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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 its 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 Phil 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 .

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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.”

Regardless of promises to the contrary made every year since 2011 by President Obama, the language of the NDAA places every citizen of the United States within the universe of potential “covered persons.” Any American could one day find himself or herself branded a “belligerent” and thus subject to the complete confiscation of his or her constitutional civil liberties and to nearly never-ending incarceration in a military prison.

Finally, there is in the NDAA for 2014 a frightening fusion of the federal government’s constant surveillance of innocent Americans and the assistance it will give to justifying the indefinite detention of anyone labeled an enemy of the regime.

Section 1071 of the version of the 2014 NDAA approved by the House and Senate committees this week expands on the scope of surveillance established by the Patriot Act and the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

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.

Finally, when all the foregoing is couched within the context of the revelations regarding the dragnet surveillance programs of the NSA, it becomes evident that anyone’s phone records, e-mail messages, browsing history, text messages, and social media posts could qualify as a “captured record.”

After being seized by the NSA (or some other federal surveillance apparatus), the materials would be processed by the Conflict Records Research Center created by this bill. This center’s massive database of electronic information and its collaboration with the NSA converts the United States into a constantly monitored holding cell and all its citizens and residents into suspects. All, of course, in the name of the security of the homeland.

Although the outlook is dire, there are those willing to stand and oppose the threats to liberty posed by the NDAA.

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Bill Text Versions
113th Congress (2013-2014)

H.R. 1960: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

Sen. Hagan helps pass National Defense Authorization Act

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the National Defense Authorization Act deal provides $20 million in sequestration relief in 2014, $10 million in 2015; spending review done in April provided baseline – @DanLamothe

Joint Service Camo and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

Sen. Mikulski Announces Senate Passage of Defense Authorization Act; Would Bring $21 Million for Advanced Radar Systems to Aberdeen Proving Ground

Senate approves National Defense Authorization Act, moves on nominees

House passes National Defense Authorization Act

House passes National Defense Authorization Act

Statement by the Press Secretary on the National Defense Authorization Act

House, Senate Reach Agreement On National Defense

It has been obvious for many years now that the NDAA will never go away. The old pay attention to the other hand trick…First amendment doesn’t really matter when the rest of them are basically thrown out.

Constitutional Rights Abolished under the NDAA:

• Right to Know Specific Charges against us…

• Right against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures…

• Right to a Speedy and “Public” Trial…

• Right to an Impartial Jury…

• Right to Confront Witnesses against us…

• Right to a Lawyer…

• Right to Call Witnesses for us…

• Right against Self Incrimination…

• Right against Double Jeopardy …

• Right against Cruel And Unusual Punishments Inflicted…

• Right Against Slavery And Involuntary Servitude Without Being Duly Convicted…

• Right to Peaceably Assemble and to Petition for Redress of Grievances…

• Right to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…




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