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Obama signs defense authorization bill, says 'waste' still remains

By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama signed a $680 billion defense authorization bill Wednesday that he said begins the difficult process of eliminating "some of the waste and inefficiency" from the defense budget.

The bill also includes an unrelated provision that makes it a federal hate crime to assault people based on their sexual orientation.

As Vice President Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and members of Congress looked on in the White House East Room, Obama acknowledged that while the bill eliminated some weapons systems he called unnecessary, others survived.

"This bill isn't perfect. This bill is an important step forward, but it's just a first step. There's still more waste we need to cut," Obama said. "There are still more fights that we need to win."

The bill signed by Obama authorizes Pentagon operations. The president had threatened to veto the measure if Congress did not cut several costly programs that military leaders said they did not need. Congress did eliminate $2 billion for new F-22 fighter jets, and billions more for a new presidential helicopter, an airborne laser and the Future Combat Systems, a space-age Army initiative to link sensors, soldiers, and information systems with unmanned and manned vehicles.

But other purchases that Obama opposed, including $560 million for an alternative engine for the F-35 fighter plane, remained in the bill.

"Changing the culture in Washington will take time and sustained effort," Obama said.

The bill also requires the Obama administration to give 45-days notice before transferring detainees being held at the prison Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States for trial. It also prohibits prisoners from being released into the United States.

Posted at 6:08 PM ET on Oct 28, 2009  | Category:  National Security
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But Billions For a Microwave/Laser Attack System Aimed at U.S. Citizens in Every County in America...

COVERT FED DEPLOYMENT OF MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION 'DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS' AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS -- AND OUR NATION'S POLITICAL LEADERS?

Thousands of unjustly targeted Americans are being physically harmed, their health degraded by the devastating physiological effects of being silently irradiated by microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons"...

...the WEAPONIZATION OF THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM, CAMOUFLAGED AS CELL TOWERS and in portable and hand-held weaponry supplied to security/military/intel and law enforcement...

... a silent Bush-Cheney- spawned "final solution" that may have the nation's political leadership in its ideologically-driven cross-hairs.

This technology is capable of altering moods, emotions, inducing fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, confusion, life-altering injury, diseases such as cancer, and a slow-kill death.

And key elements of the federal bureaucracy -- chief among them the defense/security/intel establishment -- are proliferating these technologies by various modalities -- reportedly, from hand-held weaponry to satellite and terrestrial cell tower based delivery systems.

American citizens and families targeted by this covert torture matrix also are subject to financial sabotage that decimates their livelihoods and financial resources...

...and relentless "community stalking" -- harassment, surreptitious home entries and vandalism by government-enabled vigilantes affiliated with federally-funded community policing and anti-terrorism organizations.

Warrantless, covert placement of warrantless GPS tracking devices and misuse of cell phone technology to hunt down the unjustly targeted enables this grassroots terrorism. But the Obama administration continues to allow these warrantless intrusions into the lives of unjustly targeted American families.

PRESIDENT OBAMA/CONGRESS:

BAN the use of microwave/laser radiation directed energy weapons against the American people (including experimentation); and

BAN the warrantless tracking of individuals via GPS or cellphone technology -- the electronic backbone of an American Gestapo now operating on YOUR watch.

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OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 29, 2009 9:15 AM

It is time for the the investigation into Represenative Murtha to move to the indictment stage.

Then maybe Speaker Pelosi will admit that her claim to the "most ethical and transparent" House of Represenatives was just talk and not action.

Posted by: mwhoke | October 29, 2009 8:26 AM

Sure Obama, cut our advanced weapons systems budgets! Most people will never know it until we are confronted with a true defense emergency! Then we'll all be dead. because we cannot defend ourselves!
I hope we can undo all the harm and neglect Mr. Obama and his ruling politburo have inflicted on the United States citizen!
This man hasn't accomplished anything but bring more misery while sabotaging all our futures with his social agenda and debt spending!

Posted by: USDefender | October 29, 2009 12:52 AM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh;

I am just Sooooooooooooooo GLAD!;

that O'Bomba-Nation is getting rid of those nasty "Earmarks"!

Really!

And may Russia and China annihilate us in our Sleep! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 28, 2009 7:46 PM

"Barack Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

Posted by: JakeD | October 28, 2009 6:21 PM

Let's hope that China never attacks, huh? It's bad enough to eliminate the F-22, but then to oppose a couple million for an alternative engine on our last remaining F-35? Sometimes, I do think that Obama really is the MANCHURIAN Candidate.

Posted by: JakeD | October 28, 2009 6:15 PM

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