Friday, January 13, 2012

America’s GITMO Vacation

While you were probably out grabbing last minutes items for Christmas, the Democrat-controlled Senate was passing the National Defense Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA). It passed with bi-partisan support with 86 Senators (including both Casey and Toomey) voting for it, and 13 voting against it (one didn’t vote.) The Senate bill was largely coordinated by both Republican Senator John McCain and Democrat Senator Carl Levin.

The bill authorizes the appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and may allow the Federal Government to detain American Citizens without trial in GITMO.

The last part is the controversial part.

President Obama said he wouldn’t sign it. Obama caved. He broke out the auto-pen and signed it on New Year’s Eve, also when you probably weren’t paying attention.

President Obama claims that the NDAA does not apply to US Citizens. Both the ACLU and Natural News debunk that myth. Natural News goes on to explain further why you should be concerned with the legislation. It’s worth the read.

By signing this bill, President Obama has attempted to legalize tyranny.

Republicans in Congress are fighting back with H.R. 3676. There are presently 31 co-sponsors. You can track the list of Congressmen that will protect your rights here.

Every member of the House of Representatives is up for election in this year. As is Democratic Senator and NDAA-supporter Bob Casey. Voters should thoughtfully consider both their representative's and their senator's stance on this bill before casting their vote in 2012. And really, is there a better time for tough questions than an election year?

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