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New Law: No Longer Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Not everyone realizes that a new law has been passed that allows the military to detain American citizens indefinitely without a trial, the way it sends foreigners to Guantanamo now. Even though the military and covert agencies say they don't want this kind of power, congress passed the bill anyway. Obama threatened to veto it, but let it pass with some modifications. We could be refilling Guantanamo at the same time we are trying to empty it.

On the Wired website, Spencer Ackerman writes: "So despite the Sixth Amendment's guarantee of a right to trial, the Senate bill would let the government lock up any citizen it swears is a terrorist, without the burden of proving its case to an independent judge."

Congressmen from both sides are concerned about it. Ackerman quotes Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) as saying that it "denigrates the very foundations of this country" and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) as saying that "it puts every single American citizen at risk."

On the Forbes website, E.D. Kain writes: "So much for innocent until proven guilty. So much for limited government. What Americans are now facing is quite literally the end of the line. We will either uphold the freedoms baked into our Constitutional Republic, or we will scrap the entire project in the name of security as we wage, endlessly, this futile, costly, and ultimately self-defeating War on Terror."

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A list of all who voted for this needs to be compiled and an immediate recall needs to be undertaken. If this cannot be done, then each one, Democrat and Republican, needs to be voted out of office. The worst enemies of America are not foreigners.

Grounds for revolution.

Speaking of revolutions...time to get out that old Guillotine out of the garage again!

A lot of people don't know it because a lot of people don't want to bother with being informed, and probably wouldn't care if they did. That's the sad truth from what I see. What's important, it would seem, is the football game, the favorite "reality" show, or the pub. Now detain the favorite football player, star, or bartender, and you might get some concern. Start a serious conversation about any of this and see how soon before someone turns it into a joke as a segue to changing the subject. It only affects "those people" anyway. And they know "those people" are bad, because the media and politicians of their favored persuasion tell them so. So, back to the acceptable, state-sanctioned distractions.

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