I came across an article that I thought was interesting because the headline said “20 Things You Should Know About America’s Most Horrifying New Law”. As someone who doesn’t pay much attention to current political issues, I wondered what this new law was and what was so horrifying. Here we go: Several days ago, a bill giving the military permission to detain you based upon a suspicion of terrorism, was proposed to become law. The results are currently pending. How is this America’s most horrifying law? The military can stop you AND hold you without trial AND they do not have to tell you what you are being charged with. Just in time for the holidays. The article claims that President Barack Obama can still veto the act and intends to do so. The overall tone of the article was rather sarcastic and I thought the comedic undertones worked well in light of the dismal news. Some of the “20 things you should know” are: this was first passed as part of an act to provide funding for the military and all our wars. There was no large committee meeting, this was a judgment call made by the senate only. One detailed is not allowed legal counsel, a lawyer. The list goes on and the journalist concludes by reminding us that we have lived under these rules for some time now and we should merely watch what we write publicly.
The article referred to in the above blog is http://gawker.com/5865089/20-things-you-should-know-about-americas-most-horrifying-new-law
I was interested in reading on and an article written by Glenn Greenwald of the Salon was the one mentioned so I had decided I would read that too. Here is his article http://www.salon.com/2011/12/05/politifact_and_the_scam_of_neutral_expertise/singleton/
The main argument made is that a, supposedly trustworthy and fact based, web site claimed that the information presented within the analysis of the Levin/McCain bill by Ron Paul, congressman who is seeking to be the Republican Party candidate in the 2012 presidential election is “mostly false”. Presumably, all experts who have agreed with Ron Paul’s arguments, is telling a “mostly false” truth.
A summary of the bill:
Buried in the annual defense appropriations bill is a provision that would give the President the power to use the military to intern anyone – including American citizens – indefinitely, and hold them without charges or trial, anywhere in the world, including on American soil. The provision essentially repeals the longstanding Posse Comitatus Act, which prevents the military from engaging in law enforcement on US territory – the greatest fear of the Founders. Approved by a Senate subcommittee in secret hearings, the provisions open the road to a military dictatorship in this country – and for that we can thank Senators Carl Levin and John McCain, who introduced the measure. Both the FBI and the Pentagon came out against the Levin-McCain monstrosity, and Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) introduced an amendment striking the provision: the amendment was defeated in the Senate, 37-61.