The National Defense Authorization Act Opens the Door to a Police State

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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was recently approved by an overwhelming majority of the Senate. It will place domestic terror investigations and interrogations into the hands of the military and which would open the door for trial-free, indefinite detention of anyone, including American citizens, so long as the government calls them terrorists. This law is diametrically opposed to the rights provided by the Constitution and opens the door to an effective police state. Forbes (of all magazines) describes it as the “greatest threat to liberties Americans face”. Here’s an article from The New American describing the law.

 

Senate Passes Controversial Defense Bill

In the midst of allegations of police brutality and police aggression at the OWS protests, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that is said to “explicitly create a police state”: the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA, passed by a vote of 93 to 7, virtually stated that all of the United States may be considered a battlefield, and therefore the American military is permitted to indefinitely detain any American perceived to be a threat.

Several amendments were proposed by both Democrats and Republican Senators, which would have deleted the dangerous provisions that would allow the indefinite detention of American citizens. While most of those amendments were overwhelming voted down, a single compromise amendment was passed that was intended to quell fears that American citizens may be imprisoned indefinitely, though skeptics remain uncomfortable with the final outcome.


According to Firedoglake.com, sections 1031 and 1032 of the NDAA will:

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.

AddictingInfo.org adds:

A provision of S. 1867, or the National Defense Authorization Act bill, written by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, declares American soil a battlefield and allows the President and all future Chief Executives to order the military to arrest and detain American citizens, innocent or not, without charge or trial. In other words, if this bill passes and the President signs it, OWS protesters or any American could end up arrested and indefinitely locked up by the military without the guaranteed right to due process or a speedy trial.

Both Senators Mark Udall (D) and Rand Paul (R) proposed amendments to the bill that would have weakened the more dangerous provisions. Udall’s amendment would have eliminated provisions regarding the handling of terrorism suspects, while Paul’s amendment had far more teeth and would have struck 1031 from the legislation altogether. Neither amendment made it into the Senate-passed version of the bill; the Udall amendment was overwhelmingly rejected by a vote of 37 to 61.

“The United States Senate has a solemn obligation to our men and women in uniform to pass a Defense Authorization Act, but we also owe it to those fighting the war on terror to prevent rushed, untested and legally controversial limitations on their operations. I can’t support provisions that I believe will hurt our national security,” Udall said prior to the vote. “We haven’t had time to adequately consider these provisions. We need to know what our military and intelligence experts — and our men and women in the field — actually need to most effectively prosecute the war on terror, especially before we change detainee provisions that are already working. I’m urging my colleagues to support my amendment so we can prevent a White House veto, move forward with the NDAA and reach a workable resolution on the detainee provisions.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California also proposed an amendment that would have limited mandatory military custody for suspected terrorists captured outside the United States, but that amendment was rejected as well by a vote of 45-55. A second amendment proposed by Feinstein that would have prohibited U.S. citizens from being held in indefinite detention without being charged or brought to a trial failed by a vote of 45 to 55.

In the end, Senators Feinstein and Lindsey Graham worked out a deal to pass an amendment that states, “Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.” That compromise amendment passed 99 to 1, with only Senator Jon Kyl voting against it.

As noted by the Huffington Post:

The passage may head off a showdown with the White House, which had threatened to veto the entire bill on the grounds that the section on detentions tied the hands of counterterrorism officials in law enforcement and the military….

Left unresolved by the new language is just exactly what is constitutional when it comes to detaining American citizens in the United States. But opponents of the original provision said at least it would remain up to judges, not politicians.

“To this day the Supreme Court has never ruled on whether it is constitutional to indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen captured in the United States. Some of my colleagues see this differently, [but] the language we’ve agreed on makes it clear,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who had been adamantly opposed to giving the military what he saw as greater reign over Americans at home.

“The Supreme Court will decide who can be detained; the United States Senate will not,” Durbin said.

One amendment seemed to pass without issue: Senator McCain’s amendment to provide for greater cyber-security collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. In other words, not only is all of the United States a battlefield, but so is the Internet.

During debate on the Senate floor, Senator Paul confronted John McCain, asking, “Would it be possible that an American citizen can then be declared an enemy combatant and sent to Guantanamo Bay and detained indefinitely?” McCain responded, “As long as that individual, no matter who they are, poses a threat to the security of the United States of America, should not be allowed to continue that threat.”

Judge Andrew Napolitano, host of Fox Business Network’s Freedom Watch called McCain’s response “nonsensical and unconstitutional.”

In a live stream, Rand Paul addressed the American people, asserting the dangerous nature of the NDAA:

James Madison, father of the Constitution warned, “The means of defense against foreign danger historically become instruments of tyranny at home”…. During war, there has always been a struggle to preserve constitutional liberties…. Rights given up now cannot be expected to be returned, so we do well to contemplate the diminishment of due process knowing that the rights we lose now may never be restored.

Debate on the legislation came to an end on Wednesday when the Senate voted on the cloture motion, paving the way for today’s vote.

Without an amendment to the bill, Americans faced a blow to their constitutional rights because the NDAA, as observed by Republican Congressman Justin Amash, allows the executive branch the power to determine who is a terrorist, whether they are a U.S. citizen or not. And without clarity on the language, that threat remains in place. “Note that [the provision] does not preclude U.S. citizens from being detained indefinitely, without charge or trial, it simply makes such detention discretionary,” Amash wrote on his Facebook page.

The bill had the support of both Senate Republicans as well as some Democrats. In support of this bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill would “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.”

“It is not unfair to make an American citizen account for the fact that they decided to help al Qaeda to kill us all and hold them as long as it takes to find intelligence about what may be coming next. And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer,’” Graham said.

The original NDAA has already been passed in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives with nary a whimper by a 322-96 vote. With this new compromise amendment, the House and Senate will now have to combine the two bills, and Senate leaders have given assurances that the Senate’s new language will remain, but that is not guaranteed.

President Obama, however, has threatened to veto the bill. A statement released by the White House reads:

“Any bill that challenges or constrains the President’s critical authorities to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists, and protect the Nation would prompt the President’s senior advisers to recommend a veto,” the White House said in a statement.

The Administration strongly objects to the military custody provision,” the White House said, noting that it could apply to people in the United States. That “would raise serious and unsettled legal questions and would be inconsistent with the fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets.”

However, not everyone is convinced. Daphne Eviator of the Human Rights First’s Law and Security Program said, “Whether he [Obama] will [veto the bill] is a difficult question because, politically, it’s difficult to veto a defense spending bill that 680 pages long and includes authorization to spend on a whole range of military programs.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, disoriented by the compromise, said the President should veto the bill because the military still acquires too much power through the bill’s provisions. “The bill is an historic threat to American citizens and others because it expands and makes permanent the authority of the president to order the military to imprison without charge or trial American citizens,” said ACLU senior legislative counsel Christopher Anders in a statement.

“The final amendment to preserve current detention restrictions could turn out to be meaningless and Sens. [Carl] Levin [Michigan Democrat] and Graham made clear that they believe this power to use the military against American citizens will not be affected by the new language,” Anders said. “This bill puts military detention authority on steroids and makes it permanent. If it becomes law, American citizens and others are at real risk of being locked away by the military without charge or trial.”
– Source: The New American

The only hope against this law is a Presidential veto. You can sign the petition for a Presidential veto of NDAA at the White House website.

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Enemy of the country and freedom . Why is the military letting obama take away our freedom . Because they are obamas puppets and they will kill you if he wishes ..

No one mentions the "93-7" ratio Senate vote symbolism? To me that says 36 to 7 or in otherwords Satan vs God or just plane Evil vs Good… Just something from a numerology dude.

I guess we need to hope and pray that the germans will come and save us as their repayment for helping them from Hitler.

Immigrants come to this opportunity.. yes..

But its a bit ignorant to say that's all they all want. A country would be stupid not to go into a country stupid enough to put all it's barriers down, become a citizen with ease (not even needing to learn english to do so) and cause any havoc they want. If there is, a "terrorist" in our country, letting it go through trial almost sounds moronic. Lets lets the guy float around and debate about it til we prove its true? yeah no? There's good and bad people in this word immigrants or not.

I'm not confident your article is accurate. I looked up Senate Bill 1867 which is the NDAA and it specifically states it does not apply to American citizens or US legal residents. I think we've fallen into the conspiratorial hype but it's understandable seeing that this was enacted when the economy is poor and more and more news are dedicated to veterans and a new movie about 9/11 with Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks being released. Anyway, here is the section I am referring to about halfway down: (1) UNITED STATES CITIZENS.—The require11 ment to detain a person in military custody under 12 this section does not extend to citizens of the United 13 States. 14 (2) LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS.—The require15 ment to detain a person in military custody under 16 this section does not extend to a lawful resident 17 alien of the United States on the basis of… Read more »

oops nvm the dates got mixed up here

No responses since the 10th… Shouldn't we be talking even more about this?? It got signed on New Year's Eve while Baraka was in Hawaii… very suspect. And still barely coverage on it. wtf??

In response to what 'Me' up at the top said: "I’m from Europe and these days they are discussing possible measures for saving the Euro currency. Probably one of them is The U.S.E.- United States of Europe. All countries will lose sovereignty and the Big Brother in Bruxelles, together with the IMF and other elite banks will “watch over” everyone. Think about it, they have replaced the prime-ministers of Italy and Greece with members of the Trilateral Commission- Mario Monti and Lucas Papademos." You know who also wanted a 'United States of Europe?' Yeah… that's right. Hitler.. Look it up, that was one of his dreams before he lost the War and supposedly committed suicide… the Spirit of Nazism is still well and alive… and some say that Hitler didn't even die at his own hands, but fled to South America, where many Nazis fled after the war.. (also documented)..… Read more »
@everyone who doubts the FACTS that a large majority of the men who signed the declaration of independence were freemasons….. Please please please, go away. Just stop it, go away, and don't come back until you stop looking where the puppeteers want you to look. PLEASE! just stop And on the subject of it all. I'm not going to try and provide elaborate proof of whether our country is or is not based upon freemasonry. What I can say is this basic point that permeates beyond all aspects of the debate. From everything we learn and absorb from articles on here analyzing the general structure, style, and message of all of these secretive forces, one thing we've learned peering into the world of mind control and illusion manipulation, is that sometimes false liberation, artificial freedom, or granted relief, can all be part of the total control that is occurring. Using… Read more »

We've been lead to believe that N America is the handler of England. It's complicated like the usual the egg or the chicken came first?

You All Need To Wake Up.This Is Good News It's For The Safety Of Our Children And Families.

What IS it with the word(s) “Detained” and “Detainment” and “Detention”?? These are bullshit softening terms replacing the reality of Arrest, Incarceration, Imprisonment —and the like. a "detainee" is a PRISONER: with no rights, protection, safety, respect or hope. Think about that. Let that *in*. —And; BTW: there are no such things “Constitutional Rights”. There are are only Human Rights. We, each of us, across the planet, have them. The Constitution for the United States of America, along with the so-called Bill of Rights, secures Human Rights that we already possess from the Sacred Moment that we draw BREATH; with the Bill of Rights primarily being a list of restrictions meant to severely reduce the power of government to take away your God-granted Human Rights. “Constitutional Rights” suggests that, somehow, the Constitution grants you something … it does NOT. It was never supposed to and cannot "grant" that which you… Read more »

The NDAA only goes to further stifle our Constitutional Rights without the approval of the Americans, just as the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the events of 9/11. A mere 3 criminal charges of terrorism a year are attributed to this act, which is mainly used for no-knock raids leading to drug-related arrests without proper cause for search and seizure. The laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living

I started a petition to repeal this act. At the very least, it will bring attention to the unconstitutionality of this law. Please sign and spread. Thank you very much.

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-congress-to-

I beg to differ, this bill doesn't open a door to a police state, in reality the people of the US are already living in a police state, what it does do is open the door to a military dictatorship………….

Well, Obama didn't veto this bill. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW-e7z7S6VI

I am confused. Should we focus on the Founding Fathers beliefs or should we focus how they freed America? Without them, will the USA become free? Or will your grandparents be the slaves of the British? The founding fathers went through lots of hardship to give you guys a free land. However, you guys are just saying, "Oh these people are masons, they are evil!!" However have you looked at what they done for USA?

Indeed, what most of the American people don't realize (and that includes a bulk of our Congressmen) is that any power or authority not explicitly prohibited is actually allowed. So, yes, this NDAA allows for extensive abuse of authority, absolute tyranny, and a even a dictatorial (or more likely, a U.N.) takeover.

The existence of freedom in the world is on the decline.

I would love to see VC's view on this article or if ever possible a collaboration between the DW and VC or if ever possible between the three of them!! I definitely thing a lot of their previous research, articles and views are very similar and would be even more confirmation on the whole NWO, illuminatti armageddon stuff that are discussed on all of these journalist's sites and in this following article.

http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/99

hahaha man, im from canada and that's some crazy government lol. but hey, canada is what poland was to germany. the first nation to fall to usa. mexico is much more difficult. they will be backed by most latin countries.

now they will arrest all the Muslims and blacks blaming them as terrorists.

Opens the door to a police state? We're already IN a police state.

The symbol of The app store in apple gadgets is a masonic sign. Check it out

what. the. hell.

So, what I want to know, is what are we going to do? We know what's going on………..

Whatever we always do. Just move on and get on with it.

I'm scared for meself honestly.

I really am.

What I wonder about is what are they going to do to get 2 million Americans mad enough to qualify to be put in the FEMA camps?

I wonder if the delay between 9/11 and now isn't to collect names and they already have their "Terrorists" picked out for day one?

Or just end food stamps, blow up a few rail hubs for food distribution and turn off water and power. After two months they will have their population of "terrorists".

It's all about depopulation. Sea level rise or something like it is real and the cheap solution is to kill 95% of us. Then Police state.

"makes permanent the authority of the president to order the military to imprison without charge or trial American citizens"

sounds like something out of Nazi germany.

I am terrified. The Patriot Act, itself, changed my life forever. These laws being passed are, absolutely, being abused and having tremendous impacts on the lives of American Citizens. The power of our government and authorities are already being abused and used negligently, without accountability. leaving the victims, like myself, with little to no resources for seeking justice. It is a nightmare, especially when it affects you on a personal level. And these are powers that we are giving them…..don't be like me and wait to take interest in our civil liberties until it's too late to do anything about it.

Here's a video I found about this new bill on youtube.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rghhz_t5POo&fe…!

Why do i get the feeling that this whole world is begining to turn out like "Middle Earth" from Lord of the Rings?

………..Nine for Mortal Men "doomed to die", One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne.In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

Sure is! saruman the (evil puppet) will soon show himself. I dont think its Obama though.

i know what your saying. the reality is; its already a police state.

i know but you jus gotta live. what goes around comes around.

And dont underestimate the golden rule of life.

Do unto others as you would have done to you.

God can work through us if we give up hate for our enemies and love them instead.

forgive them too because you yourself would want to be forgiven.

when we have hate in us we are in controll of the devil. God send us love and blessings but

we wont recieve it because the devil has already claim power over us through hate.

all we have to do is release the hate and the devil will take off like a wild horse.

when you fill yourself with love from God, you will find peace and happyness and nothing

or no one can brake you.

Dear, Addressed persons I here present you with a Notice of Understanding and Intent. I am sending this letter out as a courtesy in order to avoid any further confusion or potential conflict. I am now expanding the reach of my discourse in order to maintain my honor and ensure maximum clarity between myself and all agents of government. After receiving this letter, please expect a Notice of Understanding and Claim of Right in order to ensure maximum clarity amongst all parties.As a peaceful man desiring to avoid conflict and live lawfully with maximum freedom, I have recently been studying the history of the united states along with its legal system and have come to some very interesting conclusions. After reading various acts and exploring the way language is used in those acts, I have realized that “lawful” and “legal” are not always the same. It also appears that all… Read more »

Rex84?

No one will probably read this far down but heres another read I sure those wonderful gentlemen and ladies you've voted in are a part of http://m.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/11/secret-sof… especially check the video.

Also glad to see all the gung ho contributors ready to take it to the man. That battle isn't here yet. Meanwhile. Its simple to fight the machine. Start at home. Grow your own food. Drink clean water. Support your local thrift and businesses. Start a community garden. Put your money in a safe. Buy at the farmers markets. Learn to sew. Hunt. Fish (?). Protest the war on american citizens by becoming text exempt because you don't believe your politicians are utilizing your tax dollars properly. Teach you and your family the Constitution as it stands. Learn to shoot.

i started to practice almost all those skills already and some i learned as a child.

i can sew and knit my own clothes. im learning to pllant and i keep my cash since the recession, cause i fear the banks might pull some stunt on us.

If Obama really wants to do something about this, he would do it voluntarily (the presidential veto) without further ado (petition).

I have a question. Why does the needed amount of signatures change everytime you sign or refresh the page? Last time I checked, the total signatures are 9,724 out of the needed 15,270. But now I refreshed the page, and it needs 15,276. Are they preventing the petition/presidential veto to happen? I just wonder.

Can someone please offer me the section numbers on the actual bill where this is stated? Cause if I cannot read it for myself, its just another spoonful of propaganda to me. Thanks!

http://youtu.be/DscwPz1ULds

so what do you think MTV is trying to say?

Goodbye U.S.A, hello New World Order!

After watching that despicable "jews only" debate where grown up "Americans" kissed ass" of the Jewish State of IsraHell, I am glad to see the USofA is down the drain already. You deserve the beating, the humiliation, the horror, the forced/hard labor and the famine you will all endure. Some may ask why? Simple: you as a people have no honor and no dignity. You let it happen. You only think about Dancing with the Start or the Kardashians…, in other words, only BS while the plan has been laid down on your doorsteps. You're going down without a fight so you are deserving of your future. On our part of the World, no NWO goon will show up, simply because we eliminate them unceremoniously.

I don't know where you come off spewing this vitriol against the people on this blog. We may be American, but we certainly do have honor and dignity, and we take offense at anyone who would besmirch it, disdain it or steal it, whether it's you or our disgusting politicians. In case you missed the point of this site, we are the people who do NOT agree with the actions of our govt., whether they are undermining our freedoms or bullying the rest of the nations of the world. Judging from you antisemitic comments, one could assume you are a Muslim, most likely from some country that's been receiving millions of dollars worth of "aid" from the US to keep relations friendly. Before you decide that our entire populace is deserving of some terrible fate, why don't you take a moment to give thanks to Allah for all of the… Read more »

Thank you

I don't mind an insular Britain, it's what gives some character and eccentricity to the country and its people. What worries me is the fact that they side with other forces which have a tendency to invade countries under the pretext of defence needs and democracy.

Hey James – here is a testimony I thought you might want to add to your research files on 9/11.

CIA Asset talks about 9/11:

independentamerican.org/2011/12/08/ca-asset-talks-about-911/

I can't believe I live in a country where the Wetboro Baptist Church is allowed to do what they do because they are protected by the first admendment, and this is allowed to happen at the same time.

what a lot of people dont realize/ recognize is that the person behind ALL THESE THINGS is none other than THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS and its master THE DEVIL. Basically, I think God has given the devil the final authority to rule the world and that is why all these Acts, Europe crises, etc etc and all illuminati laws are being passed in quick succession. God save us. The world is quickly coming to an end…

Halliburton confirms detainment camps in the US ready to detain up to 2 million "terrorists"
https://drstevebest.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/hall

2012 not the end of the world but the end of all human rights.

Well, there more that that! Check out the following article (don't freak out but you will..)

Senate Bill Would Legalize B********y in Military
http://www.animallawcoalition.com/animal-cruelty/

Yes, I heard about this bill. I am not so concerned about the animals as I am about human beings. I know b********y is disgusting and deplorable, but I guess I am more concerned about the rights of American citizens. These laws being enacted just reveal how corrupt our government is.

PETA was more worried about the rights of the animals and animals getting hurt. Fact.

I think what is most disturbing is that this bill was even considered, not to mention the fact that it passed the senate so unanimously. Even if Obama vetoes the bill, won't it still pass by a majority once it goes back to the senate?

I was reading this yesterday and I KNEW UD COME THROUGH I THOUGHT OF VC AS I WAS READING THIS!

Research TV fakery

With love~H

anyone following what's going on with the EU "emergency meeting" (I can imagine most in Europe are) but I think it's extremely interesting how all mainstream media is painting Cameron's veto of the treaty as "BRITAIN BEING ISOLATED" when british people themselves are mostly happy about it.

This is the best and most accurate quote I read about the situation.

"[The UK is] as isolated as somebody who refused to join the Titanic just before it sailed"

I wonder if any headlines will actually reflect the truth….The Euro is going down one way or another.

Oops and by Britain, I mean the UK!

Obama isn't going to veto because he cares about us, it's because this bill would effectively stop him from being able to send a detainee overseas for torture purposes. Anyone detained by the military as per the bill would automatically be considered a P.O.W. and international law decrees Prisoners of War do have some rights — not to be tortured if captured being one of them. When Obama said this bill, if passed, would take away any 'flexibilty' it was this he was referring to.

Don't let yourself be fooled. The man is a psychopath at worst, a narcissist at best and neither cares one small iota for any of us in the 99%, and probably most of the 1% as well if truth be told. He makes me almost long for the Bush years, and that is the most frightening thing of all.

I know right. Who'd have thought we could actually have a worse prez than Dubya?! At least he had morals, and stood up for what he believed was right. This new guy is just a snake oil salesman. Has anyone seen the articles/pictures of the Back of BO's head? Those two huge scars could only be from some major accident or surgery, but no one's said a word about them, not in even in his "autobiographies." Beyond scary.

Of course he's a psychopath and a consistent liar. He's a lawyer, what do you expect? Have you noticed that most politicians all around the world are law graduates?

I forget that most of our leaders start in Law, but of course, it makes complete sense from a strategic point if view. Although, like most good lawyers, during hs campaign for President, Obama never specifically promised to do anything directly, so technically did not lie. For example, his whoe deal about 'change' — well he never explained the details of what this change was going to be, just that it would require "great sacrifice from the American people to bring it about," then woud launch into a perfectly timed mantra for the crowds of "yes we can," which no matter he you say it, when played backwards sound an awful lot like "Thank you Satan!" Again having unwitting participants chanting in a mega ritual. If you have an iPhone download iReversi app and record yourself saying that phrase and pay it backwards. I would be interested to hear if… Read more »

I live in Ireland, a Constitutional Republic(almost), but the point is, in order for the Constitution to be changed there has to be a Referendum so the people decide Y/N, it seems to me that you, my American friends have a "Decloration of Intent" subject to the whims of the elite, In and Around power, at any given moment methinks Hobes would love the USA version of Constitution.

Just my tuppence worth.

God Bless.

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