POSTED: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 7:42pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 12:33pm
tyler — President Obama has signed the new defense bill.
Part of the bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. It simply means if the U.S. government sees you as a threat, you my friend will go away.
It would place domestic terror investigations and interrogations into the hands of the military which would open the door for trial-free, indefinite detention of a person.
Sounds good at first. We'll catch those terrorist and not have to deal with a trial in New York City.
We won't have to go for days of testimony from foreigners who hate us sending signals to the radical Muslim world. But wait, there is a catch.
The government/military gets to determine just who a terrorist may be. It could be an A-K 47 wielding man or woman across the works shooting at our soldiers. It could be a mastermind sitting in a cave somewhere plotting to do us harm. Or, it could be a person in this country who has a problem with government and
calls out the government on a website, TV station, or town square.
It could be a person with strong convictions who speaks out at a dinner party about the president, military or Congress.
You see where I am going with this?
The president has already been there by signing this bill into law New Year's Eve.
This my friends is now the law of the land.
Alton Lu reports, so why has this law been passed when it is very easily seen as unconstitutional? The Fourth Amendment grants liberty from unreasonable seizures, while the Sixth guarantees every U.S. citizen a trial in front of a jury. No matter what supporters of the bill might have said about the provisions being misunderstood, the simple fact is that it is unconstitutional.
This is dangerous. Is this being widely reported?
No, the news right now is all about an outdated caucus vote in a state which saddled us with ethanol.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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