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Bye, Bye Miss American Pie, er . . . Democracy. Not With a Bang, but a Whimper!

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.

“NDAA Set to Become Law: The Ter­ror is Near­er than Ever” by David Sea­mon; Busi­ness Insid­er; 12/14/2011. [1]

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.

The sin­gle most impor­tant news sto­ry since Sep­tem­ber 11th, 2001.

Com­bined, NDAA and SOPA sim­ply destroy Amer­i­can democ­ra­cy. That isn’t hype. That isn’t exag­ger­a­tion.

With­in a few days, your free­dom of speech will be gone — post some­thing con­tro­ver­sial online, and the gov­ern­ment can legal­ly “dis­ap­pear” it.
Annoy the gov­ern­ment too much, or crit­i­cize Con­gress’ infi­nite wis­dom and mer­cy, and you may find your­self in mil­i­tary prison for the remain­der of your life, with­out access to a tri­al or attor­ney. Even if you’re an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen on US soil.

This is a brave new world. Watch what you say. Be mind­ful of who you asso­ciate with.

You may crit­i­cize your gov­ern­ment with­in the pri­va­cy of your own home, amongst close fam­i­ly or friends, but do not post neg­a­tive com­ments online. Do not assem­ble. Do not protest. Do not agi­tate. Do not give “com­fort” to the “ene­my.”

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.