Sunday, January 29, 2012

NDAA is Worst Legislation since Patriot Act

Never Mind SOPA, PIPA or even the New ACTA, the NDAA Bill is the Worst U.S. Legislation since the Patriot Act!

What is Wrong Our President, Our Senate, Our House and the Rest of Our Government allowing Oppression last seen in the former Soviet Union?

With all the gift-giving and partying over the holidays, all the other attention given to the social action to repeal the legislation of SOPA and PIPA, and now the new ACTA, plus god knows whatever else our leaders are trying to put on us, I can see how the general public could miss the importance of the new NDAA bill. Particularly when considering that the elitist controlled mainstream media has been ignoring or downplaying the issue, trying to avoid the public resistance that stopped the two infamous censorship bills, SOPA and PIPA.

Even if you didn't catch my recently I published articles, Repeal NDAA! Initiative to Take Back America! or New NDAA Bill Prepares U.S. for Martial Law as Washington Plans to Squash Civil Unrest, you have probably heard something about the NDAA from somewhere else, for no matter how hard The Powers That Be try to keep it out of the headlines, nobody can keep something this huge a secret very long.

However, if you don't know what all the fuss is about, let me sum it up for you: Last New Year's Eve, President Obama signed the NDAA, or National Defense Authorization Act, which gives him, and any future president, the ability to use the military against the America people.

Yes, as of January 1, 2012, anyone the government considers a "threat" to the nation can be arrested off the street and detained indefinitely without representation of an attorney and without due process. Not by the FBI or local police, but by the military! Does this remind you of something?

Yes, according to the bill, the U.S. Military can snatch you out of bed in the middle of the night, without telling anyone, anything. No warrant, no reasonable doubt. No lawyer. No trial. Just like the Gestapo did  in Germany before and during WWII. 

This legislation is by the same politicians who claim that veterans returning from combat, anti-abortion and anti-big government believers were potential domestic terrorists. I guess I had better start worrying!

I don't know if it's out of fear of the chaos and anarchy that could erupt should our economy collapse, or if it's just part of the elitist plan for a New World Order, but either way our government has decided to turned the Land of the Free, into a police state. Or should I say, a military state, primed for Martial Law?
After 9/11, when the War on Terrorism was just beginning, President Bush enacted the Patriot Act. This allowed the government to spy on Americans, monitoring their phones, mail, financial records and activities to discover whether or not someone was a terrorist. It brought about changes in law enforcement that trampled on citizen's rights like nothing before in the history of the United States. Until now.

The provisions of the Patriot Act allows the government to spy upon U.S. citizens while the NDAA also allows the government to arrest a citizen for no reason other than being "suspected" of terrorism, setting the stage for Martial Law. 

Even though many Americans were willing to trade privacy for safety and security, many people don't realize that this is exactly what both the terrorists and our politicians wanted all along. The terrorists have succeeded in making us live in fear and change our care-free lifestyles, while our government got the green light to tighten the noose of control around our necks.

Although I am not saying that our politicians were involved in the 9/11 attacks, or in cahoots with the terrorists like some conspiracy theorists are claiming, I must admit that the terrorists did some of our power-hungry politicians a favor.

To demonstrate how our politicians are using fear to strengthen their grab for power, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina argued that the law would only apply to U.S. citizens' who have aided Al-Qaeda or other terrorist organizations.  He made up a story of how a U.S. citizen might fly to Pakistan to receive terrorist training, only to return home and shoot fellow citizens, using this fairy-tale example of how one single U.S. citizen might become a possible risk, to justify doing away with a citizen's right to due process and trial by jury.
The NDAA bill should have the entire country calling for the impeachment of any and all politicians responsible for the NDAA. While normally this is just an act which details the monetary calls of the Department of Defense which is passed every year, the changes in the bill  for the 2012 fiscal year and can be seen as an extension of the Patriot Act. 

How could this law have been passed, I ask, when it is clearly unconstitutional? The Fourth Amendment grants liberty from unreasonable search and seizures and the Sixth guarantees every U.S. citizen trial by jury. No matter what the bill's supporters might have claimed about the provisions being misunderstood, the fact remains that it is unconstitutional.

In a country that once prided itself in a law that guaranteed legal representation and due process, and meant being innocent until proven guilty, this is an disturbing change of which many American are even unaware of.

Knowing good and well that the bill is unconstitutional, and just plain wrong, President Obama released a statement regarding NDAA:

"Moreover, I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a Nation. My Administration will interpret section 1021 in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law."

President Obama went on to say that, "...his administration will not authorize the indefinite detention of American citizens." However, Obama also said that he would close Guantanamo Bay, that he would recall the troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office and that he would end the Bush tax cuts. No matter why these promises were not kept. They weren't kept. 
President Obama stated concern about the provision which would allow the military to be used in place of law enforcement and indefinitely detain American citizens. However, is the President doing anything to reverse of suspend the provision to give the military this new power?
If you would like to read the President's very own absolutely meaningless words for yourself, the Statement by the President on H.R. 1540, can be found in it's entirety on, HERE.

The People's Resistance

Not long ago the Internet united against the two censorship bills, SOPA and PIPA, which would have given the U.S. Government new powers to shut down websites believed have violated copyright laws. The Internet responded with thousands of forwarding all their traffic to a website directing people to call their Representatives to protest the “Internet Censorship Bills” going through Congress. Over 13 Million American citizens did, prompting Congress to suspend both bills indefinately.

This demonstrated that Representative Democracy works to a certain extent if people participate! But this participation must be in great numbers, and must include both voting and calling elected officials. As I mentioned in my article, Repeal NDAA! Initiative to Take Back America!, it's not from perfect, but it is better than bowing down to a dictator or king. Even the wealthy elite know their limits to how far they can push us. As I mentioned before, they remember the French Revolution, and they surely remember the guillotine.

Unfortunately, most people don't call their representatives until it is almost too late. They wait until the last possible moment, after something terrible has happened, before finally taking action. If we the the people wait until Martial Law has been declared to call our Representatives, chances are it will be too late.

Repeal the NDAA

On February 3rd there is a Nationwide NDAA 2012 Congressional Protest planned to oppose NDAA, so if you haven’t called your Representatives by then, do so on February 3rd in order to unite with as many people as possible in a productive form of participatory democracy! You could of course organize a similar event in your hometown, your state, nationally or online. The options are endless and the support is everywhere.

Representative Ron Paul recently introduce legislation to repeal section 1021 from the NDAA (the section giving the military said powers). We should flood our representatives phones, officies and mailboxes with demands they support Rep. Paul’s H.R. 3785, and repeal section 1021 from the National Defense Authorization Act. To find a links of petitions and resources to appeal the NDAA bill, go to my article, Repeal NDAA! Initiative to Take Back America!

The implications of the Patriot Act, NDAA, SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and other government grabs for power are getting bolder all the time, as they step on our rights and freedoms. For example, according to Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, there are laws regarding terrorist suspects in America in place by the Department of Justice against having a food supply lasting at least seven days can be grounds for being suspected of terrorism.
I have  a pantry which contains more than a seven day food supply. Worse, I am writing a story that is against the politicians in Washington. Can I be seen as an enemy of the United States of America?
I don't think so!

Written By: Tom Retterbush

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