Transmission 12.20.2011 – Us and Them
Starting with the Patriot Act back in 2001, there has been a slow, deliberate mission by our government, to wrest our Civil Rights away from us. Over the years we’ve had to deal with The Man listening in on our phone conversations, groping us at airports and irradiating us with x-rays all in the name of “National Security.”
Just when you though it couldn’t get any worse, the government couldn’t humiliate us any more, enter the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA routinely goes before Congress for review, but the latest S. 1867 takes us into a whole new dimension of fascism, paranoia and potential brutality. S. 1867 essentially defines the entire Unites States as a “battlefield” and gives law enforcement the authority to utilize the military as their “Gestapo”. They will be able to arrest and detain any citizen indefinitely and without a trial if they are suspected of terrorist activity. The text was drafted in secrecy, in a closed-door meeting by Senator Carl Levin (D!) and Senator John McCain (R).
Both the Senate and the House have signed off on it. Senator Justin Amash, a Republican who actually opposed is describes it as permitting “the Federal government to indefinitely detain American citizens on American soil, without charge or trial, at the discretion of the president.” Newt Gingrich at the GOP Debate suggested that we “try to find that balancing act between our individual liberties and security.”
Former Pizza Guy Herman Cain declared that suspected terrorist should be executed, but I don’t think anyone actually takes him seriously.
The only thing that stands in the way of this is the White House, and Obama is expected to sign off on it, as its written, sometime this week. Welcome to Martial Law. They gave him a Nobel Prize, but he is going to go down in history as the President that dissolved our Constitution if this gets passed.
It seems like a movie, lie this isn’t really happening. It feels like in a few days, everything that this country once stood for will be thrown away with the morning trash.
Let’s all say what’s on our mind while we can.