If you haven’t kept up with the dangerous details of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), here’s an update from YAL’s Jack Hunter in the Daily Caller:
Commenting on the controversial Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act — which many contend gives the federal government new powers to arrest American citizens without charge — [Senator Lindsey] Graham made clear this week that “1031, the statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.”
The entire world is now a “battlefield”? “Including the homeland”?
There have been serious constitutional questions raised recently concerning whether our federal government should be able to arrest or assassinate American citizens overseas without charge or trial. This new and largely uncharted legal territory has been troublesome. But arresting or assassinating American citizens here in the United States without trial? Rounding up and holding American citizens indefinitely without charge? What country is this?
The charge agains the NDAA has been led by Senator Rand Paul, who — though unsuccessful in stopping the bill’s passage in the Senate — was able to remove an amendment which would have allowed indefinite detention of enemy combatants acquited of crimes in court. He did so by requiring a recorded vote rather than a voice vote, which caused a number of senators to switch their positions for fear of constituent backlash.
When the bill finally passed, only seven senators voted against it. That’s your cue to take action.
Click here to see how your senators voted. Click here to find your representatives’ contact information. And click here to download a petition to collect signatures against the NDAA on your campus before it’s too late.Published in