The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 is likely the most controversial legislation to hit the books since the Patriot Act of 2001. It potentially allows the US military to detain American citizens on mere suspicion of associating with terrorist forces. They may also be shipped to foreign prisons if the government wishes, and all without ever being charged with a crime, speaking to a lawyer, or seeing their families. Legislation like this is the harbinger of martial law in the USA. But many citizens' groups, state governments, and even federal officials are taking action against this tyranny.
Virginia led the fight against National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 with House Bill 1160, which absolved all Virginia law enforcement officials of any responsibility to aid US armed forces "in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a United States citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation." According to Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin, "In the 1850s, northern states felt that Habeas Corpus was so important that they passed laws rejecting the federal fugitive slave act. The bill passed in Massachusetts was so effective, not one single runaway slave was returned south from that state. Today, Virginia joins in this great American tradition.
When the federal government passes unconstitutional so-called laws so destructive to liberty – it’s the people and the states that will stand up and say, ‘NO!’ May the other states now follow the lead taken today by Virginia.” Across the country in Utah, the House of Representatives is considering a bill which would formally request that the federal government remove or clarify the language in the NDAA 2012 that allows the indefinite detention of US citizens on suspicion of terrorist activity. Meanwhile, the Washington State House of Representatives is mulling over HB 2759, also known as the Washington State Preservation of Liberty Act. This bill would prohibit “any state employee, member of the Washington National Guard or any agent of a corporation doing business with the state” from cooperating with federal or military authorities should they attempt to illegally detain a citizen of the State of Washington.
Congressman Ron Paul, who hopes to win the Republican Party nomination this year, has been another vocal critic of National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. See what he had to say in this video:
So what can average Americans like us do to fight the indefinite detention of our countrymen being legalized by the NDAA 2012? Spread the word! A shocking number of people have either never even heard of NDAA 2012, or write it off as some kind of nutcase tinfoil hat conspiracy. Explain to them that it has been signed into law and how it could affect their Constitutional rights. Getting active on social network is a great way to get the word out.
Like and Follow pages like Void NDAA on Facebook. Write, call, and email your Senators and Representatives and demand that they sponsor the Smith-Amash Amendment which would require that US citizens accused of terrorist activities can only be tried in a civilian court. It will also prohibit terror suspects apprehended on US soil from being transferred into military custody. This country is a democracy: average Americans CAN and DO make a difference if they stand up against laws that they don't like, as we saw with the SOPA debacle. Already, there is word that NDAA 2013 contains provisions for "military operations in cyberspace." Get active and show the federal government that the American people will not stand for tyranny like this!
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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