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America I weep

For the past two weeks there has been mention of a bill in the Senate known as S.1867. It is a bill to authorize the powers and funds available to the Pentagon and US Military. Introduced on the 14th of November, it became a topic of interest as one provision in the bill will allow for the capture and detention of any civilians suspected of terrorism anywhere in the world. This includes American citizens on America soil. It would allow the Military, Pentagon, President or whoever else in these positions of power, to hold citizens without charge, indefinitely just because they “could be” terrorists.

And today, Bill S. 1867, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, passed the Senate and is on its way to the House of Representatives for consideration. If passed there, the President has 10 days to sign it into law, 10 days to do nothing and it becomes law or 10 days to veto…. Unfortunately, the Senate passed S. 1867with a 93 to 7 vote. Veto proof. We shall see what the House does will this measure.

If this bill passes, it will mean the end of the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments. But that isn’t all. While not in the provisions of the bill – as far as I can tell, opencongress.org which usually allows for full viewing of the text of the bill, does not offer that option for S. 1867 – religion could and will likely be used as a means of discerning “terrorists” from the general population. What I mean to say is that any out spoken followers of Islam could be taken into custody and held indefinitely by the US. Another action that could soon follow is the rounding up of Muslims into modern equivalents of Nazi Germany Ghettos.

Eventually, any “Anti American” sentiment will be enough to declare you a terrorist. You write a blog against a bill (eyes shift to the nearest mirror) and suddenly you are a member of Al Qaeda because you are spreading dissention. Freedom of press, assembly, religion and the right to bear arms will not be suspended by law, just by suspicion.

What bothers me most is that my friends, my family, people on the street are unaware. I was walking through Bartell’s in shock that life could continue with the news of the passing of this through the Senate. I felt like crying as I grabbed a bottle of conditioner thinking that the America they taught us about in school is no longer the America I live in.

I weep for my fellow country men and women. I weep for the future generations who will live under tyranny without knowledge of anything better. They will grow up with a sensor, with stories of the big bad terrorists and the great America that is capturing and torturing them until they confess their plans. I weep for the other countries around the world, the ones we invaded with ideas of democracy and talk of freedoms untold.

I weep because America is no longer free.

I know it still has to pass the house and be signed and the president can still veto it… but that is besides the point. The point is that this is AMERICA, we do not detain, torture and execute citizens without due process of law. This bill should not be on the table, these are not rights that we should ever think of eliminating.

The scariest thing I have read on this topic is from one of its supporters:

“It is not unfair to make an American citizen account for the fact that they decided to help Al Qaeda to kill us all and hold them as long as it takes to find intelligence about what may be coming next,” Graham said. “And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer.’”

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2011/1203/Guantanamo-for-US-citizens-Senate-bill-raises-questions/(page)/2

“Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer.” ?

America, I weep for you. Humanity I weep for you. Unchecked Capitalistic 1%ers with the full support of the largest military in the world. It was so nice to know you America.

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