New Law Could Allow Military To Jail Civilians Indefinitely
I've seen some things on facebook today about this NDAA bill that got me looking into it.
Definition: The National Defense Authorization Act is a federal law that has been enacted yearly for decades to specify the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense.
Last year and now THIS year, the bill contains a few passages that are contrary to some of our most basic freedoms.
According to The Florida Sun Sentinel;
Sections 1031 and 1032 of the 2012 version of the law, controversial to the general public, have been perceived as threats to the Bill of Rights. They allow for the indefinite military detention of any individual suspected of "belligerent acts," lowering the bar for detention from terrorism to vaguely defined "belligerence," challenging the general judicial status of "innocent until proven guilty" and effectively suppressing the right of citizens to a trial.
This is scary. Remember, The President already pushed through laws giving him (basically) control of everything in the event Martial law is declared (along with the ability to declare it!) and now the government wants unlimited arrest powers handed over to the military??
The POTUS signed the 2012 NDAA in January and, according to Forbes.com, he said at the time;
“I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists,”
To read the entire statement, click here.
Now, here we go again. The 2013 NDAA vote is coming up and it's done even MORE to ease the act of arresting and detaining American citizens for no reason!
According to politico.com, the White House is threatening a veto of this bill in it's current form. (But not, apparently, for the reasons mentioned above!?!?) Whatever their reasons may be, mine center on these arrest powers. Think about it. You buy a certain gun, you express a certain thought, you piss a certain person off and suddenly you're gone.
Sound cool to you comrade??
Don't look at me like I'm some kind of conspiracy nut. According to the petition, some of the things that can lead to your "arrest" include:
Keeping more than 1 week's worth of food in your household,owning any type of gun or ammunition,paying in cash,physical disablements and disabilities,disagreement with government policies,opposition of 1 world government,opposition of the UN and agenda 21,opposition of the Federal reserve,living off the grid,being a prepper for disaster situations,growing your own food supply,etc... The list of characteristics set forth to designate a citizen as a potential terrorist are numerous and unrealistic.
Don't get me wrong, the bill as a whole is important and pretty much ok. It calls for (among other things) raises for our military and better health coverages for them! From a "security of the country" standpoint, there are many other valid and neccesary passages.
The powers to pretty much grab anyone at anytime and hold them for however long without due process though are bullshitzky!
A California Senator once sponsored a bill to curtail the "arrest power" provisions of the NDAA while leaving other items in place. I'd sure like to see that resurected for 2013.
Also making the rounds on line lately is a petition calling for a veto of this bill.
PLEASE, contact your congressmen and women as well as your senator(s) and even the White House itself and tell them what YOU think of this.
For those reading this post, tell me what you think also!