The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), quietly signed by Obama on New Year’s Eve so nobody would notice, is now law. Why would our Big Government pass a law that the majority of Americans never wanted in poll after poll, sign it into law on a holiday to keep it quiet, have both Republican and Democrat support, and be purported to protect us against terrorist evils the Government admits are almost nonexistent? It’s simple…control.
Not of them silly goose…of US.
The NDAA allows for U.S. Citizens here on American soil to be arrested and held indefinitely without a trial, overturning the 4th, 8th, and 14th Amendment protections we
have had. In addition, the Constitution provided increased protections for U.S. Citizens accused of treason. This more stringent protection states, “No Person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.” This is to protect citizens of being falsely accused of treason and to prevent the Government from using treason charges against citizens it disapproves of. This protection has also been removed.
The NDAA was passed to expand the power of government in its endless crusade against terrorism even though we’ve captured or killed Saddam, Osama, Anwar al-Awlaki, almost all of the highest ranking al-Queda operatives and racking up a long line of dead terrorist leaders. According to U.S. officials as reported by the Washington Post, al-Qaeda has all but collapsed:
U.S. officials who described al-Qaeda as being on the verge of defeat after Osama bin Laden was killed said they have been surprised by the pace and extent of the group’s contraction in the six months since then. “We have rendered the organization that brought us 9/11 operationally ineffective,” a senior U.S. counterterrorism official said.
So can someone tell me when this War is supposed to be over? Or when any of our Wars are supposed to be over? Rand Paul tried to pass an amendment to the NDAA to at least officially end the Iraq war (do you even still remember that one?) and it was rejected 67-30. Our Government and our Politicians do not want to end the War…any War.
Why? Because WAR is a bulletproof excuse to continue passing law after law that takes away our protections and our freedoms so we can eventually by tyrannized by our Government “legally.”
Even though al-Queda has been gutted, we are still subject to Stormtroopers manhandling us at our airports, The Patriot Act and the NDAA. How is this any different than winning WWII but spending the next ten years at war with the Nazi’s hiding all over the world? The purpose of these laws like The Patriot Act and the NDAA have nothing to do with terrorists or warfare and everything to do with slowly deconstructing the Constitution and the protection it provides U.S. citizens.
To quote a popular but crass idiom, ‘”There’s two bulls standing on top of a mountain. The younger one says to the older one: ‘Hey pop, let’s run down there and fuck one of them cows.’ The older one says: ‘No son. Lets walk down and fuck ’em all.'” Or if you like, we can use the boiled frog analogy. The point is, Government tyranny doesn’t happen overnight. We don’t go to bed on Monday in a free America and wake up Tuesday hanging pictures of the President on our wall like they do in North Korea to avoid being accused of dissension. It happens slowly, a little law here and a little law there, each little law allowing Government to take away one small right, then a bigger right, and after a 100 years of this we’re hanging pictures or standing in front of a tank in Times Square in protest.
U.S. Citizen, Jose “The Dirty Bomber” Padilla was held for 3 1/2 years without being charged. When the violation of his civil liberties was about to be heard by the Supreme Court, the Bush Administration suddenly found their pocket Constitution guide and switched his case over to civilian court in order to avoid the potential ruling the Supreme Court might pass on his 3 1/2 year unconstitutional detainment at Club Fed. So the NDAA really isn’t changing the past several years of how our Government takes care of its business, it just made it legal to avoid any more “close calls” with the Supreme Court, less they accidentally get off their ass and protect U.S. Citizens from their own Government like the Founding Fathers designed them to do.
As reported by Salon.com:
One of the nation’s most stalwart war cheerleaders and one of the bill’s most vocal proponents, Sen. Lindsey Graham, made clear what the provision’s intent is: “If you’re an American citizen and you betray your country, you’re not going to be given a lawyer. . . I believe our military should be deeply involved in fighting these guys at home or abroad.” As Graham made chillingly clear, one key effect of the provision is that the U.S. military — rather than domestic law enforcement agencies — will be used to apprehend and imprison accused Terrorists on American soil, including U.S. citizens.
It should be brutally clear to all Americans by now, that if the Government feels in any way that you are somehow involved in supporting terrorism or even if you are not but it’s as good an excuse as any, and they come knocking on your door, not only do they not have to tell you why you are being detained, or for how long, but the Government military, not the civilian police will be the ones that come a’ calling. You can be taken away without formal charges, locked up for years without seeing a lawyer or a jury of your peers and never know why you are being held. Meanwhile, whatever life you had; your family, your career, your income will all disappear.
The NDAA was a bi-partisan effort, with both Republicans and Democrats supporting it. I mention this in case anyone still thinks there is any difference between the two parties. There isn’t…we are being ruled by one party, one Dictator, and the goal is the same…increase Big Government power, increase Big Government control and deconstruct the Constitution….slowly, so we don’t notice they’re already down the hill and inside the herd.
To make it more succinct…what would stop the Government from arresting me for writing this anti-Big Government blog even though it has nothing to do with terrorism? Nothing. I will not be given a lawyer, or a trial, and will just be locked up for however long they want. In fact, they don’t even have to lock me up, they could just threaten to lock me up. With this lawless blank check, Big Government can intimidate, coerce and detain anyone they don’t like, for any reason. Also known as…tyranny.