Tyranny: It’s Here


The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the new vehicle to ensure our oppression by a tyrannical government. Representative Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, wrote a defensive piece on RedState titled “Myths on the New Detainee Policy.” He had intended to allay our fears about the hidden trap in this unConstitutional piece of legislation. He is quite mistaken, as are Georgia’s two Senators who voted for it. The threat in this bill to the 6th Amendment and, thus, American citizens is real.

McKeon claims the act does not address or extend any new authority to detain U.S. Citizens; but, in fact, it does. The NDAA actually grants — indeed, mandates — immense unConstitutional power to the White House. The President is to be afforded absolute power to use the Army to arrest and detain U.S. citizens without due process, i.e., a warrant issued by a judge or a preliminary hearing to be advised of charges — let alone a trial (Section 1031).

The act affirms that arrest and detention by the Army of “covered persons” within the United States is legal. Section 1031 reveals all: “a covered person” is one who engages in terrorist acts, or anyone associated with an organization guilty of belligerent acts.

So, regardless of the protections afforded by the 6th Amendment, the Senate’s bill will actually allow the government to lock up any citizen it wants if someone swears he or she is a terrorist. How hard is that?

Now is a good time to review an earlier unfortunate and unchallenged change to our thought processes. A few years ago, liberals wanted to make certain crimes more horrible than regular old crimes so they added “hate crime” to our vernacular. Why? Some liberal said so, and we bought into it. Now we have a Marxist President who, through his toadies like Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano, has already identified Tea Party members, returning veterans and retired cops as potential terrorists to be detained until the end of the war. It’s not legal simply because some stupid politicians say it is. And, as for stupid politicians, we can thank Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) for being the architects of this unConstitutional monstrosity.

Proponents refer to other sections of the bill to deny that arrests and detention of U.S. citizens are authorized. It applies, it is said, only to al-Qaida and associates. However, two sections of the act contradict each other. The Chief of Staff of Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said the bill does not authorize such draconian action. And  Representative Lynn A. Westmorland (R-Ga.) produced this denial:

I understand the concerns and that is why there were numerous questions asked about this, so I want to reassure that you will be protected. The U.S. Constitution guarantees U.S. citizens on U.S. soil will have due process and nothing within this legislation will take away that right. These people claiming your constitutional rights are violated by this legislation are using fear tactics to drum up support against legislation that is needed to make sure our men and women in uniform get paid for their service to our country.

I have not yet lost the faculty to read and reason and I am not sanguine in those assurances from the “elite political class,” especially since they come from politicians who have lost our confidence and have lost their way. Let’s be honest, the wording that would allow the arrest and detention of American citizens is still there, like a land mine waiting to explode in our faces. Really, do we still want to put our trust and belief in somebody who says: “Trust me, I’m from the government and I just want to help you?” Remember, Freedom is the goal; The Constitution is the way. Go get ’em!

–George McClellan

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