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NDAA 2014, WORSE than 2012, 2013 combined: #WhileAmericaDebatedDucks, Senate 'debated' NDAA, passed It!

The DC Devils just passed it!

NDAA 2014 – Congress rushing to approve even worse Defense bill UPDATE
December 13, 2013 — bunkerville

For two years, the NDAA included provisions that purported to authorize the president of the United States to deploy the U.S. military to apprehend and indefinitely detain any person (including an American citizen) who he believes “represent[s] an enduring security threat to the United States.”

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Section 1071(a) authorizes the secretary of defense to “establish a center to be known as the ‘Conflict Records Research Center.’” According to the text of the latest version of the NDAA, the center’s task would be to compile a “digital research database including translations and to facilitate research and analysis of records captured from countries, organizations, and individuals, now or once hostile to the United States.”

In order to accomplish the center’s purpose, the secretary of defense will create an information exchange in cooperation with the director of national intelligence.

Key to the functioning of this information exchange will be the collection of “captured records.” Section 1071(g)(1), defines a captured record as “a document, audio file, video file, or other material captured during combat operations from countries, organizations, or individuals, now or once hostile to the United States.”

When read in conjunction with the provision of the AUMF that left the War on Terror open-ended and the prior NDAAs’ classification of the United States as a battleground in that unconstitutional war, and you’ve got a powerful combination that can knock out the entire Bill of Rights.

FCUK YOU McConnell! Ya traitorous POS MoFo! Don't y'all love how these assholes do this right before the Christmas recess??

The defense policy bill is “one of the essential pieces of legislation the Senate considers every year,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said this week. The NDAA “is legislation that … puts muscle behind America’s most important strategic objectives around the globe.”

[Benton better be placed there to sink this turtle-looking traitrous POS fcuktard motherfcuker.]

With Just Days to Spare, Senate Extends NDAA Streak

By JOHN T. BENNETT
Dec. 20, 2013 - 12:39PM

WASHINGTON — For the second time this week, the US Senate has sent legislation to the president’s desk that will have a big impact on Pentagon policies and budgeting.

In a vote that ended around 11:40 p.m. Thursday, the chamber voted 84-15 to pass the 2014 national defense authorization act (NDAA), which clears the Pentagon to spend $607 billion, including $527 billion in base funding and $80 billion for America’s global operations.

The defense policy bill is “one of the essential pieces of legislation the Senate considers every year,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said this week. The NDAA “is legislation that … puts muscle behind America’s most important strategic objectives around the globe.”

LOL! Oh, this is rich: John 'Manchurian SongBird Candidate' McNutt blames Reid, for why they had to accelerate the passing of a tyrannical powergrab bill! LOLOLOL:

Senate sends defense bill to Obama
It leaves out an amendment by Sen. Gillibrand on sexual assault prosecution.
[FYI: Sen. Rand Paul supported that Gillibrand amendment]

By JUANA SUMMERS and AUSTIN WRIGHT | 12/19/13 11:52 PM EST

The Senate approved a sweeping defense policy bill late Thursday that protects troop bonuses and reforms some ways the Pentagon handles sexual assaults in the military but leaves debates for another day on other major issues, from Iran sanctions to NSA eavesdropping.

The 84-15 vote followed a drawn-out partisan spat that at times appeared to threaten the annual National Defense Authorization Act. Senate Republicans, particularly, fumed about the compromise legislation’s movement through Congress on a fast track, with no opportunity for amendments.
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“It’s a failure of leadership on the part of the majority leader,” Arizona Sen. John McCain told reporters, echoing Republican colleagues who said the accelerated process was designed to prevent tough votes on Iran sanctions and other controversial issues.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do, given the dictatorial fashion in which he’s running the Senate,” McCain added, complaining about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Bringing home the Military Industrial Complex-bacon: more 'goodies' included for the traitors' bragging rights, to their wannabe subsidized, zombie sheeple socialist constituency:

Sen. Hagan helps pass National Defense Authorization Act
Bill includes provisions to support N.C. military

By Office of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.
[Official Press Release from a commie statist fascist: good news peons, got your mil.ind.complex stimulus, right here!]

Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, last night helped passed the bipartisan 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that authorizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD). Hagan, who supported the bill, successfully included provisions that support North Carolina installations, servicemembers, veterans and their families. Last week, the House of Representatives passed the bill with overwhelmingly bipartisan support.

“The National Defense Authorization Act is critical for North Carolina’s servicemembers, veterans and their families, as well as our many military installations,” said Senator Hagan. “As a Senator from the most military-friendly state in the country, I am committed to ensuring that our brave servicemen and women have the resources they need to effectively execute their mission and remain as safe as possible. I am pleased that my colleagues in the Senate were able to come together and pass this bipartisan bill.”

The NDAA authorizes $370 million in military construction projects at Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune and New River, including a new Army Reserve Center,a command and control facility for the XVIII Airborne Corps, an operations training complex, a Performance Resilency Center and a Corrosion Control Hangar. The bill also requires a DoD report examining how the Department complies with a law requiring preference be given to domestically-produced textiles and clothing, a critical industry in North Carolina.

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UPDATE 1: The 'other' "While You were sleeping..."-moment

Iran Sanctions Bill to Skip Committee; Hawks Promise Veto-Proof Majority
Reid Allows Bill to Bypass Committees, Vote Likely in January
by Jason Ditz, December 20, 2013

Yesterday’s open letter from Senate committee leaders warning against the Iran sanctions bill appears to have had the opposite effect, as Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D – NV) is said to have decided to bypass the committees outright and could bring the bill to a vote as soon as January.

The bill would impose yet more sanctions on Iran’s oil industry, violating the interim P5+1 deal with Iran and likely ruining ongoing diplomacy with the nation. President Obama has promised to veto the bill, warning it would sabotage the talks and might lead to a war.

Senate hawks like Lindsey Graham (R – SC), for whom that is the entire point, have promised to secure a veto-proof majority of 67 Senators for the bill, and early reports are that some 50 are now looking to be co-sponsors, suggesting that’s a real possibility.

H/T: LittleWing

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UPDATE 2: Sen. Ted Cruz explains WHY he, rightfully along with Rand and Mike Lee along with a few others, voted AGAINST the 2014 NDAA

Cruz Warns: 2014 NDAA Still Gives Obama ‘Indefinite Detention Without Due Process’ Powers
Says it “does not ensure our most basic rights as American citizens are protected

Adan Salazar
Infowars.com
Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Texas Senator Ted Cruz was one of a handful of legislators who took a stand against the renewal of the National Defense Reauthorization Act this week by refusing to sign onto the legislation, which Cruz says still contains wording allowing President Obama to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens absent of due process.

“Just voted against NDAA because it does not ensure our most basic rights as American citizens are protected,” Cruz tweeted Thursday evening.

The legislation passed the Senate in an 84-15 vote late last Thursday night and “clears the Pentagon to spend $607 billion, including $527 billion in base funding and $80 billion for America’s global operations,” reports Defense News.

According to Cruz, the bill contains many provisions he supports and even introduced, including provisions requiring “an independent investigation into reports of religious discrimination against troops sharing their faith,” and one insisting on “Improved assistance for widows of troops killed in combat.”

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE from Ted Cruz's Office

Cruz: NDAA Does Not Ensure our Most Basic Rights as American Citizens are Protected
https://twitter.com/SenTedCruz/statuses/413893211896025088
https://www.facebook.com/r.php?fbpage_id=315496455229328&r=111

December 19, 2013 | (202) 228-7561

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding today’s final vote on the National Defense Authorization Act:

"Today I voted against the National Defense Authorization Act. I am deeply concerned that Congress still has not prohibited President Obama’s ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens arrested on American soil without trial or due process.

"The Constitution does not allow President Obama, or any President, to apprehend an American citizen, arrested on U.S. soil, and detain these citizens indefinitely without a trial. When I ran for office, I promised the people of Texas I would oppose any National Defense Authorization Act that did not explicitly prohibit the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Although this legislation does contain several positive provisions that I support, it does not ensure our most basic rights as American citizens are protected.

"I hope that next year the Senate and the House can come together in a bipartisan way to recognize the importance of our constitutional rights even in the face of ongoing terrorist threats and national security challenges. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee toward this common goal."

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++ Note: Cruz thanks Mike Lee, but not Rand in the following:

Sen. Cruz: There are bipartisan achievements in NDAA bill we can be proud of
Worked with both Republicans and Democrats to bolster national defense, strengthen religious liberty protections, combat sexual assault, and assist veterans

December 20, 2013 | (202) 228-7561

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, yesterday voted against final passage of the 2013 National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA), fulfilling his promise to oppose any NDAA bill that does not explicitly prohibit the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens.

However, there are several bipartisan provisions in the final bill that Sen. Cruz introduced or advocated alongside both Republican and Democrat Senate colleagues. Collectively, these provisions represent substantial progress on vital priorities.

“Unfortunately, the final outcome of the NDAA bill included provisions that made it impossible for me to support; specifically, Sen. Harry Reid refused to allow a vote on any amendments to protect the Due Process rights of American citizens not to be subject to indefinite detention," Sen. Cruz said. "Nevertheless, there are significant bipartisan achievements in NDAA bill that bolster our national defense, strengthen religious liberty protections, combat sexual assault, and assist our veterans."

"It was a pleasure to work with my colleagues on these efforts, particularly Senators Lee, Cornyn, Gillibrand, and Donnelly," Sen. Cruz continued. "I look forward to working with them all again next year on this reauthorization bill to further support our service men and women and to strengthen our national defense.”

Measures in the final NDAA bill that Sen. Cruz introduced, personally advocated, or strongly supports include:

Religious Liberty

A Cruz Amendment requiring an independent investigation into reports of religious discrimination against troops sharing their faith (Section 533).
A Lee-Cruz amendment that strengthens the protection of religious liberty in the military (Section 532).
Provision prohibiting the President from selling or transferring the Mount Soledad veterans’ memorial in San Diego to the highest bidder. The ACLU and groups hostile to this veterans memorial have long advocated this transfer (page 298, Joint Explanatory Statement). Sen. Cruz offered a similar amendment on the Senate floor.
A provision that anonymously surveys chaplains on threats to their faith and their work (Section 534).

Benghazi

Language from a Cruz amendment to recognize and commend the State Department’s authorization of the Rewards for Justice program for the terrorists who attacked the diplomatic facilities in Benghazi Libya on September 11, 2012 (Sections 1206, Joint Explanatory statement).

Fort Hood Terrorist Attack

Language from Sen. Cornyn’s amendment, co-sponsored by Sen. Cruz, authorizing the Purple Heart to victims of the Fort Hood terrorist attack (Section 565).

National Security and Missile Defense

A Cruz amendment to direct the Secretary of Defense to address the growing threat of a missile attack from the Gulf of Mexico or the southern hemisphere through bolstered missile defense capabilities (Section 238).
A Cornyn amendment, supported by Sen. Cruz, to prohibit the Department of Defense from using taxpayer dollars to purchase Russian-made helicopters (Section 1255).
Prohibition of moving Guantanamo detainees back to the United States (Section 1034). Sen. Cruz introduced an amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee markup to authorize the Department of Defense to transport medical supplies or needed personnel from the U.S. to Guantanamo Bay in order to prevent detainees from being transported to the United States for medical care.

BRAC

Prohibition on a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round (Section 2711). Sen. Cruz won adoption of an amendment in committee markup that would have required DOD to conduct an overseas BRAC study before even considering a domestic BRAC round.
Protection of Servicemen and Women and their Families
Protection for graduates of home school education to ensure they are not discriminated against in joining the military (Section 573).
Improved assistance for widows of troops killed in combat (Section 633).

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yup,

unfortunately, like most statist 'believers'/cultists, even well-meaning good folks among them, probably not until the econ and currency collapse reality FORCE them to be put in a position, to confront their own reality: like any junkie hitting rock bottom...

.o/

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

My first thought is: They

My first thought is: They dont already have this?

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

probably,

but then again, 'they don't have any money' yet they continue to 'print' to funny'money' FRN currency to fund it: par for the course, I suppose.o/

never had the benefit of a 100,000fps high speed camera, but suppose this is close as it gets to watching a slo-mo implosion in progress in real-time, in media res; the tyranny train and currency collapse train have long left the building, it's just holding pattern until 'it' happens...whatever form 'it' comes in.

at this trajectory, it's mathematically impossible to stave off a currency collapse, along with their guaranteed response: a more overt, visible policestate (even more so than now), for we're nearing entropy...

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Rand, did us proud, again!

along with Lee and Cruz...and surprisingly a few GOP: whether it was out of principled shift (LOL, uh, yeah right) or the more likely, political expediency, at least they (the NOT-Paul-Lee-Cruz) are recognizing shifting political winds; not that any of that really matter anyway: it'll only change if the citizenry absolutely refuse to comply and NOT recognize a 6%-'approval' CONgress, as they're utterly illegitimate and 'hijacked' (when were they not??) at this point:

UPDATE: Senate Passes NDAA 2014 via Fast Tracking, President To Sign

NDAA 2014 PASSES SENATE

December 19, 2013
[Updated: December 20, 2013 11:30am]
Andrew V Pontbriand

Late Thursday night, the Senate passed the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2014, in a sweeping Bill now being sent to the President which reports suggest he will sign.

The Bill, is infamous for it's language on indefinite detention, and "disappearing" of American Citizens. Once again, the Bill was past via Fast-Tracking while most of the Country was sidelined on the Pat Robertson issue with Duck Dynasty.

The Bill, now being sent to President Obama, also leaves out an amendment by Sen. Gillibrand on sexual assault prosecution, which in and of itself is curious. The Bill passed the Senate in an 85-14 count, with the roll-call unavailable at this time.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Yaay Oregon

I like the fact that the only Democrats that voted nay are from my State.