-- Jeff Ward, afternoon radio host, Newsradio KLBJ, Austin, TX, on Friday, January 20, 2012, when asked about the NDAA.
We tend to think that everyone knows about the self-imposed destruction this country is going through. I know all the Obama scandals on blogs such as this one and many more. And then something like this happens, and you realize that the media, where most people get their information, is just so clueless and pathetic.
Jeff Ward works the afternoon drivetime show on Newsradio KLBJ in Austin, Texas. His job is to know the news. He knows a lot about "Pointy Boots" (Texas Governor Rick Perry). Alex Jones has a weekend show on KLBJ; a casual check of Infowars.com would have told Ward about the NDAA.
Here's the Wikipedia page for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012.
For Jeff Ward's information, the NDAA was controversial because it allows indefinite detention of Americans on American soil without formal charges and without a trial. One would think that's unconstitutional, but our legislators and our president (sworn to uphold the constitution) should have been our first line of protection, not the courts.
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) said that the "indefinite detention" language came from the president. President Barack Obama--during an election year, no less--insisted on having indefinite detention of Americans in the bill!
When, in a rare case, the NDAA made the news, the public was usually told that this was not in the bill. But it was.
The bill was signed into law on December 31, 2011, when no one was looking. Obama issued a signing statement--essentially, a non-binding pinky swear--that the bill did contain the power to indefinitely detain Americans, but don't worry, he wasn't planning to use that absolute power. Pinky swear!
Both SOPA and PIPA very nearly passed. If it had been timed right over the holidays like the NDAA, both would be law by now. So, my fellow freedom-loving Americans, in addition to indefinite detention of any American without trial, the government would have had the power to control the Internet and to shut down any website at any time. Ever seen the Internet in China? This is what we want?
The main topic of Jeff Ward's Newsradio KLBJ show had not been the NDAA (that he had never heard of). It was Newt Gingrich's ex-wives.
Yes, ABC News had made Newt Gingrich's marriages an important topic. Sure, it's common knowledge to everyone who follows politics, and anyone can find this out in a simple Internet search. But this information about Newt Gingrich's ex-wives must be shoved in all our faces right now, and we must discuss every detail about it right now, because the media tells us to.
While the NDAA, SOPA and PIPA slide in through the back door, destroying our constitutional republic.
Our country cannot survive four more years of Barack Obama. All of our freedoms are at risk. Forget about liberal bias--the media has no idea how to do its job. There are conservative ideas vital to the safety and security of every American, and Newsweek and Saturday Night Live discuss stuff like Michele Bachmann's eyes.
Jeff Ward is more of a libertarian and isn't a typical Austin Democrat/liberal. The KLBJ shows before his are Rush Limbaugh and Neal Boortz. I just shake my head and cry.
Does anyone else see a problem here?