House Bill to authorize War anywhere in the world, including inside US borders!

(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Cross-posted at DailyKos and Progressive Blue.

With the House of Representatives at recess it can’t happen this week but Sec. 1034 of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was marked up by members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) last Wednesday is very disturbing. The Bill has the potential to set up Army on American street scenes from the movie “The Siege” and, with a little massaged intelligence, U.S. Armed Forces suppressing nurses planning to protest for single payer health care.  

Last week at the ACLU blog there was Unchecked Executive War Power Could Slip Through the House

Tucked inside the National Defense Authorization Act, being marked  up by the House Armed Services Committee this week, is a hugely important  provision that hasn’t been getting a lot of attention – a brand new  authorization for a worldwide war.

This week there is House Gets Ready to Vote on New Worldwide War

A couple of  minutes past midnight, Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) offered an amendment to  strike Sec. 1034 – the new authorization for worldwide  war provision – from the NDAA. Visibly angry that such a large sweeping provision  had not yet had any public hearing whatsoever, he vigorously characterized it  as a very broad declaration of war.

That amendment debate ended quickly (about ten minutes) and Rep. Garamendi’s plans to introduce it again on the House floor where he expects more results. But this bill has the potential for the Chief Executive to use military force anywhere in the world (including your back yard) in search of terrorists.

Though it is a very troubling expansion of war authority, it has been lingering for more than three years as a “sleeper provision,” and it is finally getting the attention of some members of Congress. We hope that further debate in Congress in the weeks ahead will allow for a more in-depth examination of unchecked authority to wage worldwide war, and what the outcomes of such a provision will yield.

We Hope? Feel like contacting your Congressperson to express your thought on Posse Comitatus before it slips through?  


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    • Eddie C on May 18, 2011 at 20:51

    I really don’t. It just keeps coming on like a nightmare and I no longer even recognize this government.

    I don’t know what to write and no longer think it makes any difference. Fascism is on the move and going on unchecked.


  1. ago. Geo Washington, Thom Jefferson, Andy Jackson, all

    threw their support behind this lofty policy of necessary domestic warfare against savage terrorists, recognizing the “White Man’s Burden” long before Rudyard Kipling. Now, when savage terrorists reside within your own sovereign state, who’s gonna protect the good, ole law abiding folks who work and pay their taxes, celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas and exercise their rights as citizens in the voting booth? The British and Iberians brought their Cross to the Americas and hung their swords and guns on either end. We’re not even out of the prologue yet. The Cavalry’s always been on call.  

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