President Obama, while vacationing in Hawaii, sneakily used last Saturday (when few would notice) to sign the NDAA that gives him the power to order anyone, including US citizens, arrested without charge, turned over to the military and imprisoned indefinitely without a trial or recourse to the courts.
You wouldn’t know that from the corporate media’s vague headlines about him signing the “defense bill despite reservations (AP),” signing the “bill imposing Iran banking sanctions” (Reuters), signing “new Iran sanctions into law” (AFP), signing “sweeping defense bill into law” (front page of the Washington Post), singing “defense bill, pledges to maintain legal rights of terror suspects” (headline on Washington Post’s article), and signing “$662 billion defense bill into law” (New York Times).
What legal rights of “terror suspects”? Those went out with Gitmo that Obama pledged to close and has since reneged on doing.
While Obama may (or may not) exempt Americans, as though Americans are more special than other peoples, from being renditioned to who-knows-where or Gitmo, there is nothing to stop his successors from doing the opposite. Once a power is granted, it’s nearly impossible to take it away, and Obama has not only capitalized on the powers granted to his predecessors but has expanded them.
The Corporate-owned United States of America is now a Kafkaesque fascist police state where its citizens, along with all the people of the world, may be deemed terrorists by the figurehead in the White House, arrested and handed over to the military to be imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial or recourse to the courts.
This is what it has come down to. The overthrow of what most Americans believed was their democratic republic has come not from the outside but from the inside, as some warned would happen. Those of us who saw this coming were dismissed as “conspiracy theorists.” While there is no pleasure in saying it, this requires an “I told you so.”
Happy New Year, good people!!