Note the timing. Just as she is saying that NDAA criminalizes our speech they arrest her as if the cops had a black light bulb go off in their microscopic brains and thought “yeah we now have the power to arrest her for saying that.” BREAKING: NYPD Silencing Protesters Live!! from informing the general public that NDAA passed (by OperationLeakS)
Q:Could you explain the difference between the NDAA and the Patriot Act? I haven't been able to make the distinction, really.
First, I should note that there continues to be a strong debate on whether the NDAA actually allows for indefinite detention of US citizens (it should be a red flag whenever legislative intent is unclear). The language used is ambiguous, thus leading to different interpretations. The simple fact that it is vague opens it up to being interpreted as allowing for the indefinite detention of US citizens.
The Patriot Act allows the government to essentially spy on citizens suspected of terrorism. It opened up privacy laws to allow government access to phone and financial records. It also allowed for the indefinite detention of NON-U.S. citizens suspected of terrorist activities. Thus, the primary difference, and it would seem to support this interpretation (otherwise why enact new provisions in the NDAA), is that the NDAA appears to allow for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens.
Personally, indefinite detention of citizens or non-citizens is a violation of human rights, so both acts are egregious.
I am far from an expert on such matters, so if someone else would like to respond, please do.
National Defense Authorization Act passes House, 283-136
I wouldn’t trust Fox News.
LOL, I knew someone was going to say that! ;) Here are a few more sources since I first learned of this news (which was initially from Twitter…which sadly is better respected than Fox News lol).
Politico (which I post below because I appreciate the short and informative way it is presented):
The National Defense Authorization Act and its controversial provisions regarding detention of terror suspects passed the House of Representatives Wednesday night, 283-136.
The measure split Democrats right down the middle, with 93 voting in favor and 93 against legislation that President Barack Obama tactily endorsed earlier in the day by retreating from a veto threat. Though the bill passed handily just before 7:00 PM, there was a surprising amount of opposition from Tea Party faithful and other conservative GOP members, 43 of whom opposed the legislation. (A full roll call is posted here.)
"We have ensured that as we fight terrorists around the world, we also protect the civil liberties of Americans at home," House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said in a statement issued minutes after the vote. The measure goes on to the Senate, where an earlier version of the legislation passed 93-7.
Meanwhile, civil liberties and human rights groups were in a furor Wednesday night over Obama’s decision to drop his veto threat following changes made to the detainee-related sections of the bill.
"By signing this defense spending bill, President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in US law,” Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch said in a statement. “In the past, Obama has lauded the importance of being on the right side of history, but today he is definitely on the wrong side.”