Saturday, December 10, 2011

Defense Authorization Act Will Destroy The Bill Of Rights


Slowly, insidiously, as the sheep of the United States watch American Idol, eat their poison junk food and drink the cheap beer they are allowed by the Elites, our rights are vacated one by one

World News
By Sherwood Ross
12/09/2011

The grim face of totalitarianism is emerging in the National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA) now before Congress.

    This bill is the last mile post on America's sad, well-traveled road to the butcher shop of dictatorship. We have been headed that way for some time and, with a little help from Congress, we'll arrive there shortly, putting an ugly end to the American experiment. The Senate, December 1st, passed the bill by a vote of 93-7.

In the name of "defense," NDAA underwrites $662-billion for continued U.S. aggression in our many foreign wars while, on the domestic front, it incinerates the last surviving shreds of the Bill of Rights. According to the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU), it authorizes presidents "to order the military to pick up and imprison people, including U.S. citizens, without charging them or putting them on trial." (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) So much for Amendment VI to our Constitution that "the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial."

    Just destroying your protection against arbitrary arrest and imprisonment means the bill's authors Senators Carl Levin of Michigan and John McCain of Arizona don't have to bother with junking anything else. Once you're imprisoned you won't need any other "stinkin' rights."

    The ACLU charges the provisions of NDAA "were negotiated by a small group of members of Congress, in secret, and without proper congressional review (and), are inconsistent with fundamental American values embodied in the Constitution....(our) fundamental freedoms are on the line."

     A few years back, President Carter denounced the Patriot Act for authorizing federal agents "to search people's homes and businesses secretly, to confiscate property without any deadline or without giving notice that the intrusion had taken place, and to collect without notice personal information on American citizens including their medical histories, books checked out of libraries, and goods they purchase." The NDAA is far worse than that.

Doesn't take much:  This idiot brought down the United States
According to Noam Chomsky, the arbitrary arrest philosophy in this country dates back to the Bush regime.

"The current (Bush) government," he writes in "Imperial Ambitions"(Metropolitan Books, 2005), "has claimed rights that go beyond any precedents, including even the right to arrest citizens, hold them in detention without access to their family or lawyers, and do so indefinitely, without charges."

    "What the American People are witnessing now with this new legislation is the further development of an American Police State into a Military Dictatorship, a process that was started by the so-called USA Patriot Act in 2001," says Professor Francis Boyle, the constitutional law authority at the University of Illinois, Champaign.

    "If it is enacted into law, America will lose all pretense of having our Military subjected to the control of democratically elected civilian leaders as originally envisioned and required by the Constitution. Our experiment in 1776 will have failed," adds Boyle, author of "Tackling America's Toughest Questions"(Clarity Press.)

   President Obama is already exercising his kingly right to rain Hellfire missiles from drone assault planes down on any human being anywhere on the planet without a legal authorization. This is called assassination as it is utterly devoid of any semblance of rudimentary justice. Unfortunately, the president appears to have no qualms about his actions. Will such a man hesitate to arrest Americans on suspicion and imprison them for years, or worse, without trial?

Obama on Americans loss of rights under Constitution:  "So?"
Adds the prescient Paul Craig Roberts, "The (Obama) regime's objection to (the) military detention (provision in NDAA) is not rooted in concern for the constitutional rights of American citizens. The regime objects to military detention because the implication of military detention is that detainees are prisoners of war...(and) detainees treated according to the laws of war have the protections of the Geneva Conventions. They cannot be tortured. The Obama regime opposes military detention, because detainees would have some rights. These rights would interfere with the regime's ability to send detainees to CIA torture prisons overseas."

    Perhaps this is a good time to remind swindled American taxpayers that totalitarianism is what comes of funding a perpetual warfare state that spies on all global communications, builds the greatest military in human history, assassinates foreign leaders, overthrows elected governments, invades small nations based on lies to seize their natural resources, and threatens the world from its 800 military bases.

    The NDAA perpetuates all this and now endows the criminal leadership in Congress and the White House with the weapons to turn upon their own.

Coming soon to an American neighborhood near YOU
The only senators with guts to oppose the bill were Democrats Tom Harkin of Iowa; Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon; Republicans Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky; and Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont. As Sen. Paul asked during the debate, "Under the provisions, wouldn't it be possible, then, that an American citizen could be declared an enemy combatant and sent to Guantanamo Bay and detained indefinitely?"

    If you don't call your congress-person today to stop the NDAA, you are not likely to enjoy the blessings of liberty tomorrow. The light in the torch of the Statue of Liberty has already been snuffed out by our illegal foreign wars. The final disgrace will be to imprison the beautiful lady behind the barbed wire of the NDAA.

Sherwood Ross is a public relations consultant for good causes who also writes on urgent public issues. Reach him at sherwoodross10@gmail.com
  
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RI Govt Soft on Dutch Government, says KUKB


The Dutch government still has a long way to go in compensating Indonesia and Indonesians

TEMPO
By MUNAWWAROH | SUNUDYANTORO
12/09/2011

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:

The Dutch government officially apologized to family of Rawagede massacre victims today.
     However, according to the committee chief for Dutch honor debts (KUKB), Jeffry M. Pondaag, the apology not mean the Dutch government acknowledges that August 17, 1945, is Indonesia’s independence day, especially if the government is not firm about it.

Rawagede massacre, Indonesia
So far, the Dutch government acknowledges that Indonesia’s sovereignty falls on December 27, 1949.

“The government has no stance. Even until now, the government doesn’t directly show support for us,” said Jeffry in a discussion at the National Commission for Human Rights yesterday.

Jeffry said the apology indicated the Dutch’s good intention. “But does it mean the apology applies for Rawagede or Indonesia?” he asked.

     Lawyer for the family of the Rawagede victims, Liesbeth Zegveld, confirmed the Dutch government would pay 20,000 euros in compensation to nine of the victims’ families.

   The Dutch ambassador to Indonesia, Tjeerd de Zwaan, was scheduled to attend the commemoration of the massacre, which happened 64 years ago in Rawagede, West Java, today at 9 a.m. where he will officially convey the Dutch government’s apology.

 
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Before Voting, If Only Death Had Been Before Their Own Eyes


Oh yeah, the U.S. is "winning" in Iraq alright; Obama, JCOS, Panetta lying about real combat deaths

World News
By Dallas Darling
12/08/2011

In Euripides' "The Suppliant," the Theban Herald points out that "...if death had been before their own eyes when they were giving their votes, Hellas (Greece) would never have rushed to her doom in made desire for battle."

    The Mercer group recently declared Baghdad the worst city in the world to live. Even though those in power perceive Iraq to be "of no moment,"(1) two decades of war and military occupation have displaced four million Iraqis. Almost one million have been killed.

Most military families in denial; it can't happen to them
As military helicopters rumble over head and fighter jets try and prevent sectarian violence, begging women and children fill the streets. No one can predict the future for an entire way of life. An entire culture has been nearly eliminated.

Sean Dacus, who served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, just walked into an emergency room in Grand Rapids, Michigan and wrote on his arm: "Do not resuscitate" and "Donate organs please." He then went outside and fatally shot himself.(2)

    In the midst of hunger, unemployment, homelessness, and suicide, Congress has proposed a massive $662 billion war bill. It includes military trials for citizens, indefinite detentions, added weapons systems, and more funding for the U.S.-Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

    Even a unique coalition of Democrats, Republicans, liberals, progressives, and tea-party senators failed to revoke the 2002 authorization for war in Iraq. It would have forced the president to return to Congress to seek additional authority to send more troops.

    Both president and Pentagon believe the proposed bill is billions of dollars short of what is needed. They have already threatened to veto it. Senators continue to speak of war against Iran, unanimously declaring punitive and crippling sanctions.

    Euripides, a Greek tragic playwright, was critical of many Athenian attitudes, such as the subordinate position of women and unjust treatment of illegitimate children. Above all, he was unforgiving of the glory of war and those whom Athens deemed to be heroes.

Initially, Euripides thought "democratic" Athens could never succumb to the Spartans cruel militancy and cowardly actions. However, he became disillusioned when Athenians massacred the inhabitants of Melos for remaining neutral in the Peloponnesian War.

Euripides found no heroism in battle nor honor in war, but only needless suffering and misery. His profound insights into how individuals and nations find the causes of tragedy within themselves by placing war above human life, made him extremely unpopular.

    "The Suppliant" questioned the futility of a whole city going to war and fighting and dying to try and retrieve the bodies of the dead. In a Wartocracy, the living themselves are already dead. Their struggle is not fate or destiny but their own evil destructiveness.

    The true hero, then, is a little girl, her intestines spilling out from a U.S. bomb. Or a partly decapitated young lady and her sister lying on a stretcher with no brain or left ear, a third dead child laying nearby with his feet blown off.(3)

Dead Iraqi girl
Valor is a badly wounded woman who shrieks in agony when doctors try to remove her black dress from her burned and bleeding body.(4) Honor is an Arab journalist searching for truth, delivered to the hospital mortuary with pouring blood running from his head.

    Heroism is showing humanity to be more valued than war. It is innocent victims and the poor whom have been ravaged and killed by imperial wars. It is widows and children that struggle each day to survive or that desperately search to find and then bury the dead.

    Cowards are those who watch American television, electronic images of push-button weapons inflicting carnage. Dishonor is a news anchor who never mentions the illegalities and lies of war. Disconnected politicians funding more wars and weapons are a disgrace.

    The recent ceremony at Camp Victory that marked the end of U.S. combat missions, aptly misnamed and encircled by 30 miles of blast walls, coincided with the deaths of 16 Iraqis and 19 more wounded. All along, the only withdrawal from Iraq was reality.

    Like ancient Greece, the U.S. has created a rich set of myths, or traditional stories about their gods and their detached "democratic" government. It has not yet learned that unlike gods, humans do not live forever. That their direct democracy is a mistaken belief.

    Before voting, if only death had been before their own eyes. Before voting, if only death had been before our own eyes too.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace.
 

(1) Otterman, Michael and Richared Hil. Erasing Iraq, The Human Costs Of Carnage. New York, New York: Pluto Press, 2010., p. viii.

(2) Bieri, Chris. "A final request from Iraq vet who took own life." www.grandforksherald.com. November 30, 2011, 08:50 PM By:

Chris Bieri, Grand Forks Herald

(3) Smith, Michael K. Portraits Of Empire: Unmasking Imperial Illusions from the "American Century" to the "War on Terror". Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 2003., p. 258.

(4) Ibid., p. 259. 

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