We’ve provided no shortage of coverage on this blog of the increasing erosion of our rights as citizens, with the recent passage of the NDAA allowing for indefinite detention of anyone, American citizen or otherwise, who is simply suspected of being a terrorist, or of providing “material support” – a dangerously vague term – for terrorist groups. I need to emphasize again, this applies to people who are suspected – not charged, not known, and certainly not convicted (one would
What a glorious birthday for the Bill of Rights, a document designed to protect the liberties of every American. At least, that’s the theory, since today we blow out the candles on its birthday cake in the same way we will blow out the flames that were set to the Bill itself when the despicable National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was ratified by the Senate and Obama made it clear he wouldn’t use a veto against it. Why is the
70 years ago today, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, launching America full-fledged into World War II. We’ve been taught that this was a “sneak attack” and forced our peace-loving government to reluctantly enter the war. But as is so often the case, the truth always tends to come out over time. It is now public knowledge that, at a a minimum, Franklin Roosevelt had prior knowledge of this event, thanks to documents released by Freedom of Information Act Requests. Governments
We pride ourselves on our original content here at Lions of Liberty. But sometimes someone does so great a job breaking down an issue that it’s better just to pass the baton. Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com has done an excellent analysis of S. 1867 and exactly what it means in expanding the definition of the “War on Terror” as well as the military’s power to detain “suspected” terrorists, up to and including U.S. Citizens. The biggest point that Greenwald makes
The following 61 Senators betrayed you and every other American citizen today by voting against the Udall Amendment, which would strike the provision of the National Defense Autorhization Act which allows for indefinite detention of American citizens by the military Below is the list of Senators who history will remember as amongst those who furthered us down the past of tyranny. Are any of them your Senator? Let them know what you think. Be careful though, speaking out might be
There is a bill currently in the Senate that every American should be extremely concerned about. The National Defense Authorization Act includes Section 1301, which states: “Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force…includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons…Detention under the law of war without trial”. This clearly gives the power to the President and the military to detain anyone it chooses without trial.
Using a tactic that the US has perfected to disarm and placate its citizens through wordplay, Egypt has renamed its secret police force to “Homeland Security.” Doesn’t that sound all nice and fuzzy? Just like our own incredibly intrusive, liberty & Bill of Rights ignoring “Homeland Security!” This should serve as a wakeup call, that a military dictatorship is ripping a page straight from our so called “free” nation to continue to oppress its citizens. Story
As supporters of liberty on every level, I feel it’s our duty to point out what is happening with SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy” Act. This act will give unprecedented powers to the government to seize any website for “piracy”, the definition of which is quite vague and quite subjective. I encourage anyone regardless of political or philosophical beliefs to look further into this act and the implications it could have on freedom of speech for all of us. With