Consitution, What Constitution?

Greenwald does his usual thorough number on the horrible, insane, thoroughly evil military detention bill co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin and GOP Sen. John McCain (S. 1867), which is included in the pending defense authorization bill.

Everyone who cites for this should be publicly shamed and stripped of their official duties! But special mention needs to be given to Levin, McCain and Lindsay Graham, for their pure evil assholery, which truly goes above the call of duty.

The worst part of all this is that even by the official narrative, "al Qaeda" is absolutely no threat and there is almost no significant terrorist threat. This bill is all pure war-loving blood-lust.

That being said, Greenwald is right that this bill really only codifies the status quo on terrorist detention by the executive branch. But it's one thing for the president to take extra-ordinary powers like this, but another for the Congress to pass a clearly unconstitutional bill.

Kudos to Rand Paul on this:

And kudos to Mark Kirk:

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on Thursday read sections of the United States Constitution on the Senate floor as lawmakers debated a highly controversial provision in the annual defense bill.

Sections 1031 and 1032 in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the Senate is debating this week, would authorize the military to indefinitely detain suspected terrorists anywhere in the world — including U.S. citizens on U.S. soil — without charge or trial.

“I took the time, as we all should from time to time serving in this body, to re-read the Constitution of the United States yesterday,” Kirk said.

He then read sections of the Constitution pertaining to trials for U.S. citizens and treason. He also read from the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, the Sixth Amendment, and Fourteenth Amendment.

“It appears this legislation directly violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, with regard to those rights which are inalienable according to the Declaration of Independence,” he noted.

Some quaint concepts:
Fourth Amendment –
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Fifth Amendment –
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.