The US “Homeland Battlefield” Congress's assault on American civil and political rightsSubmitted by Bob-45 on Tue, 12/27/2011 - 02:28
By Lawrence Davidson
26 December 2011
Lawrence Davidson argues that the US Congress's latest assault on civil and political rights – the Homeland Battlefield Bill – is historically unique in that, rather than being a response to particular conditions such as war and amorphous fears of foreign threats which is reversed when the "threat" ended, it is potentially permanent.
Congress attacks the constitution
The US Congress has ended the year 2011 by assaulting the constitution. The attack came in the form of the 2012 National Defence Appropriations Act (NDAA), which passed both the House of Representatives (14 December) and the Senate (15 December) by large margins despite having an attached provision (the "Homeland Battlefield Bill") that allows the United States military to take into custody and hold indefinitely without trial any American citizen designated a "terrorist suspect".
As if to make sure that everyone knew just what they were voting for, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina who supports the legislation, said on the Senate floor: "The statement of authority to detain does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as a battlefield, including the homeland." That means US citizens designated terrorist suspects are stripped of their protections under the constitution. They simply fall into a judicial black hole. Ironically, Congress did this to the country on the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.