We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, December 23, 2012

House Passes NDAA 2013 with Indefinite Detention Intact

Click here to access article from Activist Post.

Initial reactions from civil rights advocates, who are paying attention, express outrage by the latest Congressional action to pass the NDAA bill without even Feinstein's amendment intact which only protected US citizens when on their territory.
Some have argued that the NDAA 2012 act of Congress negates this amendment making it impotent to begin with. However, this amendment apparently stated Americans' rights too clearly, so the House had to rewrite it in legalese.
Our The One Percent's government loves to slip through onerous legislation at this time of year when people are distracted by the holidays. And, of course, mainstream media doesn't cover it.

Also, it provides even more billions to continue the Empire's efforts to spread murder and mayhem across the world. In contrast to the incessant discussions about cutting Medicare and Social Security, there is no debate among the One Percent's lawmakers about spending on such projects.

The bill was earlier passed by the Senate, but it appears that this re-writing of Feinstein's amendment will need to be resolved with Senate people before Obama can sign it. This morning I've seen opinions regarding the likelihood of Obama signing it on both sides.