Obama Caves, Will Sign NDAA

Explain to me again why anyone should even remotely consider voting for this man. (Don’t worry… I’m not going to. Period.)

How does he come to the conclusion that the bill can be signed?

But the White House said in a statement that adjustments made by a House-Senate conference committee had sufficiently addressed its concerns.

Remember, Obama’s reasons for threatening the veto were not our objections that led us to seek a veto. Obama objected to provisions that his staff advised would “… challenge or constrain the president’s ability to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists, and protect the American people…” in other words, to Obama, it was all about executive (i.e., personal) power, pure and simple. Fix that “defect,” and he’s fine with the evisceration of due process rights.

Thanks to provisions revised from the House-passed version of the bill, Obama, in signing this act, will still sign away your right to be tried and convicted before being imprisoned for life (or worse) if he… yes, the president by himself… declares you a terrorist. ADDED: And if there is any sort of judicial proceeding, it can be, apparently at the president’s discretion, before a military commission… even if you are an American civilian.

Obama may have stopped smoking, but he sure as hell found something to use to light and burn the Bill of Rights.
(H/T upyernoz.)
UPDATE: ‘noz is right… you absolutely must read this.
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  • L’Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Thursday December 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Things go global.
    Let me remind you of a term I once used…

    • Steve  On Friday December 16, 2011 at 12:41 am

      Enfant, they say that as one ages, two things go away: one is memory, and I forgot the other one. 🙂 Help me out here.

  • upyernoz  On Friday December 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Explain to me again why anyone should even remotely consider voting for this man.

    the usual reason given (really the only one that i think holds any water) is that his opponent is going to be even worse.

    you probably already knew that, but you did ask!

    • Steve  On Friday December 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      ‘noz, I do know that, but I do not agree that that reason holds water. Obama has arguably been even worse on civil liberties issues than George W. Bush at his worst. His take on economic issues is downright Republican. His commitment to women, seniors, children and the poor is no better than a Republican’s: if he feels he can gain political points by selling out any one or more of those traditional Democratic constituencies, he does not hesitate to do so, no matter what he says in his speeches. The man is a magnificent speaker, but he uses that ability only to make himself a more effective liar.

  • L’Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Friday December 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm


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