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Do We Need to Worry About the NDAA?

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Posted on Jan 8, 2012
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Ian Masters asks Dahlia Lithwick, a contributing editor at Newsweek and a senior editor and legal correspondent at Slate, to dig into the NDAA and report on whether our civil liberties are as threatened as they seem to be by the defense bill President Obama signed on New Year’s Eve.


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By RAE, January 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

I’m MORE than astonished at the LACK of uproar by US citizens with the passing of the NDAA 2012.

Do you not care if your country evolves into a fascist state?

Do you not care if your own military can arrest ANYONE, US citizen or not, inside or outside the USA borders, on suspicion only, lay no charges, refuse due process and habeas corpus, incarcerate indefinately in what amount to internment camps of WWII, WITH no access to lawyer or courts?

DO YOU NOT CARE that your President SIGNED this legislation into LAW late on New Year’s Eve while the rest of the country wasn’t watching?


This kind of TERRORISM makes the 9/11 type look like child’s play.

And NO ONE seems to care.

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By Sombrio, January 12, 2012 at 11:24 am Link to this comment

Welcome to the Gulag.
Yours Truly, Ivan Disonviytch.

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By A Bird in the Hand, January 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

What is missing here…hmmmm..Where are the hor-des of leftist fascists that are inbred to this site these days????..They have no response to this big slice of Obama-Mamma dictorial tyranny??...They have disappeared, with nary a diatribe, silenced by the machine..Pussies…


Can I get just one of you UN-AMERICAN A-HOLES to step up and tell me all about the ‘goodness’ of this brazen act against the Constitution and the American people..Bring it…

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By gerard, January 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment

“... whether our civil liberties are as threatened as they seem to be ...”
  For the love of God—they shouldn’t be threatened at all ... not even a little bit!

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By ElkoJohn, January 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

Pretty darn close to a police state now, don’t ya think.

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By John Sullivan, January 9, 2012 at 10:59 am Link to this comment
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Any interpretation of this law is irrelevant. The fact that this bill was even considered by Congress, let alone signed into law, shows an explicit and unambiguous assault on the fundamentals of democracy.

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By Jim Michie, January 9, 2012 at 7:34 am Link to this comment
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Oh my God!  Dahlia Lithwick, your tortuous “interpretation” of the National War (Defense) Authorization Act could be stated in one simple sentence: “I agree with the ACLU criticism of Obama’s signing of the NDAA.”

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