New National Defense Authorization Act Provision is Dangerous to Your Tweets - Page 2
The provision (attached to the massive 2012 National Defense Authorization Act which is voted on each year to continue our global military funding operations) crafted by Senate Democrat, Carl Levin was opposed by civil libertarians on the left and right. But one independent and 16 Democrats joined with Republicans to defeat an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.). Udall's amendment would would have killed Levin's provision. So by voting down Udall's amendment, politicians have made sure that a person can be alleged to be a terrorist and though he is an American citizen, he does not have the right to due process. He does not have the right to hire a lawyer to defend himself, because there is no defense against an accusation of terrorism.
Now folks, to explain what that all means in plain English, let me take it to its ultimate "absurd" conclusion. If you put up a "controversial Twitter post, attend a peaceful protest, publish an anti-Congress critique or anti-TSA rant," follow various Occupy groups and protest with them on social media sites, speak-out on any public forum about members of congress, or do anything that one could cleverly contort into being "terrorist suspicious" and "anti-government," you could be seized in the dead of night and BAM, whisked without warrant or Miranda rights to a final destination and dumped in a detention center FOR LIFE. The only safety valve would be a waiver from the secretary of defense.
Now that's in the wording of the bill which allows for military detention of Americans that the White House has threatened to veto, criticizing that it would cause confusion and interfere with a counterterrorism effort that has been remarkably successful since Sept. 11, 2001 — across two administrations.
The problem is compounded in that "top-level law enforcement officials" like FBI Director Robert Mueller are against Levin's provision. Why? In agreement with the White House, the FBI contends that it would limit the FBI's ability to "legitimately investigate those who actually are engaged in terrorist activities on American soil."Continued on the next page