Patriotism, Subversion and the National Defense Authorization Act

Tue, 3 Jan 2012
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By Jake McMillian


“Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.” 

- Henry Steele Commager


Let’s be dangerous and subversive to tyranny as it shows its ugly head once again. 


What is our Federal government becoming? Only what American citizens allow and it is not an issue of force but apathy.  As I reported a few weeks ago, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting without a single hearing. It passed through both House and Senate, and while we enjoyed Christmas and a New Year Celebration, Obama “reluctantly” signed it, making it the unconstitutional Law of the land.  


Included in this Christmas package was a little provision - the worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision.  This gives authority to the President, without the hindrance of pesky Article 1 Section 9, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution: “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.”


 Now he will no longer need to stage or create make believe wars to exercise powers he has already been exercising by targeting American citizens worldwide for state-sponsored assassination with no legal process whatsoever.  Both branches of government ignored the Bill of Rights (5th, 6th and 7th amendments), detailing the proper way to prosecute potential criminals.


As the fearless commander in chief, full of fidelity and love to those he serves (sarcasm), Obama stated, “My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens … Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.”


A meaningful statement for a purposed criminal, for even if Obama (if his lips are moving he is lying) manages to keeps his word, it will do nothing to stop future administrations from exercising the power to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial.  Or perhaps the purpose of such a statement was to shield the truth on how such language for this augmented power got into the bill. 


It may shock you to know it was his administration that demanded this power in the first place. As the bill’s co-sponsor Senator Carl Levin said during a speech on the floor last month, it was the Obama administration that demanded the removal of language that would have precluded Americans from being subject to indefinite detention.


“The language which precluded the application of Section 1031 to American citizens was in the bill that we originally approved…and the administration asked us to remove the language which says that U.S. citizens and lawful residents would not be subject to this section,” said Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee.


Obama’s un-American behavior is disgraceful, and he will get away with as much as We the People allow. It is not time for Americans to walk unobtrusively, but rather embrace controversy, subvert unpatriotic power and trust that “their mischief shall return on their own heads, along with all their violent dealings” (Psalm 7:10).