This is my gateway issue. Nothing else matters until this issue is addressed. If you don’t know what NDAA means, educate yourself. You have been made aware, so now you are responsible.
I cannot bring myself to worry about gay marriage, reproductive rights, baby seals, muslims, etc., as long as NDAA is still on the table.
We are not free if one man, or a group of men, has the right to seize us without warrant and indefinitely detain us without access to a lawyer and speedy trial.
President Obama signed the NDAA on December 31, 2011. He expressed reservations regarding the clause in the NDAA allowing the president to use the United States Military to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or trial, but signed it nonetheless. He stated that although he had the right to do so, he would never exercise it. Yet when a court struck down that “right,” his administration immediately filed an appeal.
Why would he fight so hard, tooth and nail, for a “right” he never plans on using?
Amendment IV of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution says:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Amendment VI says:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Emphasis is, of course, mine.
The NDAA is in direct violation of these Amendments.
How are we free if we are not secure in our very own homes from unreasonable search and seizure?