The MSM, for the most part, has ignored this story, and when they have reported on it in a very offhand way, they assure us that no one is trying to take away our freedoms despite what this bill says, and which even President Obama acknowledged. In fact, Obama said that he did not want to sign the bill because it legalized the military to detain American citizens without charge, trial or conviction. So to appease us, he published a signing statement which says that he will never use this bill to illegally detain Americans, but which signing statement leaves these provisions completely intact. We'll just forget about the promise of Obama never to use signing statements.
While the MSM will continue to lie to you about this and every other important story, the alternative media on the internet is all over it. Here is one article which I believe describes this matter very well:
Goodbye Bill of Rights, Obama Signs NDAA
To no one’s surprise, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) tonight–a great way to start off the new year! Immediately after the House of Representatives passed it on a vote of 283-136, Obama signaled that the bill would be signed in the coming weeks. This deplorable act of treason only serves to cement the fact that Obama is a serial liar who has no respect for the basic rights of American citizens.
Adam Serwer over at MotherJones explains it clearly,
The administration had said that the military detention provisions of an earlier version of the NDAA were “inconsistent with the fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets.”On one hand the administration claims that it’s opposed to the bill to keep it’s progressive constituency at bay all the while planning to sign it anyway.
The revised NDAA is still inconsistent with that fundamental American principle. But the administration has decided that fundamental American principles aren’t actually worth vetoing the bill over.
It should be noted that the Obama administration’s attacks on the civil liberties of Americans far outweigh those of the Bush administration’s. While George W. Bush only took away your 4th Amendment rights via the USA PATRIOT Act, the Obama administration has extended the USA PATRIOT Act and now repealed your 5th and 6th Amendment rights through the NDAA. You can also say goodbye to The Posse Comitatus Act, which makes it illegal for the military to stroll around the streets of suburbia and arrest people at will.
Civil rights organizations like the ACLU have come to the realization that Obama’s actions are historically some of the most dangerous and tyrannical. Laura W. Murphy of the ACLU’s Washington office, in a press release stated,
If President Obama signs this bill, it will damage both his legacy and American’s reputation for upholding the rule of law. The last time Congress passed indefinite detention legislation was during the McCarthy era and President Truman had the courage to veto that bill. We hope that the president will consider the long view of history before codifying indefinite detention without charge or trial.Consider this, President Truman vetoed an indefinite detention bill when the largest threat to the national defense of the United States had an arsenal of thousands of nuclear weapons and when domestic spies were rampant. Now, the major threat to our national security emanates from third world countries with enemies living in caves [or so they tell us], who have countlessly failed, not because of the PATRIOT Act, but because of their own incompetence. The NDAA is an abomination that is more of a threat to our freedom and our rights than any foreign terrorist ever was [and who is to say that this wasn't the intention all along?]