I wanted to post this article as a follow up to the article titled “Military can detain U.S. Citizens! NDAA 2012 “. This article clarifies the difference between S.1253 and S.1867 and the amendments put in place. As always, do your own due diligence when it comes to news.
by Scott Creighton
Indefinitely detaining terror suspects in military facilities and prosecuting them via military tribunals: Let’s make one thing perfectly clear – according to the letter of the law and the language of S. 1867, this does not apply to US citizens
Understanding the Bill itself and the Debate that is taking shape –
Part A – the bill
Right now there is a contentious debate quietly taking place in the halls of congress behind mahogany doors, armed guards, and the all too common concrete barricades erected after 9/11. The corporate media is doing their part by completely ignoring what is taking place regardless of the fact that the proposed legislation will have unprecedented constitutional implications no matter how it turns out.
At the heart of this debate lies several sections of Senate Bill 1867, the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (pdf) as proposed by Carl Levin (D. Mich). The sections under debate: namely Section 1031, 1032, 1033, and a few subsequent amendments which have been added in light of an ongoing internal debate between congress and the executive branch (Obama administration).
(Some dissident news sites are using the earlier version of the bill, S. 1235, to drum up more fear mongering and thus page views and personal revenue for themselves. The earlier version of the bill is from June of this year and there have been many revisions since then. The link I provide above is to the current version of the bill (dated Nov. 14th and read into the senate record that day) and the link to the amendments are also the current amendments being discussed today on the floor of the senate. These same dissident sites also cite a letter from the ACLU to bolster credibility their credibility. However, that letter from the ACLU is dated July 1st, 2011 and many of the main issues they bring up have been addressed already.)
At issue in these sections is:
the determination that the United States is part of the battlefield in the ongoing (albeit fake) Global War on Terror
mandatory detention of terrorist suspects by the military
the process by which detainees like those at Gitmo are transferred to other countries (renditioned for purposes of interrogation, ect.)
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