COMMENT: As noted by blogger David Seamon, the demise of American democracy took place amid the voluminous, flatulant pontification of U.S. media pundits, a profound distraction in the event.
With very little notice from politicial or media institutions and/or individuals, the National Defense Authorization Act has incorporated some features that would allow the virtual elimination of civil liberties as we have come to know them.
This as American oracles such as Hillary Clinton lecture others about their “democracy.”!
The essence of the NDAA text is this: provisions in that act will permit the government to “disappear” troublesome information and/or individuals at will and virtually without recourse on the part of the victim.
The bill was originally threatened with veto by the Obama administration, but recently endorsed for signing by the President.
EXCERPT: It turns out that destroying the American democratic republic was easy to accomplish, historians will write someday. Simply get the three major cable news networks to blather on about useless bull**** for a few days, while legislators meet in secret behind closed doors to rush through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA), and its evil twin sister, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is a clever name for an Internet censorship bill straight out of an Orwellian nightmare. . . .
I have no idea why Congress is pushing through anti-American legislation that is not only incompetent, but openly belligerent.
I have no idea why an American media blackout on NDAA is still in effect — Anderson Cooper, Chris Matthews, Bill O’Reilly and the other broadcast “journalists” have been disgustingly silent on what is undoubtedly the most important news story of the past decade.
Combined, NDAA and SOPA simply destroy American democracy. That isn’t hype. That isn’t exaggeration.
This is a brave new world. Watch what you say. Be mindful of who you associate with.
This is a sad day for all of us. All of our military spending, all of our fortresses and moats, and it turns out democracy was attacked from within, the historians will write someday. We didn’t even see it coming.