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article imageUS citizens included in Senate defense bill's detention authority

By Nancy Houser     Dec 2, 2011 in Politics
Washington - Late last night the Senate reached a quiet compromise to pass the defense authorization bill. Toward the end of the bill, the National Defense Authorization Act says that if passed, it will also apply to Americans "if we want it to."
The Pentagon spending bill or Senate bill 1867 for mandatory indefinite detention under the U.S. government has passed a bipartisan Senate by a vote of 93-7, despite the disapproval of retired military officials and President Obama threatening to veto the bill if it goes through the House.
The Senate's version will need to be reconciled with the House-passed measure before the congressional session ends. If both go through, Natural News reports that the passing of the bill is an "insidious plan to put in place a legal framework to end the Bill of Rights, murder protesters, and overrun America with total police state brutality." Senator Rand Paul warns of the removal of certain rights from the Constitution, such as the removal of due process. (see video below)
Natural News writes the bill would allow indefinite detention of citizens accused of anti-government acts, which would apply to Occupy Wall Street protesters, journalists, bloggers and more. That section of the bill can be read here.
Including President Obama, top officials against the bill are Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and FBI Director Robert Mueller.(Democracy
"The Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the FBI and the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division have all said that the indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA are harmful and counterproductive." (ACLU)
The defense bill is 680 pages long, with broad and ill-defining drafting that includes massive provisions, many allowing the American military to imprison American citizens indefinitely without charge or trial.
"In this case, we've seen the administration very eagerly hold people without trial for 10-plus years in military detention, so there's no reason to believe they would not continue to do that here. So we're talking about indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens, of lawful U.S. residents, as well as of people abroad. (video above)"
Business Insider is reporting on the fact the media shows an unwillingness to broadcast anything much about the National Defense Authorization Act and removing the right to due process from the Constitution. Describing it as a radical piece of legislature, the United States has been "predefined as a battlefield with innocent citizens subject to military apprehension and detainment for life without access to a trail or attorney."
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