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President Obama passes National Defense Authorization Law…

Good morning, Netizens...


Ye Gods, President Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law. This is a beastly piece of legislation that would make indefinite military detention of American Citizens okay without trial so long as there is a war on Terror.


He insists he would not use the powers of this law. However, as various civil liberties advocates point out that once the provisions are law, however, they will be available to a President such as Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney or any future more right-wing, conservative president, who could choose to use the powers granted more aggressively. Any hope we, as citizens, may have once had that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was vacated today.


What a way to start the new year!


If you are an independent thinker, someone who thinks and speaks their mind freely, you could be in dire straits because, depending upon your mindset, you could become considered a terrorist, especially if the political spectrum swings wider to the right, which it may do.


Isn't this a dangerous and silly law?



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