Don’t trust Russia Today (RT) over NDAA. Or anything else for that matter.
December 21, 2011
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There has been a lot of well-deserved attention over the Kim Jong Il Memorial National Defense Authorization Act (aka NDAA) which codifies the military’s right to do almost whatever the fuck they want with terrorism suspects, including American citizens (if the military decides that they support Al Qaeda or the Taliban and that existing law otherwise allows it).
However, the mainstream media, for reasons that remain unclear, has absolutely refused to cover it. This has created room for other outlets, such as Russia Today. Russia Today’s story, which claims that Americans can be detained in other countries, has been getting a lot of attention.
A lot of people don’t realize what Russia Today is. Russia Today is the state-owned news media controlled by
the Russian government Vladimir Putin. It can be and is used for propaganda against other nations when Putin deems it appropriate. Recently, Russia’s been throwing a fairly understandable hissy fit over one of Bush’s dumber ideas, the American missile shield. They also might want to distract attention from what’s going on in Russia – major protests against Putin’s rule.
I can’t find anything in the NDAA that says Americans can be sent to North Korea to be tortured. What I can find is that it’s up to the military to decide whether American citizens suspected of certain types of terrorism can be sent to Guantanamo Bay. And said citizens will have to wait there, assuming they survive, until the Supreme Court eventually hears their petition for habeas corpus in probably 5 years or so, and issues an opinion along the lines of “This isn’t remotely constitutional! What were you people thinking?” (8-1, Thomas dissenting). RT does not cite where it’s getting it’s information from, so it should not be trusted.