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Indefinite Detention and Torture Act – The American Dictatorship

I’m going to keep this simple because I want you to be able  to formulate your own opinions and give you time to take this all in. It’s no use if I just ramble along as usual. There is something floating around called National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 or for short NDAA FY2012, sounds innocent, yeah? Well think again, in reality this is the Indefinite Detention and Torture Act about to be signed and passed by Barack Obama NOW. This thing flew by the House and Senate without even a double take and is now being signed by our “president”.

The bill is updated annually to outline spending for the Department of Defense. Any American that is a “suspected terrorist” can be detained in prison indefinitely and subjected to torture tactics previously outlawed.

“What this legislation does,” lectured Senator Karl Levin earlier this month, “says from the Congress’ point-of-view, that we expressly authorize the indefinite detention” of someone deemed a threat. “We recognize the authority of this president and every other president to hold an enemy combatant indefinitely, whether they are captured home or abroad, because that only makes sense.”

The problem is that there is a difference between an enemy combatant and a United States Citizen, unless you are trying to say that US citizens are the enemy? An enemy combatant, during a time of war, can be held indefinitely but a citizen of this country must go through the process of the Justice system which isn’t very good mind you. When asked, “How long can you hold them?” Senator Lindsey Graham responded “As long as it takes to make us safe.”

The senator added that, “when you join the enemy…we aren’t worried about how we’re going to prosecute you right away.”

Therefore, under this Act the Miranda rights will not be read to you and you will not be able to get an attorney…..good luck. Make sure you get Barack Obama what he wanted for Christmas because under this act he also has the right to send American-born citizens to other countries to be detained and tortured….don’t get him mad.

Obama criticizes Bush and McCain on economy!!!

This should be good, lets here what Obama has to say about this.

AUSTIN, Texas – Democratic candidate Barack Obama said Thursday the economy is “on the brink of a recession” and blamed economic policies espoused by President Bush and Republican presidential contender John McCain. – Yahoo News

Obama mocked a more optimistic economic picture painted by Bush at a White House news conference just moments earlier: “People are struggling in the midst of an economy that George Bush says is not a recession but is experienced differently by folks on the ground.”

For the second day in a row, Obama focused on the likely GOP nominee McCain and all but ignored Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s continuing campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, although key Democratic primaries come up next Tuesday in Texas and Ohio. – Yahoo News

I just can’t wait until Tuesday. Is anyone else as excited as me? 

“We are not standing on the brink of recession because of forces beyond our control,” Obama told a town hall forum in Austin. “This was not an inevitable part of the business cycle. It was a failure of leadership in Washington — a Washington where George Bush hands out billions of tax cuts to the wealthiest few for eight long years, and John McCain promises to make those same tax cuts permanent, embracing the central principle of the Bush economic program.”

In remarks Obama aides suggested were a rebuke to McCain as well as Bush, Obama said more is needed than just “to change faces in the White House,” but that the country “needs a change of leadership”

The Illinois senator spoke shortly after Bush told a news conference in Washington that the country is not headed into a recession. While expressing concern about slowing economic growth, Bush rejected for now any additional stimulus efforts.

“We’ve acted robustly,” Bush said. His forecast was rosier than that of many mainstream economists.

Obama offered a sharply different view: “Despite the slogans,we’ve got millions of Americans that are being left behind.”

He said he was “the only candidate in this race to propose a genuine middle-class tax cut.” And he added, the nation needs as president a leader who “doesn’t defend lobbyists as part of the system, but sees them as part of the problem.”

In focusing on McCain, Obama is pursuing a strategy of acting as if the Democratic nomination were already his. On Wednesday, Obama and McCain sparred by long distance over Iraq.

Unlike Obama, who rarely mentions Clinton by name, Clinton refers to her Democratic opponent often on the campaign trail, both in her formal stump speech and in her casual conversations with voters. – Yahoo News

Hmmmm….Interesting. I wonder what Obama is up too. If he succeeds either he is a very smart person or he has some darn good campaign managers.  

She opened her campaign day Thursday in Pomeroy, Ohio, talking with about 10 people in a mobile home in a heavily rural county where the poverty rate approaches 20 percent.

Health care was at the top of the agenda as she previewed a speech later in the day on child poverty. “There’s a lot of people here who don’t have health care,” said Bryan Holman, one of the residents.

She noted that “my opponent” tells people her health care plan would force people to buy insurance even if they can’t afford it and would fine them if they don’t. About half the time Clinton refers to Obama by name, the rest as “my opponent.”

“That’s misleading, that’s not at all what’s happening,” said Clinton.

“I have a plan that would cover everybody, my opponent does not. He would leave 15 million people out. It’s like Social Security. Everybody’s in Social Security. That’s what we have to do with health care.”

The centerpiece of government efforts to brace the wobbly economy is a package Congress passed and Bush signed last month. It will rush rebates ranging from $300 to $1,200 to millions of people and give tax incentives to businesses. Bush claims no further incentives are needed — and those should be given a chance to work first.

“We can’t afford to wait,” Obama said in Austin. “News on our economy has not been getting better, it’s been getting worse.”

Obama has proposed rolling back Bush tax cuts plus a tax credit covering 10 percent of annual mortgage interest payments for “struggling homeowners,” a fund for mortgage-fraud victims, aid to state and local governments stung by housing crisis, in $20 billion plan geared to “responsible homeowners.”

He would raise income taxes on wealthiest and their capital gains and dividends taxes, raise corporate taxes and give $80 billion in tax breaks mainly for poor workers and elderly.

McCain proposed cutting the corporate tax rate to 25 percent from 35 percent. He would also establish a permanent research and development tax credit and allow tax breaks for equipment and technology investment.

The McCain plan does not contain additional tax relief for individuals beyond previous proposals to repeal the Alternate Minimum Tax, a tax originally designed to fall on the wealthiest but which each year snags more middle-income taxpayers who claim a lot of deductions; and extension of expiring tax cuts from Bush’s first term.

Clinton has proposed a 90-day freeze on home foreclosures arising from subprime lending, and a freeze on subprime lending rates, in a $30 billion plan. She would raise income taxes on wealthiest and keep the estate tax on them. She backs higher tax breaks for college. Also, she would tax a portion of health insurance benefits provided to workers making more than $250,000. She proposes a $1 billion paid family leave program to be financed by eliminating some tax shelters.

Bush Says US is Not Headed into Recession

WASHINGTON – President Bush said Thursday that the country is not headed into a recession and, despite expressing concern about slowing economic growth, rejected for now any additional stimulus efforts. “We’ve acted robustly,” he said.

Oh, so just because Bush says it that makes it true? When was the last time Bush said something that was true?  I certainly can’t remember. Lets continue shall we?

“We’ll see the effects of this pro-growth package,” Bush told reporters at a White House news conference, acknowledging that some lawmakers already are talking about a second stimulus package. “Why don’t we let stimulus package one, which seemed like a good idea at the time, have a chance to kick in?” – Yahoo News

Oh, the stimulus package will work alright, but did it have to come down to that?  If you (Mr.Bush) were paying attention to your own country, this wouldn’t have happened.  

Bush’s view of the economy was decidedly rosier than that of many economists, who say the country is nearing recession territory or may already be there.

The centerpiece of government efforts to brace the wobbly economy is a package Congress passed and Bush signed last month. It will rush rebates ranging from $300 to $1,200 to millions of people and give tax incentives to businesses. – Yahoo News

On one issue particularly worrisome to American consumers, there are indications that paying $4 for a gallon of gasoline is not out of the question once the summer driving season arrives. Asked about that, Bush said “That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that. … I know it’s high now.”

Bush also telegraphed optimism about the U.S. dollar, which has been declining in value.

“I believe that our economy has got the fundamentals in place for us to … grow and continue growing, more robustly hopefully than we’re growing now,” he said. “So we’re still for a strong dollar.” – Yahoo News

Yes, please get the dollar up. Those British people are making money off of us. I always wondered why their was an increase of British people, Its because they become rich over here. Everything is cheaper in the UK, but its double for us because our dollar sucks.  

On Russia, Bush said he does not know much about Dmitry Medvedev, the handpicked successor to President Vladimir Putin who is coasting to the job. Bush said it will be interesting to see who represents Russia — presumably either Medvedev or Putin — at the Group of Eight meeting later this year in Japan.

The president advised his own successor to develop a personal relationship with whomever is in charge in Moscow. -Yahoo News

He went on to say:

“As you know, Putin’s a straightforward, pretty tough character when it comes to his interests — well so am I,” Bush said. He said that he and Putin have “had some diplomatic head butts.”

Mr.Bush? Straightforward and tough? I don’t think so.

Nader announces new bid for White House!

Ralph Nader said Sunday he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will “shift the power from the few to the many.” – Yahoo News

Nader, 73, said most people are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties due to a prolonged Iraq war and a shaky economy. The consumer advocate also blamed tax and other corporate-friendly policies under the Bush administration that he said have left many lower- and middle-class people in debt.

“You take that framework of people feeling locked out, shut out, marginalized and disrespected,” he said. “You go from Iraq, to Palestine to Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bumbling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts.” – Yahoo News

“In that context, I have decided to run for president,” Nader told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Okay this time I really don’t have anything to say. He’s wasting his time and he is not going to win. That’s all I’m going to say. Don’t get me wrong, I like his views, but I’m only telling the truth. What do you think?

Nader also criticized Republican candidate John McCain and Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton for failing to support full Medicare for all or cracking down on Pentagon waste and a “bloated military budget. He blamed that on corporate lobbyists and special interests, which he said dominate Washington, D.C., and pledged in his third-party campaign to accept donations only from individuals.

“The issue is do they have the moral courage, do they have the fortitude to stand up to corporate powers and get things done for the American people,” Nader said. “We have to shift the power from the few to the many.” – Yahoo News

Nader also ran as a third-party candidate in 2000 and 2004, and many Democrats still accuse him of costing Al Gore the 2000 election.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, speaking shortly before Nader’s announcement, said Nader’s past runs have shown that he usually pulls votes from the Democrat. “So naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race,” the former Arkansas governor said on CNN.

Nader vociferously disputes the spoiler claim, saying only Democrats are to blame for losing the race to George W. Bush. He said Sunday there could be no chance of him tipping the election to Republicans because the electorate will not vote for a “pro-war John McCain.”

“If the Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form,” Nader said. – Yahoo News

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