Monday, November 28, 2011

National Defense Authorization Act-S.1867 - #3447 - Senate Moves to Allow Military to Intern Americans Without Trial - (2) Secret Bill to be Voted on Today, Would Allow Military to Sweep Up US Citizens at Home or Abroad - Business Insider

Story on Drudge Report: *Regardless of how you think our Virginia Senators will vote on this Bill, please call them. In other states, please call as well, information below....... Surprise, Lindsay Graham and John McCain support this bill.

The Senate is set to vote on a bill today that would define the whole of the United States as a “battlefield” and allow the U.S. Military to arrest American citizens in their own back yard without charge or trial.  “The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself,” writes Chris Anders of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.  Under the ‘worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial’ provision of S.1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which is set to be up for a vote on the Senate floor this week, the legislation will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who supports the bill.   The bill was drafted in secret by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), before being passed in a closed-door committee meeting without any kind of hearing. The language appears in sections 1031 and 1032 of the NDAA bill.  “I would also point out that these provisions raise serious questions as to who we are as a society and what our Constitution seeks to protect,” Colorado Senator Mark Udall said in a speech last week. One section of these provisions, section 1031, would be interpreted as allowing the military to capture and indefinitely detain American citizens on U.S. soil. Section 1031 essentially repeals the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by authorizing the U.S. military to perform law enforcement functions on American soil. That alone should alarm my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but there are other problems with these provisions that must be resolved.”

“American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets being sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime. Really? Does anyone think this is a good idea? And why now?” asks Anders.  The ACLU is urging citizens to call their Senator and demand that the Udall Amendment be added to the bill, a change that would at least act as a check to prevent Americans being snatched off the streets without some form of Congressional oversight.  Read entire article........  Please call:  In Virginia:  Sen. Mark Warner - 202-224-2023, Sen. Jim Webb-202-224-4024. Senate Contact Information.......  AW: There seems to be a difference of conservative opinion on this Bill whether it would be the military or Department of Justice that would be given the new powers under this bill, either way it bears further investigation.

Secret Bill to be Voted on Today Would Allow Military to Sweep Up US Citizens at Home Or Abroad - Business Insider.........

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm

    The last time I looked the US Congress cannot pass a law that is in violation of the Constitution. And if the Congress does it is not legal and binding upon the citizens. In short we the people also have a legal right to so NOPE NOT TODAY! Clearly this bill violate both the 4th and 5th amendments and a host of international laws as well. A very similiar law was in effect in Argentina during the period when thousands and thousands disappears. They to were deemed a "threat" and poof they were gone........If this passes you might as well say poof to what is left of the Constitution as well.