I was reading a story before which caught my eye (if I find the link to it I will place it here), about the current additions to the NDAA. It was curious in that it, unlike most news stories, used the actual source of the information in the story. In this case it was truly an easy thing to do, it being a story about legislation. It made it abundantly clear that there are some very major offensive things going on in this legislation. The fourth amendment, which was on life support to begin with, gets a stake in the heart.
There should not be, regardless of the offense, any reason for any American to be held indefinitely without a right to trial until the cessation of any hostility. Whether that trial be in front of a military tribunal or a court of law is of no consequence.
What is at issue is future interpretation. It is not a matter of who is being hunted now. It is who will be hunted later that concerns me. This is a power given to the federal government that is at once overwhelmingly powerful, and crushingly invasive. Add to this the effect of warrantless wiretaps, and you give the government the power to surveil anyone they so choose, under any pretense they choose, and then take them and put them away.
We need jobs, and they give us indefinite detention instead.
Viddy of the day: Stop Indefinite Detention. This viddy is from nearly 2 months ago, when no one was listening, except a handful who knew what was coming. The word was not enough, and did not reach enough ears, and that is why it has gotten to where it is today. Maddening.
An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government
THAT power does NOT belong in the hands of ANY government, Especially one that claims to be democratic, as ours does.
One has only to look back a scant few years, when a great many people were looking at the Bush White House, and using terms like Oligarchy. There are those on the right that use that term with our current President. The word Plutocracy has been tossed around as a derisive term for the current form of American government. Both terms are, seemingly apt. And both are entirely negative, and that negativity shows itself most forcefully in codifying indefinite detention of American citizens.
The rich and powerful few, naturally paranoid to begin with, in an attempt to defend what is theirs, defend it so forcefully that they do damage to those who stand with them, and those who actually run things.
Not every term used against the American government is apt. Socialist? No. Unitary? Not really, but that day may yet dawn. Empire? It could be argued, but not by people who know what the term means and also know who is in charge of things. But both oligarchy and plutocracy fit, and both are just a walk down the garden path to Fascism.
Which is why we need to fight this now, before the disease spreads and get worse, while we can, with strength and democracy, kill the beast.
Pic of the day: The Attack by Ettu Isto (1899)
There is good news on that front, and it is from one of the same legislative bodies that created this monster. Senator Diane Feinstein has introduced legislation that will, according to this story, create a barrier to protect the people from the detention power given the President in the current NDAA. Read the bill here.
It is good to see that not every American in a position of power wants to mangle the constitution and the protections it gives a free people.
Thank you, Senator Feinstein.
That’s it from here, America. G’night.