Do not be deceived with the guile behind Obama's statements (below). In classic passive-agressive mode, he appears to disavow the intent of NDAA provisions to detain and imprison American citizen (beware THAT term, as well). After all, this President loves the role of victim...the witless dupe who is pummelled into actions seemingly without consent. And you gotta love the timing: New Year's eve...the nefarious witching hours of the final days of the year. Americans are distracted, drunk on their false currency and credit cards...holi-dazed into euphoric splendor, and mass-mind controlled by the programmed season of consumerism; barely collectively conscious anyway, this is the perfect time to gore the sleeping prey...America is DEAD! The Constitution (for what is was worth) is gutted. But worse,: NDAA will enable the interrment of the few left standing on the walls of liberty---independent journalists, bloggers, and underground media. In aggregate, the new "laws" of the land sharply resemble the 1933 Enablement Acts of pre-war Nazi Germany:
|Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Nation
|Laws enacted by the government of the Reich may deviate from the constitution as long as they do not affect the institutions of the Reichstag and the Reichsrat. The rights of the President remain undisturbed.|
Dec 31, 2011 - US President Barack Obama signs controversial NDAA into law
CNN reports Barack Obama "reluctantly signed a defense authorization bill, saying he was concerned about some in Congress who want to restrict options used by counterterrorism officials."
Even before the bill was signed by Obama, there were mixed feelings on NDAA.
The bill only has a 2 percent approval rating on a poll conducted by OpenCongress.com. Only 8 people support the bill out of 395 voters.
Another poll, of 397 people, conducted by PopVox gives the bill a 9 percent approval rating.
One of the more controversial aspects of the bill involves the ability for the president to detain United States' citizens.
According to The International Business Times, "The bill affirms and codifies the U.S. President's authority to indefinitely detain in military custody anyone, including U.S. citizens, suspected of terrorism or supporting terrorists."
In a statement released after the signing of the bill, Obama says, "I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a Nation."
Even though Obama signed the bill he does not agree with everything that's included in the bill.
"I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists," Obama said.
CBS news reports, "If Mr. Obama violates any of the provisions in the bill, Congress could challenge the White House in court, which would have the final say in any dispute."
The $662 billion bill also includes tough sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program and allocates money for the military.
Sponsored by Republican Representative from California, Howard McKeon, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act on November 30th, House on December May 26th. Changes were made to the original House bill in the Senate. The House passed the changes on December 14th. The Senate approved their changes on December 15th. The bill was introduced on April 13th.