There is an act called the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that might be soon be made law in the United States [Update: the act was approved by the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, signed into law by president Obama, and is in effect as of 1/1/12]. The act has provisions that label the entire world, including the United States, a battleground. By calling the world a battleground, and the search for terrorists a war, the act is able to get around laws that may be suspended in war time. Our constitutional rights, which many people have died for, are being trampled on. Americans detained under this new law people will not have the right to a lawyer, protection from cruel or unusual punishment, protection from self-incrimination, or any rights.
Americans suspected of committing terrorism, of which the definition is vague, will be held without trial and even tortured. Some say its passage is the equivalent of issuing marital law in the United States. Many republicans and democrats are against the passage of the act.
Senator Carl Levin, who sits on the Armed Services Committee as chairman, revealed to Congress that the Obama administration influenced the wording of the act and resisted changes that would have excluded American citizens from the indefinite imprisonment clause. The president has made sure that the law specifically includes Americans, urging Congress to redraft the legislation with increasingly confusing wording.
On November 17th, the Obama administration issued a policy statement saying explicitly that the president would veto because of a section that deals with the use of the US military in taking custody of suspected criminals.
On Decemeber 14th, the White House announced the law would “not challenge the president’s ability to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists and protect the American people,” and therefore “the president’s senior advisers will not recommend a veto.”
Jon Stewart Video – http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/wed-december-7-2011-ralph-fiennes
The National Defense Authorization Act is the Greatest Threat to Civil Liberties Americans Face -http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/12/05/the-national-defense-authorization-act-is-the-greatest-threat-to-civil-liberties-americans-face/
The New National Defense Authorization Act Is Ridiculously Scary – http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-12-02/politics/30466471_1_guantanamo-bay-google-news-military-prisons
Obama Drops Veto Threat Over Military Authorization Bill After Revisions – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/us/politics/obama-wont-veto-military-authorization-bill.html
NDAA Set To Become Law: The Terror Is Nearer Than Ever – http://www.businessinsider.com/ndaa-set-to-become-law-the-terror-is-nearer-than-ever-2011-12