Joe Wolverton II
The New American
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The National Defense Authorization Act will be made law with the stroke of President Obama’s pen (perhaps autopen from Hawaii?). With the enactment of the NDAA, Americans suspected by the President of having committed a “belligerent act” may be apprehended by the military and detained without recitation of charges and without access to an attorney until such time as the President decides that the “War on Terror” is over.
Majorities in both chambers of Congress voted in favor of granting the President this autocratic authority. In the Senate, only 13 members of that body stood up to defend the constitutionally protected civil liberties of Americans. In the House of Representatives, 283 of the people’s representatives violated their oath of office and voted to pass this legislation.
One of those who was true to his vow to protect the Constituiton from all enemies, foreign and domestic, has now offered an amendment to the NDAA that would “clarify the language” of the measure so as to make it explicit that no American citizen could be detained under the provisions of that act without being provided the full panoply of due process protections.
Freshman Representative Jeff Landry (R-La., above) introduced HR 3676, which would add the following qualification to the portion of the bill — Section 1021 — that provides for indefinite detention of Americans:
United States citizens may not be detained against their will without all the rights of due process afforded to citizens in a court ordained or established by or under Article III of the Constitution of the United States.
A story from The Hill reported, “[H]e [Representative Landry] has a commitment from House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) to revisit the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to ensure that language related to detainees does not give the U.S. government new rights to hold U.S. citizens without due process.”
“We have assurances that they would work to clarify the language,” Landry told The Hill. “I have a commitment from the chairman that the type of language I have is the type of language he would use to clarify that.”
As has been reported by The New American, A key component of the NDAA mandates a frightening grant of immense and unconstitutional power to…..
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- Prison Planet.com ” Yes, Americans Will Be Targeted As Terrorists Under the NDAA (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- The NDAA: Another Assault in the Dead of Night (my.firedoglake.com)
- Prison Planet.com ” Martial Law Attempt In Louisiana Echoes Ron Paul’s Warning (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- If America Is the Battleground, Nobody Has Any Rights (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Coleen Rowley: All I Want for Christmas Is My Civil Liberties! (huffingtonpost.com)