Saturday, December 21, 2013

Bigger, Badder NDAA 2014 Quietly Passed the House and Senate – On the Way to Obama’s Desk

Daisy Luther
Activist Post

While everyone is distracted with the holiday festivities, Congress has been hard at work, screwing us over in the name of national security.

Yesterday the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act was fast-tracked through the Senate, with no time for discussion or amendments. And, you know, it's Christmastime, so they just passed it so that they could recess for the holidays. The new version of the NDAA has already been quietly passed by the House of Representatives.

It authorizes massive spending, including $527 billion in base defense spending for the current fiscal year, funding for the war in Afghanistan, and funding for nuclear weapons programs.

The indefinite detention allowed by the original NDAA is still here, and it’s actually worse now, because there are provisions that will make it easier for the government to target those who disagree. 

Section 1071 outlines the creation of the “Conflict Records Research Center”, where the unconstitutionally obtained information that the NSA has collected is compiled and shared with the Department of Defense. The information, called in the wording “captured records,” can be anything from your phone records, emails, browsing history or posts on social media sites.

The New American reports in detail on the expansion of powers:
For two years, the NDAA included provisions that purported to authorize the president of the United States to deploy the U.S. military to apprehend and indefinitely detain any person (including an American citizen) who he believes “represent[s] an enduring security threat to the United States.” 
Such an immense grant of power is not only unconscionable, but unconstitutional, as well. 
Regardless of promises to the contrary made every year since 2011 by President Obama, the language of the NDAA places every citizen of the United States within the universe of potential “covered persons.” Any American could one day find himself or herself branded a “belligerent” and thus subject to the complete confiscation of his or her constitutional civil liberties and to nearly never-ending incarceration in a military prison. 
Finally, there is in the NDAA for 2014 a frightening fusion of the federal government’s constant surveillance of innocent Americans and the assistance it will give to justifying the indefinite detention of anyone labeled an enemy of the regime. 
Section 1071 of the version of the 2014 NDAA approved by the House and Senate committees this week expands on the scope of surveillance established by the Patriot Act and the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). 
Section 1071(a) authorizes the secretary of defense to “establish a center to be known as the ‘Conflict Records Research Center.’” According to the text of the latest version of the NDAA, the center’s task would be to compile a “digital research database including translations and to facilitate research and analysis of records captured from countries, organizations, and individuals, now or once hostile to the United States.” 
In order to accomplish the center’s purpose, the secretary of defense will create an information exchange in cooperation with the director of national intelligence. 
Key to the functioning of this information exchange will be the collection of “captured records.” Section 1071(g)(1), defines a captured record as “a document, audio file, video file, or other material captured during combat operations from countries, organizations, or individuals, now or once hostile to the United States.”
When read in conjunction with the provision of the AUMF that left the War on Terror open-ended and the prior NDAAs’ classification of the United States as a battleground in that unconstitutional war, and you’ve got a powerful combination that can knock out the entire Bill of Rights. 
Finally, when all the foregoing is couched within the context of the revelations regarding the dragnet surveillance programs of the NSA, it becomes evident that anyone’s phone records, e-mail messages, browsing history, text messages, and social media posts could qualify as a “captured record.” 
After being seized by the NSA (or some other federal surveillance apparatus), the materials would be processed by the Conflict Records Research Center created by this bill. This center’s massive database of electronic information and its collaboration with the NSA converts the United States into a constantly monitored holding cell and all its citizens and residents into suspects. All, of course, in the name of the security of the homeland. (source)
One thing that was omitted is the amendment on the prosecution of sexual assaults in the military. So, we can all be locked up indefinitely for crimes that haven’t been proven, but they don’t care so much if military members continue to rape other military members.
The final compromise, fashioned by the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, leaves out Democratic language that would have eased restrictions on transferring Gitmo detainees to the United States — a provision that would have helped the administration achieve its goal of shuttering the facility. 
It also does not include a controversial amendment by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to remove decisions about prosecuting sexual assault from the military chain of command. The New York Democrat says she’s secured a commitment from Reid to bring her proposal to the floor as a stand-alone measure next year. Although she may get her vote, the legislation is not expected to survive in the Republican-controlled House. 
Thursday’s defense bill also sidesteps the debate over Iran. Senators who wanted to offer amendments imposing tougher sanctions were blocked because of the bill’s fast-track process, which supporters said was necessary to get it finished before the end of the year. So Iran sanction hawks’ efforts will have to wait until next year. Movement now toward stricter sanctions, the White House has warned, would undermine its ongoing negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program. 
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested Reid had fast-tracked the defense bill because he “can’t stomach” a politically uncomfortable Iran vote. (source)
If you’re wondering who this year’s enemies of the Constitution are, here is the roll call from the Senate yesterday.

source: Activist Post

Unsurprisingly, there is little hope that President Obama will fail to sign this into law.

Under the new and “improved” NDAA, I’m a belligerent for writing this, and you’re a belligerent for reading this. God help you if you email someone about it or share it on Facebook. We’re all going to be busted as belligerents under this one.

See you at Gitmo or the FEMA camps!

Daisy Luther is a staff writer for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. She lives on a small organic farm in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. Daisy is the creator of The Organic Prepper where she writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. She can be contacted at Wake the flock up!

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Anonymous said...

"See you at Gitmo or the FEMA camps!"
No, you won't.

Anonymous said...

i knew the treasonous rodents were covering up somthing but worse than i thought i think that is the final nail

Adam Tengan said...

Where is the list of House representatives that voted for this? It would be interesting to see that

Anonymous said...

this is bullshit! bitch ass government is out of hand. its about time ppl wake up and fight back.

Anonymous said...

Oh Lucifer how has thou fallen from Heaven? He who doest weaken the nations. God knows them and marks those who would destroy the natural order of God's plan. He will deal with them eternally. This passage in scripture has Identified just who Lucifer is. A great weakening of the Nations is happening now. They have established themselves in history 'til this day. Pay attention folks. Choose wisely as we witness the culmination of evil for the souls of men.

Anonymous said...

time to enforce Declaration of Independence. Obama & Congress all need to be citizens arrested and put in prison. These scumbags are the real terrorists.

time for self defense revolution to remove these criminals and re-instate our constitution and God-given rights.

Anonymous said...

It won't stop! America has the worst government in the history of the mankind. Americans are officially brainwashed and they're the new slavery.

Anonymous said...

sadly you cant fight them thanks to there deep pockets waking up means revolting and americans dont have the stones these days to actually revolt in extreme numbers and throw out congress and the house what we need to do is get pissed and demand a compklete restruction of congress and the house every member on those list doesnt have your best interest in mind

Anonymous said...

Man u said it!

Anonymous said...

The following is taken directly from the Declaration of Independence.

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security"

It is not only the lawful and correct thing to do it is mandated and necessary by the document this line was taken from.

The criminals who have stolen power have done a very effective job of making everyone believe the opposite, that they are actually representatives of the government.

This couldn't be further from the truth but people just don't seem to see reality.
Why do you think they are working so hard to shut up those who see their phoney con game.

Anonymous said...

same crap from the libs and a hole repubs

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the Marxist America. All that is left for We The People is to rise and demand that our states seceed from the marxist, socialist, dictatorship regime known as the law according to DC.


Anonymous said...

Here's the list of traitors.

Anonymous said...

See, this is what happens when groups like Occupy disdain being involved in the legislative arena calling it reformist. Stuff like this happens every day in Congress, and then people complain after the fact. This is a piece of legislation that must get renewed every year. We know the drill from 2011 and 2012. I think if people were so concerned about it, they should have formed a campaign team and demonstrated outside the legislators offices across the country to shed light on this before it happened and made it politically difficult for these people to vote for it.

Anonymous said...

Both my state's senators voted "no".

Anonymous said...

Both my state's senators voted "no" also!

Anonymous said...

Both R N D voted yes :-(

Anonymous said...

I'm very glad my two wise Senators from Oregon voted Nay.

Anonymous said...

as a formrer vet, the nsa can spy and capture all they want. I will still support and defend the constitution of the united states against ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND "and I say it again" DOMESTIC.

Anonymous said...

I say we all fight peacefully start a petition for the enrollment of a million man march and hunger strike in major citys outside of city halls . But to do nothing is to surrender ourselves and our future generations to no Constitution at all.

Anonymous said...

I am upset too, but worst in history? Most crooked yes, far from worst

Anonymous said...

Indefinite detention for all
And to all a good night!

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Eject the senatorial criminals. Throw them out now.

Carl Peter Klapper said...

So, while the leaders of the unfree world are celebrating their Christmas with our money, we can quietly read "The Way Out" and spread the word by mouth. Then we shout "Surprise" when we all know how to end the charade and bring down their system:

Anonymous said...

MILLION MAN MARCH AND A HUNGER STRIKE? WTF? I say million man march with a BBQ then get all liquored up then get the hunting rifles out and do what needs to be done already and gun down anyone wearing a suit in that cesspool! They have already proven 100 times over they are all treasonous traitors by remaining silent all these years about 9/11 when even actual retards understand it was an inside job and continuing to cash their paychecks!

Anonymous said...

Fine, now they can't cut domestic spending by trumpeting a bunch of FAKE concern about the deficit. Or they have to raise taxes on the rich to pay for it.

Sean Edwards said...

Bend over and take it like a man you terrorist.

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