In December, 2011 on New Year’s Eve, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), declaring the entire United States a “battlefield” and giving the U.S. government the right to detain an American citizen indefinitely and even assassinate them, if they are suspected of terrorism—without due process.
Last week, he signed the NDAA of 2013 into law.
An Obama-appointed federal judge, Katherine Forrest, shot down the indefinite detention provision in the NDAA as unconstitutionally vague, yet the Obama administration continues to insist it is.
Now, attorneys for the Rutherford Institute have filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit challenging the indefinite detention provision. The plaintiffs represented in the lawsuit include former New York Times war correspondent Christopher Hedges, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, and writer Noam Chomsky, among others.
"As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges rightly observed, the appellate court is all that separates us and a state that is no different than any other military dictatorship," said John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute. "The NDAA is a threat to anybody causing trouble, and in our world today, anyone exercising their rights is more often than not seen as a troublemaker. This should be a cause of concern for anyone exercising their First Amendment rights, especially."
If the government says you are terrorists—or if they say you are associated with terrorists—your Constitutional protections are null and void. This is a concern because the Department of Homeland Security funded a study, which hardly mentions Islam at all, yet labels terrorists as including:
· Americans who are suspicious of centralized federal authority;
· Americans who believe their way of life is under attack;
· People opposed to abortion;
· Americans who are reverent of individual liberty
We want to catch the radical Islamists and others who want to kill us, but we do not accept the government eliminating our Bill of Rights protections and having full, unchecked authority while doing it. We cannot give up our freedoms as the government tries to “fix” problems that have already happened.
Since September 11, 2001, the government has found every way to make exceptions to our Bill of Rights protections—all in the name of safety, of course. It is shocking that our own government is advancing the agenda of terrorists by killing our freedom.
Our job is to remain watchful of our rights and make sure our government doesn’t take the focus off the real terrorists and begin labeling anyone who simply has a dissenting opinion as the enemy.
Obama is unraveling of hundreds of years of guaranteed and protected freedoms. Fax Congress now and demand they support S. 2175 and H.R. 5936, which will repeal the mandatory military detention requirement and ban indefinite detention and military commissions from the United States.
Involved citizens like you who keep up with what is really going on in Washington are the last line of defense against tyranny. It is not okay for our government to lock up American citizens without charges or due process. If they will not defend our Constitution, we will.
The NDAA is not constitutional, it is vague, and it needs to be reviewed in its entirety—and possibly repealed.