Well, you did not think that Obama was bringing 20,000 troops home out of the kindness of his heart did you?
VOTE NO TO S.1867 !
ACLU via Blacklisted News
“…the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.
Senators need to hear from you, on whether you think your front yard is part of a ‘battlefield’ and if any president can send the military anywhere in the world to imprison civilians without charge or trial.
The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during last night’s Republican debate. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.
The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing…
…Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is offering the Udall Amendment that will delete the harmful provisions and replace them with a requirement for an orderly Congressional review of detention power....”
In a nutshell, this legislation if passed will make the Patriot Act look like a walk in the park; and if passed, the world would be officially designated a battlefield.
At the same time, the Udall Amendment is not good enough for me. The whole bill should be immediately SQUASHED. This legislation is nothing more than a declaration of war on Americans on and off American soil. It must be stopped.
Time to call your elected officials America. Start with your Senators. Tell them to VOTE NO TO S.1867 !
‘‘National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012’’ (S. 1867)
Page 359 of this bill is worth checking out even though this clause is relevant to non-Americans.
Americans should be concerned about page 423, starting with line 15, SEC. 1072. REPORT ON PLAN TO IMPLEMENT ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS RECOMMENDED IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY–2010.
“(a) FINDINGS.—Congress makes the following find19
(1) An urgent need exists to transform the United States national security system in order to employ all elements of national power effectively and efficiently to meet the challenges of the 21st century security environment.
(2) The Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel emphasized this need in its July 2010 report, writing that ‘‘the Panel notes with extreme concern that our current Federal Government structures—both executive and legislative, and in particular those related to security—were fashioned in the 1940s and, at best, they work imperfectly today . . . A new approach is needed’’.
(3) The National Security Strategy–May 2010 calls for such a transformation of the United States national security system through its identification of organizational changes already underway, its recommendation of additional organizational changes to be undertaken, and its commitment to strengthening national capacity through a whole-of-government approach.
(4) The realization of these organizational goals can best be assured by the preparation of a report by the President on progress being made on organizational changes already underway and on an implementation plan for the organizational changes newly recommended in the National Security Strategy.….”