If you keep up with current events, you have no doubt heard about the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (or "NDAA 2012") Congress authorizes a Department of Defense budget every year through an NDAA, but the NDAA for 2012 is much different from any of it's predecessors. NDAA 2012 contains many provisions for indefinite detention of US citizens and much more, unprecedented in it's damage to our civil liberties. Notions such as "innocent until proven guilty" and Habeas Corpus are being systematically mowed down by the NDAA 2012. One of the most unsettling elements of the NDAA 2012 is Section 1021. Let's take a look at some of the text and see what it means:
Section (a) of Subtitle D (Counterterrorism) states:
In General- Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.
(see the full text of the bill here)
Take a look at this line again: ...the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons... Already, it has been established that "covered persons" will be placed under military custody, not police custody. That means no right to communicate with a lawyer or their family. According to subsection (b), a "covered person" is "a person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for those attacks" or "a person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces." The language starts out reasonable enough: those who were involved in the September 11th attacks, and members of al-Qaeda or the Taliban. But it gets broader towards the end and could be construed to include just about anyone, provided that the government considers them to have committed a "belligerent act". And we all know that the bureaucratic wizards in the Department of Homeland Security are capable of haphazardly cobbling together such accusations against any person at a moment's notice. Thought you were safe from being labelled a terrorist? Think again.
The fate of "covered persons" does not look good. Subsection (c) allows "detention under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force." It also permits "transfer to the custody or control of the person’s country of origin, any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity."
This means that even if you are a natural US citizen, you may be arrested on US soil and transferred to a prison in a foreign country (of the government's choosing, of course) where your Constitutional rights are effectively moot. Your US citizenship means nothing and you can be tortured or executed, with no evidence or charges presented against you, and without ever speaking to a lawyer.
This piece of legislation should come as an outrage to any American citizen who values their rights. If this law is allowed to go unchallenged, the United States will begin the descent down a slippery slope... And at the bottom is the complete dismantling of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. No senator who voted for the NDAA 2012 should be allowed to keep their job in public office.
Here is a complete list of the senators who voted in favor of NDAA 2012. Many citizens all across America are already taking action: in Montana, citizens have banded together and formed an initiative to recall every senator who voted for NDAA 2012. Get active, write to your lawmakers, and demand that the provisions for indefinite detention be repealed at once!
And so I started this blog to help spread the word about how our government is planing for near term fiscal collapse, martial law, mass detention of US citizens, a socialist dictatorship of sorts in America...
Check back on this site weekly for updates and also keep an eye on your elected officials. In the meantime, be prepared for the worst!
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