Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Will This Be the Day Remembered for the Death of the Bill of Rights?

Only two Senators in the USA were absent for this important vote: Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich. They are in Fairbanks for a military deployment ceremony.

The Udall Amendment to the defense authorization act was defeated 37 to 61.

Sen. McCain's words are chilling:
An individual, no matter who they are, if they pose a threat to the security of the United States of America, should not be allowed to continue that threat.  We need to take every stop necessary to prevent that from happening, that’s for the safety and security of the men and women who are out there risking their lives ... in our armed services.
 Nobody can imagine how such a policy that goes beyond the judicial process might play out in the hands of a Rick Perry or a Rick Santorum.  Any American citizen who is deemed in some unspecified way to "pose a threat to the security of the USA" will now be available for indefinite detention without charge.  Period.

Obama has promised to veto this bill, but like a few others, I smell a really stinky comporomise in the works.


Anonymous said...

I think the Bill of Rights has already been dead for a really long time. In many ways, for too many people, it was always only an ideal, not a reality.

But yes, the current administration has been doing all it can to shovel ever more dirt on the corpse.

Anonymous said...

I can see this being used against Occupy or similar movements if the status quo starts feeling really threatened. I was so impressed with Rand Paul's speech, I sent him a thank you e-mail. There's not much I agree with him on, but he was dead right on this one.


AKjah said...

Mr Phil. I thought the bill of rights was shredded long ago. This seems to be kicking a dead horse. Why it even reached the floor as it is behooves me. I did let Mr Mark know my displeasure that he is a putz for not at least voting. I would not even waste cyber space on Lisa.

Anonymous said...

How about a post on how liberated Egyptian women are going to be celebrating on this great day.

Anonymous said...

Phil, can you shake up your Firedoglake friends? This is utterly disgusting.

Check out this twitter feed where I found the above article:

williambanzai7 rt @americablog: Occupy Montreal protesters "branded" by police with numbers "in" their skin americablog.com/2011/12/occupy… about 1 hour ago

williambanzai7 J EDGAR HOOVER'S OFFICE flic.kr/p/aP4ikT about 1 hour ago

williambanzai7 WATCH STICKER flic.kr/p/aP43g8 about 1 hour ago
williambanzai7 THAT WHICH DOES NOT KILL YOU_6568 flic.kr/p/aP1m44 about 1 hour ago

williambanzai7 TERRORIST NOTICE (CIRCA 1942) flic.kr/p/aP3wp8 about 2 hours ago

williambanzai7 RETURN TO MANZANAR flic.kr/p/aP3pmr about 2 hours ago

williambanzai7 FRANK LUNTZ flic.kr/p/aNRNnc about 2 hours ago

williambanzai7 NDAA: LAND OF THE FREE flic.kr/p/aP3iJz about 2 hours ago

williambanzai7 Visual Poem: LAND OF THE FREE flic.kr/p/aP39wn about 2 hours ago

Anyone remember our shameful treatment of the Americans of Japanese descent? Who is next for the internment camps? The branding? The tasering? The pepper spraying?