Archive for December 14th, 2011

Legislating Tyranny In America

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

by Stephen Lendman, Contributing Writer (Activist Post)

Obama won’t prosecute CIA torturers, Wall Street crooks, other corporate criminals, lawless war profiteers, or other venal high-level civilian or government officials.

Instead, expect him to sign into law (or at least tacitly approve) indefinite military detentions of US citizens allegedly associated with terrorist groups, with or without corroborating evidence.

Post-9/11, US freedoms and other democratic values dramatically eroded. Enactment of police state provisions in the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act comes closer to ending them entirely.

On December 5, the ACLU headlined, “Indefinite Detention, Endless Worldwide War and the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” saying:

Enactment of this measure will authorize “the military to pick up and imprison people, including US citizens, without charging them or putting them on trial.”

Secretly with no hearings, both Houses are rushing to complete a “joint version” before leaving for Christmas break. “Fundamental American values and freedoms are on the line.” Given the stakes, they’re perilously hanging by a thread.

On December 13, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) urged Obama to veto NDAA in its present form. Otherwise, he’ll “be responsible for signing into law one of the greatest expansions of executive power in our nation’s history, allowing the government to lock up citizens and non-citizens without the right to fair trials.” Indefinite detentions violate core democratic freedoms, including fundamental Bill of Rights ones already gravely eroded.

On November 27, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt issued Proclamation 2524, declaring December 15 Bill of Rights Day to commemorate its 150th 1791 ratification.

At the time, he hailed “America(‘s) charter of personal liberty and human dignity,” including “freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the free right to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”

Although American freedom then was far less than he claimed, today it hangs by a thread and may pass entirely any time for any reason.

In response to global imperial wars, corporate favoritism, unbridled private sector criminality, and political corruption at the highest levels, causing economic crisis conditions at home, thousands began protesting nationwide for social justice.

In response, militarized police confront them violently as NDAA heads for enactment to stop anyone from challenging US hegemony and corporate power by throwing them indefinitely in military dungeons to rot.

Equity and justice are fast eroding entirely to advance America’s imperium. On May 26, the House passed HR 1540, 322 – 96. Doing so took a giant step toward abolishing freedom entirely.

On December 1, the Senate’s S. 1867 followed suit, 93 to 7. Both versions assure no one anywhere is now safe, including law-abiding US citizens.

Enactment means anyone anywhere, including US citizens, may be indefinitely held without charge or trial, based solely on suspicions, baseless allegations or none at all.

No reasonable proof is required, just suspicions that those detained pose threats. Under subsection (b)(1), indefinite detentions can follow mere membership (past or present) or support for suspect organizations.

Presidents will have unchecked authority to arrest, interrogate and indefinitely detain law-abiding citizens if accused of potentially posing a threat.

Constitutional, statute and international laws won’t apply. Presidential diktats will replace them.

US military personnel will be authorized to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone globally, including US citizens. No one anywhere will be safe.

Due process, civil protections, and judicial fairness will be null and void. Presidents could order anyone arrested and imprisoned for life without charge or trial. Abuse of power will replace rule of law protections. It can happen in days.

Ahead of their holiday break, leaders from both Houses are meeting secretly to resolve final language differences before sending NDAA to Obama to sign.

Promising a veto, he lied. He broke every major promise made. This one’s no exception at a time he can go either way, given enough congressional votes to override him.

Moreover, Senate bill sponsor Carl Levin said administration officials, in fact, lobbied against language excluding US citizens from indefinite military detentions without trials or due process. According to Levin:

“The language which precluded the application of Section 1031 to American citizens was in the bill that we originally approved….and the administration asked us to remove (it) which says that US citizens and lawful residents would not be subject to this section.”

“It was the administration that asked us to remove the very language which we had in the bill which passed the committee. (W)e removed it at the request of the administration….It was the administration which asked us to remove the very language, the absence of which is now objected to.”

In other words, Obama wants US citizens indefinitely detained in military prisons whether or not charged. He fully supports police state repression. Only his disingenuous rhetoric says otherwise.

Earlier by Executive Order, he authorized indefinite detentions with or without military commission trials for persons designated national security threats. Intended specifically for Guantanamo detainees, it could be stretched to include anyone.

In addition, he authorized CIA operatives and Special Forces death squads to kill targeted US citizens abroad. As a result, they may be hunted down and murdered in cold blood for any reason or none at all.

Outspoken Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen living in Yemen at the time, was killed for opposing Washington’s imperium, not alleged or committed crimes. His murder comes perilously close to replicating assassinations at home, whether covertly or openly.

In fact, administration lawyers called US citizens legitimate targets if deemed national security threats, with or without corroborating evidence. As a result, indeed no one’s safe, whether or not NDAA passes in its current form.

According to CIA counsel Stephen Preston and Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson, US citizens at war with America have no immunity. Executive branch officials, not courts, will decide guilt or innocence issues.

In other words, anyone voicing opposition to America’s imperium risks being targeted for arrest, detention or assassination.

With regard to Obama’s NDAA position, his White House November 17 Statement of Administration Policy said:

“The Administration supports Senate passage of (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.”

“Section 1031 attempts to expressly codify the detention authority that exists under the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40) (the “AUMF”). The authorities granted by the AUMF, including the detention authority, are essential to our ability to protect the American people from the threat posed by al-Qaida and its associated forces….”

“Because the authorities codified in this section already exist, the Administration does not believe codification is necessary and poses some risk….While the current language minimizes many of those risks, future legislative action must ensure (against) unintended consequences that could compromise our ability to protect the American people.”

Senate bill S. 1867, Section 1031, affirms the “authority of the armed forces of the United States to detain covered persons,” including US citizens.

Section 1032 requires suspects held in military custody, outside constitutionally mandated civil protections, without habeas rights, due process, and other judicial procedures.

Obama may object to legislative language, not its intent. As a result perhaps, wiggle room wording changes may assuage his concerns, while leaving sweeping indefinite military detention authorization unchanged.

In other words, presidents henceforth may order anyone indefinitely detained in military prisons uncharged, including US citizens.

A Final Comment

Even before 9/11, Washington began militarizing police forces nationwide. Sophisticated weapons and training are provided, including military robots, M-16 assault rifles, helicopters, armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and other weapons previously used only by military forces.

In 1997, the so-called 1033 Program (formerly the 1208 Program) let the Defense Secretary “transfer, without charge, excess US Department of Defense (DoD) personal property (supplies and equipment) to state and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs).”

As a result, they’ve been supplied with land, air and sea vehicles, weapons, computer equipment, body armor, fingerprint equipment, night vision equipment, radios and televisions, first aid equipment, tents, sleeping bags, photographic equipment, and more.

In 2011 alone, about $500 million in military related hardware was supplied. Next year’s amounts are expected to increase fourfold. Doing so coincides with OWS crackdowns.

More than ever, America is being militarized to quash popular social justice protests at a time equity and justice are fast disappearing. Moreover, military forces may intervene if local cops need help.

Post-9/11, police state terrorism was institutionalized. It’s being hardened more than ever to crush dissent.

Constitutional, statute, and international law protections no longer apply. Planned tyranny will replace them, leaving no one safe anywhere henceforth.

Stephen Lendman is the author of How Wall Street Fleeces America and The Iraq Quagmire. Listen to his cutting-edge Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Email him at [email protected]

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ALERT! Military Now Recruiting Guards for FEMA Domestic Detainment/Internment Camps

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Welcome to a FEMA Concentration Camp

The Army is actively recruiting “internment/resettlement” specialists. Visit their website for full details.

http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/legal-and-law-enforcement/internment-resettlement-specialist.html

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SMILE, YOU ARE A CIVILIAN INTERNEE!

Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer (Activist Post)

As every day passes, it becomes clearer that our once-free nation is quickly turning down the path of a totalitarian police state, as embodied by the passage of S.1867 in the Senate and H.R.1540 in the House.

With the knowledge that KBR is developing a so-called “National Quick Response Team” to man the detention centers popularly referred to as “FEMA Camps” on 72 hours’ notice, the picture only gets more grim.

This trend is also reflected in the recent United States Army job posting for Internment/Resettlement Specialists.

While this might sound tame and harmless to some, upon reading the job description a troubling picture emerges.

The Internment/Resettlement Specialist, or I/R Specialist for short, is not only tasked with handling the custody and control of individuals designated as an Enemy Prisoner of War (EPW) but also of so-called Civilian Internees (CIs).

This is a classic example of Orwellian language. You’re not an American citizen being indefinitely imprisoned by the military in a military prison; instead you’re a Civilian Internee in a Civilian Internee Camp.

In this article you will learn exactly what a Civilian Internee is, what few rights are afforded to them and just how oppressed a Civilian Internee actually is, according to the military’s own documents on the subject.

We will delve into great detail, showing the exact language and ways that Civilian Internees are controlled and prevented from making any real contact with the outside world or being able to seek out justice.

I don’t think that anyone is blind enough to find the title of Civilian Internee reassuring, especially considering the fact that Civilian Internee is the exact designation assigned to the Japanese-Americans who were locked up during World War II.

These innocent Americans were put in so-called internment camps which bore a striking resemblance to the concentration camps of Nazi-era Germany, for committing no crime other than being of a certain ancestral origin.

If our government would lock up hardworking, patriotic Americans simply for being of Japanese descent, it is not a leap to think that they would do the same to political opposition.

Civilian Internee is actually a specific status of prisoner under the Geneva Conventions which is supposed to designate civilians who are detained during wartime, supposedly for security reasons.

However, as we all know, the Japanese people being locked up were no security threat at all; in fact, despite the grand betrayal embodied by the internment of innocent American citizens; many Americans of Japanese descent actually went and fought for the United States in World War II.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army was a prime example of this, as it was a unit composed entirely of Japanese-American soldiers.

They fought in Italy, Southern France and Germany, and were in fact the most highly-decorated regiment in the entire history of the armed forces of the United States with 21 recipients of the Medal of Honor.

The fact that such individuals would put their lives on the line and fight for a nation that was detaining their friends and family is almost unbelievable, but they did it, and yet our government is likely going to repeat the same horrific mistakes they made in the past.

I just wonder if this time around people will actually continue to go off and fight for a country that is engaging in the exact practices we are supposed to be opposing and fighting against around the world.

Specifically, the job description lists under “advanced responsibilities” that the I/R Specialist may be involved to, “Provide command and control, staff planning, administration/logistical services, and custody/control for the operation of an Enemy Prisoner of War/Civilian Internee (EPW/CI) camp.”

There are some publicly available military documents that go into more detail about what exactly a Civilian Internee is and how they are treated.

Despite the somewhat innocent sounding designation, Civilian Internees have little to no rights and are essentially totally powerless while in military detention.

There are lots of purely ceremonial rights granted to Civilian Internees like the ability to vote for representatives to speak for the camp, but the military can refuse to allow anyone who is voted in to actually hold the position.

Therefore, the representatives of the Civilian Internees would likely be nothing more than sycophantic lapdogs who bow before the officers in charge of the camp.

(more…)

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Daniel Andreas San Diego Evades FBI in Northampton, remains free

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Daniel Andreas San Diego has been a fugitive since 2003 for the August 28, 2003 bombing of Chiron, a biotechnology corporation in Emeryville, California and the September 26, 2003 bombing of Shaklee, another HLS client in Pleasanton, California. Both actions were claimed by Revolutionary Cells – Animal Liberation Brigade. He was profiled on Americas Most Wanted for the third time last month followed by a much-hyped FBI press conf to announce that they knew his location. Today CBS news reports that San Diego has evaded capture and is no longer in Northampton MA. Stay free, Daniel! ♥

by Natalie Tolomeo (CBS News)

NORTHAMPTON, MA (WSHM) – The man that’s been on the run since 2003 and could have been secretly living in Western Mass is no longer in Northampton, according to an FBI official. The focus of their investigation has now shifted to another location where the alleged terrorist could be living in secret.

The holidays are here in Northampton. Lights are hung in storefronts with care, packages are in place, festive trees line the sidewalk and residents are enjoying the atmosphere now, knowing a wanted terrorist is no longer calling their city home.

“I wasn’t surprised to hear that he probably left town,” says resident Joe Blotnick. “I was walking down the sidewalk and I looked at the newspaper rack and the headline was talking about the FBI looking for him.”

That was on Nov. 16. The man still running from the law is Daniel Andreas San Diego. Since 2003, law enforcement officers have been hunting world-wide for San Diego. They say he is responsible for two bombings in the San Francisco area that targeted animal experimentation facilities. At a press conference last month, FBI officials announced credible tips pointing them to Northampton where San Diego could have been living.  But now, they say, his location has changed.

“I suppose it’s a fun place to hide out. There’s a lot going on. There’s a lot of people on the street. It might be a place to mix in,” Mark Donovan says about calling Northampton a hideout home.

Allison Wilderspin has lived in Northampton for five years and agrees.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” she says. “It’s a pretty liberal area, and there’s a lot of crazy people in town.”

After news about San Diego hit local headlines, the FBI says many more tips came in. Now officials won’t say where they’re looking for San Diego, but they say he probably won’t be ringing in the new year here in Northampton.

“Everything’s back to normal,” Blotnick says.

The FBI does want to thank the response from the public for all of the tips that came in regarding San Diego’s stay in Northampton.  Investigators are following leads and welcome any new information.

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On Obama’s patriotic “war is over” declaration delivered moments ago…

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

by Camille  Marino

Just a random thought or two in response to the speech Obama just delivered.

He said “Today we mark the end of the war [in Iraq]” as he commemorates the nearly 5,000 american soldiers dead (30,000 more wounded) to make all of our “success” possible.

He makes no mention of the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis who were murdered by our imperialist forces for living in an oil-rich region. No mention of the countless families we displaced or decimated infrastructures. No mention of the civilians we murdered — men, women, and children…

He said we didn’t do it for “resources or territory “we did it because it was right!”

And it is “right” to assassinate, imprison, and torture any individual who threatens the industrial-military-state war machine. We can wage war abroad and build military prisons as home. All they need to do is invoke the word “terrorist” and “might” is the only criterion for what Obama classifies as “right.”

Let’s all sing “War is Over” and pledge allegiance to the flag this Christmas as we continue to occupy countries, launch military strikes on oppressed peoples across the globe, and live in a police state here.

God bless america.

 

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Urgent: Help Stop Binghamtom University Deer Slaughter to Begin in One Week

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

by Lane Ferrante

Once again the deer are in need of our help. Binghamton University in NY, has decided to contract with White Buffalo to slaughter 90 deer on their campus. The massacre is scheduled to begin next Wed. Local activist, Sidell Gold, desperately needs our help.

Last year I asked all of you to send emails to the Hudson OH council letting them know why they should not contract with Anthony Denicola, president of White Buffalo Inc, wildlife extermination company. You flooded their inboxes and it worked!  Hudson, not only did not contract with WB, but they also did a criminal investigation. I am hoping with all my heart that I can count on you again to send emails to the below addresses. When we all stand together we win.

An attorney is working frantically to file an injunction. We are running out of time. Dec. 21st is almost here. We all know there is power in numbers. The more emails they receive the better.

B.U. is a public university and the unsuspecting citizens of Binghamton NY and neighboring Vestal, are footing the bill with their tax dollars. Please mention in your emails that their reputation and enrollment are on the line here. We’ll give them some free advertising.  How beyond disgusting that a place of higher learning would do such a thing.

Thank you with all my heart!!

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