DAVID SEAMAN: The End Of America As We Know It?
Apr. 23, 2012
What I feel is not anger, but rather patriotic duty. America is a grand experiment in self-determination, individual liberty, and innovation: an experiment not worth conceding without a fight.
On New Year’s Eve, with almost no mainstream media attention given to it, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, or NDAA, into law. Since I am not an attorney, I will fall back on the ACLU’s analysis of this disastrous new law: “On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The NDAA’s dangerous detention provisions would authorize the president — and all future presidents — to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world, far from any battlefield.”
Think about those words: indefinite military detention without charge or trial.
Obama’s administration, and all future administrations (including a Romney or Gingrich administration), can now use the military to detain individuals, including political dissidents — even American citizens on U.S. soil — without trial or formal charges. Without court involvement or a jury deciding you are actually guilty. And “detain” is really a euphemism for IMPRISON, of course. You won’t be spending the lunch hour in detention. You’ll be in a semi-secret military black site, without access to your attorney, potentially for life.
This is what kings do. This is what bloodthirsty dictators do. This is not what freely elected American presidents are authorized by the Constitution to do.
Moving on: Obama also signed into law something which attacks your First Amendment rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech. No, this is not an Onion article.