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Obama insists on indefinite detention ~ NDAA bill to strip Americans of rights

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Uploaded on Dec 13, 2011

From: Russia Today
Obama insists on indefinite detention of Americans
Published: 12 December, 2011, 22:01
Think that President Obama will stand by his word and veto the legislation that will allow the government to detain American citizens without charge or trial? Think again.

The Obama administration has insisted that the president will veto the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, a bill that passed through the Senate last week. Under the legislation, the United States of America is deemed a battlefield and Americans suspected of committing a terrorism offense can be held without trial and tortured indefinitely. Despite the grave consequences for citizens and the direct assault on the US Constitution, the act managed to make it through both halves of Congress but President Obama says he won't let it become a law.

According to Senator Carl Levin, however, Americans should be a bit more concerned about what the president's actual intentions are. Levin, who sits on the Armed Services Committee as chairman, has revealed to Congress that the Obama administration influenced the wording of the act and shot down text that would have saved American citizens from the indefinite imprisonment and suspension of habeas corpus.
http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-detentio...
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NDAA bill to strip Americans of rights, expand government power

by Chris DiNardo

Published December 11, 2011
Last week, the Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which, along with the annual defense budget, included a section that President Barack Obama has threatened to veto if it comes to his desk intact. Sections 1031 and 1032 include language that, if passed into law, would give the president and the military full authority to arrest, indefinitely detain and interrogate anyone involved in Al Qaeda, the Taliban or anyone associated with a terrorist organization. American citizens would not be exempt from these provisions and thus, if arrested, would also be afforded no trial, no representation and no charges — basically stripping them of their Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights.

Without going into a slippery slope argument about the foreseeable application of this act on law-abiding Americans, there are numerous causes for alarm here. The language of this bill explicitly affirms for the future what the president is already doing now — detaining alleged terrorists with no charges. To give one singular person the power to do this, unchecked by anyone else, is incredibly troubling. And nothing is more corrosive than unchecked power.

The government claims that most of Al Qaeda is dead. Combat troops will be coming home from Iraq by month's end, and there is a popular movement to significantly scale back combat in Afghanistan. The NDAA is what Congress is using to convince the public that the war is still necessary and that the prior justifications for indefinite detention still exist. But, luckily, all of that Congressional gridlock and lack of bipartisanship we hear about — wait, what? It passed 93-7?
http://www.nyunews.com/opinion/2011/1...
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U.S. Rep. Justin Amash gathering support in fight against the National Defense Authorization Act
Published: Monday, December 12, 2011, 1:28 PM Updated: Monday, December 12, 2011, 2:42 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Justin Amash announced today he has 10 fellow congressmen on his side as he carries his fight against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the floor of the U.S. House.

Amash, R-Cascade Township, has been outspoken in his opposition to language in the bill that allows the indefinite detention of Americans citizens without charge or trial. The bill passed in the U.S. Senate last week and has been sent to a conference committee in the U.S. House.
http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.s...

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