Written by Rob Rimes.
My Favorite Line: “In particular, some folks are concerned about the language in Section 1031 that says that this includes “any person committing a belligerent act or directly supported such hostilities of such enemy forces.” This language clearly and unequivocally refers back to Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or its affiliates.”
Clearly refers to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban? Um, no it doesn’t dude. To quote the bill AND to quote you it says, “ANY person committing a belligerent act or directly supported such hostilities of such enemy forces.” The only thing about that snippet that mentions either group is your description of what we are supposed to take away from the very loose and broad wording of the tyrannical statement you are referencing. Either way, if it does refer to either group, it’s still tyrannical and just more of this post-9/11 fear-mongering bullshit. But whatever bro, you support torture and ongoing aimless war so why would anyone think that you wouldn’t be trying to justify the detainment of Americans?
Below is Rubio’s reasoning and attempt at debunking any concerns about this heinous set of laws.
I know this bill is not perfect; in fact, I proposed 2 Amendments to prevent the [US] President from transferring foreign terrorists to the US to be prosecuted in the federal court system, and I joined with Senators DeMint, Coburn, and Lee to vote against cloture. However, in regard to the assertions that this bill allows the US military to supplant our local police departments or that it allows the federal government to detain otherwise law abiding citizens for simply carrying on in their daily lives, those assertions are entirely unfounded. This bill does NOT overturn the Posse Comitatus Act. If this bill did such a thing, I would strongly oppose it.
The full Press Release: Senator Rubio’s Statement for the Congressional Record
Mr. President, some people are wrongly suggesting that the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 this legislation will allow the military to capture and indefinitely detain any American citizen, and that the US Armed Forces would be able to perform law enforcement functions on American soil because of the authority conferred under Sections 1031 and 1032 of the Act.