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Chances Are, You Won’t Be Allowed To Read This

Hello,

My name is Matthew A. Brotherton, and for the first time in my life, I’m ashamed of the fact that I am a United States Citizen. Sure, there have been plenty of times over the years when my country has done something I didn’t personally agree with, but I have never been ashamed of being part of it. I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to say that again.

A week or so ago, the US Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a standard military budget bill that is reissued every year like clockwork. This year, however, thanks to the brilliant insight of two devious and horrible men, Carl Levin and John McCain, added a little something special to the bill. An amendment granting the United States Military the right to detain US Citizens on US Soil for an indefinite amount of time, without trial, without lawyers, and subject to the same interrogations and “Information Gathering” techniques used on Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

As outlandish as this seems, the bill was still passed in the senate by a 93-7 vote.

Yes, America, that means 93% of your Senators decided it was okay with them to revoke all of your human rights and put you into torture prisons on a military whim.

We thought we would be okay, since our President had spent the last several weeks promising to veto the bill with all of his vetoing powers.

Then he once again reminded us that he has no testicles at all, and will cave to anyone who looks at him a little upset.

Yesterday, the White House announced he would sign the bill if it passed the House of Representatives.

Today, the house passed it with a 67% majority.

When Obama signs the bill into law in a few days, it will be another nail in the coffin of the Freedom our Forefathers created this country to represent and another step towards Orwell’s 1984.

Of course, at the same time that the US Government has decided it will start detaining and torturing US Citizens, they have also put into effect the means with which to keep the citizenry ignorant of their crimes. As I sit writing this, and if you’re actually able to read it, while you read it, the US Congress is pushing through the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) a complimentary bill for the Protect IP Act (PIPA) that was passed earlier this year. What these bills do is grant the United States Government the legal authority to block the IP Adress of websites it deems to be “dangerous.”

This means they will literally have the ability to censor the Internet, effectively destroying Free Speech in the Age of Global Communication.

 

Some dark things are bound to happen in the months to come, and at this juncture, I can only rant and rage.

 

God willing, some form of sense and reason can be put into place again soon, and this will all be a speed bump on the road to a better world.

Somehow, I sincerely doubt that.

Published by M.A. Brotherton

M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.

6 thoughts on “Chances Are, You Won’t Be Allowed To Read This”

  1. Tracy Mangold says:

    I CANNOT believe there aren’t more comments about this. I just got home after being gone all day. I’m freaking outraged. I am pissed. And just THINK THINK what would happen should the UN have control over our military? It just gets better and better! I need to blog about this. I’ve stayed silent far too long. My old blog was much more political in nature and I’ve shied away from that but I see it is time to start hammering away once again. My bad for being silent. We are losing our freedoms. We are GIVING them away because we are too chicken shit as a nation to do anything about it. We have ALLOWED 9/11 to castrate us. Time to grow some balls, get back on our feet and say enough is enough. Good post, Matt.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I’ve actually been very reluctant to get back into writing about politics, but it has become apparent that someone is going to have to stand up and scream for people to realize that we’re all on our way to hell in a hand basket. America is fucked, it needs a serious overhaul now or it’s never going to recover. 

  2. Brandee says:

    It is stunning to me that John McCain, of all people, was party to this. He is hmjust part of what is wrong with this country. We are supposed to use our votes to keep these things from happening, yet, the good ole boys sit pretty, doing whatever they damn well please.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      As long as people insist on voting with the two party system, there will never be anything but further decline. You’re surprised John “Immigrants burned down everyone’s house so we should tag them like deer and then hunt them for sport” McCain is anti-civil-rights?

      I’m afraid it might be too late, now. Unless something gives very soon, the only solution for the United States is going to be one that is very, very bloody.

  3. Meredith says:

    Hmm, I wonder what the job market and housing market looks like in Canada…. Sounds like a great time to consider becoming an expatriate. So, they just went right ahead and went against the people, even though they were voted in by the people? How many petitions got signed? And yet here they are, forging forward like the tyrants they are. We gave them power that they don’t want to relinquish so easily. This is a sad day for freedom.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      You know how it’s impossible to become a US Citizen? Yeah, we’re widely regarded as the least strict on accepting citizenship of any country. I think I’m going to try moving to China where I can get a job being a professional white guy.

      At least in China you know that you’re getting a strict government.

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