Posts Tagged ‘NDAA’

America's Police Forces are Militarizing at Breakneck SpeedAmerica’s civilian police forces have spent the last several years gearing-up as full-blown militarized units

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Update 2015: Okay well, the original video seems to have evaporated without a trace. I’ve spent the last half-hour or so looking for it to no avail, so I’m going to substitute the two “It’s Going Hot” vids you’ll find below along with a couple of others featuring the same guys. Actually I don’t even remember what all was on the original at this point, but hopefully these will make a reasonable substitute…

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“There is an event coming in the very near future that is going to effect the USA to its very soul,” former Kansas State Trooper Greg Everson of The Heartland USA  and former host of Republic Broadcasting Voices from the Heartland  told host Steve Quayle in a special two hour Survive 2 Thrive  broadcast.

“What is being planned and what is coming together is a perfect storm brewing right over our heads,” Everson said.

Everson cited verifiable information confirmed by an active-duty US Air Force colonel, three chiefs of police, a local sheriff, state troopers in three neighboring midwest states, and a federal agent he has known for twenty years.

“There is being made an effort to bring together the armed forces of this nation in preparation for responding to and acting against the interests of our Citizens,” Everson said. “Such efforts include actions that will be so deep and penetrating that the United States will never be the same.”

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Everson explained that the deteriorating economy, combined with the Federal Reserve theft of trillions, has produced a devastating effect on Americans who have had enough. The US military expects many Americans will respond by defending what little they have left.

The American people have reached the point of total saturation due to the failure of government to protect its borders, political corruption, the looting of our treasury by the banksters, and now, the NDAA, NDRP, HR347, the Patriot Act and Operation “Garden Plot”.

Everson expects that such a response has been projected by US government computer models and believes NORTHCOM, DHS and state and local authorities will begin implementation of Operation Garden Plot and Martial Law within 45-60 days.

“Civil war is precisely what this administration wants to happen,” said Everson, “and before Americans can organize themselves they will be destroyed by their own military.”

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The first signs of pacification by our own forces will not only be convoys rolling through city streets and small towns throughout the Country, but direct military action against pre-targeted areas. Data acquired in the past year by Census workers has been used to program military targeting computers which our own armed forces will use in the unthinkable task of fighting its own citizenry.

“It is a formula for unmitigated disaster regardless of Copenhagen, Health Care reform or anything coming from Capitol Hill,” Everson said.

Steve Quayle noted his own sources, who say as many as 50 million Americans are likely to be killed with gun owners, veterans and the more visible dissenters the most likely targets of deadly force. More liberal areas that pose minimal resistance would likely be pacified using lesser means.

One of Eversons sources was quoted as having said, “We have plans that if it gets bad enough we will simply commence yard farming, (a military reference for targeted air strikes) on neighborhoods and communities in cities and states where heavy resistance is expected. A tactic designed to destroy both the enemy and the area(s) under and around the enemy.”

Everson suggests such horrifying events could possibly coincide with an invasion by the Chinese from the west and Mexico from the south. In any case, military, law enforcement and civilian casualties could be enormous.

During the two-hour broadcast, Quayle received an e-mail message from an undisclosed US military source that a last-minute, unscheduled meeting on December 5 has been called for all unit commanders in the region to present readiness status reports. States in the Region include Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee.

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Obama Drone Strikes

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This week, a bipartisan group of 11 senators asked President Barack Obama for all legal opinions underlying the authority to kill American citizens. The newly disclosed Justice Department document, first reported by NBC News on Monday night, represents an unclassified summary of those legal opinions and may have been prepared to deflect demands to see the actual classified legal opinions.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that her panel received the unclassified document, and others, from the administration in June 2012 on a confidential basis. She said this document, coupled with other documents and closed briefings, “has allowed the Intelligence Committee to conduct appropriate and probing oversight into the use of lethal force.”

In a speech last March, Attorney General Eric Holder said that in assessing when a targeted killing against a U.S. citizen is legal, the government must determine after careful review that a citizen poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the U.S. Brennan had made a similar speech justifying the strikes as self-defense against imminent threat of attack.

Asked Tuesday about the definition of “imminent threat” at a news conference on an unrelated topic, Holder said that “so many of these things are fact-based” and that “you can’t examine the terms without reference to the facts.” He said such details can be discussed only in a classified setting.

“Our primary concern is to keep the American people safe, but do so in a way that is consistent with our law and our values,” Holder said.

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Child Victim of US Drone Attack

This must be the values he’s talking about. Your tax dollars at work: “acceptable collateral drone strike damage”… No iconic presidential fake tear shedding for the cover of Time Magazine, there are no photo ops here. Madeline Albright admitted publicly that even by as far back as the Clinton era, they’d already exterminated at least 500,000 innocent Middle-Eastern children such as this in illegal wars based on lies and propaganda… a genocide campaign.

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But the confidential Justice Department “white paper” introduces a more expansive definition of self-defense or imminent attack than described by Brennan or Holder in their public speeches. It refers, for example, to what it calls a “broader concept of imminence” than actual intelligence about any ongoing plot against the U.S. homeland.

“The condition that an operational leader presents an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,” the memo states.

The white paper also includes a more extensive discussion of why targeted strikes against Americans does not violate constitutional protections afforded American citizens as well as a U.S. law that criminalizes the killing of U.S. nationals overseas. It also discusses why such targeted killings would not be a war crime or violate a U.S. executive order banning assassinations.

“A lawful killing in self-defense is not an assassination,” the white paper reads. “In the Department’s view, a lethal operation conducted against a U.S. citizen whose conduct poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States would be a legitimate act of national self-defense that would not violate the assassination ban. Similarly, the use of lethal force, consistent with the laws of war, against an individual who is a legitimate military target would be lawful and would not violate the assassination ban.”

The document says that the use of lethal force would not violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution when a targeted person is an operational leader of an enemy force and an informed, high-level government official has determined that he poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the U.S., and that the courts have no role to play in the matter.

“Under the circumstances described in this paper, there exists no appropriate judicial forum to evaluate these constitutional considerations. It is well established that ‘matters intimately related to foreign policy, and national security are rarely proper subjects for judicial intervention,'” the document said.

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US Drone Strike Protester -- Little Arab Girl

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The Justice memo says that delaying action against U.S. citizens who are linked to al-Qaida would create an unacceptably high risk because some al-Qaida leaders are continually plotting attacks on the U.S. and the U.S. may not always be aware of each specific plot as they develop.

The Justice memo does require that capture of a terrorist suspect not be feasible and that any such lethal operation by the United States targeting a person comply with fundamental law-of-war principles.

“A decision maker determining whether an al-Qaida operational leader presents an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States must take into account that certain members of Al-Qaida … are continually plotting attacks against the United States” and that “al-Qaida would engage in such attacks regularly to the extent it were able to do so,” says the document.

The document also says that a decision maker must take into account that “the U.S. government may not be aware of all al-Qaida plots as they are developing and thus cannot be confident that none is about to occur; and that … the nation may have a limited window of opportunity within which to strike in a manner that both has a high likelihood of success and reduces the probability of American casualties.”

With this understanding, the document added, a high-level official could conclude, for example, that an individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States where he is an operational leader of al-Qaida or an associated force and is personally and continually involved in planning terrorist attacks against the United States.

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The American Civil Liberties Union said the document is “profoundly disturbing.”

“It’s hard to believe that it was produced in a democracy built on a system of checks and balances,” the ACLU said. (Sources: Michael Isikoff, NBCNews.com)

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Little Girl Giving Obama the Finger Poster

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JD’s best blue-chip stock picks for 2012: surveillance, RFID chips, prison construction

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“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”  — Harry S. Truman

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“The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State.”  — Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels

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Of all the rumors flying around on the internet, one just refuses to die, and it concerns America’s FEMA camps.

In a nutshell, there seems to be a solicitation of bids occurring for the staffing of FEMA camps within 72 hours of implementation by an order from either Homeland Security or the president. This situation begs to be investigated, with special consideration paid to the motives of the present administration.

I went to the source, the FedBizOpps.gov, and searched for the solicitation number HSFEHQ-10-R-0027, titled National Responder Support Camp.

A search of the history of the amendments to this Solicitation for Contract showed that it had been modified several times, with the last modification — number 0008, with an original date of letting out to bid with a synopsis of May 13, 2011 — occurring on December 16, 2011. This last modification rescinded the solicitation, with said modification’s purpose noted as follows:

1. Cancel Solicitation HSFEHQ-10-R-0027.

2. A new draft solicitation will be issued in January 2012 for industry comment.

3. A Pre-Solicitation Conference will be held approximately two weeks post draft solicitation.

Okay…score one for the internet and the vigilant citizens who perform an invaluable service to our nation by monitoring the actions of our government and its various agencies.

I began the laborious task of reading the Invitation to Bid — this tome is 116, pages with many canned and boilerplate requirements for doing business with Uncle Sam duly enshrined amongst the pages. The Task Order Request (TOPR) under Scenario I & II under Section J of the Appendix made for another 42 pages. The required size of the camps was fluid, though they had the required capacity of 301 to two thousand, including security and camp cadre.

The staffing requirements or cadre for FEMA personnel for these camps — which are identified as being located in five (5) distinct regions throughout and within the borders of the USA, with camps located in each and every state — was three to fifteen each. The size of these camps will vary around 5 acres per 1,000 inhabitants, though they will never be less than 3 acres for populations of 500 or fewer inhabitants within the camps’ boundaries.

This requirement also had a minimum square footage for each inhabitant: either the camp’s cadre and first responders of 63 square feet, or approximately 8 feet on each side. This is slightly less than current Federal Court(s) requirements for housing prisoners, which is approximately 72 square feet. Perimeter fencing or barricades is required to be six feet high, enclosing the camp, with all traffic in or out to be recorded on a daily log and with security restricting all traffic and access. The contractor shall also provide fencing and barricades around areas which are “off limits” to occupants. ID Badges are required and are either blue or red, depending on the carrier is temporary or considered an occupant of the camp.

The first of several anomalies in the solicitation for bid was in the contractor staffing requirements, which puzzlingly required staff to be fully operational within 72 hours. Furthermore, “whenever practical, displaced citizens will be given the first opportunities for employment within the camp, assuming skills and capabilities are pertinent for the open positions.”

This led me to question the stated purpose of these camps, considering that the successful contractor would need to have personnel ready to go on such short notice, with notification from FEMA, Homeland Security, or the president within 72 hours. So the question arises: how could the camp utilize “displaced citizens” in the initial staffing unless the contractor knew where and when a disaster, man-made or otherwise would occur beforehand?

Another anomaly was the requirement that the “off limits” area was to be enclosed before anything else:

The contractor shall also provide fencing and barricades around areas which are “off limits” to occupants. Fencing and barricades are required within 36 hours for “phased” setup timeframes, and 72 hours for the rest of the initial setup timeframe.

Next question: just what is this “off limits” area to be used for, since the bid proposal specified only two (2) classes of occupants of the camp — temporary or occupant as first responder? Furthermore, it indicates that there may be a camp within the camp, or an area that is to be utilized by another group that is not revealed in the bid solicitation… your guess is as good as mine. Most Americans would not like the ambiguity of this area’s function!

Another question arose on the Term of the Contract (F.3), which reads as follows:

Under the Principal Place of Performance (F.4), this solicitation implies that all of the areas outlined below must be staffed:

The effort required under this contract shall be performed in the United States. Task Orders will designate the exact locations where services will be provided. The five (5) areas of coverage are broken down as follows:

Area 1: Includes the states of CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, PA, VT, NY, WV, VA, RI

Area 2: Includes the states of KY, TN, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, FL

Area 3: Includes the states of CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, OH, SD, UT, WI, WY

Area 4: Includes the states of AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

Area 5: Includes the states of AZ, CA, ID, NV, OR, WA

 

The language is specific in that all requirements are performed in the United States. However, the language does not specify that it would be a phased approach or even a localized area that experiences a natural disaster — simply the entire nation.

In the Task Order Proposal Request, there is a specific requirement for large vehicle parking:

Special Requirements:

– Outsized Vehicle Parking within Security Area (> 2.5 ton vehicles): Estimate required space and add to acreage requirement.

– Outsized vehicle parking outside security area (> 2.5 ton vehicles): Estimate required space and add to acreage requirement.

– Mission Support Work Area(s): Minimum square footage, Accessibility

These requirements suggest that the type of vehicle(s) will be either solely high-occupancy (i.e., buses) or large trucks or heavy equipment combined with buses. The interesting point about this section is that the authors allude to a “Security Area”and an “Unsecured Area” with no specific requirements coming forth.

To sum up: the solicitation to bid for the staffing of FEMA camps within 72 hours is a curious proposition, since it appears to predict a calamity that will affect the entire nation simultaneously — completely unlike a location-specific natural disaster.

This may be nothing more than a preparedness exercise by Homeland Security to see if anyone besides the military would be able to meet these stringent requirements for rapid deployment. However, what I found most striking was the “off limits” areas within each camp and staffing with “displaced persons” and the “Mission Support Work Area(s),” all undefined. As citizens, we need to know the exact purpose of these camps, given President Obama’s propensity to bend our constitutional republic to his own purposes!

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Special thanks to Alan P. Halbert and American Thinker, located at: http://www.americanthinker.com

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Arnoldton would be a more fitting name than Washington for the District of Criminals

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“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague”  — Tullius Cicero

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The Saga of Benedict Arnold

In an act that has made his name synonymous with treason in American history, General Benedict Arnold conspired to turn his command of West Point over to the British. In return, he was to receive money and become a general in the British army. His treason was discovered when Major Andre, his British contact, was captured. Andre was reluctantly hung as a spy.

General Arnold’s career seemed to go into a nose dive after the victory at Saratoga. After his second marriage, he found himself in debt, and he harbored simmering resentment at not receiving the credit he felt he deserved for his military exploits. Thus when he was approached by the British, Arnold was receptive to abandoning the patriot cause. Arnold demanded £20,000 and a commission as a major general in the British army for giving up West Point.

On September 21, 1780, British army major John Andre came ashore in full uniform near Havestraw from the HMS Vulture. There, he met Arnold to finalize the agreement. Unfortunately for them, the Vulture  then came under American fire and headed away, leaving Andre stranded. Andre reluctantly donned civilian clothes and headed down the Hudson with a safe conduct pass from Arnold. On September 23 near Tarrytown, Andre was captured by three militiamen, who turned him over to the commander at North Castle. The jig was up. Andre was found carrying incriminating papers. When Arnold was notified at breakfast the following morning that a British officer had been captured, he fled by boat to the Vulture. Andre was later hung as a spy.

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The moral of the story? West Point was saved by three militiamen — citizen soldiers and patriots of the Republic.  That’s right, just THREE citizens who’d taken up arms in defense of the Constitution, and the Republic for which it stands. One was a farmer, one was a blacksmith, and one ran a general store…

Citizens… Patriots… Heros… MILITIAMEN!

They nailed Major Andre in the bargain, too, those three locals with muskets. And he was a REAL big deal, he really was. They pulled off a real coup that day, and set the British back bigtime. Three guys with single-shot hunting rifles. Remember the British were the pre-eminent superpower of that era, an authentically overwhelming force both on land and at sea…

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This old illustration depicts the capture of British Major John Andre by three Patriot Militiamen. His capture led to the exposure of Benedict Arnold as a traitor to the Patriot Movement, and the unraveling of a plot to capture West Point.

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The Patriot’s Pledge

We are AMERICANS — there’s nothing we can’t do, together. And we don’t lay down for anyone…

This is OUR home, OUR land. We’re 300 million strong — you can’t kill us all, or jail us all…

We will defend ourselves, our land, our families, and our country against any direct threat of force either foreign or domestic, by whatever means available and/or necessary…

For WE THE PEOPLE are sovereign in this nation, WE THE PEOPLE are the ultimate authority, the moral majority, the righteous, and the only true and just cause under God… through the powers and privileges granted us by the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights…

Fascism, tyranny, runaway police-state mentality and authority, state-sponsored kidnappings and assassinations, the designation of America as a battleground and Americans as enemy combatants, and the arbitrary arrest without charge and indefinite incarceration without trial of American citizens on American soil by elements of the American government is unacceptable and an outrage to our collective heritage and the most precious principles which we hold dear… 

And represents a fatal disconnect between the agenda now being carried out by those who have seized power within the Central Government, and the best interests of the American public… AN ACT OF WAR. 

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Four members of the Missouri Militia take a break from training to turn back the fascist tide to pose for a snapshot for posterity. If three poorly-trained, poorly-equipped 18th-century militiamen could pull off one of the most stunning coups of the First Revolutionary War, think of what these well-armed, fully-trained Patriots could accomplish!  

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Oath Keepers, an organization of veteran and active-duty military personnel, police officers, and firemen, who have reaffirmed their oath to defend the Constitution against all threats both foreign and domestic, including that posed by an overreaching and tyrannical central government spun out of any semblance of ethical and rational control, has launched a national effort to recall or remove by any other lawful means all of the oath-breaking members of Congress in both the House and Senate, who voted for the National Defense Appropriations Act of 2012 (NDAA), which contains provisions that authorize the arbitrary arrest without charge, indefinite military detention, and trial by military commission of “any person” – including U.S. citizens and lawful residents – upon the mere say-so of the President or any of his subordinates in the Executive Branch, such as within the Department of Defense or CIA.

http://oathkeepers.org

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Note from John: For anyone wondering where the “roster” is, just click on the red words “House” and “Senate” in the preceeding item on the Oath Keepers recall initiative. These are links to an official government site where the voting data is stored. Clicking on “House” will pull up the HOR roster, and clicking on “Senate” will pull up the results of the Senate vote.

I tried to install all of that on here in some kind of logical, aesthetic order, so you guys wouldn’t have to go elsewhere to get it, but it turned out to be a nightmare for purely technical reasons I won’t go into here, and a couple of simple mouse clicks will take you to the official, more comprehensive documents anyway.

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December 31, 2011 is a day that will live in infamy within the history of our republic

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“The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious, and the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.”  — Winston Churchill

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“Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country’s ruin?”  Joseph Addison

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On Saturday, December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, into law, “despite reservations concerning the detention and prosecution of terror suspects”.

The $662 billion defense authorization bill, which funds a wide range of security programs and sets Pentagon policy, calls for the mandatory military detention of al Qaeda terror suspects and requires a waiver to move them to civilian courts.

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“I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists,” Obama said in a signing statement. “Ultimately, I decided to sign this bill not only because of the critically important services it provides for our forces and their families and the national security programs it authorizes, but also because the Congress revised provisions that otherwise would have jeopardized the safety, security, and liberty of the American people.”

The president’s signing statement said the administration will “interpret and implement the provisions… in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded.”

Various civil liberties groups object to the law because it allows for the arbitrary arrest and indefinite detention of suspects without traditional constitutional protections such as the right to an attorney and the right to a speedy trial by a jury of peers.

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The passing of this bill will effectively decimate American civil liberties as we know them

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“The whole point of corporatism (fascism): to try and remove the public from making decisions over their own fate, to limit the public arena, to control opinion, to make sure that the fundamental decisions that determine how the world is going to be run — which include production, commerce, distribution, thought, social policy, foreign policy, everything — are not in the hands of the public, but rather in the hands of highly concentrated private power. In effect, tyranny unaccountable to the public.”Professor Noam Chomsky

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“It gives us a very special, secret pleasure to see how unaware the people around us are of what is really happening to them.”  — Adolph Hitler

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Obtain or read the full certified, Verisigned, 682-page bill now before the Senate, hot off the GPO press, right here at The Dirty Lowdown.

Clicking on the link below will take you to The Dirty Lowdown media library page where the actual PDF link (that looks just like the one below) is contained. Click on the PDF link and the whole 682-page bill will pop up. You can just read what you want or download a copy for your own use. A PDF reader such as Adobe Reader is required. I tried to get the link on this page but the WordPress framework won’t let me do it. So you’re looking at two mouse clicks to get there instead of one. The download is 1.32 MB.  — John

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 S. 1867 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

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