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Americans Lose More Freedoms and Rights: Big Brother and the National Defense Authorization Act
When Alex Jones agrees with Steven Colbert, Occupy Wall Street, and the ACLU, something is going down. What went down was on December 31, 2011 when President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA is approved annually to appropriate funding for the Department of Defense, along with other provisions. Among the provisions is an expansion of powers of the President against enemies of the United States, including indefinite detention by the Armed Forces.
The question is whether American citizens, even within the boundaries of the United States, can be arrested by the Armed Forces, by order of the President, and indefinitely detained without trial. Many think so. The ACLU states, “The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision”. Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director, said, “President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law. We are incredibly disappointed that President Obama signed this new law even though his administration had already claimed overly broad detention authority in court”.
Specifically, the President has authority to detain, via the Armed Forces, any person “who was part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners,” and anyone who commits a “belligerent act” against the U.S. or its coalition allies, under the law of war, “without trial, until the end of the hostilities authorized by the [AUMF or Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists].” The text also authorizes trial by military tribunal, or “transfer to the custody or control of the person’s country of origin,” or transfer to “any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity.” An amendment to the Act that would have explicitly forbidden the indefinite detention without trial of American citizens was rejected by the Senate.
The Word – Catch 2012 (Steven Colbert) The National Defense Authorization Act strikes at the heart of the most notorious safe haven for terrorists: the U.S. Constitution.
Obama Signs Martial Law Bill: NDAA Now Law (Alex Jones) President Obama who pledged to veto the National Defense Authorization Act has signed it. Of course his promise was only for public consumption. After all lying to your enemy is what invading corporate takeover army’s do. It was the Obama administration all along that demanded the indefinite detention provisions be added while at the same time telling the America people he was fighting to protect their rights. This is treason on parade, in your face all out despotism!
Grand Central Terminal Arrests (OccupyTVNY) Two protesters mic check about the loss of freedom brought about by the passage of the NDAA and both are promptly arrested and whisked out of public sight.
Bill Text, 112th Congress (2011-2012), H.R.1540.ENR (The Library of Congress)
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