Two weeks ago Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman introduced a stunning piece of draconian diatribe euphemistically called the bipartisan Senate Bill 3081, or the 'Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010.'1 The bill is 'bipartisan' in the sense that it is the product of at least two different types of psychopathic personality disorder.
Constitutional expert, lawyer, and author Glen Greenwald described the bill as:
"probably the single most extremist, tyrannical and dangerous bill introduced in the Senate in the last several decades, far beyond the horrific, habeas-abolishing Military Commissions Act. It literally empowers the President to imprison anyone he wants in his sole discretion by simply decreeing them a Terrorist suspect - including American citizens arrested on U.S. soil. The bill requires that all such individuals be placed in military custody, and explicitly says that they 'may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners,' which everyone expects to last decades, at least."2And that's pretty much it, although it's not merely at the president's discretion that all you disgruntled citizens can be detained indefinitely, but rather at the discretion of the entire psychopathic U.S. political and corporate elite. Of course, you wouldn't be called a disgruntled citizen, but rather an 'unprivileged enemy belligerent,' and you would be defined as someone:
"who has engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners; or has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners"While the wording here appears to target bone fide 'terrorists,' that is to say, those people who have been set up as terrorists by the US, Israeli, and British governments and their affiliated Intel agencies, it is broad enough to potentially include anyone who protests, or is otherwise 'hostile' to the US government.
Have you ever felt hostile to the US government? Have you ever, perchance, marched down a street with a placard that flagrantly denounced the US government in some way? If so, you may have been 'materially supporting hostilities against the United States.'
But what interests me most is not so much that the bill was introduced (it's been a long time coming for anyone with eyes to see) but rather the string of 'homegrown terrorism' cases that have popped up in the mainstream media since. Coincidence?
Homegrown Terrorist Plot Number 1
Jihad Jane - March 10th 2010
The blond blue-eyed 5' 2" Pennsylvania resident Colleen LaRose denies the charge brought by the US government that she used the moniker 'Jihad Jane' in online postings or sent fund raising appeals for 'Jihad.'
At age 14 LaRose married a man at least twice her age and later married another man who has numerous criminal convictions. She has several misdemeanor offenses on her record, including an arrest for driving under the influence and writing a bad check.
Among the crimes she is accused of is the claim that she registered an account on dailymotion.com in 2007 and posted videos of purported attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq.
In a statement that echoed the sentiment of the McCain-Lieberman bill, U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy said the woman was "another very real danger lurking on the Internet," and her alleged acts "shatters any lingering thought that we can spot a terrorist based on appearance."3, 4 That is to say, the US government wants to be able to identify anyone as a potential terrorist.
A former boyfriend, Kurt Gorman, said "she seemed normal to me. She was a good person."5
Homegrown Terrorist Plot Number 2
Nuke Plant Worker - March 12th 2010
This was the case of the New Jersey man studying Arabic in Yemen and charged with being a member of Al Qaeda. 26 year old Sharif Mobley worked at nuclear power plants in the U.S from 2002 - 2008. After being detained, he tried to escape captivity during a shoot-out with guards. One guard was killed, and Mobley is still recovering from wounds in a Sana'a hospital.