The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (S. 1867) was expected to be voted on in the Senate yesterday, but when news of the bill hit the Internet, the vote appears to have been delayed. The bill sponsored by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich) and John McCain (R-Ariz) would give the President and Secretary of Defense the power to arrest and hold indefinitely without a trial anyone who is considered a threat.

The bill claims that it will not apply to law abiding citizens or immigrants, but it has several loopholes in it that a President or Secretary of Defense and Homeland Security can work through that would catch a law abiding citizen or immigrant in its dragnet. Sections 1031 and 1032 of S. 1867 contain the provisions that call for the detention of people the President or Secretary of Defense may want to detain in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence.

The fact that both Democrats and Republicans are backing the bill goes to show us that both parties are interested in eroding the constitutional rights of Americans and legal immigrants. The bill basically declares all US soil as a battlefield and the loopholes contained in it could allow any future administration to target those who they disagree with even if the citizen(s) are peacefully exercising freedom of speech or freedom of religion or freedom of association.

All it takes is a well-crafted media campaign by any administration to brainwash the masses into thinking that a particular group should be rejected, then ostracized, then marginalized, then vilified, then targeted for removal. This is what Hitler did to Jews, evangelicals, artists, and other groups he thought stood in his way. Hopefully the constitutional questions raised by this bill and public feedback are giving the Senate pause on bringing this bill to the Senate floor.

For further reading, consult: Paul Joseph Watson. Senate Moves to Allow Military to Intern Americans Without Trial. Monday, November 28, 2011.

posted by Harry A. Gaylord