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Relinquishing Liberty – The NDAA and You

November 29, 2012

Do YOU know what is happening to your freedom?

Right now, at this very moment, some Americans are fighting for freedom on the other side of the world.

Also right now, some Americans are voting away the freedoms so many have fought so hard to obtain and preserve.

Let me try to explain.  The defense of our country is administered primarily through two bills passed by congress annually.  One of them is the defense authorization, which determines who (which agency or agencies) is responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and determines which conditions merit defense spending.  This bill is known officially as the National Defense Authorization Act or the NDAA.

What is wrong with the NDAA?

On the surface, it would seem that the NDAA is necessary to the operation of our country.  One of the constitutionally established roles of the government is to protect us from our enemies.  The people in charge of our defense need to have adequate funds to carry out their job.  However, there are a couple of problems nested deep in the NDAA that most people probably don’t know about.  In order to explain this, I need to define an important term.

Habeas corpus is a Latin term which means literally  “that you might have the body.”  It is a legal action that requires that a person under arrest be brought to trial and have an opportunity to know the charges against him.  This is to prevent someone from being held indefinitely without sufficient cause or evidence.

There are 3 sections, 1031-1033, of the 2013 NDAA that strike the right of habeas corpus and the constitutional right to due process under certain conditions.  This means that, if the conditions are right, you or I could be arrested and held for an indeterminate amount of time without seeing a judge or even knowing the charges against us.

This is one of the mainstays of our country, one of the freedoms we cherish.  The indefinite detention of an individual without cause sounds like something you would read about from the middle ages.

What is happening with the NDAA right now?

As I am writing this, our representatives in Washington, D.C. are debating the current  version of the NDAA.  Most are projecting that it will come to a vote tomorrow.  This legislation, if passed in its current form, will represent a major encroachment on the liberties of all Americans.

What can you and I do about the NDAA?

Act.  Call your representatives.  E-mail them.  Find some way to let them know that you do not support the indefinite detention of American citizens.  Be involved.  Be vocal. Be heard.

If you fail to voice your opinion, someone else will be voicing theirs in your place.  We as Americans have a responsibility to preserve and protect the values and freedoms that have made our country great.  We must rise to the challenge.

Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts; I hope you will also take the time to contact your representatives.



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  1. Dave permalink

    I looked at those 3 sections and didn’t see anything about what you said. It was about Nuclear stuff.

    • I know I read it when I wrote this post. I’ll do a little more reading and correct myself, either by showing the correct sections or by (if appropriate) recanting my position.

      • The sections I cited were from the 2012 version of the NDAA. Here is a link which gives those three sections in full and breaks down what they mean.

        I have not yet found the exact sections of the 2013 version which are objectionable. However, here is a link discussing it’s shortcomings. I will try to be more specific when I have time to do a little more research.

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