For Roy – It ain’t over friend

Thank you for the card and the kindness. And thank you for being here all these years.  better days

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Defense Bill Nixes Ban on Indefinite Detention for US Citizens

(Quietly under the shady cover of Sandy Hook, congress has tossed out the Feinstein amendment to the NDAA 2013 which would have tentatively prevented U.S. citizens from being detained indefinitely without trial. While the Biden task force is working on undermining the 2nd amendment and Simpson / Bowles is craning up the genocidal austerity plan, the congress is tossing out the fifth amendment without anyone really noticing. dear god. What are we watching?)

by Adam Serwer, Mother Jones

In a closed-door negotiation, top Republican and Democratic lawmakers have killed a ban on detaining American citizens without trial.

The Senate approved the ban, a bipartisan effort led by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), as an amendment to the 2013 defense spending bill in a vote last month. But once the House and Senate met to negotiate the differences between their versions of the bill, the ban was scrapped.

[read the rest, here]

Congressional Negotiators Drop Ban on Indefinite Detention of Citizens, Aides Say

by Charlie Savage, New York Times

Lawmakers charged with merging the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act decided on Tuesday to drop a provision that would have explicitly barred the military from holding American citizens and permanent residents in indefinite detention without trial as terrorism suspects, according to Congressional staff members familiar with the negotiations.

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Congress Is Quietly Abandoning the 5th Amendment

(H/T Jan)

by Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

What everyone must understand is that American politics doesn’t work the way you’d think it would. Most people presume that government officials would never willfully withhold penicillin from men with syphilis just to see what would happen if the disease went untreated. It seems unlikely that officers would coerce enlisted men into exposing themselves to debilitating nerve gas. Few expected that President Obama would preside over the persecution of an NSA whistle-blower, or presume the guilt of all military-aged males killed by U.S. drone strikes. But it all happened.

Really thinking about all that may make it easier to believe what I’m about to tell you.

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