Now, on to more important matters.
First thing I want to tackle is the National Defense Act. As we all should know at this point, the United States Senate has given the Department of Defense explicit power to take civilians suspected of terrorist activities into military custody and to detain them indefinitely without charge or trial. In this, the Senate has made Habeas Corpus: the US's legal and judicial foundation, entirely ineffectual. With complete and total government involvement that this act puts forth, any suspects would ultimately be removed the right to the process of investigation, arrest, criminal prosecution, and imprisonment, and cede such powers over to the military. This act will allow the government to deem any person a threat if need be, and detain them just as quickly.
I would be lying if I said this didn't hit me hard. As I watch the status of this progress, I can't help but worry... I can't help but be afraid.
Second thing I want to touch on: the possibility of a war in Iran. It is not a question of if at this point; it is a matter of when. While U.N sanctions on Iran's nuclear program have indeed slowed their progress, further sanctions will not have much of an impact. As Republican presidential aspirant Jon Huntsman, who also dabbled with the notion of a preventative war against Iran, suggested that military action might be the only way from preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. It is, as he says, inevitable. One may wondering what the Occupy Movement has to say on the coming war. Well:
This could say it better than I ever could.
To all of you reading this in the tents in all the parks around the country, we wish you well. To the Occupiers across the globe, we send you our best regards. Know that we will always stand together.