Between acts of the legislative branch and regulations of branches of the executive branch, due process is being run out of town on a rail.
Congress completed action on The National Defense Authorization Act last week, and the Act now awaits President Obama's signature. This law will empower the President to send the military to capture and indefinitely imprison citizens suspected of committing a “belligerent act” without access to an attorney or a trial on the merits of the charges.
On the Executive side, the Environmental Protection Agency, a department of the Executive Branch, has declared in a case pending before the Supreme Court (photo), that no one — not the people, the Congress, or the courts — should have any oversight of its myriad regulations. Its word, they demand, should be law.
A CBN story begins this way:
When Mike and Chantell Sackett purchased land for their dream home near Priest Lake, Idaho, they obtained all the permits required by the county.
They even checked with the Army Corps of Engineers to make sure the federal government would okay their project.
But as workers began laying in gravel in May 2007, Environmental Protection Agency officials showed up and demanded they stop, saying the property was in a protected wetlands zone.
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