Ron Paul
Infowars.com
December 27, 2011

Little by little, in the name of fighting terrorism, our Bill of Rights is being repealed. The 4th amendment has been rendered toothless by the PATRIOT Act. No more can we truly feel secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects when now there is an exception that fits nearly any excuse for our government to search and seize our property. Of course, the vast majority of Americans may say “I’m not a terrorist, so I have no reason to worry.” However, innocent people are wrongly accused all the time. The Bill of Rights is there precisely because the founders wanted to set a very high bar for the government to overcome in order to deprive an individual of life or liberty. To lower that bar is to endanger everyone. When the bar is low enough to include political enemies, our descent into totalitarianism is virtually assured.

The PATRIOT Act, as bad is its violation of the 4th Amendment, was just one step down the slippery slope. The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) continues that slip toward tyranny and in fact accelerates it significantly. The main section of concern, Section 1021 of the NDAA Conference Report, does to the 5th Amendment what the PATRIOT Act does to the 4th. The 5th Amendment is about much more than the right to remain silent in the face of government questioning. It contains very basic and very critical stipulations about due process of law. The government cannot imprison a person for no reason and with no evidence presented or access to legal counsel.

The dangers in the NDAA are its alarmingly vague, undefined criteria for who can be indefinitely detained by the US government without trial. It is now no longer limited to members of al Qaeda or the Taliban, but anyone accused of “substantially supporting” such groups or “associated forces.” How closely associated? And what constitutes “substantial” support? What if it was discovered that someone who committed a terrorist act was once involved with a charity? Or supported a political candidate? Are all donors of that charity or supporters of that candidate now suspect, and subject to indefinite detainment? Is that charity now an associated force?

Additionally, this legislation codifies in law for the first time authority to detain Americans that has to this point only been claimed by President Obama. According to subsection (e) of section 1021, “[n]othing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.” This means the president’s widely expanded view of his own authority to detain Americans indefinitely even on American soil is for the first time in this legislation codified in law. That should chill all of us to our cores.

The Bill of Rights has no exemptions for “really bad people” or terrorists or even non-citizens. It is a key check on government power against any person. That is not a weakness in our legal system; it is the very strength of our legal system. The NDAA attempts to justify abridging the bill of rights on the theory that rights are suspended in a time of war, and the entire Unites States is a battlefield in the War on Terror. This is a very dangerous development indeed. Beware.

Originally appeared at http://paul.house.gov

  1. The Senate Assaults American Rights with NDAA Bill: Infowars Nightl...
  2. Don’t Mute Humanity: NDAA’s War on Americans & Bill of Rights
  3. Obama’s NDAA Power Grab vs. Bill of Rights: Infowars Nightly News
  4. Anonymous: Night Raid Firm Lobbied for NDAA, Donated $272K to Sen. ...
  5. R.I.P. Bill of Rights: Unleashing Hell Under NDAA – Infowars Nightl...
  6. Montanans Launch Recall of Senators Who Approved NDAA Military Dete...
  7. Yes, Americans Will Be Targeted As Terrorists Under the NDAA
  8. The Death of Rights Enshrined on Bill of Rights Day
  9. Rand Paul revisits Civil Rights Act
  10. NDAA: Another Step in the Fascist Takeover of America
  11. Obama’s U-Turn On Indefinite Detention Bill a “Historic Tragedy” Fo...
  12. Ron Paul: Defense Bill Establishes Martial Law In America

Views: 53

Comment

You need to be a member of 12160 Social Network to add comments!

Join 12160 Social Network

"Destroying the New World Order"

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SITE!

mobile page

12160.info/m

12160 Administrators

 

TOP CONTENT THIS WEEK

Latest Activity

James T. Kirk posted a status
"She's Back, and Crazier Than Ever! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plvxYQbvu98"
5 minutes ago
James T. Kirk posted videos
8 minutes ago
Raz Putin favorited Diana's photo
11 minutes ago
Raz Putin commented on Diana's photo
Thumbnail

Don't Be Fooled

"Oh Vey!!! Another Zionist wolf is sexy sheep's clothing...;}"
12 minutes ago
Chris of the family Masters favorited Maria De Wind's photo
17 minutes ago
Raz Putin favorited Maria De Wind's photo
23 minutes ago
Raz Putin left a comment for Stephen Lint
"Salutations Stephen Lint and thanks for joining us here at 12160.info. Please let us know if you…"
25 minutes ago
Raz Putin left a comment for Frederick Gregory Meagher
"Greetings Frederick Gregory Meagher and welcome to our neighborhood here at 12160.info. Please…"
28 minutes ago
Raz Putin left a comment for Elma Cannon
"Hi Elma Cannon welcome to 12160.info. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding…"
35 minutes ago
Maas commented on Diana's photo
Thumbnail

Don't Be Fooled

"She's a Zionist as well"
36 minutes ago
Raz Putin left a comment for Terrence La Cava
"Hi Terrance thanks for joining us here at 12160.info Please let us know if you have any questions…"
36 minutes ago
Maria De Wind's photo was featured
39 minutes ago
James T. Kirk commented on James T. Kirk's video
Thumbnail

Kurds throw potatoes at US troops withdrawing from Syria

"LOL Raz Putin, don't you mean American Fries lol"
39 minutes ago
James T. Kirk commented on James T. Kirk's video
Thumbnail

The Atomwaffen, Red Flag Laws, and Creeping Tyranny

"Thank you for your comments James Roberts. I hope not, I spent my life training with one. I would…"
41 minutes ago
James T. Kirk commented on James T. Kirk's video
Thumbnail

What Really Happened: Mike Rivero Friday 10/18/19: Today's News Talk Show

"Thank you for your comments James Roberts, Always looking for a better broadcaster. I favorite was…"
43 minutes ago
James T. Kirk commented on James T. Kirk's video
Thumbnail

Tulsi Gabbard fires back at Hillary Clinton's Russian asset claim

"Thanks for the picture rlionhearted, I sure hope so. "
45 minutes ago

© 2019   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted