One New Year's Eve, President Obama signed the NDAA into law.
“The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it,” Mr. Obama said in a statement issued in Hawaii, where he is on vacation. “I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists.”
I'm unclear how any law can be passed while having any reservations. Fortunately, Congressman Scott DesJarlais has co-sponsored H.R. 3676 - "To amend the detainee provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 to specifically state that United States citizens may not be detained against their will without all the rights of due process afforded to citizens in a court ordained or established by or under Article III of the Constitution of the United States."
We used to condemn regimes where people just disappeared, into the prisons of dictatorships. Now, the US has made it legal with the NDAA and Patriot acts.
These laws effectively change the constitution, and should be declared invalid for this reason.
Such laws are used to restrict free speech. So many people think that political opinions different from their own are anti American, when just the opposite is true. A democrat's opinion may be different from a republican's, but the purpose of our free speech is to ensure that we can openly discuss our own dreams for the america that we want.
We can not have governments acting in secret so we as voters do not know enough to exercise our right to move our country toward what we think is better.
Today there is altogether too much government secrecy and much of it is for reasons other than protecting america from harm. Secrecy in government is used to keep people ignorant to affect the outcome in the polls, to hide inept government departments from accountability and to protect politicians and bureaucrats from public scrutiny. These are the reasons that Wikileaks is so popular.
People understand that a government has to have some secrets from the people in international matters where information leaks via the people could hurt the country.
The problem today is that secrecy is rampant and far beyond any reasonable justification.
Whatever your view of what America should be, if is not undemocratic for you to want to move your country in a direction that you see as better. Some Americans want a us to be seen as a gentler and more just international citizen. Others want a stronger military presence. Neither of these goals are anti american. Freedom to have and discuss these opinions is what makes America great.
Everyone who was a part of this bill getting passed should be thrown out of office. I don't care what party they belong to. This bill is unAmerican.
if they can't do it with the patriot act that speaks volumes. We all know where there is a system people will abuse it. to what extent something it may be abuses is the scary part and this scares me. right on JRB2429
Mike, it is the HIGHWY TO HELL> It's too bad Nobama is made to live up to what he's throwing at us. He's the biggest threat our country has and I don't care what party you are, you had better wake up. What is it going to take for you to see this blackhearted man who bows to our enemy's leaders, to see he out to take every freedom you and I may have. This is an outrage and i hope 3676 will pass! We all need to write our congressman today. Mine is introducing the bill!
AMEN! This NDAA is pure crap! You got to wonder what is the mentality of the politicians that come up with this garbage. That's what scares me.