Obama On Track to Sign “National Detention of Americans Act” Into Law

As Gonzo previously pointed out to all of us,  Obama has no intention of vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)—Which I like to call the “National Detention of Americans Act.”  After all, it was Obama who demanded Section 1031 widen the scope of illegal, indefinite detentions to include ALL Americans:

Obama’s U-Turn On Indefinite Detention Bill a “Historic Tragedy” For Rights
White House demanded removal of language that would have protected U.S. citizens
Paul Joseph Watson – Infowars.com
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Human Rights Watch has labeled President Obama’s U-turn on his decision to veto the NDAA bill, which empowers the government to indefinitely detain Americans without trial, a “historic tragedy for rights,” but should we really be surprised given the fact that it was Obama’s White House which ensured language that would have protected U.S. citizens was removed from the bill in the first place?

With the House passing a revised version of the bill last night and the Senate set to follow, Obama could sign the legislation into law before the end of the week after the White House dropped its threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, which under Section 1031 empowers the government to arrest Americans and hold them in a detention camp with no legal recourse.

“By signing this defense spending bill, President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in US law,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “In the past, Obama has lauded the importance of being on the right side of history, but today he is definitely on the wrong side.”

HRW describes Obama’s about-face as a “historic tragedy for rights”.

The ACLU strikes a similar tone, warning “it will damage both his legacy and American’s reputation for upholding the rule of law,” if Obama signs the bill.

HRW and the ACLU’s opposition to the bill is commendable, but in none of their press releases does it point out that it was Obama’s White House itself which demanded language be removed from the original version of the bill that would have protected U.S. citizens from its most dangerous provisions.

Obama’s veto threat was never about stopping detention without trial of American citizens, it was about ensuring that the federal government didn’t completely hand such powers over to the U.S. military, and enshrining into law Obama’s unconstitutional policy of targeting Americans as terrorists without the legal requirement to offer any proof.

Indeed, as the bill’s co-sponsor Senator Carl Levin said during a speech on the floor last week, it was the Obama administration that demanded the removal of language that would have precluded Americans from being subject to indefinite detention.

“The language which precluded the application of Section 1031 to American citizens was in the bill that we originally approved…and the administration asked us to remove the language which says that U.S. citizens and lawful residents would not be subject to this section,” said Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

“It was the administration that asked us to remove the very language which we had in the bill which passed the committee…we removed it at the request of the administration,” said Levin, emphasizing, “It was the administration which asked us to remove the very language the absence of which is now objected to.”

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12 Comments on “Obama On Track to Sign “National Detention of Americans Act” Into Law”

  1. tgusa Says:

    Well DC has been telling us that if we do this or don’t do that the terrorists have won. I’d say they could declare victory right about now. Which poses a question, just who are the terrorists?

    I suppose we will begin seeing bumper stickers displaying,
    I’d rather be indefinitely detained.

  2. a12iggymom Says:

    Can anyone point to the provission giving anyone the authority to ‘pick-up and detain indefinately’ US Citizens. The laws referenced in S 1867, Sec 1030 and 1032 specifically EXEMPT US Citizens and legal aliens…military and US code…if you look them up, it;s all there…why are people flocking to back up the rantings of the VERY people who REFUSE TO READ THE DAMN BILLS?

  3. tgusa Says:

    Right now the US military enjoys an approval and support ratio far far larger than Washington politicians do. US communists need to drive a wedge between the military and the people and they know it.

    Treason is legal, noticing treason is punishable.

  4. Big Frank Says:

    All of these new variation of the laws of holding US citizens in custody, denying them Habeas corpus, due process, and a public trial IMHO are a tool of the administration of our ‘Dear Leader’ and his Communist/Socialist cabal, are being used to intimidate free speech and stifle any dissent or political movements against the regime. This mirrors the era of the French revolution when anyone ‘suspect’ of anything was harshly dealt with in the name of the revolution for crimes against the people. Fear of one being held incommunicado is one more psychological weapon in the left’s war on freedom and liberty. It worked very well for Uncle Joe Stalin Chairman Mao and their kind.

  5. tgusa Says:

    I can’t believe that I have found something in common with MTV.
    End The Occupation Now! Join The Resistance! Because resist, we much!

  6. Leatherneck Says:

    I bet the Bull Dike at Homeland inSecurity thinks my short hair cut, and USMC tatoo makes me a terrorist.

    • tgusa Says:

      As our troops leave Iraq and in the wake of ten years on since 9-11 I have been spending nights reviewing documentary video compiled over the last 10 years. The transformation is amazing. In the early days of Iraq there were comparisons of the Iran/Iraq war and those who died in it with the Vietnam War. However, as time rolls on our troops started to become aware, aware that these people were not in any way like us and many of our troops found being there almost unbearable. My guess is that as Americans become more and more aware, withdrawal will follow. It appears our government has an interest in keeping us unaware.

      The worst thing we did in Iraq was we failed to guarantee women an equal existence. Our troops were forced to allow the continued systemic abuse of women. Our greatest failure is that when we came there many women held out hope for change. How many, we will probably never know as they have receded into the background in fear, and rightly so. They thought Americans were there to free them but we just allowed them to carry on in the same way they had before. If you watch videos such as In the Line of Duty (Netflix) you can clearly see the transformation of our troops and the reasons are very clear. Frankly, most of our rank and file troops were disgusted and in my opinion feel much as we do regarding muslim societies.

      These decisions were made by in command. Within the documentaries I hear a lot of University bs coming out of the mouths of command. Our troops conducted themselves with Honor and Integrity even if there was little Honor or Integrity to be found anywhere else. These are the men who make me proud to be an American.

      Now its back to the electronic film room for more reviewing for me. I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

    • tgusa Says:

      Daily Caller: Ron Paul; Michelle Bachmann hates muslims. More likely Michelle fears muslim societies where the abuse of women is staggering. No doubt Michelle also fears guys like Crazy Ronnie who help perpetuate muslim abuse. And why not, Ron’s a guy and by that he has less to fear.

    • tgusa Says:

      Anyone can just ask the women of Nazi occupied Europe what happens when Americans come through the area on the attack. In many ways we are different but in most ways we are still the same.

  7. tgusa Says:

    Fortunately, and due to hiring practices, Americans willing to fight to defend the Constitution would face potential detainers who are not the best and the brightest. The worst and the dumbest describe them much better. If history is any indication, as we have seen before many of these so called detainers will flee at the first sign of unrest. Our civil institutions have based their hiring on everything but content of character or qualifications, a recipe for disaster.

    Many of these people when faced with someone coming through the front door would abandon their own families and head out the back door as fast as they can because they have no character. They wouldn’t just hide under the bed someone might find them there after all. Every real American is just itching for one of these ******** to abuse them using unconstitutional dictatorial proclamations. For many Americans there is no greater earthly cause than putting their lives or livelihoods on the line for Constitutional values. Americans do not fight for the government we fight for the constitution, our families, friends our fellow countrymen and our way of life. On the other hand, they fight for what, a paycheck? LO frigging L.

    Wherever you go in the world, all real Americans have a saying for those who abuse ours; you can’t do that to Americans and get away with it! This unofficial motto goes for right here in the USA as well. In the words of GWB, bring it on, or in my words, come and get it.

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