Most Shocking News
about our Congress and a bill to imprison you by the Military without a trial!
And You thought you were safe!
"Here’s the best thing
that can be said about the new detention powers the Senate has tucked
into next year’s defense bill: They don’t force the military to detain
American citizens indefinitely without a trial. They just let the
military do that. And even though the leaders of the military and the
spy community have said they want no such power, the Senate is poised to
pass its bill as early as tonight."
"“The Senate is going to vote on
whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the
power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial
civilians anywhere in the world. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens
could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any
battlefield, even within the United States itself,” writes Chris Anders of the
ACLU Washington Legislative Office.
Under the ‘worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial’ provision
of S.1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which is set to be up
for a vote on the Senate floor Monday, the legislation will “basically say in
law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield,” said
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who supports the bill.
The bill was drafted in secret by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John
McCain (R-Ariz.), before being passed in a closed-door committee meeting
without any kind of hearing. The language appears in sections 1031 and 1032 of
the NDAA bill.
“I would also point out that these provisions raise serious questions as to
who we are as a society and what our Constitution seeks to protect,” Colorado
Senator Mark Udall said in a speech last week. One section of these
provisions, section 1031, would be interpreted as allowing the military to
capture and indefinitely detain American citizens on U.S. soil. Section 1031
essentially repeals the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by authorizing the U.S.
military to perform law enforcement functions on American soil. That alone
should alarm my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but there are other
problems with these provisions that must be resolved.”"