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Why Obama Will Not Veto NDAA Military Detention of Americans: He Requested It.

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Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) on Senate floor explaining it was Obama who requested the provision for indefinite military detention of American citizens without charge or trial.   Levin is a primary co-sponsor of the bill along with Sen. John McCain, and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.    Senator Diane Feinstein recently confirmed that she was unable to excise Section 1031 in an email:

Senator Feinstein Confirms President and Military Can Detain US Citizens Without a Trial

    Like you, I oppose these provisions.  Section 1031 is problematic because it authorizes the indefinite detention of American citizens without due process.  In this democracy, due process is a fundamental right, and it protects us from being locked up by the government without charge.  For this reason, I offered an amendment to prohibit the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without trial or charge.  Unfortunately, on December 1, 2011, this amendment failed by a vote of 45-55.

    I was, however, able to reach a compromise with the authors of the defense bill to state that no existing law or authorities to detain suspected terrorists are changed by this section of the bill.  While I would have preferred to have restricted the government's ability to detain U.S. citizens without charge, this compromise at least ensures that the bill does not expand the government's authority in this area.

Senator Levin:

 

Anonymous' Message to the American People

 

Transcript: Dear brothers and sisters. Now is the time to open your eyes!

In a stunning move that has civil libertarians stuttering with disbelief, the U.S. Senate has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Bill of Rights in America.

The National Defense Authorization Act is being called the most traitorous act ever witnessed in the Senate, and the language of the bill is cleverly designed to make you think it doesn't apply to Americans, but toward the end of the bill, it essentially says it can apply to Americans "if we want it to..."  FULL TRANSCRIPT AT YOUTUBE
 

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Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He writes for Truth Out, Alternet, Consortium News, Op-Ed News, and other Internet media. He reported from Afghanistan in 2009 and produced a short documentary film on the (more...)
 

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Where are the Patriots? I may just be a little ba... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 11:10:22 AM
This is a complex issue and disturbing on many lev... by Al Rodbell on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 11:16:08 AM
Right now I could give a hoot how it came about, e... by Ralph Lopez on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 12:22:49 PM
to make the slam-dunk obvious finding that this is... by david78209 on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 11:22:22 AM
...when it upheld something-or-other which claimed... by Jill Herendeen on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 2:59:57 PM
is the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court upholding that... by Ralph Lopez on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 10:45:13 PM
"this compromise at least ensures that the bill do... by Michael Rose on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 12:16:04 PM
at the same time while voting for it! Also she has... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 11:15:13 AM
The Feinstein Amendment 1031(e) is dangerously mis... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 11:37:22 AM
...and must "brief" Congress on who exactly they a... by Jill Herendeen on Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 8:20:05 AM
and even some generals have come forward and spoke... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 11:20:36 AM
I was just quoting the bill itself. Which, I beli... by Jill Herendeen on Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 2:32:45 PM
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All I and anyone of us can hope for is that Barry ... by Phil DeGrave on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 5:15:56 PM
None of us want to believe that this could happen.... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 7:34:15 PM
of injury or death as a result of his defense of h... by Ralph Lopez on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 11:29:03 PM
My point was that a Veto by President Obama might ... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 12:14:06 AM
but a veto will vault the profile of the issue whi... by Ralph Lopez on Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 7:55:05 PM
The PA was passed nearly unanamously, and they sta... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 8:31:28 PM
which many believe to be an inside job. That anthr... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 11:29:11 AM
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He requested it to set up the veto, so he can gain... by Robert Tracey on Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 12:19:38 AM
The risks I detailed earlier, make this into a fou... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 12:52:27 AM
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