Here is how badly the Obama administration wants the right to indefinite detention of American citizens.

12 Jun

Below is from article.  Bolding mine.

[…]Last month Judge Forrest ruled in favor of a group of journalists and activists whom filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of Section 1021 of the NDAA, a defense spending bill signed into law by President Obama on New Year’s Eve. Specifically, Judge Forrest said in her injunction that the legislation contained elements that had a “chilling impact on First Amendment rights” and ruled that no, the government cannot imprison Americans over suspected ties with terrorists.

“In the face of what could be indeterminate military detention, due process requires more,” said the judge.

The Obama administration responded nine days later by asking Judge Forrest to reconsider her ruling, adding that, in the interim, the government would interpret the injunction to mean that only the few plaintiffs listed on the lawsuit would be excluded from indefinite detention. One of those named, journalist Chris Hedges, had previously said, “I have had dinner more times than I can count with people whom this country brands as terrorists … but that does not make me one.”

Responding to the White House’s demands, Judge Forrest writes in a June 6 memo, “Put more bluntly, the May 16 order enjoined enforcement of Section 1021(b)(2) against anyone until further action by this, or a higher, court — or by Congress. This order should eliminate any doubt as to the May 16 order’s scope.”

Judge Forrest does include in her ruling, however, that Americans can be indefinitely detained, but only providing that the government can link suspects directly to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Attorney Carl Meyer represented the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and told RT last month that he expected the Obama administration to challenge Judge Forrest’s ruling, but warned that “it may not be in their best interest because there are so many people from all sides of the political spectrum opposed to this law.”

Previously, state lawmakers in both Utah and Virginia have proposed legislation that would negate provisions of the NDAA on a local level.

Look, the “people” in charge do not care if you know what they are doing any more.   They are not hiding their intentions and they rarely bother with fancy rhetorical gimmickry any longer.   Yet people refuse to believe that they mean exactly what they say.  When I say to someone that this will be the last election in the US (not that this one is a real election anyway – you get to choose between two corporatist warmongers who both promise to take away any programs beneficial to actual humans so that the Pentagon and largest corporations can continue to suck all the money from the taxpayer teat), I always get the response ‘Bullshit, elections are how they keep the game going’ or ‘This is America.  We are a democracy and that won’t change.’  But the fact is that the oligarchy is no longer playing the game.  The game is over, as far as they are concerned, and they won.  They announce this every day in the baldest of terms –  we simply refuse to take their words at face value.

The Supreme Court just decided that federal officials cannot be held liable for the practice of torture, which happens because the officials themselves signed off on it.

Furthermore, the Supreme Court just refused to hear the case brought forward by Guantanamo detainees who, although never charged with crimes, are still being held indefinitely.

All the assets in the world are being given to a few big banks.  That these are the same banks who created the depression which began in ’08 with the collapse of their fraudulent “assets” schemes is irrelevant to their subservient lackeys in control of governments around the world.  That people are dying from the austerity measures imposed on various countries in an effort to give more and more to these same banks is also irrelevant to the governments.  The government officials aren’t hiding what they are doing, for God’s sake, and neither are the banks.  We must be retarded to accept the idea that more bank bailouts is just the ticket.

Monsanto’s genetically altered crops will be your food.  The oceans are dying, the fresh water is being poisoned or used up for oil extraction practices.  The EPA keeps lowering its standards for acceptable levels of toxins.  Prisons are being privatized and everyday minor crimes result in outrageously long sentences.  You will be spied on, groped at the airport or bus terminal, and your conversations recorded.  You are a suspect.  When the president claims the right to assassinate anyone in the world at his whim or to pick up and detain indefinitely anyone he wants – and both parties in Congress agree to such ideas – why do you think they are kidding?  When the US and NATO take out an entire country (Libya) and assassinate its leader based not on a declaration of war or an attack emanating from that country, but on the flimsiest of rumors (later admitted to be falsehoods) and then divvy up that country’s wealth amongst the invading countries, why would you think they were doing anything except invading to steal resources?  They weren’t exactly hiding what they were doing.   When both Democrats and Republicans say that it is imperative that the Bush tax cuts be made permanent, as both parties are now claiming, and that Social Security/Medicare/food stamps/unemployment benefits be slashed to pay for those tax cuts, why do you have the idea that either party is playing some obscure political game?  They are clearly stating that the wealthy will be protected at all costs, even if it means you will be living hand to mouth as a result.  Both parties are very open about this.

When you see the roads crumble, the infrastructure being sold out the front door to foreign investors, when you hear about the continuation of subsidies being given to big oil and big ag while Congress discontinues research money for renewable projects or refuses to act on student loan interest rates or foreclosure fraud, you must at some point realize that this is not all kabuki theater (a term I hate, BTW) or gamesmanship.  These people are not playing some game.  They mean every single thing they say and intend exactly the consequences that happen as a result of their actions.  They are not hiding it.  They are telling you right out front what they are doing; that you choose to disbelieve them or make excuses for them must be the source of explosions of derisive laughter behind closed doors.

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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in civil rights, drones, MIC, security state


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