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National Defense Authorization Act and Civil Liberties

How does the "National defense Authorization Act" affect our civil liberties?

On Jan. 17,2012, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now (www.democracynow.org) asked the renown author and journalist Chris Hedges and public interest lawyer Carl Mayer to give their assessment of the recently passed “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA). The act expands the power of the state to determine who is a terrorist. It permits the military to jail anyone it considers a terrorism suspect anywhere in the world and hold them indefinitely and without due process or a trial in Federal courts. Military tribunals will adjudicate these cases. An American citizen could be subject to procedures which make a mockery out of our democratic principles.

The NDAA gives further institutional impetus to the militarization of American society. Traditionally and constitutionally the military has been kept from domestic policing. Under the NDAA, American citizens could be adjudicated by military tribunals which do not allow the same constitutional protections guaranteed in Federal courts.

Secretary of Defense Panetta and FBI director Mueller and others in the U.S. security establishment were against these unconstitutional additions to state power. The question, then, is who pushed for this augmentation of state power and the destruction of the constitutional safeguards guaranteeing the civil rights of American citizens? Chris Hedges stated that, in his opinion, it is the “corporate elites” who wanted these provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act. “They don’t trust the police” to keep order and protect their assets and want to be able to call in the army. This, according to Hedge’s, is the response of the “corporate elites” to the Occupy Wall Street movement and the challenge it poses to their socio-economic dominance. All citizens should be concerned about the far reaching effects of the assault on their constitutional rights posed by the NDAA.

Don Torrence

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Jello January 25, 2012 at 06:01 PM
"The NDAA gives further institutional impetus to the militarization of American society" It already has begun and more to come! (the shadow government and the new global order.) Police State Growing Out of Control http://tinyurl.com/6uuo9tk And this beauty from MoveOn.org's top boss: 'There will be riots on streets of America': George Soros predicts class war in U.S. as euro triggers collapse of global economy Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2091190/George-Soros-predicts-U-S-riots-insists-Euro-saved-global-economy-collapse.html#ixzz1kUhRFN4t it's as if he (Soros) almost wants it to happen? Just a thought.
Barry Allen January 25, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Interesting that an opinion, by Chris Hedges, (that the author of new powers was "the corporate elites"), is treated as fact for the purposes of expanding on a fear of those increased NDAA powers. For Chris Hedges' information (and the "Progressive Americans for Justice" that supplied this blog article) calling in the army is not a "new" power. Most of the military now consists of federally activated National Guard units. Since the beginning of our republic a state's governor has always had the power to activate their state's National Guard to deal with disturbances. The Michigan National Guard was activated to deal with the Detroit Riots of 1968. The Wisconsin Guard was activated to deal with Milwaukee riots the same year. The "corporate elites" had nothing to do with either of those events or the use of the military to restore order. It would be interesting to find out who REALLY was responsible to increasing the limits in the NDAA. But no more rumor based FUD please!
Jello January 25, 2012 at 06:47 PM
FUD: Fear, uncertainty and doubt, a marketing or political strategy

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