Category Archives: NDAA

The National Defense Authorization Act that allows American Citizens to be detained by the US Government indefinitely, without judge, jury, or trial.

If you trust Obama to veto CISPA or similar legislation you’re in for a rude awakening

It has become incredibly frustrating to deal with people who erroneously believe that Obama and his administration will live up to a single claim, promise, or statement. Especially since neither Obama nor his pals have given us a single reason to trust them while giving us tons of reasons not to, not the least of which being the fact that they claim they can kill you or me whenever they please, based on policies which they repeatedly have refused to justify in a court of law.

Back when the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 was being pushed through the House and Senate and making its way towards Obama’s desk I attempted to make it clear that the Obama administration’s supposed intention to veto the bill was nothing more than theater.

Of course, he ended up signing the bill with a meaningless signing statement claiming that he “signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists.”

Read more: http://endthelie.com/2012/05/05/if-you-trust-obama

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Business Insider: CISPA “is absolutely ludicrous insanity. The minds behind this in Congress should be forced to resign, immediately — they are acting in the interests of weird lobbying groups and defense contractors.”

Total surveillance of the people is what Congress ultimately wants, so it is no surprise that this is apparently a top legislative priority for them — even at a time when 1 out of every 2 recent college graduates face unemployment. Even at a time when our total public debt is above $15 trillion.

How bad is CISPA in its current form? Here’s some analysis from Techdirt: “Up until this afternoon, the final vote on CISPA was supposed to be tomorrow. Then, abruptly, it was moved up today—and the House voted in favor of its passage with a vote of 248-168. But that’s not even the worst part. [...] Previously, CISPA allowed the government to use information for ‘cybersecurity’ or ‘national security’ purposes. Those purposes have not been limited or removed. Instead, three more valid uses have been added: investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. Cybersecurity crime is defined as any crime involving network disruption or hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA.”

Let me put this into perspective for you:

- If the government suspects you are a genuine “bad guy,” like a cyberterrorist, human trafficker, drug kingpin, etc… they can already seize all of this online activity information about you. It’s called obtaining a warrant. CISPA does away with that. It supercedes ALL existing federal privacy laws. As Techdirt’s Leigh Beadon put it, “Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all. Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim that someone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened—again, notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government’s power.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/cispa-is-ridiculously

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Insanity: CISPA Just Got Way Worse, And Then Passed On Rushed Vote

Up until this afternoon, the final vote on CISPA was supposed to be tomorrow. Then, abruptly, it was moved up today—and the House voted in favor of its passage with a vote of 248-168. But that’s not even the worst part.

The vote followed the debate on amendments, several of which were passed. Among them was an absolutely terrible change (pdf and embedded below—scroll to amendment #6) to the definition of what the government can do with shared information, put forth by Rep. Quayle. Astonishingly, it was described as limiting the government’s power, even though it in fact expands it by adding more items to the list of acceptable purposes for which shared information can be used. Even more astonishingly, it passed with a near-unanimous vote. The CISPA that was just approved by the House is much worse than the CISPA being discussed as recently as this morning.

Previously, CISPA allowed the government to use information for “cybersecurity” or “national security” purposes. Those purposes have not been limited or removed. Instead, three more valid uses have been added: investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. Cybersecurity crime is defined as any crime involving network disruption or hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA.

Basically this means CISPA can no longer be called a cybersecurity bill at all. The government would be able to search information it collects under CISPA for the purposes of investigating American citizens with complete immunity from all privacy protections as long as they can claim someone committed a “cybersecurity crime”. Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all. Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim that someone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened—again, notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government’s power.

Read more: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120426

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US House Passes CISPA!! 248 to 168

The US House of Representatives has just passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA (HR 3523) by a vote of 248 to 168. The bill passed mostly along party lines, backed by House Republicans. While the bill is intended to safeguard the US against “cyber threats,” critics say that it is too vague and broad, and would give government and military intelligence agencies the ability to inspect private data without the use of warrants. While the bill hasn’t garnered the same level of outrage as SOPA did in recent months from companies like Google or Facebook (Facebook supports CISPA), web advocates have been vocal in their opposition to the bill.

The Obama administration has already strongly opposed CISPA and threatened to veto it, so it’s not likely that this particular version of the bill will pass. The White House says that the bill lacks civilian oversight and privacy protections, and that “without clear legal protections and independent oversight, information sharing legislation will undermine the public’s trust in the government as well as in the internet by undermining fundamental privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties, and consumer protections.” Still, the White House has signaled that it is interested in some form of cyber security bill, so this won’t likely be its final act.

Occupy Wall Street has been told that Obama plans to veto this bill if it goes before him, so that’s good.  But who are these 248 representatives passing this bill? The people have already spoken on this bill.  The only thing I can think of is that they are obligated to because their lobbyists and Hollywood has financially been treating them too well.  I can’t wait for things to change in the future when people wise up and get these scum, who can be bought, out of office.

Read more: http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/26/2978395/us-house

CISPA Action List here:
http://www.reddit.com/r/evolutionReddit/comments/sjay6/cispa_action_list_we_need_to_hit_up_congress/

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“I Think Ron Paul Just Won Iowa!” Rachel Maddow April 23, 2012


Ron Paul wins Iowa! Ron Paul wins Minnesota! What other states will Ron Paul win after the dust settles?

The Ron Paul delegate strategy:
http://www.dailypaul.com/228193/tell-the-truth-youve-doubted

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Executive-order panic: Martial law in U.S.?

The White House’s late-week release of an executive order has sent the online community into an uproar, worried that President Obama had secretly provided himself means to institute martial law in America.

In the common practice of dumping government documents on a Friday afternoon, just as the news cycle is wrapping up for the week – a move critics say allows the administration to avoid widespread coverage of embarrassing actions – the White House released an executive order on “National Defense Resources Preparedness.”

Filled with language about “government-owned equipment” and a “defense executive reserve,” among other vague statements, rumors began to spread that the executive order expanded the president’s power to do everything from seizing whole industries to drafting private armies.

Read more: http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/executive-order-panic

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Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal

Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it.

The US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347 late Monday, a bill which is being dubbed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. In the bill, Congress officially makes it illegal to trespass on the grounds of the White House, which, on the surface, seems not just harmless and necessary, but somewhat shocking that such a rule isn’t already on the books. The wording in the bill, however, extends to allow the government to go after much more than tourists that transverse the wrought iron White House fence.

Under the act, the government is also given the power to bring charges against Americans engaged in political protest anywhere in the country.

Under current law, White House trespassers are prosecuted under a local ordinance, a Washington, DC legislation that can bring misdemeanor charges for anyone trying to get close to the president without authorization. Under H.R. 347, a federal law will formally be applied to such instances, but will also allow the government to bring charges to protesters (like Occupy Wall Street), demonstrators and activists at political events and other outings across America.

Read more: http://rt.com/usa/news/348-act-tresspass-buildings-437/

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Anonymous, Occupy Wall Street launch ‘Our Polls’ campaign against SOPA, PIPA, NDAA supporters in Congress

Anonymous and the Occupy Movement have joined forces to defeat congressional supporters of SOPA, PIPA, and NDAA this November.

Anonymous announced today a joint campaign with the Occupy Wall Street Movement called “Our Polls,” which targets members of Congress who supported a variety of bills these groups find particularly offensive. Namely: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The groups call on voters to remove all those who supported these bills from office on November 6, election day.

The primary message of the Our Polls effort is that Washington is corrupted by money, and that the politicians who were elected to represent us worry more about the thickness of their wallets than the lives of their constituents.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/anonymous

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Judge Napolitano was the only one on Fox News who made any sense, and now he’s gone

Judge Napolitano was the only show on Fox News that actually made any sense, and now his show is cancelled. He was the only one on Fox that actually reported on Occupy Wall Street and NDAA. He was the only guy on Fox that actually told the truth from an outside viewpoint without an agenda and now he’s gone.  A lot of people are saying this is the video that got his show cancelled… you be the judge. Keep in mind this video actually aired on Fox, yes seriously, Fox News.  Actually I’m really surprised Judge Napolitano was on Fox as long as he was.

Way to go Fox! Keep up your right wing, religious nut job extremist agenda of fear and intolerance!

Read more: http://suicidegirlsblog.com/blog/fox-news-jettisons-judge

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Occupy Wall Street, Libertarians and Tea Party Activists Unite Against the NDAA


On  Monday 13, February 2012, at noon, in Medford Oregon,  a demonstration will take place at Vogel Plaza against the passing of the NDAA. What is unusual about this action, and could be an indication of  similar actions on other issues, is that it is uniting American citizens from across the political spectrum. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was signed into law on December 31, 2011, is an assault on freedom and civil liberties.

Protesting will be members of Occupy Wall Street, Libertarians and the Tea Party Activists.

Read more: http://newsjunkiepost.com/2012/02/12/oregon-occupy

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Occupy Wall Street: Ron Paul Is The Only Real Difference

Both parties are pretty much the same, there’s not really much of a difference either way. Both want big government. Both have no real plans of how to fix the recession. Both want more wars and occupying other countries. Both parties have no interest in locking up any of the bad guys on Wall Street. Both parties want nothing to do with addressing the real problem that is the Federal Reserve. Both parties are willing to detain Americans indefinitely without trial, judge or jury (NDAA).

Occupy Wall Street says Ron Paul is the only candidate that’s different than the cookie-cutter candidates from both parties. He might not be the most “presidential” candidate but he’s the only candidate that has a real chance of saving this country. I mean when it comes down to it, what is the real difference between a Mitt Romney and a Barack Obama.  Not much.

Casually pepper spray everything cop: Lt. John Pike

Fox News Megyn Kelly on pepper spray: It's a food product essentially

Occupy Wall Street: The Game

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Hi, I’m Al Franken. I Took Over $88,000 From The Entertainment Industry For My Senate Campaign, And In Return, I Support PIPA & SOPA.


According to ProPublica.org : The entertainment industry made $5,579,819 in contributions to US Senators, with an average contribution of $55,798. The $88,900 I took from them is $33,102 more than the average senator.
(there are some suggested tweets below too!)

Hi. My name is Al Franken. I am a Senator from Minnesota. A proposed bill in the Senate, PIPA, threatens to treat the concept of free speech in much the same way that totalitarian regimes in China, Iran and North Korea do. This bill is why so many internet sites have ‘gone black’ in protest. It was written for lobbyists to place corporate greed over the fundamental freedoms our nation was founded on, and I support it.

Read more: http://www.buythevote.org/projects/SopaPipa/congress

Occupy Wall Street: From his days at Saturday Night Live, this story makes me so sad. Why Al? WHY?!!

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10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free

Assassination of U.S. citizens
President Obama has claimed, as President George W. Bush did before him, the right to order the killing of any citizen considered a terrorist or an abettor of terrorism. Last year, he approved the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaqi and another citizen under this claimed inherent authority. Last month, administration officials affirmed that power, stating that the president can order the assassination of any citizen whom he considers allied with terrorists. (Nations such as Nigeria, Iran and Syria have been routinely criticized for extrajudicial killings of enemies of the state.)

Indefinite detention
Under the law signed last month, terrorism suspects are to be held by the military; the president also has the authority to indefinitely detain citizens accused of terrorism. While the administration claims that this provision only codified existing law, experts widely contest this view, and the administration has opposed efforts to challenge such authority in federal courts. The government continues to claim the right to strip citizens of legal protections based on its sole discretion. (China recently codified a more limited detention law for its citizens, while countries such as Cambodia have been singled out by the United States for “prolonged detention.”)

Arbitrary justice
The president now decides whether a person will receive a trial in the federal courts or in a military tribunal, a system that has been ridiculed around the world for lacking basic due process protections. Bush claimed this authority in 2001, and Obama has continued the practice. (Egypt and China have been denounced for maintaining separate military justice systems for selected defendants, including civilians.)

Warrantless searches
The president may now order warrantless surveillance, including a new capability to force companies and organizations to turn over information on citizens’ finances, communications and associations. Bush acquired this sweeping power under the Patriot Act in 2001, and in 2011, Obama extended the power, including searches of everything from business documents to library records. The government can use “national security letters” to demand, without probable cause, that organizations turn over information on citizens — and order them not to reveal the disclosure to the affected party. (Saudi Arabia and Pakistan operate under laws that allow the government to engage in widespread discretionary surveillance.)

Secret evidence
The government now routinely uses secret evidence to detain individuals and employs secret evidence in federal and military courts. It also forces the dismissal of cases against the United States by simply filing declarations that the cases would make the government reveal classified information that would harm national security — a claim made in a variety of privacy lawsuits and largely accepted by federal judges without question. Even legal opinions, cited as the basis for the government’s actions under the Bush and Obama administrations, have been classified. This allows the government to claim secret legal arguments to support secret proceedings using secret evidence. In addition, some cases never make it to court at all. The federal courts routinely deny constitutional challenges to policies and programs under a narrow definition of standing to bring a case.

War crimes
The world clamored for prosecutions of those responsible for waterboarding terrorism suspects during the Bush administration, but the Obama administration said in 2009 that it would not allow CIA employees to be investigated or prosecuted for such actions. This gutted not just treaty obligations but the Nuremberg principles of international law. When courts in countries such as Spain moved to investigate Bush officials for war crimes, the Obama administration reportedly urged foreign officials not to allow such cases to proceed, despite the fact that the United States has long claimed the same authority with regard to alleged war criminals in other countries. (Various nations have resisted investigations of officials accused of war crimes and torture. Some, such as Serbia and Chile, eventually relented to comply with international law; countries that have denied independent investigations include Iran, Syria and China.)

Secret court
The government has increased its use of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has expanded its secret warrants to include individuals deemed to be aiding or abetting hostile foreign governments or organizations. In 2011, Obama renewed these powers, including allowing secret searches of individuals who are not part of an identifiable terrorist group. The administration has asserted the right to ignore congressional limits on such surveillance. (Pakistan places national security surveillance under the unchecked powers of the military or intelligence services.)

Immunity from judicial review
Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration has successfully pushed for immunity for companies that assist in warrantless surveillance of citizens, blocking the ability of citizens to challenge the violation of privacy. (Similarly, China has maintained sweeping immunity claims both inside and outside the country and routinely blocks lawsuits against private companies.)

Continual monitoring of citizens
The Obama administration has successfully defended its claim that it can use GPS devices to monitor every move of targeted citizens without securing any court order or review. (Saudi Arabia has installed massive public surveillance systems, while Cuba is notorious for active monitoring of selected citizens.)

Extraordinary renditions
The government now has the ability to transfer both citizens and noncitizens to another country under a system known as extraordinary rendition, which has been denounced as using other countries, such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, to torture suspects. The Obama administration says it is not continuing the abuses of this practice under Bush, but it insists on the unfettered right to order such transfers — including the possible transfer of U.S. citizens including Occupy Wall Street.

Read more:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-the-united-states-still

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Who are the people that are actually voting for Mitt Romney?

Mitt Romney is the anti-christ
I don’t get it. I keep on seeing him do well in these Primaries. Who are the people that approve of him? Who are the people that are voting for him?  I really want to know. I don’t know one person that is a fan of this guy.

What is Mitt Romney for? He’s for bigger government, he’s for less personal freedoms, and hates gay people. He’s a friend of Wall Street, wait what am I saying, he is Wall street. His top contributors are Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.

He wants more wars. He wants to invade Iran. He wants more bases in other countries. He support NDAA and approves of detaining Americans indefinitely with no trial, judge or jury.

Why is no one mentioning his religious beliefs? I guess some Mormons will vote for their own kind no matter what he’s about (which is sad) but how is he getting so much of the Christian vote? Christianity and Mormonism have NOTHING to do with each other.  They are two extremely different ideologies. As a Mormon he believes he’ll get his own universe and become a god when he dies… that’s what he believes. He’s going to become a god of his own universe, just right after he becomes President of the United States.  President is a good thing for your resume when trying to get the coolest universe I guess.

Who is voting for this guy? I mean, of course there is an agenda out there that wants to keep this broken machine working, working so it wipes out the lower and middle class, but how is he getting so many votes? Do people vote solely based on his demeanor or that he might have said something witty in the media lately? How pathetic.

Mitt Romney doesn’t want to fix any of the problems in the country, he wants to further the agenda of the 1%. This country needs a lot more than a good looking hair cut and that’s all Mitt Romney is, a good looking hair cut.

Here’s some numbers of the top contributors from the top two candidates in this race
Top contributors of Ron Paul and Mitt Romney
Occupy Wall Street doesn’t support Mitt Romney. They don’t support anyone who is continuing the downward spiral of everything that is wrong with America.

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CNN cuts out when Soldier is discussing his support for Ron Paul

Right when the soldier starts talking about how Ron Paul doesn’t support bombing Iran, the feed is cut.

How is this type of stuff happening in America? All this censorship surrounding Ron Paul (CNN, MSNBC & of course Fox)… then there’s the real possibility of SOPA… Obama signing NDAA which can detain Americans indefinitely… no crooks from Wall Street behind bars…the recession, high unemployment, the rich getting richer, the middle class being wiped out… things are getting worse and worse with no end in site.

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