Obama Outdoes Hitler With NDAA Bill Signing Statement
January 2, 2012 • 9:00AM

President Obama signed on Dec. 31, 2011, the National Defense Authorization Act which is better called "Obama's Hitler Law." Sections of the Act provide for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, by the military, without trial or due process, simply on the grounds that a person is "part of or substantially" supporting any group deemed to be at war with the U.S. or "associated forces."

Obama issued a signing statement with the NDAA, which lies that he has "serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists." Referring to Section 1021, Obama makes the bald falsehood that, "the bill may not be construed to affect any existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are arrested in the United States." Not only does the language of the NDAA belie that, but it was Obama who insisted that this language be incorporated in the NDAA, at the point that Senator Carl Levin and others had removed all such language from the bill. Now this language is the law of the land. Given the British intent for nuclear war and mass depopulation, Obama's words that he would never implement these provisions of the bill, are as believable as Hitler's promise to the German Catholic Party, when he enacted the original Ermächtigungsgesetz on March 23, 1933, that he would never use provisions of that law to arrest political opponents.

Moreover, in his signing statement, Obama states that "some in Congress continue to insist upon restricting the options available to our counterterrorism specialists and interfering with the very operations that have kept us safe." Therefore, "to combat terrorism," he said he will willfully disregard, in the tradition of Carl Schmitt, other sections of the NDAA that Congressmen specifically wrote in to provide minimal safeguards.

There are three examples:

1) Section 1024 of the NDAA was inserted by Congress to specify that the Secretary of Defense, within 90 days of the enactment of the NDAA, would submit a report setting forth the procedures for "determining the status of persons detained pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force" public law (the original 2001 law that Bush pushed through). According to www.emptywheel.net, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), had insisted on this provision, stating to Congress:

"I want to be able to tell anybody who is interested that no person in an American prison — civilian or military — held as a suspected member of al-Quaida will be held without independent judicial review. We are not allowing the executive branch to make that decision unchecked. For the first time in the history of American warfare, every American combatant held by the executive branch will have their day in Federal Court, and the government has to prove by a preponderance of the evidence you are in fact part of the enemy force."

Spitting on this section 1024, in his signing statement, Obama says that he will "grant the Secretary of Defense broad discretion to determine what detainee status determinations ... are subject to the requirement of this section." That is, the Defense Department will NOT issue the report on detainee status which Graham insisted upon.

2) Section 1028 of the NDAA limits the White House's ability to "transfer detainees to a foreign country," which is reported to be President Bush's infamous policy of renditions, where detainees are farmed out to prisons in other countries where they are, among other things, tortured. Saying this limitation "hinders" the "executive branch's ... ability to act swiftly in conducting negotiations with foreign countries," Obama says in his signing statement that his administration will not be bound by Section 1028.

3) Section 1029 of the NDAA requires that "the Attorney General consult with the Director of National Intelligence and Secretary of Defense prior to filing crminal charges against or seeking an indictment of certain individuals." In his signing statement, Obama ludicrously says that this would diminish the "integrity and independence of the Department of Justice," and therefore he will contemptuously disregard it.

In section after section, Obama, and the Brutish intent, makes clear that he will sweep away any and all impediments to enabling a Hitler dictatorship in the U.S., and nuclear war. Removing him from office, by Article 4 of the 25th amendment, or by impeachment, is the only way the provisions of the NDAA can be stopped.