Breaking: NDAA Indefinite Detention of American Citizens is Back

Chairman Levin and John McCain

The 2012  NDAA passed by Congress has held language that the Federal Government can detain any US  citizen without warrant, without charge, without the right to trial, indefinitely. This is obviously unconstitutional. Senator Feinstein (D-California) offered  Amendment 3018 to the 2013 NDAA which provided the following provisions: “An authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States apprehended in the United States, unless an Act of Congress expressly authorizes such detention.” This amendment, although it should have been unnecessary in the first place, protects Americans citizens. The amendment had multiple co-sponsors such as Senator Rand Paul and passed with strong bi-partisan support because of the unconstitutional implications had it not. It seems that the language of the amendment may have been too ambiguous though. There has been some talk that the amendment did not do enough to protect US citizens and that there were loop holes.

Regardless of interpretations of the language or loop-holes at least the Feinstein amendment offered some sort of protection to US citizens. Last night (Dec. 18th, 2012) the amendment was completely axed. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) made the announcement. However, it has not been replaced with anything, loop holes or not, to protect US citizens. The conference committee simply dropped the amendment and the ban on indefinite detention of US citizens and now the NDAA is up for a vote again on December 20th, 2012 with indefinite detention of US citizens. John McCain’s words on the new NDAA, “I hope that President Obama will pass it.”

It is absolutely crucial that federal representatives are contacted within the next 24 hours to voice your support of voting against indefinite detention of US citizens. You may look up your representatives here.

Obama Seeks the Power to Raise Debt Ceiling Without Congress and Without Limits

The rhetoric from the Obama administration is sometimes truly shocking. They say that Congress must raise the debt ceiling “without drama, or delay“. Is raising the debt ceiling not something that Congress should seriously ponder over? In November Obama presented Speaker Boehner (R) his fiscal cliff proposal. In this proposal Obama requested to take the power of raising the debt ceiling out from underneath Congress so that he could have total control over when and how much to raise it by.

This is President Obama’s latest attempt to violate constitutional law. Only Congress has the power to authorize borrowing of funds. Since this is the “debt” ceiling all funds in regards to raising it would be defined as borrowing. No where in the Constitution is the president granted the power to override

Obama and Speaker Boehner

Obama and Speaker Boehner

this congressional responsibility. However, Michael Dorf, Cornell law professor and close friend of the Obama Administration, says that when presented with the unconstitutional options, “Obama must simply pick the least unconstitutional option“. How does this ideology even hold ground in America? Pick the “least” unconstitutional? The Constitution is not a continuum of less or more.

Meanwhile, the GOP has purged its most Conservative members from the Budget Committee by the hand of Speaker Boehner. Boehner’s removal of House Conservatives that were unwilling to waiver on the national debt and bow to Obama’s wishes seems the be the beginning of the GOP giving in to Obama’s demands without regard to party values. Obama has stated that he will reject all future debt ceiling limits with regards to the fiscal cliff negotiations. Obama wants the power to send the debt to astronomical limits, and the GOP is preparing to give in to those wishes. This type of behavior by GOP establishment officials will only continue to isolate true conservatives and weaken the party further.

Currently the debt ceiling sits at a new high of $16.394 trillion as of January 30, 2012. At midnight on Dec. 31, 2012, a major provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) is scheduled to go into effect. The crucial part of the Act provided for a Joint Select Committee of Congressional Democrats and Republicans — the so-called ‘Supercommittee ‘— to produce bipartisan legislation by late November 2012 that would decrease the U.S. deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. To do so, the committee agreed to implement by law — if no other deal was reached before Dec. 31 — massive government spending cuts as well as tax increases or a return to tax levels from previous years. The fiscal cliff looms, and Obama is about to get everything he wished for this Christmas.