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Senate Bill to OK Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens Without Charge, Trial

In what may be a tale too bizarre to be believed by millions of Americans, the U.S. Senate appears ready to pass a bill that will designate the entire earth, including the United States and its territories, one all-encompassing “battlefield” in the global “war on terror” and authorize the detention of Americans suspected of terrorist ties indefinitely and without trial or even charges being filed that would necessitate a trial.

The bill could come to a vote as early as today, according to a bulletin issued by the American Civil Liberties Union. The legislation “goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans,” the ACLU statement said, describing the bill as having moved toward passage while most Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving and a long holiday weekend for millions of U.S. workers. “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,” the ACLU warned.

Labeled the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 1867 was drafted in secret by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and approved in a closed-door committee meeting, according to the ACLU statement.

“I know it sounds incredible,” wrote Chris Anders of the ACLU's Washington legislative office. “New powers to use the military worldwide, even within the United States? Hasn’t anyone told the Senate that Osama bin Laden is dead, that the president is pulling all of the combat troops out of Iraq and trying to figure out how to get combat troops out of Afghanistan too? And American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets being sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime. Really? Does anyone think this is a good idea? And why now?”

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Comment by Ed Price
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If Big Military wants the right to terrorize the American public, Congress must obey their wishes. Why?

How many military sharpshooters are there? How many other military personnel could pass as sharpshooters if necessary? How many members of Congress are there? How many major people are there in Government if you include the Judiciary and State leaders?

Government was never meant to be in the hands of the select few like the Federal Government is today. Congress and the Judiciary were never meant to have undue power.

All the people were meant to be the military... the militia. None of the military was ever meant to be outside of the people, under the control of the President when there was not violent action against the American people taking place (9/11 was an inside job).

Which military General will take over once they do away with the government?


Comment by Temper Bay
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McCain needs to get his ass burned over this.

Section 1032 (a) (1) is a ( shall ) law - the military is 'required' to hold those persons listed - meaning they are allowed no other choice but to hold them -

section (b) (1) seems to exempt citizens from being arrested and held - but it does not.

(b) (1) merely states that the military is exempt from the 'requirement' to hold U.S. citizens.   

Under this proposed law the military may in fact hold or release suspect citizens as it chooses.

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