Wednesday, November 30, 2011

McCain Justifies Indefinite Detention of American Citizens with Debunked Statistics (Video)

Activist Post

Forget about the obvious violation of Constitutional rights that the recently-approved $662 billion Defense Authorization bill inflicts by allowing for indefinite military detention of United States citizens without formal charges or trial by a jury of peers, the justification for doing so just became more absurd. In the clip below, Rand Paul (R-KY) asks John McCain (R-AZ), "if an American citizen is declared an enemy combatant, could they be sent to Guantanamo Bay and detained indefinitely?"

To which McCain replied affirmative; "If they pose a threat to the security of the United States of America." McCain claimed this new anti-American authority was needed because of the "facts" that "27% of detainees who were released get back into the fight."

These so-called facts that McCain has repeatedly regurgitated have long been debunked.

A 2009 report (PDF) by Seton Hall Law Professor Mark Denbeaux found that DOD's claim referring to GITMO detainees returning to the battlefield to be pure fiction.

“Once again, they’ve failed to identify names, numbers, dates, times, places, or acts upon which their report relies,” Denbaux said in a statement accompanying his report released.

“Every time they have been required to identify the parties, the DOD has been forced to retract their false IDs and their numbers. They have included people who have never even set foot in Guantánamo—much less were they released from there. They have counted people as ‘returning to the fight’ for their having written an Op-ed piece in the New York Times and for their having appeared in a documentary exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival. The DOD has revised and retracted their internally conflicting definitions, criteria, and their numbers so often that they have ceased to have any meaning—except as an effort to sway public opinion by painting a false portrait of the supposed dangers of these men.”

Denbaux also said that the Defense Department has admitted that “they do not track” former detainees. “Rather than making up numbers 'willy-nilly' about post release conduct, America might be better served if our government actually kept track of them,” he added.

Even according to the U.S. Government's own figures, McCain is grossly exaggerating the number. In December 2010, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, claimed that 13.5 percent (PDF) of former Guantanamo detainees are "confirmed" to have returned to the battlefield. Yet, even that figure was proven to be an outright fraud.

In January 2011, the New America Foundation, a non-partisan public policy think tank, released a report contradicting Clapper's alarmist claims.  The report found that if the Pentagon-released names can be believed, at best, only 6% of tortured and released detainees found their way back to the battlefield.

Clearly, the idea of indefinitely detaining American citizens in military prisons on the suspicion of being a "threat" to U.S. security is a gross violation of the principles on which America was founded.  But what's worse, is justifying such tyranny with outright lies and distortion.  Even more disgusting, is McCain and other entrenched politicians know this and yet they continue their wickedness against the American people and the Constitution.


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Anonymous said...

They haven't passed it, yet. It hasn't been voted on. They did kill Udall's amendment (which was pretty useless anyway, given the language of the bill).

Anonymous said...

Passing the bill is just a formality, the government ignores its own laws everyday anyway.

Anonymous said...

Who are the idiots who keep re-electing this clown, McCain? Oh, wait a minute. The voting machines are all rigged, anyway.

Anonymous said...

No mention that 106 detainees died.

Anonymous said...

This bill will most assuredly be killed either by the Senate or by Obama veto. They need to keep people fooled into thinking this is a "free" country. With so many people making good points about how fascist the US has become, they needed something like this that they could shoot down just to say "Who says we're fascist? Did you see? We shot down that legislation. You're still free. Now, go back to Dancing With the Stars."

Then again, if this does really pass, it is truly the beginning of the final stages...

Jerry said...

The reason for this Bill is obvious.We keep hearing about the unsustainability of our "Entitlemnt"programs.So when the Social Security checks are cut in half and people take to the streets,they will be able to round them up.
The truth is that we have $100 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities.Just how do you think people are going to act when they're told that they aren't getting that pension that they were promised?
Gonna get real bad here!

Kevin Beck said...

At this point, John McCain is an anachronism. He is rebelling against all sanity. And once again, he is creating another McCain-(fill-in- the-blank-with-the-name-of-a-Democrat-senator) bill that will be every bit as unconstitutional as the last McCain-(blank) bill that he introduced. If historians are the judge of greatness for leaders, then the easiest way to be considered great in their eyes is by writing a bunch of pieces of legislation. Such a thought means that the worst leaders of our nation's history were Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and their contemporaries, since "they didn't write enough pieces of legislation."

Americans: Get your head out of this collectivist mentality and ask whether our nation has survived as long as it has because of consistency, or because of the number of laws that our legislative branch creates.

Anonymous said...

Any readers here who have not read Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here", published 1935, should do so if you can get ahold of a copy. Yes, it can happen here, and IS happening here. Be very afraid.

Anonymous said...

To those who thought it wouldn't pass, it of course did, 93-7.

To those who say yeah, but it exempts US Citizens (as if that might justify it), read it again. Very carefully, the aggregate of Sections 1031-1034 look like a plate of interlocking Spaghettios misplaced in a huge floral arrangement of routine budgetese, all designed for you to miss the point unless you're paying very, very close attention.

Rand Paul and a few others...were.

This is tyranny and treason, both served up on the same plate. It would not be going to too far to say that the US has finally declared a war...on itself.

Anonymous said...

Section 1022 is where the money is for indefinite detention. It's hidden in the 'foreign' section of the bill, yet the bill itself never specifies applicability inside or outside of US borders. What it DOES say in 1022 is that the detention requirement is waived. What that means is that the President doesn't HAVE to use the military to detain you, he just has the option to use it or civilian custody.

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