• Senate Debates Authorizing "Radical Socialist" President to Indefinitely Detain Americans

    If there's one thing I've learned about the 44th President of the United States from listening to talk radio, e-mail forwards from my uncle and the speeches of dozens of U.S. senators, it's that Barack Obama is not to be trusted. The president is a "venture socialist" who has "disarmed America" and doesn't share our values.

    Clearly, such dangerous individuals should never be allowed such vast discretionary powers as appointing a director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection or a head of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid. That would be irresponsible. Besides, confirming some of the President's Deputy Secretary of Forgettable Bureaucracy nominees would probably distract him from the more anodyne and harmless functions of his office, like ordering the indefinite detention without trial of terrorism suspects

    The new restriction attempts to largely close the door to civilian trials for terror suspects by giving preference to military authorities, not the civilian justice system, in handling members of al Qaeda and related groups. About 170 detainees remain at Guantanamo, and the pending legislation would place restrictions on resettling many eligible to be sent to countries willing to receive them…

    The measure would apply to accused terrorists captured inside and outside the U.S., but the impact would be greatest on domestic cases since foreign captures have become rare amid the intense U.S. drone campaign to kill alleged terrorists.

    The controversial language is part of the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate is expected to debate this week, and was drafted by a bipartisan team of Carl Levin and John McCain, the chairman and ranking minority member, respectively, of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Because most Senate Democrats and Republicans agree: If there's one power a crazed Marxist America-hater should have, it's the power of protecting consumers from predatory lenders, running a health insurance system for the elderly, appointing competent managers to executive departments… global indefinite detention.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Carl Levin, John McCain, Military, Senate, Terrorism


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