Here is thorough article, by Glenn Greenwald, on how the administration has acted on the issue leading up to passage of the bill.
The ACLU said last night that the bill contains “harmful provisions that some legislators have said could authorize the U.S. military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians, including American citizens, anywhere in the world” and added: “if President Obama signs this bill, it will damage his legacy.” Human Rights Watch said that Obama’s decision “does enormous damage to the rule of law both in the US and abroad” and that “President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in US law.”
It’s the mountain versus the spoon, you know. The work may never be done, and in the effort, we falter, as each action builds upon the next without much apparent movement at all until finally, on our knees, we relinquish. That’s when it’s hardest to get back up and retrieve the spoon, but if we wrest enough strength from inside, aided by outside, we may find it was a ladle in our hands, for once.
Dr. William F. Pepper is the attorney who successfully represented the King family in their 1999 wrongful death suit over the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. His case established that King’s assassination was the result of a conspiracy involving multiple parties including the government, and that King was likely shot by a Memphis policemen, not James Earl Ray.
Dr. Pepper now represents Sirhan Sirhan, the Arab American convicted of assassinating presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1967. Pepper has filed in federal court to have Sirhan’s conviction overturned, or at least to hold a new evidentiary hearing. Most striking is that Pepper has included in his petition evidence that Sirhan was hypno-programmed to serve as a decoy to a second shooter. I am unaware of any other high profile case in which mind control has played a major role. I applaud Dr. Pepper for his courage in attempting to bring the activity to light in this case and to describe it to national and international media as a real phenomena.
Convicted RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan seeks prison release
The attorneys further assert that Sirhan was hypno-programmed to be a diversion for the real assassin and allege that Sirhan would be easily blamed for the assassination because he is an Arab. Sirhan, 67, is a Christian Palestinian born in Jerusalem whose parents brought him and his siblings to America in the 1950s.
Sirhan “was an involuntary participant in the crimes being committed because he was subjected to sophisticated hypno programming and memory implantation techniques which rendered him unable to consciously control his thoughts and actions at the time the crimes were being committed,” court papers said.
Court papers filed by Sirhan’s attorneys say the state “refuses to acknowledge that hypno programming/mind control is not fiction but reality and has been used for years by the U.S. military, Central Intelligence Agency and other covert organizations.
“Though the practices of hypno programming/mind control is hardly new, the public has been shielded from the darker side of the practice. The average person is unaware that hypnosis can and is used to induct antisocial conduct in humans,” Sirhan’s court filings say.
In his book on the other Kennedy assassination, JFK and The Unspeakable: Why he died and Why It Matters, James Douglass writes,
Our collective denial of the obvious, in the setting up of Oswald and his transparent silencing by Ruby, made possible the Dallas cover-up. The success of the cover-up was the insdespensible foundation for the subsequent murders of Malcom X, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy by the same forces at work in our government – and in ourselves. Hope for change in the world was targeted and killed four times over. The cover-up of all four murders, each leading into the next, was based first of all, on denial – not the govnerment’s, but our own. The unspeakable is not far away.
And so it is with mind control, thousands of victims over 6 decades abandoned by a society not just unaware, but in deep denial. A glance at the ridicule some commentators have heaped upon Pepper’s hypno-programming claim suggests this denial is intensified by an enormous underlying fear. Some may come to distrust their government, but to believe that they might be vulnerable to unwitting manipulation? The defenses against such an idea run deeper than nationalism or other judgement-obstructing beliefs. Again, I am grateful to Dr. Pepper, that he is willing to risk telling the truth.