.Jim DeMint votes to give Federal government controversial new powers. .Two days ago I wrote that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was backing the creation of broad and controversial new powers for the Federal government. Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), John McCain (R-AZ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) crafted legislation to allow the US military to arrest US citizens on US soil, suspend their constitutional rights, and detain them indefinitely. The provisions would completely do away with Posse Comitatus. The provisions were inserted into the Defense Spending Bill in section 1031 and 1032. As a smokescreen, section 1031 grants the military the power to arrest and detain foreigners on US soil. Then 1032 expands the power to include US citizens. It was apparently hoped that section 1032 would go completely unnoticed. Advertisement Levin, McCain, and Graham say only legitimate "terrorists" will be arrested and detained by the military. However, that assumes that the current or any future president does not abuse the power. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO_ introduced an amendment to strip out the provisions. His amendment was cosponsored by Rand Paul (R-KY), and Jim Webb (D-VA). However the Senate voted 60-38 against the amendment. Only two Republicans voted against it. So far, the "mainstream" press has given the issue very little coverage. However, a firestorm of anger has erupted on left-wing, right-wing, and libertarian websites. The main backers of the provisions seem to be the Neo-con wing of the Republican party. RT, Russia's English language international news network ran a long segment portraying the US as an emerging police state. From US Senate.gov YEAs ---38 Akaka (D-HI) Baucus (D-MT) Bennet (D-CO) Bingaman (D-NM) Blumenthal (D-CT) Boxer (D-CA) Brown (D-OH) Cantwell (D-WA) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Coons (D-DE) Durbin (D-IL) Feinstein (D-CA) Franken (D-MN) Gillibrand (D-NY) Harkin (D-IA) Johnson (D-SD) Kerry (D-MA) Kirk (R-IL) Klobuchar (D-MN) Lautenberg (D-NJ) Leahy (D-VT) Menendez (D-NJ) Merkley (D-OR) Mikulski (D-MD) Murray (D-WA) Nelson (D-FL) Paul (R-KY) Reid (D-NV) Rockefeller (D-WV) Sanders (I-VT) Schumer (D-NY) Tester (D-MT) Udall (D-CO) Udall (D-NM) Warner (D-VA) Webb (D-VA) Wyden (D-OR) NAYs ---60 Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Barrasso (R-WY) Blunt (R-MO) Boozman (R-AR) Brown (R-MA) Burr (R-NC) Casey (D-PA) ​Chambliss (R-GA) Coats (R-IN) Coburn (R-OK) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Conrad (D-ND) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Crapo (R-ID) DeMint (R-SC) Enzi (R-WY) Graham (R-SC) Grassley (R-IA) Hagan (D-NC) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV) Hoeven (R-ND) Hutchison (R-TX) Inhofe (R-OK) Inouye (D-HI) Isakson (R-GA) Johanns (R-NE) Johnson (R-WI) Kohl (D-WI) Kyl (R-AZ) Landrieu (D-LA) Lee (R-UT) Levin (D-MI) Lieberman (ID-CT) Lugar (R-IN) Manchin (D-WV) McCain (R-AZ) McCaskill (D-MO) McConnell (R-KY) Moran (R-KS) Nelson (D-NE) Portman (R-OH) Pryor (D-AR) Reed (D-RI) Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Rubio (R-FL) Sessions (R-AL) Shaheen (D-NH) Shelby (R-AL) Snowe (R-ME) Stabenow (D-MI) Thune (R-SD) Toomey (R-PA) Vitter (R-LA) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wicker (R-MS) Not Voting - 2 Begich (D-AK) Murkowski (R-AK) ...... Continue reading on Examiner.com Jim DeMint votes to give Federal government controversial new powers. - Charleston Political Buzz | Examiner.com Jim DeMint votes to give Federal government controversial new powers. - Charleston Political Buzz | Examiner.com Fuckers!!!