The National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2012 overrules the US constitution and international law by allowing the president to militarily detain indefinitely and without trial or indictment any person worldwide that is “Suspected of terrorism”.
Here’s the Wired article about the topic: Senate Wants the Military to Lock You Up Without Trial
Section 1021 in its entirety:
SEC. 1021. AFFIRMATION OF AUTHORITY OF THE ARMED FORCES OF
THE UNITED STATES TO DETAIN COVERED PERSONS
PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILI-
(a) IN GENERAL.—Congress affirms that the authority of the
President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to
the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40;
50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority for the Armed Forces
of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in sub-
section (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.
(b) COVERED PERSONS.—A covered person under this section
is any person as follows:
(1) A person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided
the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001,
or harbored those responsible for those attacks.
(2) A person who was a part of or substantially supported
al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged
in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners,
including any person who has committed a belligerent act or
has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy
(c) DISPOSITION UNDER LAW OF WAR.—The disposition of a
person under the law of war as described in subsection (a) may
include the following:
(1) Detention under the law of war without trial until
the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for
Use of Military Force.
(2) Trial under chapter 47A of title 10, United States
Code (as amended by the Military Commissions Act of 2009
(title XVIII of Public Law 111–84)).
(3) Transfer for trial by an alternative court or competent
tribunal having lawful jurisdiction.
(4) Transfer to the custody or control of the person’s country
of origin, any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity.
(d) CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this section is intended to limit
or expand the authority of the President or the scope of the
Authorization for Use of Military Force.
(e) AUTHORITIES.—Nothing in this section shall be construed
to affect 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 captured or arrested in the United
(f) REQUIREMENT FOR BRIEFINGS OF CONGRESS.—The Secretary
of Defense shall regularly brief Congress regarding the application
of the authority described in this section, including the organiza-
tions, entities, and individuals considered to be ‘‘covered persons’’
for purposes of subsection (b)(2).
H. R. 1540—266
Here is a blog post (lawfareblog.com) of Robert M. Chesney, Professor in Law, where he’s explaining how he reads the current state of the law.
Since I don’t live in the US it matters little to me whether US citizens are included in the bill,
since all foreigners most definitely are covered.
And here’s a word from Anonymous
Please help stop these bills that would enable Internet censorship and endager the free Internet.
Stay Informed and Take Action!
Check out This Google Page for more info,
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And another very informative page on http://occupywallst.org/sopa/
And here’s the Wikipedia Page
Beyond Politics, Poverty and War..
A thorough explanation of the basic paradoxical nature of the failing monetary system.
And an introduction to a “Resource Based Economy”.
Now, I’ll bet you find yourself asking, “What is a connectome?”
A connectome is a comprehensive map of the neural connections in the brain of a given species.
In it’s ultimate form, it’s every single connection of every single neuron in the entire brain.
In the human brain this is a complexity that is simply mind boggling!
According to various estimates, the human cerebral cortex (aka “The Gray Matter”) consists of at least 10^10 neurons with the entire brain at about 10^11. These neurons are then linked together by between 10^15 and 10^14 synaptic connections.
In comparison, the observable universe contains about 3 to 7 × 10^22 stars. (1 Billion = 10^9), and the entire human genome contains only about 25.000 genes!
Now if every synaptic connection could be represented by a single byte (which it can’t), it would take somewhere between 100 Terabytes and 1 Petabyte of data to store the connectome of the human brain.
The video link below gives a good visual understanding of the structure of the human brain. Zooming in from macro to micro structure, covering the low level function of single neurons and their intertwined activity through neuronal connections (synapses).
Regarding the state of present and future research in connectomics, Professor Sebastian Seung explains it all passionately in the TED|VID below.
He also puts forth the proposition that: “I Am My Connectome” and continues to speculates on the possibility of “Man’s Resurrection ;)”. Or to put it a little more precisely, wether the connectomes of the people, who have chosen to been frozen in liquid nitrogen after their death, still remains intact?
(The real question of interest, to me however, is still when we’ll se the dawn of the ever elusive NPU’s? )
When a baby around 18 months watches this friendly robot’s gaze move from one human to the other, while they talk to the baby for at couple of minutes, the baby when left alone with the robot, in most cases will act as if the robot is sentient.
And the greatest lies…
The “War On Terror” itself is a complete media fabrication through manipulation of the media by the people in power.
It’s a fabricated mental delusion, a “Zeitgeist”. And it’s meant to be sustained, not “won”.
The only question left is why?
John F. Kennedy knew what the deal was. If you listen carefully to what he’s actually saying in the beginning of the two videos below, you’ll know why he had to be assassinated. (From his address to ANPA (1961))
(The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.)
And the list goes on and on and on…..
The recently launched Kepler space telescope is starting to pay off big time.
Over 700 exo-planet candidates has been found so far and although only 7 has been confirmed so far (as actual existing exo-planets) the statistics are staggering.
When you compare the number of exo-planet candidates with the number of stars that has been searched by Kepler and the total number of stars in the Milky Way you find that:
1) Earth like planerts (in size and mass) seems to be the most common planet type.
2) The Milky Way properly contains about 100 MILLION!!! of these exo-planets in habitable orbits.
Need I say more?
Please check out this awesome TED Talk where Dimitar Sasselov explains the hole deal in far greater detail.