Saturday, November 26, 2011

Battlefield America?

I just caught wind of this yesterday, and I find it astounding. It seems the Senate has been trying to sneak through a bill that "makes the Patriot Act look like the Bill of Rights." Among other things, S. 1253 will allow indefinite military detention of American civilians without charge or trial.

According to a piece on Reader Supported News, "Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) explained that the bill will "basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield" and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial "American citizen or not." Another supporter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) also declared that the bill is needed because "America is part of the battlefield."

Madison Ruppert says that "The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 1st of this year, addressed to the Chairman of the Committee, the “Honorable” Patrick Leahy, and Ranking Member of the Committee, the “Honorable” Charles Grassley which strongly decried the bill.

The title of the four page letter itself reveals the truly dangerous nature of this legislation, “Judiciary Committee Should Assert Its Jurisdiction Over Those Aspects of the Detention Authority Provisions in S. 1253, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Sections 1031, 1032, and 1036), That Affect Civilians Who Are Otherwise Outside of Military Control, Including Civilians Within the United States Itself.”

If these provisions are enacted, it would give the federal government the explicit power to imprison civilians, including American citizens, indefinitely with no charges or trial.

This would include individuals apprehended both inside and outside of the United States, meaning that this could give the federal government the ability to openly detain American citizens for their entire lives without so much as a single charge...."

Clearly this is the perfect time of year to sneak something significant through the Senate with almost no media attention and coverage. (Have you heard anything on network media these past few days that didn't involve BUYING STUFF, food, or football?) The RSN article I referenced above suggests an election motive for this bill, at this point in time, but I think it's something far more nefarious.

This is a dictatorial power that the PTB want to grab. Perhaps that's because they know that before too long, they're going to be using extreme measures to squash dissent, protests, and uprisings. They are giving themselves that extreme authority now. If this goes through, I predict it will be just a matter of time before the unmanned drones are monitoring civilian areas nationwide - for "security" reasons, of course.

If this scenario doesn't reflect a country you want to live in, you might want to give your Senators a call Monday. And don't assume that if one of them is a democrat they won't vote for it. RSN reports that, "The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing."

3 Comments:

Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

"If this scenario doesn't reflect a country you want to live in..."

IF?

10:31 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

You'd be amazed at how many people would be okay with this - as long as they still had their X-box and NFL package. After all, the government would only lock up really bad people, right?

11:50 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

Anna,
You left off:
Soaps, Dancing with the Stars, American I-doll, soccer practice, "WWFWWEUSFetc "rassling", high school football, adultery-lust (American Passtime), gluttony (fast poisonous food), sloth (see above for TV), greed (of course I'll work extra so i can have shiny new things I don't need), envy (covet anything thy neighbor has but you don't..yet), pride(my beliefs are greater than yours), wrath (if you don't agree to what I want or believe, I'll kill you),
insecurity/vigilantisim (I think my neighbor or that stranger is a pervert, madman, crook, pedophile, etc).

Aren't you glad W was a uniter and not a divider?

If you see any of the above, thank a Republican or Corporate Democrat.

FT

12:36 PM  

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