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U.N. Security Council Approves Mali Intervention Force
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Indefinite Detention Protection Stripped From Bill
Congress stripped a provision Tuesday from a defense bill that aimed to shield Americans from the possibility of being imprisoned indefinitely without trial by the military. The provision was replaced with a passage that appears to give citizens little protection from indefinite detention.

The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 was added by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), but there was no similar language in the version of the bill that passed the House, and it was dumped from the final bill released Tuesday after a conference committee from both chambers worked out a unified measure.

It declared that "An authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States apprehended in the United States, unless an Act of Congress expressly authorizes such detention."
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  it's really hard to be a voice of reason inside the USA - when Congress does stupid stuff like this. what are Americans supposed to think - if the Gov't passes laws authorizing indefinite detention without trial???
Posted by: Raider || 12/21/2012 14:03 Comments || Top||

#2  How is that even-possibly constitutional?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/21/2012 14:28 Comments || Top||

#3  BP, the Constitution? Oh, you mean that old piece of paper in the National Archives.
It's not really that important these days. When the Supreme Court gets the case, Justice
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/21/2012 14:46 Comments || Top||

#4  (hit submit too soon)
Roberts will just declare it a tax or something.

Besides, Obama doesn't need the law - he can do it by executive order.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/21/2012 14:48 Comments || Top||

#5  You mean Decree.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 12/21/2012 16:18 Comments || Top||

#6  The complete abandonment of the constitution by all branches of our government has made me lose all faith in the governmental process in this country. The Republic is pretty much dead. The Empire is alive. Execute order 66.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/21/2012 16:33 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
John Kerry 'to be nominated for secretary of state'
US President Barack Obama is to nominate John Kerry to be his next secretary of state, US media report.

Mr Kerry would replace Hillary Clinton at the head of the state department, the media quoted senior administration officials as saying.

Mr Kerry ran as Democratic presidential candidate in 2004 and is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

His nomination comes after the US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, withdrew from consideration last week.

Republicans had fiercely criticised her role in the aftermath of the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in September.

They had threatened to block her nomination despite the president's strong defence of her actions.

Mr Kerry himself had spoken up for Ms Rice, saying: "I've defended her publicly and wouldn't hesitate to do so again because I know her character and I know her commitment. She's an extraordinarily capable and dedicated public servant."
Posted by: tipper || 12/21/2012 11:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1129 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You wanna put your best face forward.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/21/2012 12:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh joy.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/21/2012 12:49 Comments || Top||

#3  TurRaySa will be so pleased.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/21/2012 13:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Mr Kerry himself had spoken up for Ms Rice, saying: "I've defended her publicly and wouldn't hesitate to do so again because I know her character and I know her commitment. She's an extraordinarily capable and dedicated public servant."

And you're happy to believe the lies she tells, and you want us to believe them too.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 12/21/2012 14:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Sweet Jebus! Pray that Pluggin Joe lives a long and silly life. No wait, I'm in control here, it comes to me. Srsly, the goldcard, I need et now!
Posted by: Shipman || 12/21/2012 15:50 Comments || Top||

#6  And for funs... Eric Holder is 7th in line at the trough.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/21/2012 15:52 Comments || Top||

#7  I wonder if he'll bring back powdered wigs and breeches? And dancing the minuet at state dinners?
I'm just glad he's outta here...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/21/2012 17:51 Comments || Top||

#8  Send him to see the Taliban, get rid of him.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/21/2012 18:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Head. Desk.
Posted by: KBK || 12/21/2012 18:46 Comments || Top||

#10  I don't know, elected Senator should probably get a free pass through the confirmation process. Most appointments in the Executive branch should be treated lightly, and the ones to the judicial branch should get super scrutiny.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/21/2012 21:13 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Obama is 'Time' person of year, Egypt's Morsi included
[Al Ahram] Time magazine on Wednesday named the recently re-elected US President Barack Obama
I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody...
as its person of the year for 2012 -- the second time it has accorded him this honor.

Obama now not only has a reelection as America's first black president and a Nobel peace prize under his belt, but he beat fancied runners-up, including brave Pak girls' rights activist Malala Yousafzai, to be enshrined again as Time's dominant personality of the year.

The venerable American news magazine put Obama on its cover, striking a thoughtful, statuesque pose, and said he deserved the accolade as "the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America."

The magazine lauded Obama's campaigning prowess, noting he was the first president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt to win more than 50 percent of the vote in two straight elections and the first president since 1940 to be re-elected despite a jobless rate above 7.5 percent.

Obama beat Republican Willard Mitt Romney
...former governor of Massachussetts, the Publican nominee for president in 2012. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney has a record as a successful businessman, heading Bain Capital, and he rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from the midst of bribery and mismanagement scandals....
soundly in November's election to win a second four year term, despite presiding over a chronic economic slump.

"In 2012, he found and forged a new majority, turned weakness into opportunity and sought, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union," said Time, which had named Obama person of the year back in 2008 when he became America's first black president.
Posted by: Fred || 12/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1163 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He deserves it.
The first time he got it for managing to be elected POTUS despite being a virtual unknown. This time, he managed to be elected POTUS despite being very well known.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/21/2012 9:30 Comments || Top||

#2  first president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt to win more than 50 percent of the vote in two straight elections
Not counting Eisenhower and Reagan.

Posted by: Glenmore || 12/21/2012 10:03 Comments || Top||

#3  AMBO Stevens anyone????
Posted by: Gleregum tse Tung1512 || 12/21/2012 11:31 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm back somewhat worse for wear, nose is plugged with stuffing and slight bleeding, but I'm still here.
Not dead yet.
Thanks all.
I seem to be banned from the "O" club.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/21/2012 16:43 Comments || Top||

#5  There, there, RJ - we love you. Welcome back, and our sympathies on the bleeding, which should shop shortly. (I hope.) ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 12/21/2012 17:17 Comments || Top||

#6  Thank you Barbra.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/21/2012 18:32 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm sure the O Club was an accident, Redneck Jim. Send Fred an email about it using the link in the yellow box in the right margin of Page 1.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/21/2012 20:42 Comments || Top||

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