Does the Indefinite Detention Act shred the Bill of Rights?

7:06 pm in Issues, legislation, News by Henry G Hollenberg

12/19/2011

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin.

You should be aware that there is a provision buried in the 2012 NDAA, National Defense Authorization Act, for indefinite detention of basically anyone the President chooses. Many feel that the provision DOES include US Citizens even though there is some tricky language in the act that seems to exclude US Citizens. It appears the devil is in the details. Many also believe this act gives the President the sole authority to toss you in jail and throw away the key, completely bypassing due process rights of the 4th and 5th amendments, (or articles), of the Bill of Rights. Often this type of abuse of power starts small and grows with time. When the Federal Reserve Act was passed in 1913 the green paper, ie a $20 Federal Reserve Note was still redeemable in GOLD ($20 1-0z double eagle) at the US Treasury and the 12 Regional Federal Reserve Branches. Try to get some GOLD for that green paper now. Just as the buying power of our money has been diluted away, such I fear will be the fate of our Inalienable Rights, slowly washed away, bit by bit unless we take a stand now. Relying on a few judges in black robes to protect us from a Government out of control is little comfort. History shows that the Supreme Court will bow under pressure and sanction great injustices ie “Dred Scott v. Sanford” & “Wickard v. Filburn”. A couple of things seem very odd about this provision. As obviously controversial as it is, why sneak it through during the Christmas Holidays? If you don’t think that is the case then why are the committees meeting in secret? Hey, how about a little C-Span, you’re making us all a little nervous! Ironically enough, the initial version of the bill was passed on the 220th anniversary of the passage of the Bill of Rights. Please study this issue and vote in our Poll:

Yes, I think this provision to the NDAA is an attack on our due process rights.

or

No, I think this is OK and is a small price to pay for our war on Terror.

 

Here are some links for you to read up on this very important topic:

The Blaze

Campaign for Liberty

Salon: Glen Greenwald

Here are some links to listen to various commentators speak on this topic:

FOX: Judge Napolitano

Jack Hunter the Southern Avenger

Rand Paul on YouTube

Ron Paul on YouTube

 

Remember the power of Prayer.  God Bless and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE!!!: President Obama has signed the NDAA 2012 with indefinite detention provisions intact on the last day of 2011. He now has the authority to indefinitely detain any US Citizen he deems a “threat”. Forever. Without trial, appeal of due process. That means any and all of us are vulnerable to indefinite detention at the whim of a single man. Is this what Mark Levin calls a “hard tyranny”? But don’t worry he promises not to exercise this new power. And it’s not mandatory that they detain US Citizens, only if they feel like it. It’s optional you see. Oh brother, what’s to become of us.

Here is a link to the Wikipedia page on this thing: Wikipedia: NDAA 2012

UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh weighs in: Rush Limbaugh on the Indefinite Detention ACT

Johnathan Turley’s succinct article on the Indefinite Detention ACT: Johnathan Turley on NDAA-2012/Indefinite Detention ACT

Our own 2-page FAQ: NELTP NDAA Fact Sheet and Talking Points

UPDATE: On January 18th a bill to repeal the indefinite detention act was submitted by Ron Paul: Ron Paul’s Repeal Bill: H.R. 3785