by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: listed below are some of the breathless panic inducing hyperbole being yelled from the rooftops
Late last night, S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 passed the senate vote and now moves onto be meshed with the House version, then back for a final vote on the combined bill. Then it goes to the president’s desk for final approval.
Neither of the Feinstein amendments that I had supported were included in the bill but Feinstein and Lindsey Graham put together a “compromise” amendment which served to garner enough bi-partisan support to get the military funding legislation passed through the senate.
Their compromise amendment dealt with the contentious “indefinite detention” section of the legislation, section 1031 as that there is already a disclaimer in section 1032 that states it does not mandate that US citizens are to be held in military detention under military jurisdiction.
The exact text of their “compromise” is hard to find, I am looking for it now, but over at HuffPuff they have an article which lists the following as the text without providing a link to the source. That is rather odd as I pointed out with the ACLU’s Mr. Anders article some days ago. Well, we all see why Mr. Anders didn’t provide links to the legislation in his article, it would not have supported his argument. My question about the HuffPuff piece is similar… why not provide the link to the source of the text of the amendment?
Curiously, Mr. Anders of the ACLU plays a role in the HuffPuff piece, being quoted multiple times saying the end is near and the legislation means that we are all going to have the Stazi kicking in our doors as soon as Obama signs it into law.
“This bill puts military detention authority on steroids and makes it permanent. If it becomes law, American citizens and others are at real risk of being locked away by the military without charge or trial.” Breathless Anders of the ACLU
I think that’s a bit melodramatic, but if you want to create a panic so that the legislation is rewritten allowing Hillary Clinton to write the final version, I guess you have to make such claims, regardless of the truth.
So while I look for the actual amendment “compromise”, read what the HuffPuff piece claims about it.
“Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States,” compromise amendment according to HuffPuff
This amendment passed 99-1. It was already made clear in the original sec 1031 that the bill did not expand upon the powers of the executive branch in relation to the AUMF. This language seems to make it clear that the bill will not expand upon those powers nor will it contract them. Thus the “compromise”.
Seems the senate has kicked this can down the road preferring to let this questionable debate work itself out in committee. We have not seen the end of this.
UPDATE: The SKY IS FALLING! The SKY IS FALLING!!! Be AFRAID!!!
Mike Adams (health ranger) sells tons of “alternative medicine” on his website and is certainly looking to pump-up his page views: “Senate Bill 1867 –the National Defense Authorization Act– would openly “legalize” the U.S. government’s detainment and murder of OWS protesters and the assassination of talk show hosts, bloggers, journalists and anyone who holds a so-called “anti-government” point of view.”
The murder of the OWS protesters? You can see that in the language of the bill? Really? Really?
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