By Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Both sides of the aisle have been in a hyper paranoid state about the NDAA legislation passed last December. Allegedly this law would have allowed U.S. Citizens to be whisked away in the middle of the night, with no charges filed, no due process, and no habeas corpus. Fancy Nancy Pelosi said it, you know we better read it to find out what’s in it. Good advice, to do otherwise leaves us in a position the taxpayer has been in far too long……Taxation with NO legitimate representation.
Senator Feinstein’s Senior legislative aide took this reporter through Thomas.gov and lead me through amendment to other amendments until she proved to my satisfaction that none of us will be leaving for GITMO anytime soon.
Well not really. A serious questions must be posed. Any of your neighbors gone missing? Black helicopters quietly circling your home or bunker? Receiving collect calls from friends in far away places? Not to worry this is but another diversion with unwitting Republican participants.
The bill was rushed through with Senator Feinstein’s excellent intended amendment passed. Congress adjourned quickly so members could return to their home for the holiday. You thought this was over? HA!
Another attempt to get rid of a new law that allows the military to indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens suspected of terrorist plotting without charge or trial will be made Wednesday by Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.
The highly controversial detainee provisions were added to the National Defense Authorization Act last year, over the strenuous objections of a number of Democrats, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and libertarian Republican Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, along with a handful of members on both sides of the aisle.
Here we are in the first week of May and they still don’t have it right. You see, knowing his constituents, Congressman Allen West (R-FL), read the entire bill at one of his town hall meetings.
Feinstein and Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, are working on separate legislation, the Due Process Guarantee Act, which would ensure that the detainee portions of last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, or any declaration of war or congressional authorization to use military force, would not allow the military to imprison without trial citizens and green card holders living in the United States. Civil liberties groups contend the legislation is too narrow because it does not cover non-citizens who do not hold green cards. (Perhaps you have forgotten Senator Feinstein that is why our country has a Constitution which prohibits this nonsense in the first place.
Feinstein has said that widening her legislation to include non-citizens would hurt its chances of passage. (Whoops three went her Latino, Muslim and Central Valley farmer’s votes) Thanks for your efforts Senator Feinstein, as usual they are well-meaning, too little and too late.
H/T Carolyn Lochhead
San Francisco Chronicle