As expected Obama bin Bush removed his veto threat …
– Senator Carl Levin: Obama Required US Citizens To Be Included In Indefinite Detention!
… and after signing this bill into law the US will be a FASCIST MILITARY POLICE STATE!
See provided links down below.
– “Guantánamo Forever?” – Congress Passes $662 Billion Defense Bill, Aka The NDAA (ZeroHedge, Dec. 15, 2011):
Congress just passed the National Defense Authorization Act in a 283-to-136 vote. 190 Republicans and 93 Democrats voted for; 43 Republicans and 93 Democrats voted “against.” Prepare to be arrested, without charge, simply because someone “up there” believes you engage in “terroristy” stuff. Good luck proving them wrong.
– House passes defense bill on detainees, Iran, Pakistan (Reuters, Dec 14, 2011):
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a defense bill on Wednesday requiring the military to handle suspected militants linked to al Qaeda, acting not long after President Barack Obama removed a veto threat from the controversial legislation.
The bill is expected to pass the Senate this week and then go to Obama’s desk for his signature into law.
Shortly before the House vote, the White House announced the president’s advisers would not recommend a veto, although they said they still had concerns about the measure.
The measure also imposes new sanctions against Iran’s central bank and pre-emptively freezes some aid to Pakistan.
– White House drops veto threat on defense bill (CNN, Dec. 15, 2011)
The White House lifted a veto threat against a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill on Wednesday after legislators made changes in language involving detainees.
In particular, the legislators added language to make clear that nothing in the bill requiring military custody of al Qaeda suspects would interfere with the ability of civilian law enforcement to carry out terrorism investigations and interrogations in the United States.
A statement by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the changes mean that President Obama’s advisers will not recommend a veto. The measure is expected to come up for votes in the House and Senate this week.
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At issue was the president’s authority in deciding whether people detained in terrorism investigations would be held in military or civilian custody.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the legislation includes a “national security waiver” that allows the president to transfer a suspect from military to civilian custody if he chooses.
– Obama abandons veto on security bill that will give U.S. military powers to arrest Americans and hold them without trial (Daily Mail, Dec. 15, 2011):
President Barack Obama has dropped his plan to veto a new security law that would see American citizens arrested in the U.S. and detained indefinitely without trial.
The failure of Mr Obama to stand in the way of elements contained in the National Defense Authorization Act was immediately criticised by human rights groups.
Opponents of the bill say Mr Obama has lost his principles by disregarding the long-held belief that the military should not be used as a domestic police force.
– Obama to send US citizens to Guantanamo? Outrage as President signs off law to detain terror suspects indefinitely (Daily Mail, Dec. 15, 2011):
President Barack Obama faces a massive civil liberties backlash after he signed a law that will allow terror suspects to be held indefinitely- even raising the prospects of U.S. citizens being sent to Guantanamo Bay.
– Guantánamo Forever? (New York Times, Dec, 12, 2011):
Charles C. Krulak and Joseph P. Hoar are retired four-star Marine generals.
IN his inaugural address, President Obama called on us to “reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” We agree. Now, to protect both, he must veto the National Defense Authorization Act that Congress is expected to pass this week.
This budget bill — which can be vetoed without cutting financing for our troops — is both misguided and unnecessary: the president already has the power and flexibility to effectively fight terrorism.