Posted: June 8, 2014
Salon is no bastion of conservative thought. Salon supports progressive policies and causes. When they indicate problems with a bill that their politicians signed, you know something is up.
NDAA 2014 is a big mega-bill, just like ObamaCare or the Prescription Drug Act of Bush or No Child Left Behind. These mega-bills are given rosy names and promoted as great for the country but they give politicians cover. A politician can insert a few lines into the bill and then these bad provisions are passed, by both parties, without a thought. If the whole pack, both red and blue, vote for a bill – they are both protected from criticism.
As Nancy Pelosi so aptly said, “You have to pass it to find out what is in it.”
This NDAA of 2014 was pushed as just a standard, run of the mill, defense appropriations bill. It was buying tanks and planes, security systems and toilet paper for the troops. No problem with this. The trouble was that it included a few other things:
- It included a provision that Obama called a “welcome step” in closing Guantanamo Bay, With his recent Taliban Trade we see that he is acting on this goal and saying it is all for the good of a single soldier, possibly a deserter and defector. With an election coming up, Obama wants to play to his gallery.
- It includes provisions to intervene in the epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military though not as much as critics have wanted. This is all rather ironic since Obama and Democrats since Clinton have been told not to use the U.S. military for Social Integration Projects. We are not sure why a woman would want to be in the military but perhaps not every kind of duty is right for a young woman confined with young men?
- It includes provisions that give the military the right to detain American citizens and hold them indefinitely without due process. This is a horrendous tool in the hands of the government, the military. This defies belief.
All these problems aside, Tom Udall, as well as many Republicans, voted for the NDAA Bill of 2014 – just like they voted for the NDAA of 2012, and all those before it. Tom Udall usually qualifies his vote by saying “it wasn’t a perfect bill …” He often introduces amendments on the bill he just voted for to give himself political cover.
Tom Udall might have voted against the Patriot Act and the Iraq War, but he has voted for many other bills that compromise your personal safety and security and privacy.
Does one good vote make voting for 100 bad bills a good trade?
Full article here >>>.
Second article here >>>