December 10, 2011
BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND
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December 10 is … Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales
The National Defense Authorization Act has been renewed every year for nearly fifty years. It continues to expand; it continues to deprive citizens and non-citizens of certain inalienable rights; the ones that are commonly referred to as Constitutional Rights.
Soon the Senate will vote on a bill that allows the US military to imprison civilians with no formal charges and hold them with no trial.
The ACLU reports even US citizens wouldn't be immune as the legislation aims to declare national territory part of the "battlefield" in the War on Terror.
Termed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and drafted behind closed doors by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) the NDAA would:
1) Explicitly authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States;
(2) Mandate military detention of some civilians who would otherwise be outside of military control, including civilians picked up within the United States itself; and
(3) Transfer to the Department of Defense core prosecutorial, investigative, law enforcement, penal, and custodial authority and responsibility now held by the Department of Justice.
From the ACLU's website: In support of this harmful bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) 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-N.H.) also declared that the bill is needed because “America is part of the battlefield.”
In an effort to stop the bill, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is floating the Udall Amendment, which according to the ACLU is:
"A way for the Senate to say no to indefinite detention without charge or trial anywhere in the world where any president decides to use the military. Instead of simply going along with a bill that was drafted in secret and is being jammed through the Senate, the Udall Amendment deletes the provisions and sets up an orderly review of detention power. It tries to take the politics out and put American values back in.
This cannot be allowed to happen anymore. Google NDAA to learn more after that contact every legislative member you know to tell them not to pass this Stalinesque law again. It is time to become America again. The zealots and radicals have been winning for too long. We must stand up and be counted NOW!
Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think about.
BRUCE A. BRENNAN
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