Gillibrand makes pathetic excuses for her support of the NDAA

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I wrote to my senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, criticizing her yes vote in support of the NDAA, the new piece of legislation that allows the federal government to imprison any US citizen without trial or evidence. Gillibrand’s office responded with a poor excuse  for what is effectively an act of treason. Her office explains that, after voting “yes” to the destruction of our most basic rights,

“Senator Gillibrand voted for an amendment by Senator Udall to strike the detainee language in the bill. When that effort failed, she supported another effort by Senator Feinstein to curb this provision. While the conference committee has produced a better result, it is not ideal and she will continue to work with her colleagues for a better solution. Last week, she co-sponsored new follow-up legislation by Sen. Feinstein to immediately establish a ‘clear statement rule’ that requires Congress to expressly authorize detention authority when it comes to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents for all military authorizations and similar authorities.”

That’s right, Senator, doing away with habeas corpus is not “ideal” and the “better solution” you are seeking is the one in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th amendments to the Constitution, which you just trampled on. It should be pointed out too, that the US considers it a violation of human rights when a country like Iran holds prisoners without trial or evidence.  If we are committed to justice, we should never take away this right from anyone, even, or especially, from suspected “terrorists,” since “enemies of the government” can become a very broad category and there is no way to protect us from those who are supposed to be our protectors.

The “Long War” has begun, says the Pentagon, using its new tag for “War on Terror.” And the “Homeland” is the new “Battlefield.”  Shouldn’t we be alarmed at such language? or such excuses?  No, it barely made the news.

Politics has long been a spectator sport for US citizens.  Most of us, I should say, feel we play no role in the outcome of elections, policy, or law. And yet we sit in the stands and root for our team. Red or blue, it makes no difference whatsoever. The outcome has been decided ahead of time, and they are just pretending to battle it out. Gillibrand and Obama, who signed the bill into law, have thrown the game. One party blames the other, while in back rooms they have a single-minded objective to increase the scope and power of the federal government and to make the population dependent upon it. As former CIA analyst Ray McGovern recently noted, James Madison saw this coming when he wrote:
“…an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”
p.s. These “political” posts are exercises to prepare me to write my next novel Locus Amœnus.
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2 thoughts on “Gillibrand makes pathetic excuses for her support of the NDAA

  1. greg metz

    that color and the coat look dashing on her! or should i say rather vogue. people get the government they deserve. Please, look who is voting for Perry and supported Cane and Gingrich and Santorum and Mittens… who watches Fox, is eating at McDonalds and who does not even know that they are supporting a Corporate Oligarchy to come. so should this surprise you? they also just had a bitch fit over the appointment of hiring a chief to run the Consumer Bureau of Financial Protection which you would think every consumer and representative who wants your vote would want. no it’s… anti obama, anti math, anti science, anti evolution, anti-love, anti environment, anti regulation on anything but we need to watch out for those potential terrorist should there be anything left to protect after the Gestapo takes over. the spine is us and we are not doing a great job would be my guess. we have a great model in the procedural governing of N.Korea, Iran, etc. who is right in step with the detainee policy. your lucky to have gotten a response to your letter that addressed the subject at least and not an advertisement for an injunction against Obama for ruining this country. that is what my reps send me. Texas you know.
    greg

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  2. Lee Welter

    Tori, thanks for your alert (or alarm). Thomas Jefferson warned us: a poorly educated society will not remain free. Our remaining hope: school choice (NOT simply our government monopoly K-12 system) for every family!

    Reply

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