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#1 Jan 23, 2012
No other politician seems to care you, your kids or any American can be arrested, given no attorney, no phone call, no trial, held indefinably for only "being accused" of supporting the enemy. Obama says it will not be used on American citizen, well then why even have it there, do you trust government?
Ron Paul Introduces Legislation To Repeal Indefinite Detention Provisions Of NDAA
When President Obama signed the NDAA with a signing statement rather than outright vetoing the bill, there was a short but noisy uproar from many who feared the bill was a substantial threat to our civil liberties. Tucked away in a fairly larger appropriation bill was section 1021, which authorized the indefinite detetion of anyone associated with Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or anyone who assistaed those forces, even if they might be U.S. citizens. While the Obama administration argued that this section only codifed a previous law (the AUMF, passed during the Bush administration) and would not be used against American citizens, the very existence of such broad powers created a lot of concern. Then SOPA came up, they shut down the internet for a day, and everyone seemed to forget all about the NDAA - everyone but Ron Paul.
Paul took time off from his campaign to become the Republican presidential nominee to introduce HR 3785, titled "To Repeal Section 1021 Of The National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2011." Not the catchiest title, but at least it gets to the point. Here is the full text of the bill, which is short enough that even Herman Cain might read it:
To repeal section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. REPEAL OF SECTION 1021 OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012.
Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81) is hereby repealed.
All joking aside, though, the bill supports a good idea, but does so in an inefficient fashion. It is antithetical to American values to allow the incarceration of American citizens without a trial, no matter what their crime supposedly might be. But, according to the current administrations interpretation of the law, Section 1021 isn't the source of indefinite detention provisions. According to Obama's signing statement, it's actually to AUMF that gives him the authorization to imprison terror suspects without trial. Repealing section 1021 would be good, certainly, but it wouldn't stop indefinite detention under our current interpretation of the law.
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