From the above:
"Unnerving many conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats, the legislation also would deny suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation's borders, the right to trial and subject them to indefinite detention.'
2. Glenn Greenwald's analysis: http://www.salon.com/2011/12/01/congress_endorsing_military_detention_a_new_aumf/
3. " Anyone can be accused and sentenced under this article ( 58), even St. Augustine'
A. Solzhenitsyn. The Gulag Archipelago
We, the People can now be detained indefinitely without trial. Congratulations, land of the free; we are now officially sheep for slaughter. T'is the season to be jolly. Our multicolored President is now satisfied with his powers and flexibility and will sign a "defense'; Bill. It will most likely happen in the Rose Garden. I would advise a cello concert to accompany the act and children around with flowers. It will be a historic moment; civilization, gone with the stench. Not even a whimper. Maybe Levine or McCain will snore after the job well done. They deserve their rest after the service to the people. What people, that's the question?
The detailed description and analysis of the new rules of indefinite detaining of the people and denying them the due process at the discretion of the administration is in the link 2 above. Ironically, I am writing this article while on TV they play the movie "High Crimes', where the woman- lawyer, played by Ashley Judd defends her marine husband in the military court. Under the new provisions Ashley' character would not even know that her husband was arrested. Where did I hear that happening before? I know, I know, any comparison to Nazi Germany is considered a taboo in the recommendations even on OEN but what can I do if the analogy is so striking? I didn't invent it; Germany was a western democracy and the way it squandered it was the way the western democracies are usually squandered. Eat your checkers.
In 1933 when Hitler came to power the first people who rose in protest were not Jews or Social- Democrats. The first people were the German jurists, the Moabith people as they were called. Moabith was the Palace of Justice in Berlin and the Moabith people were the guardians of Justice in Germany. They raised their voice immediately; the new government of the Nazi Party was not just antidemocratic- it was anti-law. They claimed that the new order according to which a preventive administrative arrest of the people deemed as suspicious and subsequent indefinite detention of those people without trial and/or the due process was the abandonment of the principles of Roman Law, that pillar of the western civilization. For my fellow- Americans who for some bizarre reason think that the US Constitution is the cornerstone of liberty and justice for all, I have news for you: Roman Law is the one. The whole justice system in the West, from due process and attorney present to the trial by jury of the peers is based on the Roman Law with some slight modifications, obviously. Even Napoleonic Code incorporates the principles developed by the ancient Roman Republic. In 1933 those honest German jurists announced that special laws, special powers granted to the Chancellor, allocating detention centers in the barracks of storm troopers and building first concentration camps ( Dachau was opened in 1934 with the 5000- people capacity originally and that was announced openly in the newspapers) was a blatant violation of the Roman Law and as such- returning to barbarism. They rightfully stated that any government and/or society that abandoned the Roman Law could not be considered civilized and as such should neither be treated and /or served as such. They urged their colleagues in Germany to relinquish their fiduciary duties when it came to serving the government and they urged the appropriate jurists abroad to stop treating Germany as the country of law. They openly stated that and then they left the country. Lots of them. Those who stayed became the slaves of the system, not the lawmen anymore. They were supposed to serve and serve good. The culmination of that service resulted in the Nuremburg Laws of 1936.
T' was the season to be jolly there too. During the Triumph of the Will, on the grandiose convention of the Nazi Party the new Germany announced the Laws about the Protection of German honor and German blood. Among other things that law defined as a felony for Jews and Germans to engage into a sexual relationship. We all know what happened next.
Nothing is new under the sun. Some people now in the US as some people then in Germany) ask a notable question: why was it so necessary to use the legalese language to justify what was already practiced on a regular basis? In the 1930s Germany a practice of lawlessness and barbarism was already afoot long before 1936. In our country after the abominable Patriot Act the abuse of the due process had become so common that it is considered a boring story of the last page, interesting only to the hard-core liberals; in fact in the US the abuse of law is not even described as such in the MSM- it is described as some kind of a videogame process. Why then it was so necessary to put it all under the pseudo-legal (illegal by definition but seemingly legal on paper) umbrella then and why is it necessary now?
The answer to this question was given long ago by the same prominent German jurors : laws are issued to be followed. This means that before the law is issued the evil practice can be attributed to only those who exercise it and the society, the people do not have to consider themselves a party responsible, But as soon as there is a written Law -- it becomes the Law of all people and all people thus become a part of it. In both cases- in 1936 and now- the ruling elite wants the people of the country not just to tolerate its barbarism; they want a seal of approval, a mandate; they want the crimes to be committed for the people, by the people and .. at the people, In sorts they want the people to commit suicide. That's how it was in Germany and that's how it is happening now. It was then and is now a short circuit of evil followed by flowers, music, Christmas trees and mistletoe.
Honest people do not disappear because of their country becoming a coven of executioners. Some people will emigrate, some will go into " internal exile', like curbing their activities and redirecting to helping individuals instead of the society as a whole. Some will dive deeply into their profession. It will become a heroic act just to keep thyself honest though because lawlessness penetrates everything and everybody. We face a miserable existence. The morbid fact that the evil unleashed by the elite is as dangerous to them as to anyone of us is more ironic than satisfactory: none of us means harm to anybody. Evil joy never brings anything good with it.
We love this country and its people; there is no malice in our minds, just sadness and fury. The devilish endeavor is announced while packaged into the commercials and showmanship; the same way as in 1936 it was announced on the radio during the concert broadcast of the great German music. The spiral of history had turned. Whoever God wants to destroy He takes their mind away. Do we really want to lose our minds?
Apparently not all of us. I have just read that OWS want to occupy the office of Sen. Levine in protest. This means that our young people do not want to become pieces of meat for man- eaters, So now I am rephrasing my question: If our young people are smart enough to notice the danger aren't we all, their parents, just deliberately dumb? If the answer is yes that means we had sold our children for the false sense of security, that means we are cowards and deserve what's coming.