BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI: On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). The Act contained sections 1021 and 1022, authorizing the military arrest and indefinite detention (without trial) of Americans and others, a legislative action in violation of the oath of office taken by congress and the president. This dangerous and unlawful edict attacks freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to petition our government for a redress of grievances, freedom to be secure in our persons, the right to due process when charged with a crime, the right of a trial by jury, all without any sunset provision.
According to the National Defense Authorization Act, it has purportedly become legal for military or other arms of the federal government to incarcerate people, including United States citizens, without recourse to proper judicial process.
Under NDAA, if the government deems a person to have committed a “belligerent act,”, to have given “substantial support” to an “affiliated group” or to be a “terrorist suspect” that person can be detained indefinitely and without trial. The definitions used are shockingly vague, dishonest and broad, putting us all at risk during the unending duration of the so-called “War on Terror”.
Courageously, Judge Katherine Forrest, an Obama appointee serving on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, issued an injunction against this usurpation which was immediately subjected to a stay at the request of the Administration. This case was appealed to, and just thrown out by, the Supreme Court at the Administrations’ request. Even if the Court had heard the case, their record on protecting Liberty is awful.
What is the solution to this problem? Without protection from our state, county, and local legislative bodies, our sheriffs (as well as vigilant individuals), people could potentially be whisked away in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. Is this a risk that you want to leave for your children and your grandchildren? It is their liberty that we must protect today. States, municipalities and counties across America have begun to recognize the danger in the 2012 NDAA, but much more needs to be done by state and local authorities in order to interpose on our behalf against a runaway Federal Government.
Join us at in the Take Back campaign to learn how to put a stop to this perverse National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Together we can mobilize and confront our mayors and county commissioners, as well as our state and federal representatives to demand they do their duty as constitutional officers. They must recognize the unlawful nature of the 2012 NDAA, refuse to cooperate with it and actively oppose it on our behalf. As James Madison said, it not an option – they are “duty bound to interpose for arresting the progress of evil”.
With the increasing tendency of politicians and bureaucrats to label dissenters as “terrorists”, time is of the essence.
Dennis Marburger is the State Director of PANDA Michigan