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Goodbye, Habeas Corpus; Hello, Jail Cell

Written by Gary North on December 20, 2011

The Constitution says:  “The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.” The great unless is about to arrive.

The military will soon be empowered to arrest citizens inside the USA. Ever since 1878, this has been illegal. This, of course, is the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA).

What is annoying is that the Obama Administration is pretending to oppose this.

According to reports, the White House has attempted to downplay its support for this lawless provision and what it actually permits, as well as its potential impact on American jurisprudence. In a statement released Thursday, administration officials said President Obama essentially got what he wanted by having the provision in question “watered down,” as if that matters.

“We have concluded that the language [in the appropriations bill] does not challenge or constrain the President’s ability to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists, and protect the American people, and the President’s senior advisors will not recommend a veto,” said the White House in a statement, adding that this president would never really use the power anyway, so there is nothing to worry about.

This sounds good. But how good is it?

Look at what the measure actually says. While it doesn’t “expand” existing authority to detain American citizens indefinitely, it supports previous federal court decisions which found that the president has the authority, as commander-in-chief, to define who is an “enemy combatant,” who can, therefore, be detained indefinitely, even if that suspect is an American citizen.

What’s worse is the official denial that is going on. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said this about the controversial provision: “It is not unfair to make an American citizen account for the fact that they decided to help Al Qaeda to kill us all and hold them as long as it takes to find intelligence about what may be coming next.”

White House pledges to “never use” this power are ringing hollow with others as well. “By signing this defense spending bill, President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in U.S. law,” Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, told CBS News. “In the past, Obama has lauded the importance of being on the right side of history, but today he is definitely on the wrong side.”

It should be clear that a new era of controls is about to be imposed.

How bad is this bill? Beyond belief.

This is another tightening noose.

Your best protection? Anonymity. Invisibility. And no contact with “suspected terrorists.”

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8 thoughts on “Goodbye, Habeas Corpus; Hello, Jail Cell

  1. This sould go directly from Obama's desk to the supreme court and the congressmen/women who voted for this should be replaced immediately. They are sworn to uphold the Constitution, but are doing the diabolical opposite. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) should be the first to go. I can't believe that South Carolina keeps sending him back to Congress as he consistantly votes w/the Dems. His reasoning behind is voting is ludicrous.

  2. Victor Barney says:

    Problem is that there was a first-born blood covenant of death made between the first women, her first-born son, and Lucifer, who STILL is the spiritual RULER of THIS WORLD, unless YOU are taken out of it! Now, 6000 years later it's time to pay the piper! May I add, how lucky that we are to have a "SAVIOR" and hardly ANYBODY KNOWS that ONLY HEBREW is the set-apart language, which is not even TRUE OF GREEK(New Covenant) meaning that ALL THINGS MUST BE PROVEN IN HEBREW! P.S. "JESUS" IS GREEK and in HEBREW, the closest approximation to this word would be "HORSE!" In Hebrew, our father's name is YAHWEH and our SAVIOR'S NAME IS YAHSHUA, meaning that "Yahweh means salvation!" Just saying…

  3. Well this is par for the course for a Tyrannical Dictatorship! Dictatorships with the military might to yield on US soil with the reversed comme positatus! And now the powers that be, can use the mere suggestion that anyone can be a “enemy combatant” because of a person’s belief and/or opinion that can be considered rebellious if it’s not the same as the Tyrannical Dictatorship’s view.
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  4. URKiddinMee says:

    Every time I start thinking I might be prepared for whatevr comes, something like THIS prompts me to make ywt another trip to WalMart for another chitload of ammo!

  5. arthur wager says:

    The Military can't arrest obama, he ain't a citizen. Let arizona Joe loose, hell take care of business.

  6. arthur wager says:

    Dear site administration, don't bother posting my comment, I wouldn't want to see you being politically incorrect.

  7. And it was the Good man JOHN McCAIN who did this! Ever wonder just how is the COMMUNIST?

  8. I Apologize for an error that I made, my intent was to reference the Posse Comitatus Act, Not comme positatus. Many Thanks toward the individual that provided his critique.
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