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Letter: Rights threat

January 1, 2013

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To the editor:

In another example of why bipartisanship is a bad idea, the 2013 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is soon to be approved by Congress and affirmed by the White House. This legislation continues to grant military authorities the power to detain anyone (including citizens) labeled a “terrorist.” It is the most dangerous form of ignorance to think that acts such as these are intended to protect.

Our elected officials and the mainstream media continue to distract the public with flavor-of-the-month issues. Meanwhile, basic rights are being usurped by a federal government drunk on power and devoid of accountability. If you feel safer by surrendering your liberty, I suggest you take time to read the U.S. Constitution. Then resist those who see it as an obstacle to their goals.

Patrick Wilbur,

Lawrence

Comments

Ken Lassman 1 year, 3 months ago

Here's the vote breakdown: Voted for the bill: Jenkins, Yoder, Pompeo

Voted against the billl: Huelskamp

It's interesting that Heulskamp joined 86% of House Democrats in voting against the bill, in a true bipartisan effort. On the Senate side, their version passed in the waning days of the last session in December with only 14 votes against it, including our Sen. Roberts.

Now if I were you, if you truly care about these issues, instead of picking fights on the JW comments board, you should be thanking those legislators who voted against the bill this year and telling those legislators who voted for the bill that 1) you're disappointed in their vote; 2) you're telling your friends about the way they voted (and personally I'd throw in a sentence or two about how disturbing it was to watch them turn down funding recovery moneys for Hurricane Sandy and then turn around to support this legislation); and 3) how you're going to be watching closely on how they vote next year when it comes up to a vote again.

It may seem like a hopeless task, but reasonable persistence does make a difference to your legislators, at least part of the time.

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benofthebull 1 year, 3 months ago

The NDAA was easily and sadly, quietly passed into law. The NDAA is an outright violation of the us constitution yet those that favor it will keep saying that its to protect. Let us not forget that the mainstream media is controlled by corporations that only want people to know what the corporations want the people to know, i.e. think what we think, dress how we dress, and also buy the products that we want you to buy (the products that keep them wealthy), to name only a few. Welcome to the United Police States of America!

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Laus_Deo 1 year, 3 months ago

People in government know whats best for you.

Besides, would you rather be detained or have Dobama drone kill you? I imagine the New Mexico resident that Dobama murdered with a drone wishes he was detained instead.

The D is silent.

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Lynn731 1 year, 3 months ago

I am much more concerned about losing my constitutional rights than bipartisanship. The marine who wrote to Feinstein, wrote a great letter and I fully agree with it.

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In_God_we_trust 1 year, 3 months ago

A Marine has stepped up to the plate and written a stern letter to Sen. Diane Feinsein, informing her: "You ma'am have overstepped a line that is not your domain." "I am not your subject,"; . "I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant."

It's nice to see a Marine honor his oath to the Constitution.

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Crazy_Larry 1 year, 3 months ago

"Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing."

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 3 months ago

It comes down to which side you see yourself on. The majority in Congress who voted for this don't see their rights and freedoms being put at risk by this legislation, but they certainly see their lives of privilege being at risk if they can't take out the "bad guys" with really broad strokes, even if that takes out considerably more innocent than bad in the process.

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uncleandyt 1 year, 3 months ago

Is there a list for "Least Discussed" ?

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uncleandyt 1 year, 3 months ago

Big creepy money gets bipartisan support. What's conservative about legalizing the assassination of U.S citizens ? What is liberal about indefinite detention with no right to know what you are being held for? From Joey Buttafucco onward, it has been the practice of our media to focus on steroids in baseball over a Karl Rove scandal. We're told that Michael Jackson filled the news because that is what the people are interested in. That is a lie. The FISA bill scoots thru as we are warned of a War on Christmas. We the fooled are not totally to blame for our whacky ideas. Censorship is strong and organized.

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uncleandyt 1 year, 3 months ago

Great letter. Why are there so few comments? Was this on the memory shelf for a few days?

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Ken Lassman 1 year, 3 months ago

"In another example of why bipartisanship is a bad idea...."

Wha? In what way does bipartisanship have to do with this bad idea? I can think of plenty of bad bills that were not bipartisan, and I can also think of great bills that were bipartisan and great bills that were not.

Bipartisanship has been largely absent and has led to political polarization in recent years. The lack of it is almost always a problem and at the state level we have seen what a lack of bipartisanship leads to if it sticks around too long.

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