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The terrifying legislation that allows for Americans to be arrested, detained indefinitely, tortured and interrogated — without charge or trial — passed through the Senate on Thursday with an overwhelming support from 93 percent of lawmakers.

Only seven members of the US Senate voted against the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, despite urging from the ACLU and concerned citizens across the country that the affects of the legislation would be detrimental to the civil rights and liberties of everyone in America. Under the bill, Americans can be held by the US military for terrorism-related charges and detained without trial indefinitely.

Additionally, another amendment within the text of the legislation reapproved waterboarding and other “advanced interrogation techniques” that are currently outlawed.

“The bill is an historic threat to American citizens,” Christopher Anders of the ACLU tells the Associated Press.

For the biggest supporters of the bill, however, history necessitates that Americans must sacrifice their security for freedom.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a backer of the legislation, says current laws protecting Americans are too lax. Rather, says the senator, anyone suspected of terrorism “should not be read their Miranda Rights. They should not be given a lawyer.”

Graham adds that suspected terrorists, “should be held humanely in military custody and interrogated about why they joined al-Qaeda and what they were going to do to all of us,” although other legislation in the bill isn’t exactly humane. Waterboarding, sleep-deprivation and other methods outlawed in the 2005 Anti-Torture Act will be added to a top-secret list of approved interrogation techniques that could be used on suspects, American or other.

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte said last week that “terrorists shouldn’t be able to view all of our interrogation practices online,” and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) added during debate this week, “When a member of Al Qaeda or a similar associated terrorist group, I want . . . them to be terrified about what’s going to happen to them in American custody.”

“I want them not to know what’s going to happen,” added the senator and former presidential candidate.

Not only won’t they know their gruesome future, but they wouldn’t know their own rights — that’s because they won’t have any.

“We need the authority to hold those individuals in military custody so we aren’t reading them Miranda rights,” adds Kelly.

While lawmakers rallied with overwhelming support to approve the legislation against terrorists, it can also be applied to anyone, including American citizens, who are even suspected of terrorist-ties.

President Barack Obama has pledged in the past that he would veto the legislation if it made through Congress, and a White House official told the AP on Thursday that that threat still stands. As Obama is faced with a country on the brink of economic collapse so close to Election Day, however, a change of heart couldn’t be out of the question — the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 comes at a price-tag of nearly $30 billion below what Obama had asked for.

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14 Responses to " Senate approves indefinite detention and torture of Americans "

  1. Alfred F. Jones says:

    Our rights are gone The Goverment, Senate and Leadrs of America have turned their backs on the peole to help themselves and take freedom away i hopw your happy you evil selfish bastards and i hope you enjoy the people who will revolt and i hope you enjoy Hell :-x :( :-x

    Sincerly Yours
    Alfred F. Jones(America)

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    • geo says:

      Why don’t you spread some democracy in Syria and Iran? :-D

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  2. Robert C. Laity says:

    The US Senate has DISGRACED itself.

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  3. Okay, but shouldnt it be “For the biggest supporters of the bill, however, history necessitates that Americans must sacrifice their security for freedom” exactly
    the other way ´round ?

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  4. Harry Khan says:

    Why on earth they attack other nations for human rights violations when they themselves don’t follow their own constitution.

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    • janis says:

      :-x I would very much like to know the answer to that myself. This is an utter disgrace.

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    • Bobby says:

      Hahaha, because that’s not why they invade other countries :D
      Money is everything

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  5. Soorj says:

    Here revealed the real face of america. And here is the true example of Democracy(american!!) for which they are attacking all over the world….

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  6. Dennis Arthur says:

    Don’t call us (U.S.) when you need help. Call one of the communist nations. We are broke because we have helped too many of you.

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  7. Mr Wolf says:

    This could be a good thing. Consider how many illegal immigrants live freely in your country. In our country they are the ones raping, murdering, stealing from the legal citizens.

    Look around you, China and Russia is preparing for war. Support your country. A storm is coming…

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  8. Soldier says:

    It’s time to stop thinking legislation will save you. It’s time to start killing the sponsors and authors of these bills. The need to fear for their lives before they listen to us. Right now, they only fear for their pocket books. Start finding out where their daughters go to school, where their sons practice football. This is where you’ll find them on the weekends. This is where you’ll get them without the gestapo surrounding them. The TIME IS NOW PEOPLE!!! This country was founded on the ideals that we can overthrow our gov’t , violently if need be. Obviously, violence is all they understand. I encourage all of you to stand up, execute the cops that have murdered children and gotten away with it. Execute the Senators and Congressmen that are against us. If caught, you will spend life in prison, yes, but is that a price you’d pay for your children to be free. Your blood, your freedom, is it a sacrifice you are willing to make for your children and grand children. THIS NEEDS STOPPED. OUST THEM! I am sick of this ! I’ll do my part, you do yours!

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  9. insanneupsdriver says:

    IS it just me or are the officials falling for their own propaganda? These guys are just asking to get dragged out into the street and beaten.

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