Friday, December 2, 2011

The entire United States is now a war zone: S.1867 passes the Senate with massive support

Coming soon to the U.S.? Credit: U.S. Navy
Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

This is one of the most tragic events I have written about since establishing End the Lie over eight months ago: the horrendous bill that would turn all of America into a battlefield and subject American citizens to indefinite military detention without charge or trial has passed the Senate.

To make matters even worse, only seven of our so-called representatives voted against the bill, proving once and for all (if anyone had any doubt remaining) that our government does not work for us in any way, shape, or form.

S.1867, or the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year of 2012, passed with a resounding 93-7 vote.

That’s right, 93 of our Senators voted to literally eviscerate what little rights were still protected after the PATRIOT Act was hastily pushed in the wake of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001.

The NDAA cuts Pentagon spending by $43 billion from last year’s budget, a number so insignificant when compared to the $662 billion still (officially) allocated, it is almost laughable.

The bill also contained an amendment which enacts strict new sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank and any entities that do business with it, a move which will likely have brutal repercussions for the Iranian people – just like the sanctions on Iraq did.

Not a single Senator voted against this amendment, which was voted on soon before the entirety of S.1867 was passed, despite the hollow threats of a veto from the Obama White House.

Based simply on historical precedent, I trust Obama’s promises as much as I trust the homeless man who told me he was John F. Kennedy.

I wish that I could believe that the Obama administration would strike down this horrific bill but I would be quite ignorant and naïve if I did so.

Furthermore, the White House’s official statement doesn’t even say that they will veto the bill. In fact, it says, “the President’s senior advisers [will] recommend a veto.”

As Glenn Greenwald points out, the objection isn’t even about opposing the detention of accused terrorists without a trial, instead it is the contention that, “whether an accused Terrorist is put in military detention rather than civilian custody is for the President alone to decide.”

Obama’s opposition has nothing to do with the rule of law or protecting Americans, in fact, Senator Levin disclosed and Dave Kopel reported that, “it was the Obama administration which told Congress to remove the language in the original bill which exempted American citizens and lawful residents from the detention power”.

As I have detailed in two past articles entitled Do not be deceived: S.1867 is the most dangerous bill since the PATRIOT Act and S.1253 will allow indefinite military detention of American civilians without charge or trial, the assurances that this will not be used on American citizens are hollow, evidenced by the fact that the Feinstein amendment to S.1867, amendment number 1126, which, according to the official Senate Democrats page, was an attempt at “prohibiting military authority to indefinitely detain US citizens” was rejected with a 45-55 vote.

Let’s examine some of the attempts to convince the American people that this will not change anything and that we will still be protected under law.

Florida’s Republican Senator Marco Antonio said:
In particular, some folks are concerned about the language in section 1031 that says that this includes ‘any person committing a belligerent act or directly supported such hostilities of such enemy forces.’ This language clearly and unequivocally refers back to al-Qaida, the Taliban, or its affiliates. Thus, not only would any person in question need to be involved with al-Qaida, the Taliban, or its surrogates, but that person must also engage in a deliberate and substantial act that directly supports their efforts against us in the war on terror in order to be detained under this provision.
While this might sound reassuring to some, one must realize that the government can interpret just about anything as engaging “in a deliberate and substantial act that directly supports their efforts against us in the war on terror”.

Consider the fact that the Homeland Security Police Institute’s report published earlier this year partly focused on combating the “spread of the [terrorist] entity’s narrative” which sets the stage for the government being able to declare that spreading the narrative amounts to “a deliberate and substantial act that directly supports their efforts against us in the war on terror”.

At the time I wrote:
Part of these domestic efforts highlighted in the report is combating the 'spread of the [terrorist] entity’s narrative' but never addressed is why exactly extremist groups have the ability to spread their narrative.
A frightening conclusion that can be drawn from the focus on the 'spread of the entity’s narrative' is that such claims could be used to justify limiting the American right to free speech.
It would be very easy to justify eliminating free speech if much of the United States was convinced of the danger of spreading terrorist narrative.
The report doesn’t specifically explain what the narrative is or why it is so dangerous, but one could assume that any anti-government, anti-war, anti-corporatist and pro-human rights speech could be squeezed under this umbrella. Essentially, anything that criticizes or questions the United States could easily be demonized because it is allegedly spreading 'the entity’s narrative'.
This raises an important question: could my work and the work of others devoted to exposing the fraud that is the “war on terror” and the intimate links between our government and the terrorist entities they are supposedly fighting be considered to be supporting these entities?

Unfortunately, the only conclusion I can come to is that it is possible for the following reasons:

1) The Department of Defense actually put a question on an examination saying that protests are an act of “low-level terrorism” (which they later deleted after the ACLU sent a letter demanding it be removed).

2) Anti-war activists and websites are deemed worthy of being treated as terrorists and being listed on terrorist watchlists.

3) We likely will never even be told how exactly the government is interpreting S.1867.

In the case of the PATRIOT Act (which is overwhelmingly used in cases that are unrelated to terrorism in every way), there is in fact a secret interpretation of the PATRIOT Act, as revealed by Senator Ron Wyden back in May.

In October, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit (read the PDF here) in an attempt to force the government to reveal the details of the secret interpretation of the PATRIOT Act.

As of now, we still do not know how the PATRIOT Act is interpreted by the government, meaning that we have no idea how it is actually being used.

I do not believe that it would be reasonable to make the assumption that S.1867 would be interpreted in a straightforward manner, meaning that all of the assurances being made by Senators are worthless.

Glenn Greenwald verifies this in writing the following as an update to the post previously quoted in this article, “Any doubt about whether this bill permits the military detention of U.S. citizens was dispelled entirely today when an amendment offered by Dianne Feinstein — to confine military detention to those apprehended “abroad,” i.e., off U.S. soil — failed by a vote of 45-55.”

Furthermore, as I detailed in my previous coverage of S.1867, Senator Lindsey Graham clearly said, in absolutely no uncertain terms whatsoever, “In summary here, [section] 1032, the military custody provision, which has waivers and a lot of flexibility doesn’t apply to American citizens. [Section] 1031, the statement of authority to detain does apply to American citizens, and it designates the world as the battlefield including the homeland.”

The fact that the establishment media continues to peddle the blatant lie that is the claim that S.1867 will not be used on American citizens is beyond me.

This is especially true when one considers the fact that lawyers for the Obama administration reaffirmed that American citizens “are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida,” although we all know that no proof or trial is required to make that assertion.

As evidenced by the case of Anwar al-Awlaki, no trial is needed for our illegitimate government to assassinate an American citizen.

We can only assume that it is just a matter of time until American citizens are declared to be supporting al Qaeda and killed on American soil without so much as a single court hearing.

CNN claims, “Senators ultimately reached an agreement to amend the bill to make clear it’s not the bill’s intent to allow for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and others legally residing in the country.”

Yet, of course, they fail to cite the amendment, and quote Senator Feinstein in saying, “It supports present law,” even though Feinstein’s amendment was not passed.

The Associated Press reported, “Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., repeatedly pointed out that the June 2004 Supreme Court decision in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld said U.S. citizens can be detained indefinitely.”

Yet they still quoted senior legislative counsel for the ACLU Christopher Anders who said, “Since the bill puts military detention authority on steroids and makes it permanent, American citizens and others are at greater risk of being locked away by the military without charge or trial if this bill becomes law.”

The fact that the corporate-controlled establishment media is barely covering this – if at all – is just another piece amongst the mountains of evidence showing that they are complicit in the criminal conspiracy that is dominating our government.

We will protect your privacy...guaranteed!

Every single Senator that voted for this amendment is a traitor. It’s that simple. 97 of our so-called representatives, which you can see listed in full here, are actively working against the American people.

They are turning the United States into such a hellish police state that the world’s most infamous dictators would be green with envy.

Unsurprisingly, the top stories on Google News makes no mention of the atrocious attack on everything that America was built upon that is embodied by S.1867.

This legislation is clearly being minimized and marginalized in the press, as if it is some minor bill that will never be invoked in order to detain Americans indefinitely without charge or trial.

That is patently absurd and to assume such would be nothing short of ignorant to an extreme degree, given that the American government utilizes every single possible method to exploit, oppress and assault Americans who stand up for their rights.

Furthermore, the Senators who voted against S.Amdt.1126, the amendment to S.1867 which would have limited “the authority of the Armed Forces to detain citizens of the United States under section 1031” should be considered traitorous criminals of the highest order, not to say that all 97 of those who voted for S.1867 are any better.

These Senators are not only defying their oath of office in waging war on the Constitution, they are also fighting to destroy the most critical rights we have in this country and in doing so are desecrating everything that our forefathers gave up their lives for.

Instead of British troops patrolling the streets in their red coats, it will be American soldiers who have the authority to detain you forever without a shred of evidence if they decide you’re a terrorist or supporting any organization affiliated with al Qaeda.

How they define that is anyone’s guess, but given that the entire interpretation of the PATRIOT Act is regarded as a state secret, we can assume that we will never even get to know.

Moreover, the fact that no charges or trial are needed under S.1867, the government needs no proof of supporting, planning, or committing terrorism whatsoever.

Since no evidence will ever be presented given that no trial or charges will ever be filed, they need not worry about that pesky thing called habeus corpus or anything resembling evidence of any kind.

All they need to do is declare that you’re an enemy combatant and suddenly you’re eligible to be snatched up by military thugs and locked away never to see the light of day again.

As far as I have seen, there are no detailed requirements set forth in the bill which have to be met before the military can indefinitely detain, and torture (or conduct “enhanced interrogation” if you’d prefer the government’s semantic work-around), Americans and people around the world.

What is stopping them from creating accounts for Americans who are actively resisting the fascistic police state corporatocracy which our once free nation has become on some jihadi website and using it has justification to claim these individuals are involved with terrorists?

What is stopping them from manufacturing any flimsy piece of evidence they can point to, even though they never actually have to present it or have it questioned in a court of law, in order to round up American dissidents?

The grim answer to these disturbing questions is: nothing. I regret having to say such a disheartening thing about the United States of America, a country I once thought was the freest nation in the world, but it is true.

I must emphasize once again that our government considers even ideology and protest to be a low-level act of terrorism, so if you’re anti-war, pro-peace, pro-human rights, pro-justice, anti-corruption, or even worse, if you’re like me and expose the criminal government in Washington that supports terrorism while criminalizing American citizens, you very well might be labeled a terrorist.

Keep in mind that the House sister bill, H.R.1540, was passed with a 322-96 vote on May 26th, now all that is stopping this ludicrous from utterly eliminating the Bill of Rights is resolving the differences which will be done by the following  appointed conferees: Levin; Lieberman; Reed; Akaka; Nelson NE; Webb; McCaskill; Udall CO; Hagan; Begich; Manchin; Shaheen; Gillibrand; Blumenthal; McCain; Inhofe; Sessions; Chambliss; Wicker; Brown MA; Portman; Ayotte; Collins; Graham; Cornyn; Vitter.

Unsurprisingly, not a single person who voted against S.1867 is included in that list.

I do not hesitate in saying that what our so-called representatives have done is an act of treason that represents the single most dangerous move ever made by our government.

Every single square inch of the United States is now a war zone and you or I could easily be declared soldiers on the wrong side of the war and treated as such.

No proof, no charges, and no trial are required. They do not even have to draw spurious links to terrorist organizations in order to indefinitely detain you as they could easily declare the evidence critical to national security and thus withhold it for as long as they please.

I will continue to hope that Obama decides to go against every single thing he has done after being sworn in, but I think the chances are so slim that it is almost delusional to believe that he will do this.

After all, the only reason his administration is opposing it is because it doesn’t give the executive enough power, not because it strips away every legal protection we have.

If this is not the most laughably illegitimate reason to oppose the attack on all Americans that is S.1867, I don’t know what is.

The most important question that remains unanswered, for which I am not sure that I have a viable solution, is: how do we stop this? Is there any way we can bring down a criminal government packed to the brim with traitorous co-conspirators in a just, peaceful manner?

After all, if the American people resort to violence, we are no better than those bloodthirsty members of our armed forces and law enforcement who kill and beat human beings around our nation and the world with impunity.

However, if our military and police forces realize that at any moment they too could be deemed enemy combatants and treated like subhuman scum and thus decide to refuse all unlawful orders and arrest the real terrorists in Washington, we might be able to reinstate the rule of law, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights which once defined our nation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with your ideas, comments and information for future articles on this subject and any other issue for that matter. You can get in touch with me directly at and hopefully I will be able to read and respond if I’m not deemed an enemy combatant and shipped off to a CIA black site to be tortured into confessing to killing the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914.

This article originally appeared at End the Lie.

Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database End The Lie and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. He is available for podcast and radio interviews. If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at


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Anonymous said...

as a homeless person and JFK, I agree with you

Anonymous said...

WWIII Is almost here, thank Zeus

Anonymous said...

A bill does not become a law until an identical verison of it is passed in both the Senate and the House and the Prezinut signs it. Still, great job spreadng the news that members of Congress are fascist tools.

I've got a question that might help the morons in charge see how badly they are about to screw up their lives. Has any government which declared war on its people won?

Anonymous said...

Well, no one rules if no one obeys. One
certainly does not have to bow down to a
bunch of terrorists in the government.
Citizens arrest!!

Anonymous said...

This is purely satanic. It might be time to leave America.

The bad guys get strength from Satan but we don't ask our God to help us. All we have to do is ask Jesus. Ask and you shall receive.

Everyone has forgoten this it seems.

This reminds me of a story in the Old Testament. God had just helped the Jews to win yet another war. They decided they wanted a king which they had not had before. Samuel the holy prophet felt bad because he had to tell God about this and he held himself responsible.

He tells the Lord and God said to him "They are not rejecting you Samuel, they are rejecting me". God says, Give them a king then. But be sure to tell them that the king will steal their sons and daughters, will take their land and at least 10% of their income. Samuel tells the people and they still demand a king.

I think you can guess what happened when they got King Saul. Careful what you wish for, you might get it.

The Jewish people are like most of us, we pray for something and God gives it and then we forget about him till next time. God gave us America and we have taken it for granted. I know I did. So now we have bad gov't.

The good thing is God always takes us back and fights for us and with us. I think we need God in this fight for the best country that ever existed.

We just have to say sorry and ask Him.

Anonymous said...

This will be the final straw if they don't back down, it'll be 1776 all over again.

Anonymous said...

The only thing this bill left out was "anyone opposed to this bill will be considered a potential threat, and therefore a domestic terrorist subject to indefinite detention."

Gotta love these traitors with their 10% approval ratings writing laws like anyone in America even thinks they are relevent.

What types of people give birth to these demons? Their mothers and fathers should be ashamed of these demon spawn.

Iron15 said...

Here is a quote from Campain for liberty...
Thanks to quick work by Senator Paul and his staff, he was on the floor to object to their attempt to slide this language through.

Instead, Senator Paul called for a roll call vote that saw the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act defeated by a vote of 41-59.
There is so much info & disinfo going around Its hard to know whats the TRUTH any more

Anonymous said...

I might be wrong, but didn't the amendment fail to pass, removing the possibility? There is otherwise an NDAA passed each year.

Anonymous said...

How many remeber the day before 9/11 when Donald Rumsfield announced to congress that the Pentagon could not account for $2.3 trillions dollars.The strike on the Pentagon took out the pentagon accounts, bookkeeper and budget analyst.36 in all. They were working in the office called Resources Service Washington.All were at their desk. Quickly forgotten the next day and not mentioned again until it was released by CBS on 1. 29. 2002. The this report came from the Pentagon Inspector General. the military can not account for 25% of what it spends. That is why the budget is always 25% over was is asked by by the military. If only one of the five missile launchers that protect the pentagon had brought this plane down those people would still be alive. the Pentagon was the most protected building in the world until 9/11.

Anonymous said...

because of the research i have been doing for the last three months on the CIA, 9/11 and Mossad as well as other events my files have been erased three times. I keep back up files. When i would mstart to turn off my computer a message would come on the screen telling me not to turn off my computer. When i did the erasing would start again.

Anonymous said...

Maybe those who laughed at the idea of FEMA camps across America will find out weather they exist or not. As guest.

Anonymous said...

Please sign the petition to impeach every US Senator who voted for this non-Constitutional bill. The petitions have already exceeded the goal of 10,000 but this has to go nation-wide. These crooks in congress need to pay!

the dude said...

Just shows how f....ed our government really is

Em said...

Anonymous said...

From what I see, no one is going to effectively oppose these Zionist Neo Bolseviks. Some of us will go to the FEMA Camps and a few of us will be killed.

I thought everyone knew, by now, that AIPAC controls congress. The bills sponsors, Levin and McCain, are 100 % Zionists. They are getting ready for a big war of slaughter of Islam, and they will not tolerate any dissent. they hope for a new world order that is a Zionist Neo Bolshevik nightmare. Same people were the architects of the slaughter of 50 million Russian Christians. America's turn, except there won't be much widespread resistance. Most will watch on TV or the internet and some will be very upset, but that is about all.

Raymond said...


Anonymous said...

GOD is great, JESUS is coming soon

Old Uncle Dave said...

How is it one Republican Senator can stop a bill in its tracks, but NObody could stop this?

Anonymous said...

Is not time to leave America. Is time to fight. The fascism is not only in America. The fascism is becoming worldwide. Soon there will be no where to run.

Fascism is when corporation take control of government. And we are living this on each and every country. Don't you people see it?

Each one of us need to make a decision. Obey and become a slave. Or fight.

Vic Morrows Head said...

When they cut the Social Security checks in half,people will go nuts!
The fact is,people will be commiting all sorts of crimes just to survive.They could not possibly give all of these people a speedy trial.This is their out.
If you think "Occupy" is something,just wait until the gut the Social programs!

Anonymous said...

If you the entire section of the bill pertaining to this subject of detention, on page 362, here is a link to the bill:

It specifically states that detention by the military does not apply to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident aliens.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and by the way... The sky is falling!

Anonymous said...

"Please sign the petition to impeach every US Senator who voted for this non-Constitutional bill. The petitions have already exceeded the goal of 10,000 but this has to go nation-wide. These crooks in congress need to pay!"

Thanks. I signed, for all the good it will do.

Anonymous said...

Each Senator who voted for S. 1867 has been on the payroll of the Corporate State of America for some time and have long ago abandonded the folks they purport to represent. There is little doubt that S. 1867 was written long ago and held until the votes were lined up and until the Occupy Movement reach a national significance. The bill could not have passes so quickly with no public warning or discussion unless its passage was programmed by the New World Order long ago.

It is in clear violation of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. The Radcons are playing their hands openly now and have self-identified themselves as prototypical facists. We must work to defeat these criminals. The best and probably the ownly way we can do so is to form a NEW PARTY which will challenge the Republicratic Party. See: The Dragon's Teeth – New Party:

Jim Miller

Anonymous said...

Fellow Americans, bothers and sisters, a great man once said "THE GREATEST SIN ANY ONE PERSON CAN COMMIT, IS TO STAND PASSIVE WHILE IN THE FACE OF EVIL". The recent actions (votes) of our Senators can be interpreted no other way but "THE FACE OF EVIL".

Anonymous said...

It's laws like this that should cause every thinking voter to chose Ron Paul as their presidential candidate. If he's lucky ( very lucky ) enough to be elected, he'll do his best to eliminate evil laws like this. (Yes, evil!!) Put your money where your heart and sentiments are and send your donations to: Ron Paul 2012, PO Box 2012, Lake Jackson, TX 77566. Make your check payable to: Ron Paul 2012 PCC. I've contributed a little over $200 as of this writing. Don't let Dr. Paul get ignored because Fig Newt and Mr. Romneycare get all the Super PAC money. Spread the word, donate some money and get the message out to all of your friends with a similar mindset. Aloha!

Anonymous said...

Senator Levin disclosed and Dave Kopel reported that, “it was the Obama administration which told Congress to remove the language in the original bill which exempted American citizens and lawful residents from the detention power”.
We can't allow a dictatorship and must be mindful that the end game is to disolve the US constitution.

Uncle Chuck said...

Found this in another forum:

another says:
November 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm
We have to face that fact that the Constitution of the United States is obviously no longer in force.
Among other things, this means that the people occupying congress, the courts and the White House have no legitimate basis for their power. All of their supposed power derives from a document that they clearly do not respect or obey.
I think the powers that be, these dishonorable usurpers of power, well understand that the consent of the governed has been withdrawn. Hence the police state. Not “police state tactics,” police state.
To continue to call this monstrosity by the name “the United States of America” is a falsehood and an insult to the flawed, but respectable democratic republic that I grew up in and that many honorable men and women have fought and died to uphold. What shall we call it instead? At the very least, it has to be “the former United States of America” at this point.

Conspiracy News said...

"Anonymous said...

If you the entire section of the bill pertaining to this subject of detention, on page 362, here is a link to the bill:

It specifically states that detention by the military does not apply to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident aliens.
December 3, 2011 5:32 AM "

You might want to re-read that section because either you didn't understand it or you don't know how the law works. If you really can't understand the difference between "required" and "prohibited" then I would be happy to help you out but your statement is demonstrably untrue. I guess you think Senator Graham, a supporter of the bill, was lying when he said 1031 applies to Americans then?

Anonymous said...

Read the bill and you will see Madison Ruppert is, at best, ignorant. He's wrong, wrong, wrong.

Conspiracy News said...

"Read the bill and you will see Madison Ruppert is, at best, ignorant. He's wrong, wrong, wrong."

I notice you fail to cite a single fact or point out a single thing I'm wrong about. I'd be happy to counter your claims with facts but unfortunately you did not make a single substantive point.

Calling someone names isn't going to help your case. It just makes you look like a child throwing a temper tantrum screaming, "WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!"

Anonymous said...

This all sounds very communistic to me and the end of the American We All Knew and Loved. May God Have Mercy On Our Souls.

Anonymous said...

where in 1867 does it state that the world will be deemed a battleground including America? i believe i have both copies of the bill in front of me and i dont see it in either. i need to know so i can write this letter correctly before i go at all these media outlets on their failed coverage of this bill and a few others. I need to find where it sates this because this is the one act that according to the declaration of independance is treason on our country. oddly both bills i have skip 1030? i think thats where it was but i cant tell when its not in the bill i downloaded off a government site. If anyone could help me with that we would appreciate it.

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