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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Obama Kills the Bill of Rights

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin
On New Year's Eve President Obama, threw the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights in a paper shredder. While everyone was focused on the New Year's Eve celebrations, and while he was vacationing in Hawaii with his family, Obama signed a rights destroying $662 billion military spending bill. The law, called H.R.1540 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, sneaks in through the backdoor the authority of the U.S. government to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without a trial.

Hopefully, the Supreme Court will get a chance to rule this garbage law is unconstitutional. The law clearly violates the 4th Amendment of the Constitution. But, until then Uncle Sam's minions can lock down any U.S. citizen in military prison and throw away the key.

Critics on both the left and right assailed this sneak attack on our Constitutional rights.

Obama Signs Defense Bill Despite 'Reservations' --
HONOLULU – President Barack Obama signed a wide-ranging defense bill into law Saturday despite having "serious reservations" about provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists.

In a statement accompanying his signature, the president chastised some lawmakers for what he contended was their attempts to use the bill to restrict the ability of counterterrorism officials to protect the country.

Administration officials said Obama was only signing the measure because Congress made minimally acceptable changes that no longer challenged the president's terrorism-fighting ability...
Mish Sherlock:
Obama Signs Legislation Killing Bill of Rights

Obama's Blatant Hypocrisy

The "reservations" Obama has are of his own making. Please consider this skewering of President Obama by Rachel Maddow.

Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's Daily Show also tears apart this law.
The Senate passes a bill that jeopardizes Americans' civil rights....
Can anyone derail this one way train to Gitmo?
NY Times: After Struggle on Detainees, Obama Signs Defense Bill

Right, Wing-Nut: Obama Shreds The Constitution, Media Whoops With Joy
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Obama Makes It Official: Suspected Terrorists Can Be Indefinitely Detained Without a Trial  —  Despite having once threatened to veto the bill due to controversial language about the treatment of suspected terrorists, the president signed the controversial National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on Saturday...

This is the same bill that Ron Paul recently compared to the Patriot Act but with more dire implications. "When the bar is low enough to include political enemies, our descent into totalitarianism is virtually assured," Paul said earlier this week. "The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act continues that slip into tyranny, and in fact, accelerates it significantly."

Sara Sorcher / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill  —  President Obama signed on Saturday the defense authorization bill, formally ending weeks of heated debate in Congress and intense lobbying by the administration to strip controversial provisions requiring the transfer of some terror suspects to military custody...

Many Democrats and human-rights groups have decried the bill’s language that would allow indefinite detention for suspected terrorists without a trial--including Americans arrested in the United States...

Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill  —  This afternoon, Obama signed the controversial Defense authorization bill, despite his reservations about provisions related to the treatment of terrorism suspects.  The National Journal reports: … The AP has more from the signing statement …

David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama signs defense bill, pledges to maintain legal rights of U.S. citizens  —  HONOLULU — President Obama expressed misgivings about several provisions of a sweeping defense bill he signed into law on Saturday, pledging that his administration will use broad discretion in interpreting …

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