The US Senate (All but two Republicans and 15 Democrats) voted and PASSED an Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, that allows the U.S. military to operate on U.S. soil, and conduct secret kidnappings of American citizens, throw them in secret military prisons where they can be ”legally” tortured, interrogated and possibly worse!
The act also would also make it “legally” possible for American citizens to be detained without a court hearing anywhere in the world.
The act not only goes against the Geneva Convention and clears the way for a whole host of human rights abuses by the US government, but also Repeals the Constitution.
President Obama has said he would veto the bill, however, the big issue is what is behind the agenda of all but two Republicans and 15 Democrats that voted for this bill in the first place? Especially when that bill would toss out huge portions of the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights and create large losses of freedom for the American people?
A case could be made that the USA is already a police state: Due to various provisions of the Patriot Act, and more recently the systematic government crackdown on Occupy camps nationwide. In addition the fact that journalists and reporters have already been denied access during police raids of the Occupy park protest camps, and members of the Press have even been arrested during these events.
Perhaps the Senators believe that the threat of terrorist attacks is so large this such drastic steps are necessary, but according to Homeland Security the “number of American civilians who died worldwide in terrorist attacks last year was eight”, which is only a 1/3 of the number of those that died after being struck by lighting in the same time period.
Watch the video of Dr Paul Craig Roberts Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s administration comments on the National Defense Authorization Act.
CNN contributor, Green journalist, photographer, author and activist. Mr Burridge’s travels have taken him to over 30 countries and 300+ major cities. He is originally from the USA, but has been residing in Australia for the last six years.