“For Civil Libertarians, The NDAA Is Our Mayan Moment: 2012 Is When The Nation Embraced Authoritarian Powers With Little More Than A Pause Between Rounds Of Drinks”

Constitutional expert Jon Turley writes:

You do not “support our troops” by denying the principles for which they are fighting. They are not fighting to consolidate authoritarian powers in the president. The “American way of life” is defined by our constitution and specifically the bill of rights. Moreover, the insistence that you do not intend to use authoritarian powers does not alter the fact that you just signed an authoritarian measure. It is not the use but the right to use such powers that defines authoritarian systems.


The almost complete failure of the mainstream media to cover this issue is shocking.

On the NDAA, reporters continue to mouth the claim that this law only codifies what is already the law. That is not true. The administration has fought any challenges to indefinite detention to prevent a true court review. Moreover, most experts agree that such indefinite detention of citizens violates the constitution.

There are also those who continue the longstanding effort to excuse Obama’s horrific record on civil liberties by blaming either others or the times. One successful myth is that there is an exception for citizens. The White House is saying that changes to the law made it unnecessary to veto the legislation. That spin is ridiculous. The changes were the inclusion of some meaningless rhetoric after key amendments protecting citizens were defeated. The provision merely states that nothing in the provisions could be construed to alter Americans’ legal rights. Since the Senate clearly views citizens as not just subject to indefinite detention but even to execution without a trial, the change offers nothing but rhetoric to hide the harsh reality.

Obama could have refused to sign the bill and the Congress would have rushed to fund the troops. Instead, as confirmed by Senator Levin, the White House conducted a misinformation campaign to secure this power while portraying the president as some type of reluctant absolute ruler, or, as Obama maintains, a reluctant president with dictatorial powers.

Most Democratic members joined their Republican colleagues in voting for this un-American measure.


For civil libertarians, the NDAA is our Mayan moment: 2012 is when the nation embraced authoritarian powers with little more than a pause between rounds of drinks.

See this for background.

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  • In the process of living under tyrannical systems and leaders, my basic notion that these people are sick somehow seems to fade. Black becomes white, up down. Am I passively succumbing to their hidden coercion? How can I maintain some sort of glimmer of hope that someone, anyone, in a position of influence speaks out against this system, these people. I mean the fact that this bill passed overwhelmingly…how fucked up are these people. Are they really all so blind and ignorant, the ones who don’t actively support the false narratives and paradigms?

    • W_v_W

      I often wonder the same thing. I don’t have much help.

      In times past people have done insane crimes against humanity for no more reason than enough bread to feed his family. Many participated because they like harming others.

      Its a little of both now. Law Enforcement, Corrections, Politics, and the Medical systems need to be completely done away with, in order for mankind to ever shed the problems it faces today.

      Truth is I believe in the theory that predicts the governments of the world, the elite, defense contractors, and otherwise “the luckiest basters of 2012” will be safely tucked away underground as the rest of us are exposed to radiation, and end up feeding on each other.

      Think were too “civilized” to suffer such a fate?

      Mother nature cares not

  • James Crow

    “The almost complete failure of the mainstream media to cover this issue is shocking.”

    Is anyone shocked by this, whatsoever?

  • Great work here George.

    “You have not wasted your time; you have helped to save the world. We are not buffoons, but very desperate men at war with a vast conspiracy.” – GK Chesterton

  • Wayne Pacific

    The NDAA was sponsored by Carl Levin, a Jewish Zionist. As any informed person knows, our Congress is totally dominated by AIPAC, which is controlled by Israel. Nothing goes through Congress without their approval. This final destruction of our Bill of Rights is the creation of the Sate of Israel and will be used to imprison or even execute any of us that effectively opposes Israel. One could almost say that this is he beginning of the Zionist Neo-Bloshevik rule.

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