What follows are three articles on this development.
(1) US citizens included in Senate defense bill's detention authority
(2) Obama Should Veto Empire Over Republic
03 December 11
he political, military industrial, corporate class in Washington DC continues to re-make our constitutional republic into a powerful, unaccountable military empire. Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted 93 to 7 to pass theNational Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 which allows the military to operate domestically within the borders of the United States and to possibly (or most probably) detain U.S. citizens without trial. Forget that the ACLU called it "an historic threat to American citizens", this bill is so dangerous not only to our rights but to our country's security that it was criticized by the Directors of the FBI, the CIA, the National Intelligence Director and the U.S. Defense Secretary! For the first time in our history, if this Act is not vetoed, American citizens may not be guaranteed their Article III right to trial. Read more at: ReaderSupportedNews
A Senate debate this week over a new 'detainee' provision in a bill that would allow American citizens on our own soil to be detained by the military indefinitely is raising serious Constitutional questions among many in the electorate. On Thursday Senators tangled over the bill, and Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, stated that the 'battlefield has been extended to U.S. soil.' Graham supports the new legislation.
(3) 'Detainee' bill raises serious Constitutional questions
Constitutional watchdogs interpreted the statement as a green light for the military to target American citizens right here at home as possible terrorist suspects, thus giving soldiers the right to round up and detain indefinitely any person in the U.S. who is even merely suspected of engaging in acts against the government, all without a trial, due process of law, or a jury to find them guilty or innocent.
And perhaps the most disturbing aspect of all is the portion of the bill, S 1867, that would give the President the sole authority to declare individuals as 'enemy combatants' and thus subject them to being stripped of all of their Constitutional rights, placed under military arrest, and hauled off to some unnamed facility where they will be incarcerated indefinitely--all without a warrant, without a court order, and without legal oversight. Continue at The Examiner