We the People of the United States of America condemn approval of the National Defense Authorization Act's (S.1867 and H.R. 1540) indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without a trial , as it abolishes Habeas Corpus, the Bill of Rights and universally recognized freedoms. We condemn the approval of the N.D.A.A.'s military force used against U.S. citizens domestically, as it abolishes the Posse Comitatus Act. (some believe this also includes secret torture/execution provisions) (See references at bottom page)
We the people call upon the United States Congress who are sworn to protect and enforce our nation, criminal laws, and people's inalienable natural rights; to prosecute for charges of treason, every member of government who drafted and/or voted to approve the unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act (S.1867 and H.R. 1540). The approved N.D.A.A. is a greater threat to our nation's liberty than the terrorism from which it claims to protect us from.
As the President has said himself, the Constitution is “our best national security asset- in war and peace”.
”I have studied the Constitution as a student; I have taught it as a teacher; I have been bound by it as a lawyer and legislator. I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief, and as a citizen, I know that we must never – ever – turn our back on its enduring principles for expedience sake. I make this claim not simply as a matter of idealism. We uphold our most cherished values not only because doing so is right, but because it strengthens our country and keeps us safe. Time and again, our values have been our best national security asset – in war and peace; in times of ease and in eras of upheaval. ...From Europe to the Pacific, we have been a nation that has shut down torture chambers and replaced tyranny with the rule of law. That is who we are. And where terrorists offer only the injustice of disorder and destruction, America must demonstrate that our values and institutions are more resilient than a hateful ideology.”http://techpresident.com/feed-item/president-obama-protecting-our-security-and-our-values
The overt act of approving these anti-constitutional and tyrannical laws contained in N.D.A.A. meet the legal definition of treason, as it wages war on the people of the United States and betrays the sworn oath of office required of each member of Congressional and Federal branches to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The N.D.A.A. was intentionally drafted to create fear and terrify society, according to senators Joseph Lieberman and Senator Lindsey Graham; for this reason it also meets the legal definition of terrorism. This blatant assault on the people’s inalienable natural rights renders every individual responsible for approving it an enemy combatant who is ironically subject to the N.D.A.A.'s indefinite detention without trial.
Senator Lieberman advocating N.D.A.A.,
"...I want that person to be terrified about what's going to happen to them in American custody. I want them not to know what's going to happen... I want that terror that they inflict on others to be felt by them." http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/12/ayottes-torture-amendment-kaput
Senator Lindsey Graham advocating N.D.A.A while promising violence without Due Process,
“...And to those American citizens thinking about helping Al Qaeda (or are suspicious of terrorism), please know what will come your way: death, detention, and prosecution.”
“...And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer’, you tell them, ‘shut up- you don’t get a lawyer. You’re an enemy combatant...”
•The Department of Defense Dictionary of Military Terms:
The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological. http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/call/thesaurus/toc.asp?id=29533
•USA PATRIOT Act (Section 802)(Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover ""domestic,"" as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act ""dangerous to human life"" that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. http://www.aclu.org/national-security/how-usa-patriot-act-redefines-domestic-terrorism
•United States Law Code (From U.S. Code Title 22, Ch.38, Para. 2656f(d)(d):
(1) the term “international terrorism” means terrorism involving citizens or the territory of more than 1 country;
(2) the term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents;
(3) the term “terrorist group” means any group, or which has significant subgroups which practice, international terrorism;
The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a Government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives. http://www.fbi.gov/albuquerque/about-us/what-we-investigate/priorities
Some people doubt these provisions would apply to the common citizen, yet wielding the N.D.A.A is warranted upon suspicion, and when combined with current criteria of what warrants terrorist suspicion, it seems to be very broadly applied. According to the Vice President, DOJ, BJA, FBI, DHS, FEMA, TSA, law enforcement, and Department of Public Safety, the following are suspicious of terrorism (incredibly including belief in our founding legal principles of the United States of America under the Constitution):
Storing more than 7 days of food, activists (protesters), returning veterans, Internet chatter focusing on the economy/loss of jobs/home foreclosures, conspiracy theories involving declarations of martial law, impending civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps, members of the Tea Party, declarations of Constitutional rights and civil liberties, anyone who quotes the Constitution or possesses a copy of it, grow their own food, raise livestock, missing fingers, buying flashlights, stockpiling hand tools or medical supplies, communicate predominately by cell phone email or text messaging services, paying cash at hotels, persons carrying observation equipment (cameras), standing around in the same area, texting privately in a public place, owning a gun or ammo, NRA or gun club membership, Ron Paul stickers, Ron Paul supporters, Libertarians, oppose abortion, survivalist literature, people sharing movies about the Federal Reserve, religious views concerning the book of Revelation, homeschooling, belief in conspiracies, owning precious metals (gold, silver..etc.), and belief in a New World Order conspiracy.
Opposition to N.D.A.A includes: ACLU, Amnesty International, Director of the FBI, Director of the CIA, Director of National Intelligence, Secretary of Defense, DOJ National Security Division Head, 2 four-star generals, nation's 2nd most cited law professor, White House Advisor for CounterTerrorism, Montana recalls state congressional delegation over votes on N.D.A.A... among many others.
Furthermore, President Obama, John McCain (the bill’s drafter), and Joseph Lieberman (Senator) have all previously spoken on behalf of defending the Constitution and people’s natural rights when they condemned similar unjust treatment of citizens of foreign countries. This demonstrates their understanding of how unjust this treatment of U.S. civilians was prior to passing N.D.A.A.
"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force by the Syrian government against demonstrators. This outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end now," Obama said in a statement. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4059893,00.html
“The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere.” http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2045085,00.html
The United States will “support this outcome by pressuring President Assad to get out of the way of this transition, and standing up for the universal rights of the Syrian people along with others in the international community.” [...] “These violations of the universal rights of the Syrian people have revealed to Syria, the region and the world the Assad government’s flagrant disrespect for the dignity of the Syrian people.”
"We continue to be crystal clear that we oppose violence as a response to this crisis," Obama said. "We are sending a strong, unequivocal message: Attacks on reporters are unacceptable. Attacks on human rights activists are unacceptable. Attacks on peaceful protesters are unacceptable."
"We hold President Mubarak personally responsible for this unprecedented action," said Simon, "and call on the Egyptian government to reverse course immediately." http://articles.cnn.com/2011-02-04/world/egypt.journalists_1_journalist-shot-attacks-dark-day?_s=PM:WORLD
The White House:
"The United States is deeply disturbed by credible reports that the Assad regime continues to indiscriminately kill scores of civilians and army defectors, while destroying homes and shops and arresting protesters without due process."
Senator John McCain,
May 12, 2011:
McCain followed this up this morning, with a 20-minute speech on the Senate floor, condemning torture, and explaining that the “debate,” such as it is, is fundamentally “about morality. What is at stake here it the very idea of America.” http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_05/mccain_steps_up_on_torture029529.php
Senators John McCain and Joseph Liberman,
December 7, 2011
“We condemn the sweeping arrests of hundreds of opposition leaders, journalists, and human rights activists in Russia and the use of violence against peaceful protesters by Russian security forces. We call upon the Russian government to release all of the political prisoners it has unjustly detained and clarify the whereabouts and condition of those individuals in its custody. We express concern for the hundreds of men and women who have been arrested for exercising universally recognized freedoms, including Alexey Navalny, Boris Nemtsov, and Ilya Yashin. The protests underway in Russia right now are in response to the blatant fraud that characterized Sunday’s election in Russia, which, according to the independent international election observers, clearly violated international standards and Russia’s own laws. The Russian people deserve a government of their choice that reflects their aspirations, and we are standing unambiguously with them in their struggle for a government that is worthy of them.” http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=1accf591-d760-07f5-6278-4f442a039f33
References regarding detainment, possible torture provisions...etc: http://www.salon.com/2011/12/16/three_myths_about_the_detention_bill/singleton/?mobile.html
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