National Defense Authorization Act
Trampling the Bill of Rights
Senate bill 1031 or the "National Defense Authorization Act" passed on New Year's eve of 2011. I wasn't surprised by that at all. Most of the bill is mundane spending authorization for the pentagon. The usual military industrial complex's Christmas money. There is however, a provision of the bill that is very disturbing. It contains language that basically makes open martial law legal. Military personnel can detain or shoot for resisting arrest anyone, anywhere, anytime. This includes US citizens inside the boundaries of the US.
How is that not a comlete diregard for the consitution, bill of rights, and due process of law? When terrirists overseas were captured under the Bush regime, they had to be foreigners to be held without trial. now with this bill under the Obama regime, no citiezen status can stop a soldier, or even CIA, FBI, DEA, or any other alphabet beaurocrat from just shooting you if you don't jump in the van headed to the FEMA camp or Guantanimo Bay, Cuba. This bill violets the 4th, 5th, and 6th amendments of the constitution as well as the time honored Posse Comitatus.
One could be considered a terrorist if they are demonstrators at an "Ocupy" type event, cultivating Marajuana, (considered a terrorist income support) or simply challenge the legitimacy of a certain president who's place of birth may have been questioned. The FBI has profiled returning veterans, Ron Paul supporters, gun rights advocates, and others as terror suspects. Is this what the United States or America has come to? A government that has to threaten its own citizens to remain in power?
I thought this government remained in power becuase the people wanted them there. Apperently not. Congress's aproval rating is in the dirt, the president's is as well. No wonder they want more Stalinist dictator's power. Speaking of which, the most violent dictators of the world, Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot never actually wrote this stuff down. They just did it, and then threatened everyone to shut up about it. I don't believe this is the start of martial law. The Patriot act did that. This is the start of open martial law. They now don't need to hide it. They can now say "We're throwing you in military camps. what are you gonna do about it?" There's nothing we can do. The senate passed this bill 93-7. Rand Paul, Dennis Kucinich and the last handful of other senators who haven't been bought by the giant K street lobbyists are the only ones who believe this is just plain flat wrong.
Where is the media on this? The largest increment of of government power grabbing since the Civil War passes with flying colors, and they say nothing? Unbelievable! Actually I can believe it. They have been snowing us about everything else that gets passed so why change now?
Sentaro Lee and Judge Napolitano
Some Further Reading
- Why the NDAA is Unconstitutional » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
Why the NDAA is Unconstitutional
- NDAA | American Civil Liberties Union » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civi
Even the liberal ACLU agrees with me.