely remaining silent are as guilty as Levin, McCain, Graham and McKeon. As Dr. King explained, there comes a time when silence equals betrayal.” Please share this excellent description of the NDAA!” Coleen Rowley

Op-Ed: Does US Senate Commit Treason with NDAA Bill?

http://www.ukprogressive.co.uk/op-ed-does-us-senate-commit-treason-with-ndaa-bill/article16137.html

Indefinite military detention for U.S. citizens now in the hands of a secretive conference committee

http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2447-Indefinite-military-detention-for-U-S-citizens-now-in-the-hands-of-a-secretive-conference-committee

Can the president use the military to arrest anyone he wants, keep that person away from a judge and jury, and lock him up for as long as he wants? In the Senate’s dark and terrifying vision of the Constitution, he can:



Senate Bill Allows Arrest of Americans by Military Anywhere

http://www.juancole.com/2011/12/senate-bill-allows-arrest-of-americans-by-military-anywhere.html

Sens. Paul, McCain clash over terrorist detainee amendment

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/195889-sens-paul-mccain-clash-over-terrorist-detainee-amendment

Sen. Rand Paul Defends American Citizens Against Indefinite Detainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rghhz_t5POo


Senator Rand Paul on New Federal Powers:

Yesterday the Senate voted 60-38 to give Obama and every future president a controversial new power. It says the United States is part of the battlefield in the “War on Terrorism.” The military could arrest US citizens on US soil, suspend their constitutional rights, and detain them


Setting the Trap

Levin-McCain bill would create a presidential dictatorship. Where is the outrage?

McCain says American Citizens Can Be Sent to Guantanamo

Congress on the Move to Legalize Torture:

http://rt.com/usa/news/congress-torture-aclu-ayotte-593/

Impeach All Senators for Voted for the McCain/Levin Bill they committed Treason directly against the Constitution and American people! (5546 signatures on petition)

 
Final passage of the NDAA bill with Section 1031 included would formally codify into law the federal government’s ability to completely strip U.S. citizens of their rights, deny them a trial, and send them off to a foreign detention center never to be seen again.
 
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5 Things to Know About Detention in the Defense Bill

What the defense bill does and doesn’t do.

By Adam Serwer | Wed Dec. 7, 2011 12:25 PM PST


Given the sheer volume of changes to the National Defense Authorization Act (which passed the Senate last week), I figured I’d do a quick post explaining where some of the most important issues stand as the bill heads into conference, facing the threat of a presidential veto.

The bill no longer authorizes the indefinite military detention of Americans captured in the US . That authority was removed from the Senate bill by a compromise amendment [1] that stated nothing in the bill was intended to change existing authority on detention. While Senators such as Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argue that the president already has the authority [2] to do so based on the 2004 Supreme Court decision Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, that case involved an American captured in Afghanistan. The Supreme Court has not yet weighed in on the constitutionality of indefinite military detention of Americans suspected of terrorism who are apprehended in the US .

The bill does mandate military detention for non-citizens. A bipartisan group of Senators approved provisions [3] mandating military detention for non-citizens who are apprehended in the US and are suspected of “substantial” ties to Al Qaeda or affiliated groups, absent a waiver from the department of defense. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the Director of National Intelligence, the head of the FBI, and even former Bush officials[4] have all said the provision would hamper counterterrorism efforts. Civil liberties groups, meanwhile, charge that it would violate longstanding prohibitions on the military enforcing domestic law. The administration has threatened to veto the bill [5] over this provision. 

The bill “affirms” the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force.  Both the Senate and House versions of the NDAA “reaffirm” the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force against al-Qaeda. Since the original AUMF was tied to the 9/11 attacks and therefore had an implied endpoint, civil liberties groups and some Democrats have charged [6] that these provisions are essentially approval of an endless global war on terrorism.  (Lawfare‘s Ben Wittes, who thinks a new AUMF is appropriate, writes [7] that the Senate version differs slightly in that it states it is “not intended either to limit or expand the authority to wage war under the AUMF.”) 

Despite its flaws, the Senate version could provide some key oversight over executive authority. Marcy Wheeler has argued [8] that the administration is concerned about provisions in the Senate version of the bill that would force the administration to clarify to Congress exactly who the US is at war with at any given time. Wheeler writes that this would be a “huge improvement over the secret unilateral decisions the Executive has been allowed to make for a decade.” That’s Congress though; the public would still be in the dark. Marty Lederman, formerly of Obama’s Office of Legal Counsel, has said that the US is secretly at war [9] with groups and inviduals they don’t actually know they’re at war with. Freedom!

Obama wouldn’t be the first to veto a defense bill. According to the Congressional Research Service, if Obama makes good on his veto threat he wouldn’t be the first president to hate the troops—I mean excercize executive prerogative. All of Obama’s predecessors since President Jimmy Carter, with the exception of George H.W. Bush, have vetoed an NDAA. That of course, includes notable liberals George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. That said, vetoing the bill wouldn’t change the current paradigm, in which American citizens suspected of terrorism abroad can be killed without trial [10]and the Obama administration’s approach to counterterrorism differs little from the post-2006 Bush administration. Vetoing this bill won’t close Gitmo, end the use of military commissions, or make the administration more judicious with its deadly flying robots [11]. 


Links:
[1] http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/12/senate-votes-prevent-indefinite-detention-americans
[2] http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/11/gitmo-law-could-someday-apply-americans
[3] http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/10/abdulmutallab-rule-military-detention-terrorist-suspects
[4] http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/12/former-bush-officials-slam-mandatory-military-detention-bill
[5] http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/12/white-house-serious-about-vetoing-defense-bill-over-detention
[6] http://prospect.org/article/wider-war-terror
[7] http://www.lawfareblog.com/2011/12/house-senate-side-by-side-of-ndaa-provisions-part-i/
[8] http://www.emptywheel.net/2011/11/30/ahmed-abdulkadir-warsame-and-the-paper-trail-preventing-floating-ghost-prisons/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ahmed-abdulkadir-warsame-and-the-paper-trail-preventing-floating-ghost-prisons
[9] http://www.emptywheel.net/2011/12/02/why-the-iraq-aumf-still-matters/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-the-iraq-aumf-still-matters
[10] http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/10/actual-death-panel-approves-us-kill-list
[11] http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/11/cia-be-more-careful-its-deadly-flying-robots