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BOB ADELMANN New American April 27, 2012 In a surprise move the White House issued a statement on Wednesday threatening to veto CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) because of privacy concerns. Parts of the statement sounded as if they had been drafted by Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul: The sharing of information [between private agencies and the federal government] must be conducted in a manner that preserves American’s privacy, data confidentiality, and civil liberties and recognizes the civilian nature of cyberspace.
Our generation doesn't trust the handful of egotistical, TV-makeup encrusted "experts" on CNN , MSNBC , and FOX . And with good reason: traditional media practically ignored the NDAA, one of the most controversial pieces of legislation of the past 150 years, until Jon Stewart (an honorary member of my generation, fwiw) broke the silence with a scathing segment about the so-called "U.S. Is A Battlefield" bill.
Rights defenders to protest oppression under Obama administration As U.S. Rep. Justin Amish leads a group of ten congresspersons battling against the National Defence Authorization Act 2012 , protests and funeral march mournings instead of celebrations are slated Thursday, Bill of Rights Day, marking the rights declaration ratified 220 years ago on December 15, 1791. Nationwide, people are readying for Thursday's demonstrations against congresspersons who voted away rights from Americans with the NDAA 2012 and against the 1% who rule the United States with increasingly oppressive military force under the Obama administration as demonstrated in the Occupy Wall Street protests. A growing number of elected officials, former military leaders , couterterrorism experts and American rights defenders coast to coast are expressing outrage over the U.S.
From Truth Dig: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/dennis_kucinich_on_the_ndaa_and_war_without_end_20111219/ By Rep. Dennis Kucinich Posted on Dec 20, 2011 Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, perhaps the most consistent advocate of peace in the U.S. Congress, has been forced by gerrymandering into a primary battle.
To be fair, the language of the bill specifically targets terrorists connected to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces. (But what does associated forces mean?) Still, many citizens and advocacy groups are concerned that the U.S. government is increasingly using the label of terrorism to violate civil liberties.
Dandelion Salad by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich Washington, Dec 14, 2011 Image by Shrieking Tree via Flickr
good read: http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/ndaa-full-spectrum-dominance-kucinich-battles-empire-s-permanent-global-war Excerpt: Wednesday, during the House debate about the National Defence Authorization Act (NDDA) 2012, the nation's peace congressperson, Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich outlined his opposition to NDAA including not only its unprecedented language authorizing military to indefinitely detain individuals without charge or trial – including U.S. citizens and those captured on U.S. soil, but also that NDAA affirms that the U.S. is in an armed conflict with "Al Qaeda, the Taliban and undefined 'associated forces'" setting the stage for permanent global warfare. A never-ending war is necessary for the Department of Defence to meet its aim, Full Spectrum Dominance.
Happy New Year, you’re under arrest, don’t worry about a lawyer, you won’t need one. Yesterday, Dec. 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA ). This act was made to establish the amount of military spending for next year, begin sanctions against the Bank of Iran to halt their nuclear program, and to “freeze $700 million in U.S. aid to Pakistan” The Washington Post declares. These are not the controversial aspects of this document.
Kucinich stands against NDAA 2012's DoD Full Spectrum Dominance Wednesday, during the House debate about the National Defence Authorization Act (NDDA) 2012, the nation's peace congressperson , Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich outlined his opposition to NDAA including not only its unprecedented language authorizing military to indefinitely detain individuals without charge or trial – including U.S. citizens and those captured on U.S. soil, but also that NDAA affirms that the U.S. is in an armed conflict with "Al Qaeda, the Taliban and undefined 'associated forces'" setting the stage for permanent global warfare. A never-ending war is necessary for the Department of Defence to meet its aim, Full Spectrum Dominance .
This is a giant step -- this should be the biggest news going on right now -- literally legalizing martial law, Paul said on the Alex Jones radio show. He added that despite the topic's importance, the subject has never been discussed at any of the Republican presidential debates. Paul is refferring to section 1031 of the NDAA bill, which describes the U.S. as a battlefield and would give the military a green light to arrest and detain American citizens without any charges or trial. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) sums it up :
How An American Born Outside The U.S. Responds To The NDAA By Pubali Ray Chaudhuri 20 December, 2011 Intrepidreport.com
By FPIF -- (February 11, 2012) By Carl Mirra The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on New Year’s Eve of 2011. Activists and other critics charge that the NDAA authorizes the indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens, but supporters counter that the law entails no new powers of detention for the federal government.In a sense, both sides are right. Insofar as it affirms “existing law” as the basis for federal detention policy, the NDAA does not itself dramatically expand the government’s power to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely. The bad news, however, is the government has essentially already claimed this authority, and the NDAA will only provide more legal cover for the executive branch to further undermine habeas corpus.
Response Activists on both the right and the left have alleged that the National Defense Authorization Act contains new authority for the military to detain American citizens. The new law does no such thing. Senator Carl Levin argued in these pages that the NDAA changes nothing.
The legislation, also known as HB 2759 , condemns the NDAA 's provision that allow for the U.S. military to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens and lawful resident aliens without formally charging them with a crime, according to the Tenth Amendment Center. The bill was introduced Tuesday, first read in the Washington state House of Representatives on Wednesday, and has been forwarded to the House's Judiciary Committee. HB 2759 would prohibit the U.S. military from conducting an investigation or detainment of a U.S. citizen or lawful resident alien in Washington state, except under certain circumstances.
The Washington State Capitol building in Olympia, WA. By Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story / February 1, 2012 Five Republican lawmakers from Washington state have introduced legislation that condemns the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 for controversial measures regarding the detainment of terrorism suspects, according to the Tenth Amendment Center. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained a controversial section that required terrorism suspects to be detained by the military without trial, regardless of where they were captured.