Letter: Bill gives President absolute control

Editor:

Without a shot being fired, America was killed by her own government on Dec. 31, 2011, hidden from sight by the silence of the mainstream media.

The weapon used was a bill titled the National Defense Authorization Act. As usual, to disguise the lethal content of a bill, the authors had given it a good-sounding name that could be embraced unquestioningly by the masses. The act’s name and its contents were unrelated - actually opposites. (You didn’t expect the bill to be given a truthful name, did you? Perhaps the “Communist Takeover of America Act”?)

The unconstitutional bill, in the guise of protecting the American people from terrorists, created a dictatorship in which a president has absolute control. Under the bill, a power-hungry president, of whatever political persuasion, can declare the opponents of his political beliefs and system to be terrorists and have them imprisoned indefinitely.

A president’s definition of the word terrorist and your definition aren’t necessarily the same. The current president uses the word terrorist and the words “potential terrorist” to mean:

• people who are concerned about restrictions on firearms

• returning war veterans

• those who have more than seven days of food in their homes

• etc.

These are probably not the definitions of terrorists that come to mind when the average American defines the word.

Here’s what some people have said about the National Defense Authorization Act:

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said the bill is a “slip into tyranny” and assures “our descent into totalitarianism.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said, “In the last 10 years, we have begun to let go of our freedoms, bit by bit, with each new executive order, court decision, and, yes, act of Congress.

We have begun giving away our rights to privacy, our right to our day in court when the government harms us, and with this legislation, we are continuing down the path of destroying the right to be free from imprisonment without due process of law,” Nadler said.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said, [This] legislation would arm the military with authority to detain indefinitely, without due process or trial, people suspected of an association with terrorism ... I want to repeat that we are talking about people merely suspected of terrorism or suspected of a crime - who have been judged by no court. We are talking about American citizens, who can ... be sent to a camp in Guantanamo Bay and held indefinitely.”

Virginia state legislators have voted overwhelmingly (37-1) and 96-4) against supporting Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act. They have drawn up a bill that would prevent Virginia state employees from assisting the federal government’s “unlimited detention” of U.S. citizens, who are not given access to the Bill of Rights, nor rights to trial by jury, representation by counsel, confrontation of witnesses, and due process of law administered by impartial judges.

There were a number of comments on the Internet about the legislation. Here are two, which have been somewhat paraphrased:

“The rise and fall of the Roman Empire was caused in part by granting excessive power to their leader.” MIKE

“Our government intends to make it impossible to oppose them and soon we won’t be able to do anything other than what we’re told.” MGGINVA

Thomas Jefferson warned us. He said, “Let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

Arden Druce

Camp Verde

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