The 86 Senators who Voted to Pass NDAA need to #Occupy the Unemployment Line

December 16, 2011
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This year’s National Defense Authorization Act has just passed through the Senate. The only obstacle is President Obama and historically he caves into vocal opposition, and looking at the lengthy list of Senators voting Yea, this abomination this could very well pass.

 

The 13 Senators that voted Nay on this year’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with 86 voting Yea:

Cardin (D-MD)
Coburn (R-OK)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Durbin (D-IL)
Franken (D-MN)
Harkin (D-IA)
Lee (R-UT)
Merkley (D-OR)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Sanders (I-VT)
Wyden (D-OR)

One was apparently too busy to vote: Moran (R-KS)

 

Although the most tyrannical part of the Act has been restructured, this is a tell:

Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities, relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.”

As PoliticusUSA’s Ray Medeiros points out:

What does EXISTING law say about the detention of American citizens. That is what we need to be concerned with. If existing law states American citizens can be detained indefinitely, by the military, that is the law or laws that need to be changed, rather than this current appropriations act.

 

Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director at ACLU, said Wednesday night that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 was still highly problematic despite changes to the bill. “It was an awful bill before and it is an awful bill now,” he told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

The restructured version of the bill kept the provisions but exempted U.S. citizens to be held in military custody and included language stating that the bill did not extend new authority to detain U.S. citizens. If we need to dissect this swiftly passed Act to this degree, warning signs should be blaring in your head and the fact that, that particular provision was even contained in the bill should alarm you. Why was that provision contained in the bill to begin with?

 The NDAA will stifle our Constitutional Rights and most probably will pass, and most definitely without the approval of Americans. This is reminiscent of the Patriot Act. Our government is now allowed to spy on their citizens. We are not supposed to fear our government, and now, regardless of any restructuring done in this Act, it’s a step in a very wrong direction. Did any of us believe that detainees held in Gitmo without being charged, some of them most assuredly were  innocent, would not happen to any of us?  As advocates of torture applauded this, most of us knew, this was an infringement upon their rights. If that sounds bleak, it’s meant to because now we’re being threatened with the same scenario. 

 Regardless of how politicos spin the passage of NDAA, it opens the door to invasive tactics which infringe upon our freedom. It’s one step in a direction America should never venture into. President Obama could possibly veto it but that’s doubtful. We’ll see, but meanwhile keep your eye on this list of Yeas, and vote them out. Sure, some of the 13 Senators possibly came to the realization that Americans will retaliate at the voting booth if they allow the passage of NDAA, but whether it’s out of conscience or political posturing, those opposing the Act should be held up, while those passing it, should pay a stiff price by occupying an unemployment line.

Occupy NDAA. Gain our freedom back, and ignore the spin doctors and bots who are attempting to make this into something healthy for our country. It is not.

 

The lengthy list of the Senators who passed this bill:

YEAs —86
Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Rubio (R-FL)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)

 

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  • vicki Entsminger

    i think its the same number of senators that was kissing h.clintons butt instead of asking the hard questions and its also a list of the ones that need replaced next term.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dozerfleetprod David Stiefel

    Sadly, I can’t get rid of Levin yet. But I’d be glad to help get rid of Stabenow.

  • John

    Any American who is so tried to party politics that he/she cannot see the tremendous impact this bill will have on our lives is closed minded. This bill made me a one-issue voter. Nothing other than foreseen war with Iran comes close the the weight of this issue. Not gay marriage; not tax reform; not even banking corruption comes close when we citizens have to rely on this and future presidents’ good character for the bill to be used with the right amount of discretion. All of us, Republicans and Democrats, have to stand should to shoulder and let Congress know who’s accountable to whom

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Morin/100002885440230 David Morin

    ALL THIS bBILL AND THE PATRIOT ACT DOES, IS LAYS DOWN A FOUNDATION TO REMOVE THE CONSTITUTION AND ALL OUR FREEDONS TO A SOCIALIST ONE, IN 3 MONTHS THIS JUST MIGHT BE THE SOCIAL STATES OF AMERICA, IF YOU DONT THINK SO, THEN WHY HAS CONGRESS NOT REMOVED THE PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE THIS BILL AND THE PATRIOT ACT BILL WILL THROW ALL US IN FEMA CAMP, (concentration caps like aswitch) NEVER TO SEE DAYLIGHT AGAIN, AND ALL YOUR CHILDERN RE EDUCATED AS SOCIALISTS LIKE THE HITLER YOUTH, THINK I’M KIDDING, EVERYBODY WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA IN 08 GOT SUCKED INTO THE VACCUME CLEANER OF THE BIG FUCKIN LIE NAMED OBAMA, AS FOR HIS BIRTH CERT, IT WAS A FORGED DOCUMENT, EBERY SENATOR IN CONGRESS KNOWS IT, THE THING IS ONLINE, HE NEVER SUBMITTED A BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO THE JUSTICES BY HAND IN PERSON ON A PIECE OF PAPER, THATS LIKE PRINTING OUT MONEY ON YOUR COMPUTER AND CONVINCING EVERYONE ITS REAL!

    I LOVE MY COUNTRY FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, I’LL BE DAMNED IF I LET ANYONE DICTATE THEIR SOCIALIST AGENDA ON ME, NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT, THATS A FIGHT WITH GUNS NOT BY WORDS! THATS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AMERICAN, YOU BAD MOUTH MY COUNTRY IN MY FACE, I’LL KNOCK YOU DOWN AND POUND THE SHIT OUT OF YOU. I’M NOT CRAZY, I’M AMERICAN. ANOTHER THING, TO BE AN AMERICAN, IF BOTH PARENTS WERE BORN IN THE USA OR CAME HERE AS AN IMMIGRANT AND WENT TO ELLIS ISLAND TO BECOME A CITIZEN, YOUR AN AMERICAN, IF YOU CAME HERE ILLEGALLY AND YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND ARE BOTH ILLEGAL STATUS, YOUR CHILD IS BORN IN AMERICA, THE KID IS ILLEGAL ALSO. TWO WRONGS DONT EQUAL ONE RIGHT.

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