Do you suppose cows have any idea what’s coming as they’re marched down the chute? Or do they stare with bovine indifference at the tail and hind quarters in front of them, until they’re suddenly — and very briefly — startled by the man with the nail gun?
Perhaps Americans will — likewise too late — ask themselves what happened in the very near future. Perhaps just after the midnight knock comes and they are taken away into the night.
It is not an exaggeration.
America is now on the cusp of becoming a state that does exactly such things — things exactly like the things done by 20th-century horror shows such as National Socialist Germany or Stalin’s USSR. Literally. Not “this is where it might lead” or “the tendency is similar.” Exactly, literally, the same thing. The only difference is that it awaits being done on a mass scale. But the power to do it openly — brazenly — has been asserted.
And is about to be sanctified by law.
The National Defense Authorization Act will make it official. It will confer upon the executive branch and the military (increasingly, the same things) the permanent authority to snatch and grab any person, US citizens included, whom they decree to be a “terrorist” — as defined or not by the executive or the military — and imprison him indefinitely, without formal charge, presentation of evidence or judicial proceeding of any kind. These “detainees” will have neither civilian rights in the civil court system nor — crucially — even the minimal rights to due process and decent treatment conferred upon prisoners of war. (And we are allegedly “at war,” are we not?)
The language of the bill specifically includes American citizens “caught” within the borders of the United States — aka, the “battlefield.” It is claimed by sponsors that only those awful them — you know, the enemies of freedom the Chimp and his successors like to reference as they systematically gut our freedoms — need worry. But read the actual document, and be afraid.
The wording is such that any shyster lawyer for the government will be able to draw up a memorandum at some point in the near future equating, say, criticism of the federal government’s policies in the Middle East with “substantially supporting” the enemies of the United States. As defined by the United States.
That is, as defined by the government.
At its whim. At the personal discretion of whomever happens to be the Maximum Leader, or even one of the ML’s duly appointed minions.
As the always excellent Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone recently observed, what happens when some nutjob who attended a few Tea Party meetings tries to bomb a federal building? Will the Tea Party itself — and anyone who “substantially supports” it — be thus transformed into an “enemy combatant”? How about the OWS protestors? How about this newsletter or website — and this author — which have on several occasions called b******* on the federal government’s usurpations and follies? How hard will it be, really, to describe such actions — such thoughts expressed in an article or an interview — as “substantially supporting” whatever the government decides amounts to “terrorism” or the threat thereof against itself?
Surely, the door is now wide open for such an interpretation by some John Woo or Dick Cheney waiting in the wings. Prospective jefe Newtie is practically turgid at the prospect of getting his hands on such power. And there is no longer (or soon won’t be) any legal means available to contest a one-way trip to Treblinka in Topeka — or wherever it is they will send you.
“The really galling thing is that this act specifically envisions American citizens falling under the authority of the bill. One of its supporters, the dependably unlikeable Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, bragged that the law ‘basically says…for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield’ and that people can be jailed without trial, be they ‘American citizens or not.’ New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte reiterated that ‘America is part of the battlefield.’”
Graham further stated:
“It is not unfair to make American citizens account for the fact that they decided to help al-Qaida 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.’”
The key thing being…it is entirely up to the government to decide what constitutes “helping” al-Qaida. It can be nothing more than a vague assertion. Indeed, no evidence of any kind whatsoever is necessary to “hold them as long as it takes” in order to “find intelligence” (not defined, either) by any means it wishes to employ.
As Taibbi notes:
“If these laws are passed, we would be forced to rely upon the discretion of a demonstrably corrupt and consistently idiotic government to not use these awful powers to strike back at legitimate domestic unrest.”
The Fuhrer (oops, President Obama) is about to sign this latter-day enabling act, and when he does, it will mark the moment that America’s coffin is nailed shut. The corpse has been on view since Sept. 11. But there was always some hope that, perhaps, it might be jolted back into life. Now we know the awful truth. Death is permanent.
And it’s coming for us.
Eric Peters,for The Daily Reckoning
Eric Peters is a former editorial writer/columnist for The Washington Times; autos columnist for AOL/Netscape; contributor to cars.com and thecarconnection.com; and author of "Automotive Atrocities" and "Road Hogs" (MBI).
Eh, I used to accept as a fact that America is and will remain different for, say, at least a few hundred more years, but essentially in the good sense.. Depressed to say, this new development looks deadly and represents to me a paradigm shift. Comes to mind, Americans still have absolutely no idea what it means to obey a real authoritarian system when it is there strictly for themselves. Bad.
It took the combined efforts of Britain, Russia, the USA and others to stop NAZI Germany.
Who will stop the US?
That is a indeed a very sobering question “Who will stop the U.S”
I’ve discussed this a few friends and their reaction is first they don’t believe it and then they follow up with; “well don’t do anything that will get you into trouble…can you image that!
Couple the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with The Patriot’s Act and the Military Commissions Act and we have some really scary stuff. There is virtually no public discourse or corporate media talking about NDAA…
America had better wake up….it may be too late already…
Plus keep an eye on SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act
All part of the puzzle that leads to Ron Paul’s election next November. It’s going to be a bigger blow-out than the Chief’s upset of the Packers yesterday!
Obama is finishing up what the Chimperator started. Funny, I don’t remember him saying that he wanted to serve as the Chimp’s understudy when he was running for President.
Let the domestic “blowback” begin.
My dear Americans, can’t you see that what has been a fascist foreign policy is now spilling into domestic affairs?
Ron Paul will not win in Iowa. The shadow government has already set the stage to “hack” the voting machines.
They already have the excuse.
If you don’t understand that conspiracies are real by now, there is little hope for you or for America.
“The idea of the world’s authorities is not to solve the debt problem, but to make it larger.” – of course ! Their plan to destroy America is well underway – They create as much debt as they can for America and invest billions into the Far East and use their influence over the Far East to make it profitable for others to do the same with their money. The idea is to build up the East at the expense and destruction of the West. This is because these international bankers of London and New York have never considered themselves Western in the first place and they themselves originate from the East and hate the West. These Illuminati bankers of London and New York are the prophesied 2 horned, second beast of Revelations. (the First beast was the Catholic church whose wounded head is being healed by the second beast that now rules the world) They funded communism while sitting in New York pretending to the world that they oppose it and they funded Hitler while pretending to oppose it as well. If they cant get what they want from their corrupt politicians, they they create wars – EVEN WORLD WARS – to get what they want. What better way is their to rule the enemy than to weaken them by making them fight each other ?
“Do you suppose cows have any idea what’s coming as they’re marched down the chute?”
Do you know cows with spectacles can have amazing vision? To employ cows in various fields could overcome much foresight deficiency in many economic frontiers.
I`m pretty sure the midnight knock on the door of enemies of the state has been SOP for sometime already. Nothing will change with the new law but you might see a high profile person disappear now. Let`s hope it someone from Washington
Life imitating art. This is beginning to resemble the sad landscape of “‘V’ for Vendetta”. The question: Who will play the part of ‘V’?
The text of the bill says twice that this DOES NOT apply to American Citizens or legal aliens inside the United States. I’ll quote the text, but urge you to look at the GPO, get your own copy, and look at section 1021 and 1022.
10 (b) APPLICABILITY TO UNITED STATES CITIZENS
11 AND LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS.—
12 (1) UNITED STATES CITIZENS.—The require
13ment to detain a person in military custody under
14 this section does not extend to citizens of the United
16 (2) LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS.—The require
17ment to detain a person in military custody under
18 this section does not extend to a lawful resident
19 alien of the United States on the basis of conduct
20 taking place within the United States, except to the
21 extent permitted by the Constitution of the United
Add that the US Military cannot detain anyone within the 50 US states. Its against the law. The NDAA is about operations overseas and the ability to detain folks like the GTMO crowd. Johhny Taliban was brought back to the US after being found working with AQ and tried as a US Citizen.
Reading some of these posts I am driven to ask does anyone know where Jimmy Hoffa is?
This used to be my homepage but has become too loopy for me. Your investment advice I still consider sound and interesting. Your politics not so much.
My other post did not appear so I will say in brief Lew, that you are incorrect because there is a claus inserted later in the Bill, which has been publicly discovered to have been at the insistence of the Obama regime, which basically says of its use against citizens, “Unless we deem it necessary” or words to that effect.
This Bill WILL be used against American citizens and that it the true purpose of the Bill.
Eric – you don’t suppose….?
Have the Fed and Banking Cartel Attacked Iran’s Central Bank?
…apparently they were dredging the potomac river for the bigger ships and it turned out there was less mud than 50 years of mishelved books from the library of congress, which is where “The National Defense Authorization Act” will probably end up too…
Thank you for putting the exact words of this bill here. It does say the “requirement” doesn’t extend to US Citizens.
Fine then, it’s not mandatory but neither is it expressly prohibited which means it’s up to the discretion of the government, which in turn completely validates this article.
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What would be even more bizzare is if we found that McCarthy’s grandchild was behind this bill….
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