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Barack Obama vs. Farrakhan, Hedges and the Bill of Rights

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

By signing the preventive detention law that his operatives in Congress helped to craft, President Obama has nullified the pillars of the Bill of Rights: due process of law and freedom of speech. Journalist Chris Hedges is suing the would-be King Obama, while Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan dares the president to charge him with “sedition and treason.” Every potential political dissenter can now be “locked up for the rest of their lives without charge or trial – essentially, on the president’s say-so.”

 

Barack Obama vs. Farrakhan, Hedges and the Bill of Rights

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

That act signed into law by our president is an act that is destined to stop those of us who speak truth to power.”

When it comes to preventive detention, journalist Chris Hedges and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan agree: President Obama has signed and codified into law a measure that would abolish free speech and due process of law in the United States.

Chris Hedges, the author and former New York Times correspondent, suspects that the real purpose of this bill is to thwart internal, domestic movements that threaten the corporate state.” He has sued President Obama in the Southern District Court in New York City, challenging the National Defense Authorization Act that Obama signed when most people were celebrating New Years Eve. Hedges is especially troubled, and with good reason, by the language in the law that describes who can be locked up for the rest of their lives without charge or trial – essentially, on the president’s say-so.

The people that may be deprived of their fundamental rights are those that “substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.” The key words are “substantially supported” and “associated forces.” In legal terms, “substantial” support, as opposed to “material” support, could easily be applied to speech that the government decides gives “aid and comfort” to al Qaeda or the Taliban. And “associated forces” could be anybody that the president’s men claim have some kind of association with terrorists – and that, too, could be in the form of speech.

This is a dungeon big enough to throw all kinds of people into, including reporters and citizens simply expressing their political opinions. “Dissent,” says Hedges, “is increasingly equated in this country with treason.”

The real purpose of this bill is to thwart internal, domestic movements that threaten the corporate state.”

Minister Farrakhan told a Chicago radio host, That act signed into law by our president is an act that is destined to stop those of us who speak truth to power.” The Nation of Islam’s lawyer said the law might be interpreted as a “justifiable basis to detain [Farrakhan] in military custody without benefit of his constitutional right to trial” if he dissents with official U.S. policy. Farrakhan noted that the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad was imprisoned during World War Two for advocating resistance to the draft. “If America goes to war,” he said, President Obama may be forced “to take Farrakhan off the streets; and charge him with ‘sedition’ and ‘treason.’”

The point here, of course, is not that Louis Farrakhan or Chris Hedges is in imminent danger of preventive detention in perpetuity, but that everyone is, because the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which provides for due process of law, and the First Amendment’s guarantees of free speech, no longer exist if a president finds them inconvenient.

Black America has always championed civil liberties, and could not possibly support preventive detention. But too many African Americans have failed to pay attention to Obama’s actual policies. They have treated him like an icon, or worse, a king. Now, with preventive detention the law of the land, he has become King Obama, a monarch with no constitutional bounds. Next year, it could be King Mitt, or King Newt – and it really doesn't matter which.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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Even Congress is not immune. The fools.

The BAR software was kind enough to prompt me with a subject line I'd used recently about this NDAA. 

The African "Arch of Terror"

Jerusalem Post:

What we are seeing across Africa is a deeper connection between various Islamic extremist groups, such as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in the Sahara, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the Islamic Courts Union and al-Shabab in Somalia.

This arc of terror that stretches across Africa is a threat to the stability of the entire region.

It has already led to the destruction of part of Somalia.

With instability in Libya and the procurement of weapons left behind from that conflict, there is no way of knowing how far these Islamists might strike in the future.

The seething unrest among Tuareg tribesmen who live in Mali, Niger and Algeria has allowed for al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, the North African version of the infamous terrorist network, to function with impunity.

The United States is aware of the problem and its Africa Command headed by Gen. Carter Ham has supplied training advice to several countries in the region.

In addition the US Congress approved $500 million in counterterrorism aid several years ago.

It is important that these commitments to fighting extremist, especially Salafist, groups in Africa bear fruit and that they are extended.

Building up a continent wide program to combat the problem would be useful.

However, it is also essential that scholars and commentators understand that what is happening cannot only be ascribed to “poverty” or “criminality,” and that what we are seeing is a continued growth of terrorism and attempts by the groups to link to one another.

With the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the electoral success of the Salafist party al-Nour there, vigilance against other more extreme like-minded groups must be maintained.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Editorials/Article.aspx?id=252616

Economist:

In east Africa Iran has helped turn Sudan, another mainly Muslim country, into—by some counts—Africa’s third-biggest arms maker; in 2008 the two signed a military co-operation accord.

Iran has also been cultivating some less likely allies in the region.

Last year Mr Ahmadinejad visited mainly Christian Kenya, being joyously welcomed in the port of Mombasa, on the Muslim-inhabited coast.

He struck a deal to export 4m tonnes of crude oil to Kenya a year, to open direct flights between Tehran and Nairobi, the two capitals, and to give scholarships for study in Iran.

Israel is particularly worried by Iran’s eagerness to warm relations with Sudan and Eritrea, a strategic spot on the Red Sea that could threaten Israeli shipping.

Eritrea also arms the fervently anti-Israeli Somali jihadists.

Sudan may already serve as a conduit for Iranian weapons to Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that Iran backs, and to Hizbullah.

http://www.economist.com/node/15453225

Why Did the US become the United Police States of America

I keep referring to the 10/19/2011 article here @ BAR entitled 'America is a Fascist State Because It IS [& always has been] RACIST': 

This article provides the proper historical context from which the current Police-State measures based on the phony 'War on Terror' comes. The Fact is as important as the Bill of Rights are- the so-called 'Founding Fathers'  created a ticking time-bomb w a potential bomerang effect [IE: 'The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost'] because in 1776 theirs was a white Revolution for Independence & at best a Half Assed Measure due to their hypocritical & schizophrenic position on slavery [because many / most of them were slave owners] as they abolished white indentured servitude & because they coveted more of Indigenous Peoples lands. 

The Irony here is that the {white} power-elites have found an Uncle Judge Thomas & a {some} {White}House NEGRO{es} to help them carry out this act of Treachery! But since everyone fakes like they want to have a 'real' discussion about race- lets do a break-down of those in congress who voted for this violation of the Bill of Rights - white senators & US Reps [whether Repug or Dim / man or woman] voted over-whelmingly for it as non-white congress-people vote against it - namely white Dims voted 3 to 1 & white Repugs voted 5 - 6 to 1 - for this act of treachery! Yet Black congress people [all Dims & members of the CBC] in effect voted against fellow Dim & ex CBCer Obama when they voted against this act treachery! IMO: In this era of Obama & so-called 'post-racial' USA, where if you bring up the race question you're accussed of playing the so-called 'Race-Card'... - The people should know just what the faces of those who Sold them & their civil-liberties protections OUT - looks like! But remember the CBC could NOT get even ONE so-called 'liberal / progressive' Dim white senator to support their resolution protesting the Hi-Jacked 2000 election that brought the Bush / Cheney / NeoCON regime to power! 

Black Commentator and Black Agenda may be Disinfo Agents

I've been trying for years to reason with BC over the lies about the official story on 9/11. They still refuse to even budge on the issue. They believe wholeheartedly that Bin Laden was able to penetrate the most secure buildings in the world with former illegal President Bush Jr's brother Marvin working security at the Towers that day. His contract also expired on 9/11. It was been demonstrated in hundreds of way, all equally and scientifically valid, that 9/11 was not performed by a group of Arab extremists. That is a lie. It did not happen. 9/11 was orchestrated by Israeli Mossad in cahoots with Cheney and Chertoff. See 911missinglinks.com and alqaedadoesnotexist.com. al Qaeda was invented by our CIA to blame 9/11 on Arabs so Israel could go on their present killing spree using the US military. It's a War on Arabs and Islam.

Cheney is the only one who could have order NORAD to stand down that day preventing defenses from stopping any attacks. Those buildings were clearly blown up as well, not brought down at freefall speed into their own footprint from aluminum planes with a little fuel that burned off on impact.

For BC to neglect this primary crime and cause of everything that has happened since 9/11 it is woefully neglectful and suspicious. I will no longer be reading or contributing. Goodbye forever.

Black Leaders Who Refuse to Uphold the Oath of Office.........

http://www.ceyseau.net/BOClarenceThomas.html

http://www.ceyseau.net/AClerkJudgmentisUneforceable.html

http://www.ceyseau.net/

Elected black leaders, without regard to political party affiliation, who refuse to uphold his or her oath of Office, or other individuals, who have contempt for the U.S. Constitution, any respective State Constitution, the "Rule of Law", etc., contribute to the demise of Black men, women, and/or his or her siblings........the demise being "Unequal Justice and Protection Under the Law" that can result in unwarranted penal incarceration, blatantly illegal or unfair court decisions, blatant violation of property rights by the atrocities of government, the illegal break up of law abiding black families for profit, and/or other unlawful Jim Crow/Black Code practices that are very real, even today.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-182700

The value of an elected official, criminal or civil defense lawyer is gauged by the competency of a lawyer to use the Constitution, the rule of law, tort practice to represent a client, especially a client egregiously violated by the atrocities of government.

14th Amendment, USC, Section 1: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Article 1, Section 7, of the California Constitution states: " A person may not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law or denied equal protection of the laws...." and Article 1, Section 26 states: " The provisions of the constitution are mandatory and prohibitory, unless by express words they are declared to be otherwise".

http://voices.yahoo.com/black-leaders-support-ku-klux-klan-8321947.html?cat=75

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-287435

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-278743

http://ceyseau.net/files/The_Real_Uncle_Tom_s_.pdf

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-265276

Surely there is at least one black elected official, black lawyer around who is ethical, competent, not sleazy or spineless and who lives by the principles to which this nation stands, and is not afraid to take on government, in behalf of a any law abiding U.S. born descendant of slavery egregiously violated by government. 

& What About White Leaders Who've Spat on the US Constitution?!

Including Repug Lamar Smith of TX- who just voted w O-Bomb-em for that Bill of Rights negating NDAA Law [effectively the US as a Police-State Act] along w another 235 white Repugs in the House & Senate -&- another 140 white Dims in the House & Senate. Or what about white TX Repug George Water-board Bush Jr [along w white Repug Dick Darth-Vader Cheney] who called the US Constitution 'Just another Piece of Paper'!!!

BO Advises Blacks to Stop Complaining, Put On Your Marching....

BO Advises U.S. born Blacks to "Stop Complaining, Put On Your Marching Shoes, etc."....but Barack Obama Will bend over Backwards to Serve Illegal/Undomented Immigrants Who do Not Belong in the U.S.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/

On immigration

Re "Simplifying immigration," Editorial, Jan. 12

The Times endorses the Obama administration's proposal to reward those who have broken our immigration laws.

Under current law, illegal immigrants who seek immigrant or temporary visas must apply from outside the United States. They must then ask the federal government to waive the three- and 10-year bars to return. Congress instituted these rules in 1996 as a penalty for immigrants who had been illegally present in the United States for long periods of time.

President Obama is bending these rules to put illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of citizens and legal immigrants. The administration's proposal to allow some illegal immigrants to stay here while the government decides on their waiver requests will encourage more illegal immigration.

Congress has defeated amnesty attempts several times. And most Americans want to see immigration laws enforced, not ignored. Obama (and The Times, for that matter) should put the interests of the American people first.

Rep. Lamar Smith

(R-Texas)

The writer chairs the House Judiciary Committee.

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"PresidentObama is bending these rules to put illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of citizens and legal immigrants"

http://lamarsmith.house.gov/Biography/

Thank You, Congressman Lamar Smith and the LA Times forpublishing this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c1-22w2G7M

http://ceyseau.net/files/THE_SENTINEL_IS_A_YELLOW_JOURNAL.pdf

http://www.ceyseau.net/files/C_895188.pdf

http://ceyseau.net/files/Case_BC_385899.pdf

http://lasentinel.net/About.html

Other pertinent info to show this trash are a disgrace to the essence of what it means to be journalists, an elected official, etc., are:

http://www.ceyseau.net/files/There_is_no_Question_that_Elected_Black_Lea...

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-45488

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-182700

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-178499

The Republican Party is Not Responsible for the Demise of the Black Community

http://www.ceyseau.net/

Ceyseau and Inept Leaders

Thank You, Congressman Lamar Smith and the LA Times for publishing this.

Typically, Black owned newspapers such as the LA Sentinel choose not to publish this to defend misfits like no good President Barack Obama, A.K.A. "The Food Stamp President". 

Lets Talk about White Leaders Who've Spat on the US Constitution

Including Repug Lamar Smith of TX- who just voted w O-Bomb-em for that Bill of Rights negating NDAA Law [effectively the US as a Police-State Act] along w another 235 white Repugs in the House & Senate  -&- another 140 white Dims in the House & Senate. Or what about white TX Repug George Water-board Bush Jr [along w white Repug Dick Darth-Vader Cheney] who called the US Constitution 'Just a Piece of Paper'!!! 



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