Early yesterday this reporter was privileged to participate in a press conference of representatives of several organizations and several individuals fighting the battle against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the national, state, and local levels.
Cosponsored by the Tenth Amendment Center, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and Demand Progress, the hour-long teleconference featured statements by men and women of a variety of political stripes united in their opposition to the NDAA, specifically the provisions permitting the indefinite detention of American citizens.
Before chronicling the statements made by the able panel of participants, some background information on the frighteningly unconstitutional aspects of this new federal statute is in order.
The National Defense Authorization Act is an unprecedented, unconstitutional, and unchecked grant of dictatorial power to the President in the name of protecting the security of “the homeland.” Ron Paul described the measure as a “slip into tyranny,” one that will almost certainly accelerate “our descent into totalitarianism.”
What of the NDAA? Are there indeed provisions contained therein that so ferociously tear at the constitutional fabric of our Republic as claimed by those speaking at yesterday’s press conference?
In a word — yes.
This liberty-extinguishing legislation converts America into a war zone and turns Americans into potential suspected terrorists, complete with the full roster of rights typically afforded to terrorists — none.
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