Martial Law - Secretly with no hearings, both Houses rushed to complete a "joint version" before leaving for Christmas
- NDAA bill gives Obama the authority to order the military to imprison U.S. citizens without a trial.
- The Senate crushed the Bill of Rights by approving the bill in a bi-partisan 86-13 vote.
- The House passed the bill in a bi-partisan 283-136 vote.
The idea that a person cannot be held without charge or detained indefinitely without trial goes back at least to the Magna Carta nearly 800 years ago.
But freedom and our Bill of Rights has no meaning to the modern people of the United States and their ever more corrupt representatives in Washington.
Comrade Obama won't prosecute Wall Street crooks, Fast and Furious gun runners in government or other venal high-level civilian or government officials.
Instead, expect him to sign into law indefinite military detentions of U.S. citizens allegedly associated with terrorist groups, with or without corroborating evidence.
Comrade Obama has said he will sign the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA).
Enactment of this measure will authorize "the military to pick up and imprison people, including US citizens, without charging them or putting them on trial."
Secretly with no hearings, both Houses rushed to complete a "joint version" before leaving for Christmas break. "Fundamental American values and freedoms are on the line." Given the stakes, they're perilously hanging by a thread.
While one section of the bill seems to exclude U.S. citizens from all aspects of this legislation, the key lies in the placement of discretion of exactly who fits the broad definition of a “terrorist” or broader still, someone who has engaged in a “belligerent act.” The bottom line is that the NDAA bill contains language that will codify, or make into law, the much debated act of defining U.S. citizens as enemy combatants. It will leave that discretionary power to the executive branch.
Democrat Senator Carl Levin, the bill’s sponsor, explicitly says the bill is directed at U.S. citizens. Even more alarming, it was Senator Levin who announced in Senate chambers that it was Barack Obama himself who demanded the verbiage that includes U.S. citizens as fair game by our own military on U.S. soil.
This followed Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s gleeful announcement that through the passage of this draconian legislation, the whole of America is now a battlefield and a venue in which the U.S. military may operate against its own.
It is no surprise that the President has not vetoed the "police state" bill since he insisted in keeping wording in the bill authored by Republican Sen. John McCain and Senator Carl Levin that included Americans can be apprehended without charge and held indefinitely without trial.
Both political parties are falling all over each other in a race to abolish the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.