Friday, December 16, 2011

USA enacts its own ISA

Al Jazeera reported. US lawmakers legalise indefinite detention.

A new US law declares the world a battlefield, making virtually anyone vulnerable to indefinite military detention.

While it's known that the US has used indefinite detention of suspects in its "war on terror", Congress has voted to make the same treatment legal for US citizens apprehended within the US.

The House of Representatives passed the 2012 National Defence Authorisation Act (or NDAA) on Wednesday and Senate approved it on Thursday. But the Senate had already passed one version of the bill on December 1, with 93 votes in favour of and seven against - a remarkable margin.

Provisions in the bill codify an approach that allows for endless detention of US citizens and non-citizens picked up anywhere in the world. They also gives the US military the option to detain US citizens suspected of participating or aiding in terrorist activities without a trial, indefinitely.

A person can be detained "under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities", the bill states. The hostility in question here is the "war on terror", and at the moment, it seems to have no end.

The developed world is regressing on democracy
The democracy of the developed world, reached its pinnacle thanks to -- communism. Then the rich were petrified after seeing their cousins murdered and looted by angry peasants in Russia, as well as facing their own restive people at home.

To counter the revolution, they transferred their wealth to the people, resulting in flourish of democracy, equality and prosperity. After the fall of USSR, all these are no longer necessary.

To oppress the angry peasants, taking down some democracy is now extremely desirable to the rich.

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