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[Antisteez Politics] Indefinite Detention Bill 101

Category: News   Posted by:   on December 16th, 2011

  • UPDATE:  On New Year’s Eve 2011 - The “Leader” of the Free World – President Barrack Obama has signed this bill into law.
  • BREAKING NEWS: As of early Friday, December 16, 2011, Congress has PASSED the Indefinate Detention Bill AFTER President Obama drops threats of a VETO.
On November 30 the Senate quietly gathered and passed the Indefinite Detention Bill or the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). A wordy and lengthy new bill that essentially brings the war on terror here on home soil. What it does is give the U.S. military the power to arrest and detain anyone – including U.S. citizensindefinitely. Under the new bill, anyone suspected of plotting a terrorist attack against country or state, or support any group or individual willing to do so will be held without charge or trial.

It [the bill] denigrates the very foundation of this country, it denigrates the Bill of Rights, it denigrates what our founders intended.
- Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.)

Ruling this extreme has not occurred since the McCarthy-era, according to attorney and advocacy council for Human Rights First, Raha Wala. Essentially this bill will by-pass several very basic rights appointed to every citizen of the United States by the Constitution. The broad verbiage and poorly defined points of the legislation make the bill extremely vulnerable to abuse to the point that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is now up at arms.

“The bill currently has dangerous provisions attached that would authorize the president to send the military literally anywhere in the world to detain civilians – even American citizens in the United States itself – without charge or trial,” ACLU stated.

“The Big Four”

Behind the bill are four committee members of the Armed Services Committee who have been discretely drafting this bill in an aim to boost support and momentum. They are Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich), former 2008 presidential candidate John McCain (R-Ariz),

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Sen Carl Levin, D-Mich and chair of the Armed Services Committee (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif) who, according to the ACLU, “is the person who wrote the indefinite detention provisions without so much as a hearing,” and the House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Wash).

Back in May the House of Representatives passed its own version of the NDAA with a provision of authorizing worldwide war; meaning wherever a terrorist “suspect” resides, whether or not that person is a threat to America or Americans, the President can order military to capture and detain that individual without charge or trial. Even if the person is a US citizen on American soil or residing in one of our allied countries.

The Next Steps …

According to the White House, the President is threatening to veto the bill unless these provisions are changed.  The Obama Admistration further insisted on its objection by stating:

“Applying this military custody requirement to individuals inside the United States … would raise serious and unsettled legal questions and would be inconsistent with the fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets.” However, before the White House even sees the controversial bill a formal House-Senate conference will convene to approve the legislation one final time before it goes to the floor for voting.

Despite the White House’s clear concerns, an amendment to eliminate the provision was defeated 60 to 38.

Retired Admiral John Hutson, who was Judge Advocate General for the Navy from 1997 to 2000 and is dean emeritus of the University of New Hamphsire School of Law, believes this bill that challenges one of our most basic rights and liberties is a win for the terrorists.

“The enemy is just laughing over this, because they will have gotten another victory,” Hutson told The Huffington Post. “There’ll be one more victory. There won’t be any bloodshed or immediate bloodshed, there’s not a big explosion, except in a metaphorical sense, but it is a victory nonetheless for the enemy. And it’s a self-inflicted wound.”

My Two-Cents

So much for a smaller government and Obama’s campaign promise of transparency and efficiency.  The United States will not become a socialist country overnight, but it is taking the proper steps in that direction.  If this bill passes, we will travel back in time to the 1960′s when Senator Joe McCarthy had created an unethical and unconstitutional movement where he had taken the liberty of randomly accusing anyone of being a communist or subscribing to communist activities.

During that time many were accused merely on hearsay alone and forced to testify in front of a condemnatory panel who, for all intent and purposes, had already passed judgement on that individual before he/she ever said one word in their own defense.

Today, ten years after 9/11 and after the death of Osama Bin Laden, we are regressing to a state that is reminiscent of scenes from the movie V for Vendetta.  The ACLU is actively taking part in urging people who disagree with this legislation to sign their petition and help stop it in its tracks.  Despite Obama’s threats of vetoing the bill, it is campaign season and all bets are off.

Additionally, bill verbiage is so easy to intertwine and misconstrue. The best thing that could happen is for this bill to not exist at all. If passed, expect more of the same to appear. Expect the leash to be tightened even further, and expect the great land of equality and opportunity to slowly fade.  Isn’t Congress also trying to censor the Internet in some way as well … ?

Unfortunately mass media is too busy with the NBA negotiations, Penn State scandal and all the Occupy Movements to bother with a little bill such as the NDAA, and none of the most-watched shows on Fox, CNN or MSNBC have given it the time of day.  But now you know, and now whether you agree, disagree or don’t care, you cannot be caught by surprise or be played for a fool. Remember, if somebody asks – tell them antisteez.com told you: because there is ALWAYS a message involved.




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