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by John Galt
January 9, 2013 21:00 ET
During the 1970′s the military junta in the nation of Argentina kidnapped thousands of citizens and killed upwards of 30,000 according to some estimates ,who dared to voice opposition to the government and how they were abusing the rights of the people. The program was sanctioned by the government as part of a secret “dirty war” which was in essence a civil war against not just the former Peronists and their supporters, but revolutionaries including Marxists, union members, and ordinary citizens. The military government justified these actions to prevent terrorism and preserve the peace for the civilian population. At this point in time I must ask my reader, does any of this start to sound hauntingly familiar to modern day America?
The so-called “war on terror” was proclaimed to extinguish Islamic radicalism and its threat to the American homeland. As a result, handicapped grandmothers, disabled veterans, minors under the age of ten, and average citizens face groping and molestation at airports throughout the U.S. and soon at bus and train stations, border crossings into the states, and within a short period of time, perhaps this year, at shopping centers. All of this drastic police state action and violations of the Bill of Rights yet in reality it does nothing to prevent acts of terror from occurring unlike the regular police work and counter intelligence systems implemented against foreign enemies operating within our country. The theory is apparently that we, as a nation, can not selectively target likely individuals who are the primary suspects involved in terrorism thus the government must remove the freedoms of all citizens. The new Department of Homeland Security data collection center in Utah is but one more symptom of a larger problem where the police state is evolving into something far worse than what Argentina endured and the citizens of the old Soviet bloc.
Senator John McCain, Republican from Arizona, recently engaged in a heated argument with Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky and sadly for the Constitution, McCain won the day. From the Daily Caller article on December 19, 2012 by W. James Antle III, Rand Paul, John McCain spar over NDAA ‘indefinite detention’ language:
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul quickly blamed his party’s 2008 presidential nominee, blasting a “McCain-led NDAA conference committee” for the omission.
“The decision by the NDAA conference committee, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to strip the National Defense Authorization Act of the amendment that protects American citizens against indefinite detention now renders the entire NDAA unconstitutional,” Sen. Paul said in a statement.
“When the government can arrest suspects without a warrant, hold them without trial, deny them access to counsel or admission of bail, we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity,” the senator continued, noting that he voted against NDAA last year but supported the current version because of the Feinstein-Lee amendment.