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Obama Signs the NDAA. Goodbye 4th Amendment.

Written by Gary North on January 2, 2012

President Obama signed the National Defense Appropriation Act, a law that ends the 4th Amendment in the United States unless the Supreme Court overturns it.

He offered this explanation.

The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists.

Here is a man with a law degree telling us that he signed a bill into law, despite serious reservations. Who cares what reservations he has? He signed it into law.

Then he added this PR fluff.

Over the last several years, my Administration has developed an effective, sustainable framework for the detention, interrogation and trial of suspected terrorists that allows us to maximize both our ability to collect intelligence and to incapacitate dangerous individuals in rapidly developing situations, and the results we have achieved are undeniable. Our success against al-Qa’ida and its affiliates and adherents has derived in significant measure from providing our counterterrorism professionals with the clarity and flexibility they need to adapt to changing circumstances and to utilize whichever authorities best protect the American people, and our accomplishments have respected the values that make our country an example for the world.

The he attacked his enemies.

Against that record of success, some in Congress continue to insist upon restricting the options available to our counterterrorism professionals and interfering with the very operations that have kept us safe. My Administration has consistently opposed such measures. Ultimately, I decided to sign this bill not only because of the critically important services it provides for our forces and their families and the national security programs it authorizes, but also because the Congress revised provisions that otherwise would have jeopardized the safety, security, and liberty of the American people. Moving forward, my Administration will interpret and implement the provisions described below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded.

There  is no question that he has thumbed his nose at the Left that elected him. He has fulfilled the critics’ mockery: “Let Obama be Bush.” He admitted the truth: the hated Section 1021 was already operational. In short, he has expended Bush’s legacy.

Section 1021 affirms the executive branch’s authority to detain persons covered by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note). This section breaks no new ground and is unnecessary. The authority it describes was included in the 2001 AUMF, as recognized by the Supreme Court and confirmed through lower court decisions since then. Two critical limitations in section 1021 confirm that it solely codifies established authorities. First, under section 1021(d), the bill does not “limit or expand the authority of the President or the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.”

I feel so much safer!

Second, under section 1021(e), the bill may not be construed to affect any “existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.” My Administration strongly supported the inclusion of these limitations in order to make clear beyond doubt that the legislation does nothing more than confirm authorities that the Federal courts have recognized as lawful under the 2001 AUMF. Moreover, I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a Nation. My Administration will interpret section 1021 in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law.

He has made a political promise. He made lots of them in 2008. We have not seen him deliver.

Section 1022 seeks to require military custody for a narrow category of non-citizen detainees who are “captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force.” This section is ill-conceived and will do nothing to improve the security of the United States. The executive branch already has the authority to detain in military custody those members of al-Qa’ida who are captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the AUMF, and as Commander in Chief I have directed the military to do so where appropriate. I reject any approach that would mandate military custody where law enforcement provides the best method of incapacitating a terrorist threat. While section 1022 is unnecessary and has the potential to create uncertainty, I have signed the bill because I believe that this section can be interpreted and applied in a manner that avoids undue harm to our current operations.

He will decide how to interpret the law.

I have concluded that section 1022 provides the minimally acceptable amount of flexibility to protect national security. Specifically, I have signed this bill on the understanding that section 1022 provides the executive branch with broad authority to determine how best to implement it, and with the full and unencumbered ability to waive any military custody requirement, including the option of waiving appropriate categories of cases when doing so is in the national security interests of the United States. As my Administration has made clear, the only responsible way to combat the threat al-Qa’ida poses is to remain relentlessly practical, guided by the factual and legal complexities of each case and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each system. Otherwise, investigations could be compromised, our authorities to hold dangerous individuals could be jeopardized, and intelligence could be lost. I will not tolerate that result, and under no circumstances will my Administration accept or adhere to a rigid across-the-board requirement for military detention. I will therefore interpret and implement section 1022 in the manner that best preserves the same flexible approach that has served us so well for the past 3 years and that protects the ability of law enforcement professionals to obtain the evidence and cooperation they need to protect the Nation.

My Administration will design the implementation procedures authorized by section 1022(c) to provide the maximum measure of flexibility and clarity to our counterterrorism professionals permissible under law. And I will exercise all of my constitutional authorities as Chief Executive and Commander in Chief if those procedures fall short, including but not limited to seeking the revision or repeal of provisions should they prove to be unworkable.

Those sections he does not like he will ignore.

Sections 1023-1025 needlessly interfere with the executive branch’s processes for reviewing the status of detainees. Going forward, consistent with congressional intent as detailed in the Conference Report, my Administration will interpret section 1024 as granting the Secretary of Defense broad discretion to determine what detainee status determinations in Afghanistan are subject to the requirements of this section.

He adds other limitations. You can read the complete original by clicking the link.

He ends with this:

 My Administration has worked tirelessly to reform or remove the provisions described above in order to facilitate the enactment of this vital legislation, but certain provisions remain concerning. My Administration will aggressively seek to mitigate those concerns through the design of implementation procedures and other authorities available to me as Chief Executive and Commander in Chief, will oppose any attempt to extend or expand them in the future, and will seek the repeal of any provisions that undermine the policies and values that have guided my Administration throughout my time in office.

He is following the lead of Bush II. He signs laws that he knows are bad, then adds provisions that he says he will not enforce. There is no Constitutional provision for this selective enforcement.

We no longer live under the Constitution.

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96 thoughts on “Obama Signs the NDAA. Goodbye 4th Amendment.

  1. Traitors in the White House

  2. EHeassler, USN-Ret. says:

    "…..and under no circumstances will my Administration accept or adhere to a rigid across-the-board requirement for military detention. I will therefore interpret and implement section 1022 in the manner that best preserves the same flexible approach that has served us so well for the past 3 years and that protects the ability of law enforcement professionals to obtain the evidence and cooperation they need to protect the Nation." In other words, he wil order the criminal AG Holder to do as he damn well pleases. I predict that the two of them will be using this law to lock up their political enemies and critics. Goodbye habeus corpus. Goodbye freedom of speach. If we fail to vote the thugs out, it will probably not be possible to restore Constitutional law without a revolution. Four more years of this administration and the FEMA "camps" will be full of U.S. citizens awaiting re-education or disappearance if that fails. .

  3. A hearty congradulations to those that voted for this commie." What will you do when they come for you?"


  5. I firmly believe that Obama sees this as his personal life insurance policy. Think about it…!

  6. Looking4Sanity says:

    Kudos to Gary North! It is refreshing to read a good, informative article without the author smearing their own personal bias all over it. America needs more writers like you, sir!

  7. "The Fourth amendment to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. This amendment protects people from unlawful searches by the government or any one else. In order for their to be a search of your private property, papers, and effects a warrant must be issued. This allows the people of the United States to carry on their daily lives without fear of the government interfering."

    We are all screwed now !!!!!

  8. President Obama-Impeachment process is in order-The Supreme Court must reinstate the Fourth Amendment. This attack on are Constitution is treason by President Obama

  9. shearwater says:

    When he took the oath of office he pledged to protect and defend the constitution of the United States and here he is violating it BIG TIME!! It is clear he thinks the constitution is out of date and can easily be caste aside when expediency demands it. Isn't that an impeachable offence? We need to value our constitution since it restrains persons like Obama whose dream is to destroy our way of life, free market capitalism, our religious heritage, our common values and all that has made America a beacon of hope for the world. November cannot come too soon!

  10. barbpatton says:

    Well – so it has come to this!!!! hussein is on a pathway of absolute destruction and WE THE PEOPLE continue to watch in amazement and continue to stand rooted to the spot. It is indeed a sad fact of life that ALL the people in government are corrupt.Well there is one thing the muslim swine promised and that was CHANGE. He continues with HIS OWN AGENDA of CHANGE. WE THE PEOPLE continue to have our heads in the sand and hussein with his thugs are as busy as bees. No longer do they do their work in a covert fashion, they continue in broad daylight with nary a care in the world and millions of Americans continue to stay rooted to the spot!!!!!!!WAKE UP AMERICA – FOR GOD'S SAKE WAKE UP

  11. R. Elwin Squires says:

    This Obama Regime Is Goose Stepping America Closer And Closer to 1933 Fascist Germany!

  12. D Fayette says:

    Just a typical political tactic. Let the Congress put stuff in a bill that you can speak out against (but really wanted), but won't veto it, so it can be used to later to their political advantage because it is "law". He was against before he was for it, or for it, now against it, has happened all to often in Washington.

  13. Justice David Davis (1815-1886), Ex Parte Milligan 4 Wallace 2, 18 L. Ed. 281 (1866):
    “No graver question was ever considered by this court, nor one which more nearly concerns the rights of the whole people; for it is the birth right of every American citizen when charged with crime, to be tried and punished according to law. The power of punishment is alone through the means which the laws have provided for that purpose, and if they are ineffectual, there is an immunity from punishment no matter how great an offender the individual may be, or how much his crimes may have shocked the send of justice of the country, or endangered its safety. By the protection of the law human rights are secured; withdraw that protection and they are at the mercy of wicked rulers, or the clamor of an excited people. If there was law to justify this military trial (in Milligan’s case), it is not our province to interfere; if there was not, it is our duty to declare of the nullity of the whole proceedings…
    …The Constitution of the United states is a law for rulers and people equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism, but the theory of necessity on which it is based is false; for the government, within the Constitution, has all the powers granted to it which are necessary to preserve its existence; as has been happily proved by the result of the greet effort to throw off its just authority…
    Martial law cannot arise from a threatened invasion. The necessity must be actual and present; the invasion real, such as effectually closes the courts and deposes the civil administration..
    ..Martial rule can never exist where the courts are open, and in the proper and unobstructed exercise of their jurisdiction. It is also confined to the locality of actual war.”

  14. So I wonder if the tea party members of congress will be the first rounded up and detained. I hope Lindsey Graham is one of the first on the list.

  15. Who put this into this bill, arresting citizens without due process? Does anyone know?

  16. Babylonandon says:

    Four more years? You're kidding, right?

    I can promise you that, ASSUMING a legitimate election even occurs and no matter the result, you will not see Obama leave office in 2013 AND they will round up their enemies and ship them off to camps no later than March 2013.

  17. Edward Shick says:

    We should look at History , Germany was doing this in the Thirteys , We have a congress that could over ride this communist foreign puppet , I know most of them are more interested in there own greed, They were elected to watch out for the american people, Not one part of our constitution should be changed without a lot of discusion , this will also cut into first and second amendment ,, Congress should impeach this man or have him arrested and tried for treason , Watch what is being taught in our School system

  18. Babylonandon says:

    You did catch that KELO already took away our property rights, correct?

  19. When did it become law that terriost the enemy have any right under the constitution? Why are we even talking about this.Obama is talking out boths sides his mouth and his ass.I'm 58 yrs old and when I was growing up america was the land of the free not the land of the liberal dumbasses.As soon as we get this idiot and his so called adminstration the better this country will be.

  20. Way out there says:

    Nullification – Interview with a zombie
    Who does the Fed answer to??? If the states won't step up – then nothing limits the fed.
    tomwoods.com see the video on the right hand side – Tom Woods and Nulli, or http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

  21. Edward Shick says:

    What would our Founding Fathers have thought of our present day president, supreme court or Congress,, Say goodby to greatest country on earth

  22. Babylonandon says:

    November 2012 is 4 years too late. ANYONE that thinks this Marxist Machiavellian Usurper is going to leave office any time soon is deluding themselves.

  23. Correction on the last post I meant to say as soon as we get the idiot obama and his so called liberal dumbass adminstration out of office and send them all back to chicago the better theis country will be.

  24. Babylonandon says:

    ??? You're way off base. Nancy Graham will be one of the last.

    The first to be detained are those who are the siren calls for fighting back against this Marxist Scourage: Beck, Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, the staff of Fox News, followed by members of the military who've spoken out against Obamastalin and people who are known to have crowd leadership skills or lots of guns.

  25. larryjake says:

    Jake says
    I do believe it is too late for America to "wake up". We have let this muslim loving, Amrica hating moron go about his daily job of killing America, that when he is reelected in November, we all will be wearing the sheet head coverings.. allah akbar.. will be our nations motto.. watch and see.. The phrase, " Submit to authority, and pray for our leaders" has gone too far.. People seem to forget that we the people have every right to, write, e-mail, and call these leaders to let them know we are sick and tired of their crap.. Like barbpatton, I say also, "WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA, AND NOW!!!"

  26. You see barbpatton, bho Jr., spun his web a long time ago. He has no intentions of creating jobs, but instead wishes to keep the millions of unemployed in this country, grovling to their mailbox to receive another Unemployment check, which he has extended out for 99 WEEKS!! He has successfully created a nanny state out of our entire country and the people are happy for it!!! They don't want to vote out the Usurper, for fear of it all stopping!!
    There are also 2 bills that will be voted on soon; this one which will abolish the 4th Amendment. Well, they've already done that w/ the highly unlawful TSA searches at every Airport in the country!!
    And their attempt to take control over the Internet, which they will vote on in the, Senate, when they get back from Christmas Vacation!! Harry Reed Feels he has the votes to ram it through!!

    Our Supreme Court has to move w/ EXTREME URGANCY!!! WHILE IT REMAINS A CONSERVATIVE COURT, to counter act the AROGANCE if the usurper!!! That is, if he will obey the Court; as he has previously not done!!!!!!

  27. gjvr 2001 says:

    What bothers me most is that the republicans in both the house and senate went along with it. The house republicans alone had the power to prevent this from happening yet they let us down. There was very little opposition in the senate also. When will the repiublicans grow a pair?

  28. Leave me alone says:

    This I fear is to see just what we will stand for and accept. If nothing happens to counter this they will try the next and the next. Until they have us as their slaves. I looked to see if my state representatives to congress voted for it or not. THEY DID VOTE FOR IT. I have let them know how I feel about it and they no longer have my support. Every one of you need to do the same or be satisfied with what you have. Our constitution either means something or it doesn't. Free men fight for freedom or live in slavery. obama is going to run on the peoples contempt for congress but first he has to show how inept they are this is one way to do that and get his way too.

  29. Where's the ACLU on this one?????

  30. ummm…

    for a man CLAIMING to be a lawyer and scholar – LET ALONE THE P'DENT OF THE US – why does he not use capital letters when referring to such things as, oh i don't know, the Constitution or Executive Branch or Sections/Provisions, Bill…but he ALWAYS uses a capital A in "my" or "My" Administration and when referring to the Nation [which Nation is that???]

  31. Bob, the ACLU was founded and has remained a Communist front organization. These organizations are part of our problem. They have been "fundamentally transforming" America before the POTUS was PUT in.

  32. Patriot451 says:

    Why are the Tea Party congressmen the strongest on enacting these pseudo-tough-guy laws that abrogate our constitutional rights?

    Why are the Democrats? Are THEY intimidated by the viciousness of the Tea Party?

    I'll bet the Occupy people AGREE with Gary North's position on this issue, but NOT on dominionism.

    Seems to me that dominionism is just one more outlet, claiming God as an excuse for punitive, cruel, ignorant, and stupid policies aimed at everyone else. I pray that, in addition to all the good citizens that you hope to kill or otherwise punish, these laws that YOU help to support by fomenting your OWN kind of disrespect for the Constitution, will come back to bite you, too. That would be God's Justice.

  33. The D and the R are mostly interchangeable.

  34. Dave Schumacher says:

    Not only has this shreeded the fourth amendment, it has also shredded the fifth and sixth…

  35. David Schumacher says:

    The ACLU is totally against this part of the bill. The first email I received was from the ACLU through another website.

  36. snakearbusto says:

    Where were you when Bush Jr. was slowly tearing down the Constitution – All Power To the Executive; Government Of Men, Not Of Law. Obomber is just more of the same.

  37. snakearbusto says:

    At the risk of repating myself, where were you when Bush Jr. was slowly tearing down the Constitution – All Power To the Executive; Government Of Men, Not Of Law. Obomber is just more of the same.

  38. snakearbusto says:

    At the risk of repeating myself yet again, where were you when Bush Jr. was slowly tearing down the Constitution – All Power To the Executive; Government Of Men, Not Of Law? Obomber is just more of the same.

  39. Charles17121 says:

    When are the American people finally going to get it ? We The People have a lier and a fraud sitting in the White House going by the name of obama . We don't even know if his so called degree from Harvard was earned or bought for him by a foreign government . Obama has shown the American people a forgery of a certificate of live birth and says it's his prof he has the right to hold office . The US Congress and the US Supreme Court are not enforcing US Constitutional law and are using race a the reason .

  40. snakearbusto says:

    Read it again, pal; the terrorist enemy is YOU and ME – if Obomber or any pinhead you think would make a real good president say so. Into the camps we go. See you there, buddy.

  41. Every day that man has been in office I have felt less safe in my own home, my own state and my own country. It is not just him but the so-called elected officials who refuse to stand up to him and do what the public wants. We are no longer a country ruled by its citizens but a country ruled by its government. We are a morally corrupt and needy society by design and will suffer the consequences which will be a dictatorship which is coming sooner than you think. While I still can I will say God bless this country. They will take away my freedoms but they cannot take away my memories of a once shining beacon of hope to the world.

  42. snakearbusto says:

    But your boy Bush earned his degree from Yale, I assume… And his draft deferment. Obomber is a zombie golem from outer space, whereas Bush was just another pampered rich man's missquirt. Anybody who trusts either of them or any other millionaire is an idiot and deserves what they get. And believe you me, it's comin', and your little do-it-yourself arsenal won't stop it. We need a real workin' man in the White House. And don't tell me we're too dumb. Bush Jr. couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time.

  43. L C Lawless says:

    God will send that BED BUG strate to HELL>

  44. I want Obama and his whole administration of Commies tried for Treason and executed publicly and I also want it televised worldwide in case someone else gets this idea.

  45. STOP OBAMANISM NOW !!! Let us check with the free-masons & see if they have anymore left-over tar & feathers & we can put it to good use. Chicago is polluted enough, so let's send the big "o" & ALL OF HIS FIENDS out of this country that they hate so much. +JMJ+

  46. The RINO Lindsey Graham for one.

  47. I fully look for Obama to declare Marshall Law before the next election, then there will be no election and he will take over completely. Hammer your Representatives everyday!

  48. He also announced on December 31, that Congress is no longer necessary, and that he will govern solely by Executive Order.

  49. Love you Granny, can I pull the trap door lever, or opererate the cammera?

  50. AmericansRon2U says:

    @Edward Shick…you are absolutely correct about Germany. Everyone should look up "Hitler's Enabling Act". This is the piece of legislation that gave Hitler dictatorial power over Germany. Our Congress has just sealed our fate with the NDAA bill. The result will be the same, America. History proves this.

  51. The GOP supported the extension of the Patriot Act, the appointment of Kagan and Sotomeyor, the formation of the DHS and its evil spawn in the TSA. Hell, the GOP even supported the fairness doctrine. They publicly railed against Obamacare while voting to fund the IRS hiring of 16000 ADDITIONAL AGENTS TO HARASS AND DESTROY hard working Americans and any opponents of the current regime. They play golf with the DNC, they even refuse to support conservatives running on the GOP ticket.

    The communists in the DNC are fomenting violence in the street, and the majority leader Boehner runs around in a pink tie, appeasing the seditious media at PMSNBC

  52. apostolique says:


  53. You sound like a member of the OWS brownshirts. You worship a tyrant, while railing against imaginary threats from a religious minority. Don’t rejoice over the NDAA. Your communist revolution, like all others, becomes cannibalistic and self destructive. They might just take away your Kalashnikov and “relocate” you with those church members you hate so much! Alot of loyal Vietcong died in camps, as did thousands of Bolsheviks. Hitler used the SA for so long, only to have them exterminated during one of their weekend orgies…

  54. Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul!

  55. Watch out if you are not a muslim!!!!

  56. Yes, God will judge all of us. Thank God I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Saviour!

  57. I'm sincerely surprised that you don't have more "thumbs up" for your statement, apostolique. We definitely need to HANG the traitors.

  58. AVCurmudgeon says:

    All else aside, everyone should note that the "enemy" he repeatedly — and exclusively — refers to is Al Qaeda. Not Hamas, not the Muslim Brotherhood, not Hezbollah, only Al Qaeda. This is the devil's bargain he has made with militant Islam: "the US will focus exclusively on Al Qaeda and leave the rest of you to do as you please." The American people have bought into it because of 9/11, and in the meantime Obama has assisted in the rise to power of militant Islamic regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and may well be negotiating for the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan. He adheres to some of the worst of Bush's policies while betraying America's real interests in the Middle East.

  59. apostolique says:


  60. Prez Michael says:

    Why is Obama still 'Occupy' ing the White House? Why won't the Supreme Court take up the legitimacy of his place of birth? If Obama attended Occidental College on a Fulbright Foundation as a "foreign" student, (and so much more) where are the protectors of our Constitution??? You go Sheriff Joe!! The FIRST item of business for Boehner should have been to investigate the birth issue and Obama's qualifications and put it to rest, once and for all. Remove Obama! Invalidate EVERYTHING he has signed, and put America back on the right track! Call Boehner and your Rep and voice your opinion! BE SILENT NO LONGER! Maybe its time for the TEA Party to OCCUPY Washington! Remove the village idiot!

  61. Richard Welch says:

    Well according to the new law all of us are going to be detained without due process. Can you hear the drums? The battle cry? I can! I hope that for once the American people all march to the same beat… Republican's, Democrat's, Conservatives, Liberals, Independents and the like. This is the real deal folks. Will we stand by again and be trampled or do we possess the blood of our forefathers. Do we have any convictions or are we clay in the hands of tyrants? I don't know how it starts but it must! Are we scared? I know I am but I will fight! Enough is say… I can hear Patrick Henry saying, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death". I will fight!

  62. Richard Welch says:


    Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death
    Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775.
    No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The questing before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

    Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

  63. Richard Welch says:


    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free– if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!

    They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

  64. Al from Fl says:

    If you want to return to constitutional governance, then vote out incumbents and Pres Obama and put in a conservative president and congress. Throw out the Washington establishment, repub and democrat.

  65. Mrs Richard Peaslee says:

    What is taking GOP so long to start impeachment ?

  66. Richard Welch says:

    So what now? Who do we elect? Is there someone we can turn to? How did our forefathers get it done? Why are we so confused as what to do? We sit here believing we can do nothing and yet we hold the key. Who thinks we can vote our way out of this mess? Who would we vote for? I for one can not cast my trust or loyalty to anyone of them running today. There must be someone who we haven't heard of or has yet to come forward but who is it? I do know that the establishment is not listening. They mock us and poke fun of our constitution along with anyone who believes in it. Just look at Ron Paul for that example. They marginalize anyone who speaks of it and act as if it is only to amuse them. How do we send the message that we are serious? Do we vote for the GOP pick just because he or she may be the lessor of two evils. I for one will not… They need to understand that if they keep putting forth neoconservatives that we will not vote. At some point they will have to stop. I do not want Obama for another term either but I won't sell out! They have to get it! If we keep giving in we will never win. Perilous times are ahead that is to be for certain. Hold true to your belief and don't sell out! Together we will make a difference.

  67. RoyfromKs says:

    That's right! The fourth amendment serves a purpose but Obama doesn't like the Constitution at all so that is why he is doing this! The Constitution must stay as it was written and only add to it not detract from it! I hop the Supreme Court will overrule this stupid move by Obama! The Conservative movement, when it gets into the Whitehouse is going to have it's hands full correcting everything Obama did while in office! Our forefathers were pretty wise when they drew up the Constitution and the bill of rights in looking down the road and protecting us from people like Obama so we must stand strong against those that want to change or do away with our Constitution and the Bill of Rights and other laws that were enacted for our protection as a Nation and a great Republic! Congress will be very busy after the next election if the Conservative's take over the Whitehouse and Congress as a whole! But it will be for the good of the Nation! They will have to find time for other business too!

  68. Gray Ghost says:

    I feel so sick and helpless. No Congress, No President, Just gutless idiots parading around as human beings. This Country is on the way to perdition , as a Combart veteran I feel totally betrayed.

  69. Obama is a rotten SOB and he should be thrown out of office. In my 72 years I have not seen a President as bad as Obama. Jack

  70. He must be exposed, as the fraud that he is. The sooner that is done, the sooner we can declare everything he signed, as invalid.

  71. Hello To All,
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  72. hughcapet says:

    No doubt about it, this renegade in the WhiteHouse after his re-election by the worthless welfare masses will strengthen his hold on office and turn it into a premiership. Hello Soviet Union! Gulags here I come.

  73. hughcapet says:

    Isn't this where our representatives are suppose to step-in and stop this from happening? Those tramps just screwed us!
    When our three branches of government have failed the American people – our only recourse is revolution. But do we have the stomach for it? Watched the "Rise of Third Reich" on the history channel the other night – quite chilling. This is what is happening right under our noses.

  74. hughcapet says:

    Where is the Supreme Court nowadays? Why are they so quiet when egregious acts against the Constitution are being played out so blatantly! Don't those idiots on the bench realize that every time a part of the Constitution dies it just makes their position as stewards of the Constitution seem so irrelevant! If so, why are the American people paying their salaries – for what? That institute is dying if not already dead.

  75. hughcapet says:

    Graham, McCain and Carl Levin all traitors to the Constitution and cowards.

  76. DianaLynn says:

    OMG–faith and truth, people. These will get us through until November, then we clean out DC. We cannot, however, do it without God on our side. He's here…just ask for help.

  77. Wonder how he defines "terrorist"? Anyone who disagrees with him?

  78. LAConfidential says:

    What this country needs is a good enema. We could start with D.C. The rest of the country – sans major metropolitan areas – will NOT recognize any changes or adjustments to the Bill of Rights. That document is not open for discussion, much less amendments or augmentation. Sorry, Oblabla; your signing such a piece of filth into law is meaningless, save for the fact that you are a stooge for the New World Order. MY Bill of Rights is NON-NEGOTIABLE. End of Story. We don’t really care HOW you do it in D.C.

  79. Obama is doing exactly as he pleases. He will obey or ignore ANY law he chooses. And those idiots in Congress are giving him everything he needs to continue his assault on America.God help us all.

  80. You are probably right but lindsey Graham aint no tea party member he is a Progressive liberal. He is osamas lab dog.

  81. When are we going to do something about the traitors in all Government ? I'm afraid that all is lost. to many coolaid drinkers been bread in this country to ever vote the Traitors out. But something will happen I'm sure., After all our freedoms have been ripped away and out constitutions trashed Yall will want to stand up and fight. It should not come to that, but the fighters in this country are all to old and will be gone if just a few years. so the rest of yall best kiss your arses good bye.

  82. sidewinderaz says:

    The SCOTUS is as complicit in this as are the other two branches of our federal government. They uphold the Patriot Act that was inacted by "W" and the current Congress and Senate approved this legislation in the NDAA. IMO they are all in violation of their oaths of office and should be impeached and then prosecuted for sedition or outright treason against the Constitution.

  83. Its time we came together people… blogging/chatting about all of this is in my opinion wasting time.
    I had thought the Veterandefenders going to DC on 11/11/11 would be the day. Wishful thinking.
    While it is worthwhile to get out the vote for the coming election, the possibility of the 2012 election
    is fading. This imposter in chief hold more cards everyday. How many more cards are we going
    to hand him before its to late?

  84. Linda Persails says:

    What a bunch of —-crap! That man is out to give everyone the right to kill off the Americans. He's slaughtering the middle class people and working on us retirees. We have to do something in the 2012 elections to live. I'm sad that Trump wants to do a 3rd party, cause that'll only take good votes and give them to Obama and we can't afford that.

  85. Most media ignores the reporting of this event http://bwcentral.org/2012/01/revoking-civil-right

  86. Study Germany's history. Be careful because you never know who is next. We have answered Ben Franklin's question–we have proven unable to hold on to a republic. Just one more weapon for a dictator. How blind people remain as history repeats itself.

  87. I have been saying this for years. At long last someone else sees it. You have made my day. Alas I see not everyone is blind!

  88. christa62 says:

    The sad thing is this was mccain's bill to begin with

  89. Christa62 says:

    This isn't just Obummer- this is repubs! That is the very sad thing. Another concern I have is that what if the Obummer admin decides the tea Party members are terrorists and decides to indiscrimately detain some of them???

  90. christa62 says:

    I think Obummer thinks he is the Messiah! He actually said he is the best president ever! Boy is he living in a dream! This will not come to fruition before he is taken out 2012. (of the white house and he absolutely will not win!

  91. mspress_20007 says:

    Watch what West has to say on this one… what is posted and reported here is not the truth about the Bill

  92. Just as long as Obobo does not touch any of your communist friends, Right?

  93. Soldier of Fortune says:


  94. He should have left the amandment long.He has to attack the amendments to give him more power over us.

  95. DEFEATOBAMAIN2012 says:


    Now "They" Are Coming For Us
    "First they came for the Jews"
    by Pastor Niemoller {1937}
    It is worth remembering that this was said by a fellow who barely escaped execution after Hitler had executed about ten million people in his death camps, including about six million Jews. When this pastor talks about "coming for the Jews", he does not mean a few thousand here or a few hundred there – he means nearly a complete sweep of the Jewish population of Europe. To pretend that what we are seeing with the Bush Administration is somehow comparable to Hitler strikes me as deeply disrespectful to the memory of those who suffered real persecution.

    Alara Rogers http://www.alara.net
    Then They Came for Me (A New Twist)

    By Stephen Rohde, a constitutional lawyer and President of the ACLU of Southern California. Adapted from the original by Rev. Martin Niemoller (1937).

    First they came for the Muslims, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Muslim.

    Then they came to detain immigrants indefinitely solely upon the certification of the Attorney General, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't an immigrant.

    Then they came to eavesdrop on suspects consulting with their attorneys, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a suspect.

    Then they came to prosecute non-citizens before secret military commissions, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a non-citizen.

    Then they came to enter homes and offices for unannounced "sneak and peek" searches, and I didn't speak up because I had nothing to hide.

    Then they came to reinstate Cointelpro and resume the infiltration and surveillance of domestic religious and political groups, and I didn't speak up because I had stopped participating in any groups.

    Then they came for anyone who objected to government policy because it aided the terrorists and gave ammunition to America's enemies, and I didn't speak up because…… I didn't speak up.

    Then they came for me……. and by that time no one was left to speak up.

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