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Indefinite Detention Bill: Historic Tragedy – Big Sis to ICE: Prepare for Mass Influx of Immigrants – Iraq Invasion Mastermind: Now Iran WMD

December 15, 2011

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It’s not easy keeping up with the twists and turns of dangerous legislation like the National Defense Authorization Act; perhaps this is by design.  The House did approve the latest version, complete with the Nazi-styled provisions to send US citizens to GITMO without charges or trial.  Now it goes to the Senate for quick approval, then to the president, who once claimed he would veto it.  Remember my November 30th statement regarding his commitment to veto?

“Obama is threatening to veto it, but I suppose he can’t wait to put ink to it, despite pressure from liberals.”

Obama’s U-Turn On Indefinite Detention Bill a “Historic Tragedy” For Rights

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White House demanded removal of language that would have protected U.S. citizens

Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Human Rights Watch has labeled President Obama’s U-turn on his decision to veto the NDAA bill, which empowers the government to indefinitely detain Americans without trial, a “historic tragedy for rights,” but should we really be surprised given the fact that it was Obama’s White House which ensured language that would have protected U.S. citizens was removed from the bill in the first place?

With the House passing a revised version of the bill last night and the Senate set to follow, Obama could sign the legislation into law before the end of the week after the White House dropped its threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, which under Section 1031 empowers the government to arrest Americans and hold them in a detention camp with no legal recourse.

“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,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “In the past, Obama has lauded the importance of being on the right side of history, but today he is definitely on the wrong side.”

HRW describes Obama’s about-face as a “historic tragedy for rights”.

The ACLU strikes a similar tone, warning “it will damage both his legacy and American’s reputation for upholding the rule of law,” if Obama signs the bill.

HRW and the ACLU’s opposition to the bill is commendable, but in none of their press releases does it point out that it was Obama’s White House itself which demanded language be removed from the original version of the bill that would have protected U.S. citizens from its most dangerous provisions.

Obama’s veto threat was never about stopping detention without trial of American citizens, it was about ensuring that the federal government didn’t completely hand such powers over to the U.S. military, and enshrining into law Obama’s unconstitutional policy of targeting Americans as terrorists without the legal requirement to offer any proof.

Indeed, as the bill’s co-sponsor Senator Carl Levin said during a speech on the floor last week, it was the Obama administration that demanded the removal of language that would have precluded Americans from being subject to indefinite detention.

“The language which precluded the application of Section 1031 to American citizens was in the bill that we originally approved…and the administration asked us to remove the language which says that U.S. citizens and lawful residents would not be subject to this section,” said Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

“It was the administration that asked us to remove the very language which we had in the bill which passed the committee…we removed it at the request of the administration,” said Levin, emphasizing, “It was the administration which asked us to remove the very language the absence of which is now objected to.”


Big Sis Orders ICE To Prepare For Mass Influx of Immigrants

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Directive follows leaked KBR memo requesting subcontractors to service detention camps

Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano has directed ICE to prepare for a mass influx of immigrants into the United States, calling for the plan to deal with the “shelter” and “processing” of large numbers of people.

“The Department of Homeland Security wants a plan to deal with sudden mass migrations of immigrants to the U.S.,” reports Government Security News.

“DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, according to a statement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, recently directed ICE to develop a national-level mass migration plan. The plan will outline how to address the health care, sheltering, processing, transition and disposition of large numbers of undocumented individuals who might arrive in the U.S. as the result of a mass migration, said ICE on Dec. 13.”

Part of the preparations for sheltering and processing an influx of people includes the construction and manning of detention camps.

In 2006, Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root was contracted by Homeland Security to build detention centers designed to deal with “an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S,” or the rapid development of unspecified “new programs” that would require large numbers of people to be interned.

Last week we received a leaked memo from a state government employee detailing KBR’s efforts to hire subcontractors to provide services required for temporary “emergency environment” camps located in five regions of the United States, indicating that many of the camps have now been constructed and are ready for use.

The construction of new detention camps inside the United States has provoked fears that the facilities could also be used to intern American citizens in the aftermath of a national emergency.

Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was established under the pretext of a “mass exodus” of illegal aliens crossing the Mexican/US border, the same pretense used in the language of the KBR request for services.

During the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, however, it was revealed that the program was a secretive “scenario and drill” developed by the federal government to suspend the Constitution, declare martial law, assign military commanders to take over state and local governments, and detain large numbers of American citizens determined by the government to be “national security threats.”

The National Defense Authorization Act, which could be signed into law by President Obama before the end of the week, hands the government power to have American citizens arrested and detained without trial.

With riots and civil unrest breaking out all over the globe, U.S. authorities have been preparing for similar disorder in America.

A report produced by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Institute warns that the United States may experience massive civil unrest in the wake of a series of crises which it termed “strategic shock.”

“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” stated the report, authored by [Ret.] Lt. Col. Nathan Freir, adding that the military may be needed to quell “purposeful domestic resistance”.


Iraq Invasion Mastermind Antes Up On Iran Attack

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Kurt Nimmo
December 15, 2011

Richard Perle, aka the Prince of Darkness, is back. “I am willing to accuse Iran of building nuclear weapons,” Perle told RT on Wednesday. “I do not think there is any question about it,” despite the fact there is no definitive evidence Iran is using its nuclear energy program to build weapons.

Perle is one of the main masterminds behind the invasion of Iraq that killed over a million Iraqis. He was the chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee in 2001.

Perle associated with the American Enterprise Institute and the Project for the New American Century, both of which worked with the Bush neocons to orchestrate the war. He signed a letter in late 2001 accusing Saddam Hussein of participating in the September 11 attacks.

In 2006, he said a Bush administration State Department offer of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program amounted to “appeasement” and last year predicted Israel will eventually attack Iran.

During the interview, Perle dismissed the allegation that the invasion of Iraq was launched under false pretense. “What are you suggesting? That we stop trying to figure out whether Iran has nuclear weapons, because there were intelligence errors with respect to Iraq? Should the US dismantle its intelligence organizations? Of course not!”

In 2004, the Senate Intelligence Committee found that the CIA’s prewar estimates of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were wildly overstated and unsupported by intelligence. Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, told reporters that intelligence used to support the invasion of Iraq was based on assessments that were “unreasonable and largely unsupported by the available intelligence,” CNN reported at the time.

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