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Since 9/11 we saw our law makers pass the Patriot Act without really reading it. There was an Anthrax scare going on during congressional debate over the Patriot Act so no one wanted take the time. Our so called leaders sold us down the river and traded a perceived safety for our freedoms. The Patriot Act dramatically altered the way this country does business. Since then we have tortured people, made others disappear through "extraordinary rendition", allowed the president to assassinate US Citizens abroad, started a war without being provoked, and all of this for safety. We are no longer free. Most of us still think we are free but we are mistaken.
The National Defense Authorization Act which has passed both houses of congress and only needs the signature of President Obama will seal the deal. He had threatened to veto the legislation because of a provision by Sen. Diane Feinstein that would exempt US Citizens from the indefinite detention. He seems to have found a way around that and says he will now sign it.
With Obama's signature, they can hunt us down, lock us up without charges and keep us locked up indefinitely. They have been doing this to enemy combatants under the Patriot Act but have kept those locked up off shore at Guantanamo Bay because of US laws on the main land.
Both California Senators Boxer and Feinstein voted for the NDAA. Our north coast Representative Congressman Mike Thompson voted against. The militarization of our police forces and this constant eroding of our rights has changed this country. That soaring eagle is now chained and shackled. Most of congress should be fired for voting for this. See how they voted.
Senator Al Franken said:
“These provisions are inconsistent with the liberties and freedoms that are at the core of the system our Founders established,” . “And while I did in fact vote for an earlier version of the legislation, I did so with the hope that the final version would be significantly improved. That didn’t happen, and so I could not support the final bill.”
See a story from the Huffington Post that better explains the way it all went down.
A US Senator's response
Jesse Ventura on the unfolding police state
Now doesn't all of that just make you feel safer?