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Ron Paul Statement on NDAA Conference Report

by Ron Paul | December 21, 2012

Mr. Speaker I rise to oppose what will be the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) I will face as a Member of the US House of Representatives. As many of my colleagues are aware, I have always voted against the NDAA regardless of what party controls the House. Far from simply providing an authorization for the money needed to defend this country, which I of course support, this authorization and its many predecessors have long been used to fuel militarization, enrich the military industrial complex, expand our empire overseas, and purchase military and other enormously expensive equipment that we do not need and in large part does not work anyway. They wrap all of this mess up in false patriotism, implying that Members who do not vote for these boondoggles do not love their country.

The military industrial complex is a jigsaw puzzle of seemingly competing private companies; but they are in reality state-sponsored enterprises where well-connected lobbyists, usually after long and prosperous careers in the military or government, pressure Congress to fund pet projects regardless of whether we can afford them or whether they are needed to defend our country. This convenient arrangement is the welfare of the warfare state.

Because of the false perception that we must pass this military spending authorization each year or our men and women in uniform will go hungry, Congress has over the years taken the opportunity to pack it with other items that would have been difficult to pass on their own. This is nothing new on Capitol Hill. In the last few years, however, this practice has taken a sinister turn.

The now-infamous NDAA for fiscal year 2012, passed last year, granted the president the authority to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge, without access to an attorney, and without trial. It is difficult to imagine anything more un-American than this attack on our Constitutional protections. While we may not have yet seen the widespread use of this unspeakably evil measure, a wider application of this “authority” may only be a matter of time.

Historically these kinds of measures have been used to bolster state power at the expense of unpopular scapegoats. The Jewish citizens of 1930s Germany knew all about this reprehensible practice. Lately the scapegoats have been mostly Muslims. Hundreds, perhaps many more, even Americans, have been held by the US at Guantanamo and in other secret prisons around the world.

But this can all change quickly, which makes it all the more dangerous. Maybe one day it will be Christians, gun-owners, home-schoolers, etc.

That is why last year, along with Reps. Justin Amash, Walter Jones, and others, we attempted to simply remove the language from the NDAA (sec. 1021) that gave the president this unconstitutional authority. It was a simple, readable amendment. Others tried to thwart our straightforward efforts by crafting elaborately worded amendments that in practice did noting to protect us from this measure in the bill. Likewise this year there were a few celebrated but mostly meaningless attempts to address this issue. One such effort passed in the senate version of this bill. The conferees have simply cut it out. The will of Congress was thus ignored by a small group of Members and Senators named by House and Senate leadership.

There are many other measures in this NDAA Conference Report to be concerned about. It continues to fund our disastrous wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere for example.

The Conference Report contains yet another round of doomed-to-fail new sanctions against Iran. These are acts of war against Iran without actually firing a shot. But this time the House and Senate conferees are going further than that. The report contains language that pushes the US as close to an actual authorization for the use of force against Iran as we can get. The Report “…asserts that the U.S. should be prepared to take all necessary measures, including military action if required, to prevent Iran from threatening the U.S., its allies, or Iran’s neighbors with a nuclear weapon and reinforces the military option should it prove necessary.”

This kind of language just emboldens Iran’s enemies in the region to engage in increasingly reckless behavior with the guarantee that the US military will step in if they push it too far. That is an unwise move for everyone concerned.

This Conference Report contains increased levels of foreign military aid, including an additional half-billion dollars in missile assistance to an already prosperous Israel and some $300 million to help an increasingly prosperous Russia control its chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons. And Russia does not even want the money!

Overall, this authorization will give the president even more money for military activities next year than he requested. At a time when the news has been dominated by reports of our budget crisis, the “fiscal cliff,” and the “need” to increase taxes on Americans, Congress is foolishly spending even more on the military budget than the administration wants! I suppose that is what counts as a reduction in the language of Washington.

I urge my colleagues to oppose this, and all future, reckless and dangerous military spending bills that are destroying our national security by destroying our economy.

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Anyone seen video?

I've been looking for it, but its not on youtube. perhaps there was no time, and Dr. Paul just released his statement on the matter for the record. After he got his time for the farewell address (against leadership's wishes), Im sure Boner and Cvntor (sorry) wont let the Congressman anywhere near a microphone

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He didn't speak on the House floor

He just submitted the statement in the Congressional Record.

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The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Bravo Dr. Paul.

Dr. Paul will be sorely missed very soon.

And our liberty will suffer for it.

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Ron Paul; a Statesman in Congress, working for us..

among politicians, traitors, and oath-breakers. Your voice will be sorely missed up on Capitol Hill.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Many Americans now....

see the "writing on the wall." Many have chosen to take up citizenship in other countries hoping to avoid the coming crack down. A friend of mine who took up citizenship in another country more than 20 years ago recently wanted to go to the states to attend the funeral of a relative...the HS/immi types told (at the airport w/visa/ticket in hand), him that he was born in the US and would ALWAYS be an american citizen and would not be allowed to travel to the uS without an American passport which he hasn't had in years. Now the feds are going after those who want nothing to do with the uS anymore. My friend went on to apply for renounciation of his american citizenship and has been getting the run around for months..."over reach" is the mantra of the fed gofers and they actually believe that if they have to stay in the muck, everyone has to stay in the muck....My point is...now you can't even run away.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
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What I don't "get" is why the American people

don't "get" this:

"The now-infamous NDAA for fiscal year 2012, passed last year, granted the president the authority to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge, without access to an attorney, and without trial. It is difficult to imagine anything more un-American than this attack on our Constitutional protections. While we may not have yet seen the widespread use of this unspeakably evil measure, a wider application of this “authority” may only be a matter of time..."

It really is "unspeakably evil".

I hope I don't "get it."

It looks to me like the stage is all set. We have MANY, maybe most, Americans demanding gun confiscation now.
We have military being taught how to fired on innocent civilians without remorse. (The ONE guy who quit is so rare he is famous. And he did not figure out what he was doing was bad until he had to WATCH a kid die.)
We have a police force who think the Constitution is a terrorist manifesto.
We have military bases set up to hold civilians - lots of them.
We have "FEMA Camp" in the national psyche as "refuge" from disaster. Yes, everyone thinks they are incompetent, but no one really thinks they are evil and no one is demanding FEMA be dissolved. If a disaster hit their town, most would report to FEMA camp begging for food and water.
Once in a camp, how jealous will they be of the "hoarders" who are not sharing with them? Jealous enough to stand by and watch "hoarders" get gunned down?
They are talking about confiscating guns. Once the guns are gone, how will people protect their PMs from the guys with guns and a big problem in the paper silver and gold markets? If they JUST were after guns, it would be bad enough. But they are out to demonize people who support the second amendment. Who will complain when civil war breaks out, and "God Bless The USA Military" finally gets those "domestic terrorists" taken care of?
I think it is Civil War they aim for. One "gun confiscation" gone bad and it will be open season on anyone who defends the second amendment. (And I am sure they will create a "confiscation gone bad" to further their agenda.)

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

God bless you.

Dear Ron Paul,

I love all that you stand for, and I pray for the generation you have inspired. May America heed your wisdom.

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"It works the same in any country."

"It works the same in any country."

http://www.youtu.be/_1rb1OATsM8

Also linked there, by P.Au.L.

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Thanx so much for keeping

Thanx so much for keeping your eye on the ball while the rest of us have been distracted by so much other nonsense. Truly refreshing.

Which one of you will take his place??

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YouTube please!

For immediate viewing and for archiving :-)

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I remember the first day I found him.
My hero and my mentor.
and he gave it all to me for FREE- only asked I join him
and support his cause.

come to find out, HE HAS A SON!

tyranny is in trouble. This kind,gentle, old man and his no nonsense son will BRING IT!

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

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Do not forget that his Neocon Son

voted FOR the NDAA.

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pls STFU until you have ounce of knowledge of what youre talking about-libtard.

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

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he voted for it, when it had

he voted for it, when it had the language that gave all americans a trial. it was later changed in the committee.

It Seems Your Wrong...

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I will ask you one question. If Rand Paul is a neo-con, how would explain him spending multiple hours of his life fighting bills that every neo-con endorses?

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And.............

How would you explain Rand and C4L turning away from Ron's foreign policy; as in do unto others. As in 'The Golden rule.' As in this very proclamation.

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Ron yes, but Rand no.

Rand is only a neocon tea party type. Warmonger. Don't be fooled. The apple fell very far from the tree.

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He's still the Boss.

Telling it like it is and calling people out onto the carpet.

What a huge whole he is going to leave behind in Congress. Which is really too bad because Congress is already full of holes of another sort.

Amen!

Another breath of fresh air for the Daily Paul, given us by the Paul who daily battles on our behalf like no other congressman in history!

It is sweet to hear truth from the floor of the House of Representatives.

It is reprehensible that so few trumpet the same clarion call of danger from atop the walls and halls of Congress.

How energizing to hear Dr. Paul continue his piercing thrusts against tyranny on nearly a daily basis! But it is a sad day for America that so few in both Congress and the electorate are energized thereby and rise up to defend liberty!

There is not only method in Congressman Paul's consistency, but there is life giving food for any who will listen, and he is counting on all of us to not only listen, but act!

Beware to those who threaten liberty anywhere, for you threaten liberty everywhere... and ACT we shall!

Dr. Paul still speaking truth.

Thanks for posting.

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Great read. The video ought to be even better.

Hopefully other members of Congress who think that they can change things working from the inside will learn that compromising with tyranny is not a viable alternative.

How are

they letting this man speak. Everything from his mouth is truth.

Also noting, boehner is an a$$.