People who really know me, believe I have lost it. Corporate execs and suburbanites. That’s the crowd I run with these days. Minivans & Infinities. As banal as it gets in middle America.
However, this did indeed catch my attention.
Thanks to CA for the referral.
I will point you to Gardenserf’s comment for some clarity:
Let’s jump to Sec 1031 first and then if anyone else wants to pore over the rest of the bill and can actually find something more ominous than this, then please post it here. In the meantime, I don’t see anything to hyperventilate about compared to some of the other bills affecting our food.
(b) Covered Persons- A covered person under this section is any person as follows:
(1) A person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for those attacks.
(2) A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.
(a) Custody Pending Disposition Under Law of War-
(1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (4), the Armed Forces of the United States shall hold a person described in paragraph (2) who is captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40) in military custody pending disposition under the law of war.
(2) COVERED PERSONS- The requirement in paragraph (1) shall apply to any person whose detention is authorized under section 1031 who is determined–
(A) to be a member of, or part of, al-Qaeda or an associated force that acts in coordination with or pursuant to the direction of al-Qaeda; and
(B) to have participated in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners.
(b) Applicability to United States Citizens and Lawful Resident Aliens-
(1) UNITED STATES CITIZENS- The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States.
(2) LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS- The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to a lawful resident alien of the United States on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States.
I’m with him on some of the food legislation as of late versus this. Though I have to admit that when I ran across the Green Mountain link initially, I threw up in my mouth a little. A long line of abuses. This would be just another step in that direction. How fitting to see it surfaced by the ACLU of all people over the Thanksgiving holiday. There is some kind of irony in there somewhere – I can smell it.
And on a side note…
I have mentioned this before. The rhetoric is getting warmer by the minute. It is only a matter of time before someone, somewhere does something that will be the spark. The Once Great Republic is a powder keg at this point. The ride to November 2012 is going to be interesting to say the least. Kinda like a monster roller coaster that just keeps clicking and clicking but never quite reaching the top. After November, when at least 50% of the country is pissed off, and they see that nothing really ever changes, that downhill run is going to off to a seriously exciting start.