Battlefield America: U.S. Citizens Face Indefinite Military Detention in Defense Bill Before Senate

The article Battlefield America: U.S. Citizens Face Indefinite Military Detention in Defense Bill Before Senate expands on the warnings I have posted earlier. See also Block expansion of presidential power to make war and imprison.

Below are excerpts of the transcript from the video interview shown in the article.

The Senate is set to vote this week on a Pentagon spending bill that could usher in a radical expansion of indefinite detention under the U.S. government. A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act would authorize the military to jail anyone it considers a terrorism suspect — anywhere in the world — without charge or trial.

And one other point, another very controversial provision in the bill and what the administration has particularly objected to, is the mandatory military custody provision which would say anyone suspected of terrorism in any way connected to Al Qaeda would have to be put into military custody. So, the government wouldn’t even have the option. So, all these FBI investigations that are thwarting terrorist attacks and local police investigations, immediately that would have to be turned over to the U.S. military, and that would become a military action here in the United States, on U.S. soil.

What is the ulterior motive of shifting terrorist investigations from the successful civilian police force to the less successful military? Remember, it was the Bush administration that scoffed at the Clinton administration’s successful foiling of terror plots by treating these plots as criminal activity. It was the Bush administration that failed to stop the 9/11 attacks because they believed more in military intervention than police intervention.

I can understand why the top 1% would want their power enhanced and would want laws passed so they could make more money. What I cannot understand is why they would want their minions in Congress to destroy this country. After all, they have to live here, too. Maybe they think that a member of the top 1% would never fall out of favor so much that one of their own would ever be subject to these provisions of indefinite detention without trial. What fools they be.

As Sharon points out, just think how easy it would have been for the Republicans to get rid of Bill Clinton. They would have just had to disappear him rather than try to impeach and convict him.

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