National Defense Authorization Act
These are serious times for our beloved Republic.
Please bear with me as I quote another patriot of another country who’s words should make all of us stand up for the preservation of our great Republic.
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.” — Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, 11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian and Soviet novelist, dramatist, and historian.
The Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. 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. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during the last Republican debate.
The powers contained in this bill are is 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.
The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is offering the Udall Amendment that will delete the harmful provisions and replace them with a requirement for an orderly Congressional review of detention power. The Udall Amendment will make sure that the bill matches up with American values.
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.”
The solution is the Udall Amendment; 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.
In response to proponents of the indefinite detention legislation who contend that the bill “applies to American citizens and designates the world as the battlefield,” and that the “heart of the issue is whether or not the United States is part of the battlefield,” Sen. Udall disagrees, and says that we can win this fight without worldwide war and worldwide indefinite detention.
The senators pushing the indefinite detention proposal have made it clear that they want an okay for a worldwide military battlefield that even extends to your hometown. Do they not understand the basic tenets of our Constitution? Do they not remember that our war of independence was fought because of a tyrannical government that was doing just this to its people? If this passes it will forever change our country.
To borrow from another,
“Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.”–Thomas Jefferson
But, we are all sure that this power would never be abused, say to imprison or kill political dissidents. What is their reason for pushing this type of legislation through, once again under cover of darkness? Could it be that they know the financial sector is going to fall. Do they believe that the American people will revolt against them, the very ones that have benefited from the Wall Street and banking debacle? Why do they feel the need to have the great military might that the world has ever seen at their disposal? Is it to smash their own nation’s citizens who will revolt over having their wealth and future stolen? Being stolen by the very same people who are now writing this new law?
With the left wing and the Democratic Party celebrating the OWS Marxists and anti-capitalists while condemning the Tea Party and conservative Americans as racists. We find ourselves being herded toward an almost pre-determined election out come. While we the working class of this nation pray and hope against hope that change will be coming in 2012, we have to break our fixated attention from the GOP dog and pony show.
We have to come to grips with a future that may be completely different from the past that made this nation great. We have to accept that the government by and for the people is, well, coming for the people. Continue to stand for our Republic. Stand for freedom.
If you are reading this, You are the Resistance! This is Krumbruce