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NDAA: Message in a Bottle

Updated on January 11, 2012

Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence

, the bill’s chief architect, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), tried to persuade skeptics that the bill wasn’t so bad. His pitch? “The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States,”
, the bill’s chief architect, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), tried to persuade skeptics that the bill wasn’t so bad. His pitch? “The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States,”
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said it “denigrates the very foundations of this country.”
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said it “denigrates the very foundations of this country.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) added, “it puts every single American citizen at risk.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) added, “it puts every single American citizen at risk.”

As the nation prepared to bid adieu to 2011on News Years Eve, President Obama signed into Law, the National Defense Authorization Act. The annual events share the similarities of an ensuing next day hangover; of which 2012 may prove to be crippling.

I have a proclivity of incorporating my personal life with subconsciously associating the TV news into my dreams. This is my recollection of that confluence in the dream state…

I was straightening up, gathering empty beverage containers from the New Years Eve bash the night before. In the dream, I discovered a message in one of the empty bottles.

The NDAA note read; $662 Billion in National defense and interest abroad; DOD healthcare, counter-terrorism, military modernization. It also imposes economic sanctions on Iran, military capabilities on China, Russia and Iran.

The mind-numbing dysfunction of my hangover then erupted as what was to follow next jumped off the page…

…Detention provisions include U.S. citizens on American Soil which may be held indefinitely. Well, that did the trick, now I’m sober, but now the hangover has evolved into a migraine.

At that moment, the thought occurred to me, if only our elected officials could take some kind of oath to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution. I decided I should be sending out an S.O.S.; a message in the bottle of my own, in the event someone discovers it whilst straightening up their dream state.

Before reaching the White House desk, here’s a look at the box score from Congress:



H R 1540 RECORDED VOTE 14-Dec-2011 6:58 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Conference Report
BILL TITLE: To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes


Ayes Noes PRES NV

Republican 190 43 8

Democratic 93 93 6

Independent

TOTALS 283 136 14

Link to Individual House Members Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll932.xml

HR 1540 - Voting Record Conference Report Adopted (Senate)

Date: Dec. 15, 2011 Yea: 86 Nay: 13

Link to Individual Senate Members Vote: http://www.votesmart.org/bill/votes/37472

Statement by the President on H.R. 1540

The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists

“My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens … Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation,” wrote Obama.

Happy New Year message from our Leaders in D.C. received loud and clear.
Happy New Year message from our Leaders in D.C. received loud and clear.

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    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      3 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      FitnezzJim,

      What say you on this day Sir...

      3/1/2015

      GjFalcone

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Eiddwen, Thanks for the visit and for your comments. Take care and be well

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      How very interesting and I now look forwrd to reading many more by you.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Radhapriestess, Thank you for your read & input. Happy to hear you related to it on a personal level.

    • radhapriestess profile image

      radhapriestess 

      6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Good to see Senator Al Franken got in this article. He is one of our two senators. I actually live in his voting area, so I met his wife once at the caucus. She is a very impressive speaker and very intelligent. Al Franken is a very good senator.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Jewelz1313,

      The thing about it is,I'm certain you're right. Thanks for the read and comment.Catch ya.

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      Jewelz1313 

      6 years ago from Branson, Missouri

      Thank you for the update. Unfortunately, I feel things are going to get a lot worse before they will get any better. Not my will,just a feeling.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for checking in Sir. As always I appreciate your input. Hope all is well.

    • FitnezzJim profile image

      FitnezzJim 

      6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      I have to concur with the Presidents staement on this one. In my opinion 'provide for the common defence' is Congresses Top Priority. Although it has been 'continued' numerous times, and is late, we should be thankful that they are at least waving appearances at doing the jobs we elected them to do, specifically, passing an NDAA. We should all say thank you, and hope that they can work on the next thing that is part of their job.

      And then vote against those who urged including offending sections in 2012. For that, the data links are good information.

      Remember in November 2012.

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