President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act on New Year’s Eve while few citizens were paying close attention to the radical attack on domestic democracy and freedom and provocation for another mid-East war.
The controversial $662 billion spending legislation steps up the likelihood of war against Iran and allows indefinite detention and interrogation of any American citizen in spite of the Constitution guarantee of a right to trial and prohibition of cruel punishment.
Those provisions raise serious about the patriotism, judgment and dedication to democracy of Congress and the President, according to many critics because they have forsaken commitment to protecting the individual liberties guaranteed in the Constitution.
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch said: “By signing this defense spending bill, President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in US law.”
Congressman Ron Paul, the leading Republican presidential contender in Iowa, told voters there that sanctions against Iran are “acts of war” that are likely to lead to an actual war.
The detention of citizens without charges, a trial or access to judicial review “Constitutes Treason” according to some critics, who span all sides of the political spectrum. Civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, also strongly oppose the law.
Among the Occupy Wall Street movement — which has been suppressed by police and maligned in corporate-owned media, where the vast majority of Americans get their news — fears surfaced that the law would be usd to justify further attacks on democracy.
Sixty-eight Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on New Year’s Eve as they attempted to return to New York City’s Zuccotti Park.
“I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists,” Obama said in a statement issued in Hawaii, where he is on vacation.
Still struggling to maintain a slim lead after spending nearly twice as much as money on his campaign as any other Republican challenger, Mitt Romney’s statements have drawn charges that he is “clueless on the National Defense Authorization Act.”
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