Beware of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA), especially §§ 1031, 1032. It provides for the unbelievable: It would permit your government to snatch you off the street anywhere and hold you indefinitely without being charged, without bail and without a lawyer made available. It further seeks to dissolve what’s left of the firewall between domestic police and military forces. It subjects you to the jurisdiction of a military tribunal and military jurisdiction. It’s mind-boggling. And the fact that it’s even being considered is anathema to anyone barely and vaguely conversant with the Constitution.
This reminds me of how your government snatched Brooklyn-born Jose Padilla from the baggage carousel at O’Haire Airport and made him an enemy combatant. How? Why? By what authority? Dunno. They just did. And you said nothing. There was no basis for that, none. And you said nothing.
Japanese-Americans were subject to internment and many said nothing. Remember? It was in all the papers. Even today, professional conservatoid harridan Michelle Malkin actually wrote in favor of it and called it “racial profiling.” Racial profiling?! What’s beyond hysterical and ironic is that in a round-up of Japanese-looking folks, Malkin would be the first one on the train. Let’s see her parse her particular ethnicity to some FEMA or DHS goon today. Want more? Malkin’s a jackpot or anchor baby and yet decries such. Is that self-loathing or just hypocrisy? (What was that about the ass of the rat that no one gives?)
Anyhoo, tell the Senate Nein! Nein! Nein! (Thanks, Herman.)
On November 17, Colorado Senator Mark Udall noted very serious concerns he had with portions of the bill in a speech on the Senate floor.
Mr. President, I would also point out that these provisions raise serious questions as to who we are as a society and what our Constitution seeks to protect. One section of these provisions, section 1031, would be interpreted as allowing the military to capture and indefinitely detain American citizens on U.S. soil. Section 1031 essentially repeals the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by authorizing the U.S. military to perform law enforcement functions on American soil. That alone should alarm my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but there are other problems with these provisions that must be resolved.
As to the dangers of internment, an op-ed by Floyd Mori, national executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League, addresses the bill’s detention provisions. He knows a thing or two about detention.
Although the details of the indefinite detentions of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the proposed indefinite detentions of terrorism suspects may differ, the principle remains the same: Indefinite detentions based on fear-driven and unlawfully substantiated national security grounds, where individuals are neither duly charged nor fairly tried, violate the essence of U.S. law and the most fundamental values upon which this country was built.
Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson penned a most succinct adumbration of the problems the NDAA presented in Yes, Americans Will Be Targeted As Terrorists Under the NDAA.