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Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012: The Year of Police State USA

Dear Friends,

Not so Happy New Year!!!

While the nation was preoccupied with preparations for New Year's Eve festivities President Obama once again emulated his predecessor by signing a major piece of controversial legislation when he knew no one would be paying attention, least of all the mainstream, corporate news media.  In fact it is safe to say that Obama has far surpassed former President George W. Bush - something I previously thought would be impossible - in consistently undermining the Constitution of the United States during his presidency.

With President Obama's signing of the “National Defense Authorization Act " H.R. 1540 on December 31, 2011 the United States has reached an extraordinary new high for the National Security State even as it plunges to the nadir of democracy.  If you listen carefully you can hear the jack boots marching across America as the quest for global hegemony creates the associated increased militarization of the "Homeland."

The relentless pursuit of Draconian laws since September 11, 2001 has not abated during Obama's tenure.  In fact it has increased at a dizzying pace as Congress and it's partners in the Military-Industrial Complex have done everything possible to ensure that a well oiled military machine continues to expand so that the sun never sets on the American Empire.

Some have warned of the similarities of our nation's current situation and that of Germany in the early 1930s.  There are striking parallels between the steps leading up to the fate of the Weimar Republic and what we are experiencing in the U.S. today.  We ignore the lessons of history at our own nation's peril! 

Michael Chossudovsky The signing of NDAA (HR 1540) into law is tantamount to the militarization of law enforcement, the repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act and the Inauguration in 2012 of Police State USA.      

Michael Chossudovsky has written a worthy analysis of the NDAA and the lessons of history associated with it in THE INAUGURATION OF POLICE STATE USA 2012. Obama Signs the “National Defense Authorization Act ".  At the end of the article he sums things up pretty succinctly:
The signing of NDAA (HR 1540) into law is tantamount to the militarization of law enforcement, the repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act and the Inauguration in 2012 of Police State USA.
You can also read Obama's signing "Statement of the President on H.R. 1540" at the White House Website in which he makes a vain attempt at feigning his democratic intent.  Rather than supporting an unconstitutional law while issuing a worthless Presidential signing statement, the President should have found what is left of his backbone and vetoed this unconscionable legislation.
Today I weep for my country.  We must not, as citizens, let this stand.  We must speak out against these unlawful actions on every street corner and in every hall of government!



URL for Michael Chossudovsky's article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28441

URL for President Obama's signing statement on HR 1540: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/12/31/statement-president-hr-1540

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