Saturday, November 26, 2011

Homeland slated to become "battlefield;" Helena National Forest announces collapse

In a recent debate, Ron Paul raised awareness of legislation pending in the US Senate. The ACLU's Blog of Rights brings the story via hipneck:
The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself. The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing. And American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets being sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime. The solution is the Udall Amendment; a way for the Senate to say no to indefinite detention without charge or trial anywhere in the world where any president decides to use the military. In support of this harmful bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield” and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial “American citizen or not.”
The US Department of Agriculture concedes the failure of Helena National Forest. From the Missoulian:
A Forest Service report (pdf guide) identifies the Helena National Forest as having the worst watershed conditions of all national forests and grasslands in a region that includes Montana and parts of Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota. The report found the Helena National Forest had 28 watersheds in need of serious help. Most other forests had zero to six.
A California blogger sees a pattern west of the Divide. More on Forests to Faucets.


Duffer said...

Hey man, S1867 has passed the Senate. Any idea how SD's Senators voted?

larry kurtz said...

Udall Amendment failed.

Bill summary

pdf of S1867

How they voted.

larry kurtz said...

@ggreenwald This thing is all over the Twitterverse.

Duffer said...

Interesting eh? All these geeohpee-ers howling about creeping Fascism . . . voting for Orwellian crap like this.

Tim Johnson and John Thune both voted for it.

If one needed more evidence this country is swirling the drain . . .

Duffer said...

The roll-call doesn't match the map vote - Tim Johnson did vote "yea" for the ammendment - while "Freedom First" John Thune voted against it.

What a load of shit . . and these idjuts in South Dakota continue to believe.

Come on "Tooners", what does a "Freedom First" campaign slogan mean?