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Say Good Bye to the America You Knew, Obama Signed the Defense Bill
Tim King Salem-News.com
It is slightly mellowed, but the rights of Americans have been radically compromised by the new defense bill.
America's corporate president signs the defense bill that he said initially he would veto.
(SALEM) - Critical attention has been focused on the National Defense Authorization Act; a controversial provision allowing for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Obama alluded to being willing to veto the bill, but instead, after revisions, he did the unthinkable, signing it into law, and as a result we no longer have our civil rights or the ability to challenge our government without fear of this reprisal.
The $662 billion package does include a pay raise for the military, however overdue that already may be, there is no question that was used as a tool to gain passage of this sweeping legislation that will result in Americans disappearing like the people in the Middle east sent to Guantanamo Bay.
Make no mistake in understanding this, Obama has effectively declared the first step in the implementation of martial law. It is all a response to the Occupy movement which openly challenges the corruption of the U.S. federal government and its corporate and banking support web.
The LA Times wrote:
The final compromise mandates that terrorism suspects thought to have ties to Al Qaeda and planning attacks against the United States be taken into military custody, even those captured in the U.S. In response to some complaints, though, the bill carves out an exemption for U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
| From Portland Activist Michael Munk
Now that Obama dropped what turns out to have been a phony threat to veto the War spending bill, he will own it when he signs it.
The opposition picked up six more Senators since its first vote, mainly conservatives. Oregon's Senators Wyden and Merkley remained opposed, and Idaho's conservatives (Risch and Crapo) joined them.
The 13 are:
Franken (D- MN)
Harkin (D- IA)
According to the recently updated information on Wikipedia:
The 2012 bill includes language in Section 1032 stating the intent is not to change existing common law, such as Hamdi v. Rumsfeld and Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which ruled that lawful United States citizens have the right to challenge their detention before an impartial judge and military commissions (such as those at Guantanamo Bay) lack the power to proceed, respectively. Citizens of the United States are statutorily excluded only from the "requirement for military custody" in Section 1032, which provides the executive branch discretion whether to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens within military detention centers, or alternatively in the Federal prison system.
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley issued a statement on the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act:
The most bedrock principle of our government, one that our nation was founded on, is that it protects the freedom and liberty of our citizens. On this critical measure, the Defense Authorization bill falls short. Instead, it allows the government to circumvent a host of our citizens’ constitutional rights ranging from due process to public and speedy trials.
This step takes us in a very dangerous direction and undermines the freedoms enshrined in our founding documents. While I support much of the Defense Authorization bill and the programs that support our troops and our security, I cannot support a bill that strikes at the heart of our constitutional protections.
The Senate bill passed with 93 'yea' votes to 7 'nay'. On 14 December 2011, it was passed by the US House of Representatives vote with 283–136 in favor. On December 15, 2011, the bill was passed by the United States Senate, with a 86–13 vote in favor. (see the full text of the bill: 112th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 1867)
There are no words to describe this descending pattern that proves for the final time, that the problems facing this country are not a matter of right or left, even if there are defined and profound differences, which obviously do exist. The fact remains that neither of the two parties comprising the present system are part of any future answer.
Interestingly, there is a new party that addresses all of the right things, and it is called the Canary Party. After a long conversation this week with a top representative for this new political party, I can conclude that they are the only hope that we have, their goals are oriented around all of the important things, and they seek to fix what is broken.
_________________________________________________________ Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Silver Spoke Award by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (2011), Excellence in Journalism Award by the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (2010), Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), First-place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Tim was a member of the National Press Photographer's Association for several years and is a current member of the Orange County Press Club.
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