In 9 Things to Say Goodbye To, I lamented on the loss of privacy and free speech.
Unfortunately, the situation is much worse, thanks a huge group of senatorial cowards that wrote and passed a “defense” bill that allows US citizens to be arrested, detained, even sent to Guantanamo, Cuba without being charged with any crimes.
On New Year’s Eve Obama Signed Defense Bill Despite ‘Reservations’
Obama’s Blatant Hypocrisy
The “reservations” Obama has are of his own making. Please consider this skewering of President Obama by Rachel Maddow.
Link if video does not play: Rachel Maddow Skewers Obama
The bill is a clear and direct attack on the Bill of Rights.
Link if video does not play: Rand Paul vs. John McCain
Road to Tyranny
Please consider this video from Larry Wilkerson, retired colonel and former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell.
Link if video does not play: Wilkerson: New Military Powers the Road to Tyranny
“Larry Wilkerson: National Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate giving the military power for indefinite detention without trial is a draconian violation of our rights”
Ron Paul Say Defense Bill Establishes Martial Law In America
In an interview with Alex Jones on Prison Planet, Ron Paul says Defense Bill Establishes Martial Law In America
Bill Passes Senate 86 to 13
Unfortunately the Indefinite detention bill passed in Senate
Exactly 220 years to the date after the Bill of Rights was ratified, the US Senate today voted 86 to 13 in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, allowing the indefinite detention and torture of Americans.
As RT reported earlier, one provision in NDAA FY2012 will allow for the reinstatement of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” essentially making waterboarding and forms of psychological torture a very possible reality for anyone America deems to be a threat, including its own citizens who, prior to the ruling, had the US Constitution on their side.
Among the corporations which have lobbied in support of NDAA FY2012 are several military contractors, including Honeywell and Bluewater Defense, who together have received millions of dollars in Pentagon guarantees this year alone.
“How long can you hold them? As long as it takes to make us safe,” said Graham.
In his closing marks, Graham ironically recited that in respect to “civil liberties and the American way of life,” US citizens must fight. “If we don’t fight for it, we’re going to lose it.”
Unfit for Office
Any Senator voting on a bill that would allow US citizens to be arrested, detained indefinitely, even sent to Cuba without being formally charged with any crime is no friend or supporter to the US constitution.
Note the absurd irony in Graham’s statements. The fight for freedom can never be won by trashing freedoms or the Bill of Rights.
Senator Graham and Senator McCain are both huge hypocrites and cowards.
Indeed, all 86 Senators who voted for that bill are cowards, a hypocrites, and no friend to the United States or the US Constitution.
Even more disgusting, Senator Mark Udall introduced an amendment intended to forbid the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and even that amendment was rejected by a vote of 38–60.
I do not have a roll call on that, but there are 60 extreme cowards who wrap themselves in a flag while pissing on the Constitution.
13 Courageous Votes
Nay ID Crapo, Michael [R]
Nay ID Risch, James [R]
Nay IL Durbin, Richard [D]
Nay IA Harkin, Thomas [D]
Nay KY Paul, Rand [R]
Nay MD Cardin, Benjamin [D]
Nay MN Franken, Al [D]
Nay OK Coburn, Thomas [R]
Nay OR Merkley, Jeff [D]
Nay OR Wyden, Ron [D]
Nay SC DeMint, Jim [R]
Nay UT Lee, Mike [R]
Nay VT Sanders, Bernard [I]
There you have it. Anyone not on that list voted to trash the constitution. I am particularly pleased by the votes of Senators Jim DeMint, Thomas Coburn, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Michael Crapo, and James Risch.
Those are the only six Republicans willing to stand behind the Constitution.
Senator Rand Paul Explains His Vote
Link if video does not play: Rand Paul’s Impassioned Plea
“Detaining citizens without a court trial is not American. … Justice Scalia said the very core of liberty, secured by our anglo-saxon system of separated powers has been freedom from indefinite imprisonment at the will of the executive. Justice Scalia was, as he often does, following the wisdom of our founding fathers. … As Franklin wisely warned, those who give up their liberty for security may wind up with neither.”
Wikepedia has the Benjamin Franklin quote as follows “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.“
Benjamin Franklin is correct and Senator Rand Paul was a hero for fighting this bill. Sadly, Rand Paul failed to a collective group of cowards who do not know what the Constitution is about or why we need it.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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