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Obama Insisted on Indefinite Detentions of Citizens

December 17, 2011
TheYoungTurks
12/14/2011

Senator Carl Levin explained on the senate floor today that President Barack Obama insisted on indefinite detentions of U.S. citizens in the defense authorization act. Cenk Uygur discusses just how wrong this decision was.

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  1. R. Roberts permalink
    December 17, 2011 11:17 pm

    Writers are dead-meat if S.1867 is signed by Obama

    Why should anyone be surprised President Obama insisted on indefinite detentions of U.S. citizens in the Defense Authorization Act? It was widely known that Obama gave a speech in May 2010 at a Security Conference that proposed, incarcerating anyone in indefinite detention without evidence of wrongdoing that government deemed a “combatant” or likely to engage in a violent act in the future; including U.S. Citizens. After Obama signs the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, Obama like Hitler, will have the power to arrest members of Congress, drag U.S. Citizens off the street and from their homes to be imprisoned indefinitely based only on Government’s claim they are a “combatant” or Belligerent” and or likely to engage in a violent act in the future; or threaten National Security.

    If Obama signs the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, overnight millions of lawful U.S. activists could be subject to arrest, Indefinite military detention. When you examine Obama’s May 2010 speech, it appears Obama wanted (retroactive power) to incarcerate anyone the government claims had (prior) committed or supported violent acts on the premise he or she is likely to engage in or support violent acts in the future: U.S. activists will be extremely vulnerable because no activist knows what other activist or groups they associated or networked did in the past or might do illegally in the future domestically or overseas.

    After S. 1867 is signed by Obama, Government will need only allege a person; group, organization or former inmate committed or might commit a violent act or threaten U.S. National Security to order Indefinite Detention of lawful Americans in military custody with no evidence whatsoever. Expect that Americans will soon be afraid to speak out. Expect many Americans will abstain visiting websites or writing comments that might be deemed inappropriate by U.S. Government, i.e. cause someone to be investigated or detained in Military Custody. It is foreseeable that any “individual” who writes on the Internet or verbally express an opinion against any entity of U.S. Government or its coalition partners may be deemed by authorities a “Combatant or Belligerent” or someone likely to engage in, support or provoke violent acts according to McCain’s S.1867. Writers are dead meat if S.1867 is signed by Obama. Government can too easily allege an author’s writings inspired Combatant(s) or Belligerent(s) in the past, and could in the future or do now, to order an author’s indefinite military detention. It is problematic that indefinitely detained U.S. Citizens not involved in terrorism or hostile activities, not given Miranda Warnings or allowed legal counsel that are interrogated, will be prosecuted for ordinary crimes because of their (alleged admissions) while held in indefinite military Detention. Obama will have the power to override the U.S. Constitution. Obama will have the power to detain indefinitely any American without probable cause or evidence. What American will dare speak out against the government after Obama signs S.1867?

    Obama is centralizing power in the federal Government by getting passed legislation that U.S. government can potentially use to intimidate and threaten corporations among others. Hitler got passed similar laws shortly before the burning of the German Parliament building that was blamed on the communists: immediately after the fire, Hitler used his prior passed police-state laws to coerce corporations and influential Citizens to support passage of more fascist legislation e.g., the (DISCRIMINATORY LAWS / DECREE OF THE REICH PRESIDENT FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PEOPLE AND STATE that suspended provisions of the German Constitution that protected Citizens’ freedoms and civil liberties. Obama can now use similar new laws e.g. S.1867 and the Patriot Act that now include more than 350 civil asset forfeiture laws, to threaten government seizure of any corporation or individual’s assets to strong-arm U.S. corporations, institutions and others to support more Government Police State (Fascist) legislation to intimidate, threaten and curtail the civil liberties of Americans.

  2. incaunipocrit permalink
    December 17, 2011 11:28 am

    Reblogged this on Basil Wheel.

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