OVERLOOKED LANGUAGE IN NDAA (H.R. 1540 & S. 1867)
December 26, 2011
The Internet has been literally burning up over the National Defense Authorization Act. Another monstrous bill with language that has produced headlines like: “Obama is going to ship Americans to Gitmo!!!” And, “Americans will be detained indefinitely in secret without due process!!!!” There is this dire prediction:
Storing 7 Days of Food Could Send You to Gitmo Indefinitely
“The real danger lies in the government’s definition of what a suspected terrorist is.
“According to Sen Rand Paul (R-KY): “We’re talking about American citizens who can be taken from the United States and sent to a camp at Guantanamo Bay and held indefinitely. There are laws on the books right now that characterize who might be a terrorist: someone missing fingers on their hands is a suspect, according to the Department of Justice. Someone who has guns, someone who has ammunition that is weatherproofed, someone who has more than seven days of food in their house can be considered a potential terrorist. If you are suspected because of these activities, do you want the government to have the ability to send you to Guantanamo Bay for indefinite detention?”
“Paul says this is why he and twelve other senators voted against the bill, because they saw the dangerous implications of this provision which was designed to give the military certain powers during the current conflict with al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.”