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January 1st - The previous day, Dec. 31st 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) giving himself and future sitting presidents the authority to detain anyone, including american citizens for any period of time without telling them why and without telling teir families where they are being kept. www.infowars.com/president-obamas-ndaa-signing-statement-i-have-the-power-to-detain-americans-but-i-wont/
January 15th - SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, is shelved indefinately by the House of Reps. SOPA would enable the government to crack down on free speech online. Essentially, posting a video fo one of your favorite songs on your facebook would be illegal under SOPA. The bill is not dead. www.forbes.com/sites/larrymagid/2012/01/18/what-are-sopa-and-pipa-and-why-all-the-fuss/
January 18th - PIPA, the Protect IP Act, is shelved indefinately. PIPA is similar to SOPA. blog.rockmelt.com/post/13558587507/why-pipa-and-sopa-are-a-very-bad-idea-and-what-you-can-d
January 31st - DHA report states that 'domestic terrorists' could be anyone. start.umd.edu/start/publications/research_briefs/LaFree_Bersani_HotSpotsOfUSTerrorism.pdf