Today, when he presumed that you wouldn’t notice, because you’re too busy partying on New Year’s Eve, Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act. The National Defense Authorization Act gives the government the power to grab anyone living within U.S. borders – citizen or non-citizen – and put that person into prison for the rest of their lives, without ever charging the person with a crime or putting the person on trial.
The National Defense Authorization Act gives the military the new role, once outlawed under Posse Comitatus, of acting as law enforcement across the United States. Thanks to President Obama’s signature on the NDAA, Americans who have never enlisted in the military or participated in any military action will now be subject to the harsh standards of military law. We all can now be treated as if we are “enemy combatants” – with no evidence that we’ve ever done anything wrong.
The National Defense Authorization Act gives the federal government the power to throw anyone – citizen or non-citizen – into prison. The imprisonment can last the person’s entire lifetime. No substantiated evidence against the imprisoned person is required. No criminal charges are required. No criminal trial is required.
These provisions are plainly in violation of the U.S. Constitution, which promises due process and fair trial before people, citizens or not, can be deprived of their liberty.
When Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization into law today, he promised that he wouldn’t use the law’s powers against American citizens.
Obama promised? Honestly, what do Barack Obama’s promises mean anymore?
Back in 2008, Barack Obama promised that he would end attacks on our civil liberties and restore the rule of law. Signing the National Defense Authorization Act into law is a direct contradiction of that promise, as a new attack on our civil liberties and undermining the rule of constitutional law.
Besides, even if you have trust that Barack Obama himself would never abuse the powers of the National Defense Authorization Act, what about the President after Obama? Do you trust that President?
What if Rick Perry, or Rick Santorum is the next President of the United States? By signing the National Defense Authorization Act into law, Barack Obama granted all future presidents with the power to throw Americans into prison for life on the basis of nothing more than an unproven accusation against the prisoner.
There is no good excuse for Barack Obama’s approval of the National Defense Authorization Act today. There is also no good excuse for any American who sincerely supports the preservation of the Bill of Rights, to vote for the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012.