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National Defense Authorization Act Can Jail You for Belligerence Acts?

December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Act was passed in the House of Representatives on May 26, 2011 by a vote of 322 to 96. The Act was passed in the Senate on December 15, 2011 by a vote of 86 to 13. Below is an excerpt from the Act, the wording of which makes it legal to incarcerate United States citizens without recourse to any form of judicial process. Essentially these words say that if the government deems any person to have committed a “belligerent act” that person can be detained indefinitely without trial. Subtitle D — Counterterrorism SEC. 1021. AFFIRMATION OF AUTHORITY OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES TO DETAIN COVERED PERSONS PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE. (a) IN GENERAL. — Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war. (b) COVERED PERSONS. — A covered person under this section is any person as follows: (1) A person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for those attacks. (2) A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces. (c) DISPOSITION UNDER LAW OF WAR. — The disposition of a person under the law of war as described in subsection (a) may include the following: (1) Detention under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force. What is a “Belligerent Act”? For the purposes of defining what a “belligerent act” is, with respect to a US citizen, how does the government differentiate between an act of war against the United States vs. a lawful protest against the government? Prior to this Act, such a distinction would have to be decided in a court of law by a jury of a citizen’s peers. With the signing of the... read more

Supreme Court Limits Cellphone Searches After Arrests

In a strong defense of digital age privacy, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants. “Cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest, Chief Justice John Roberts said for the court. Because the phones contain so much information, police must get a warrant before looking through them, Roberts said.” The Obama administration and the state of California, defending the cellphone searches, said cellphones should have no greater protection from a search than anything else police find. Big surprise coming from our Government. For the first time in a long time, it feels like someone in Washington remembers that they are there for us, not the other way around. Are you awake yet? Stay in touch and get more insights with the America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. To sign up click... read more

Does the NSA Violate Your Constitutional Rights?

Many Americans do not know what their constitutional freedoms are or why they were established in the first place. The freedoms Americans have are rare and fragile. They were put in place to protect people and ensure our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There is a reason we have the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Prior to the Revolutionary War, King George III issued what are called general warrants. Essentially, this allowed government officials to seek out and look for any wrongdoing without probable cause. Such general warrants were carried out on anyone in America, including among the people that would come to be our Founders. The Founders instilled in the Constitution rules requiring warrants to have probable cause and limiting them to specific times, places, and people. Why is this important? It’s important “because with unlimited authority, officials inevitably find wrongdoing.” Witch hunts always find witches. Constitutional protections like the Fourth Amendment are especially important for people who want to do things differently than the majority. These freedoms enable Americans to find their own paths to happiness as free and equal citizens. Are you awake yet? Stay in touch and get more insights with the America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. To sign up click... read more

Gun Control For Dummies!

We won’t bore you to tears with the bleeding heart stories of violence perpetrated by psychos with firearms or the stories of heroism exhibited by armed Citizens in actually stopping crime by the very fact that they had the good sense to own, carry or have access to a gun. Either argument has ZERO bearing really. The fact is that government could never ban guns and it doesn’t require years of studying the Constitutional to render a verdict on this subject. The FACT of the matter is that the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution states quite clearly that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Nothing illustrate the battle between the good forces of individual liberty and the destructive forces of Government than the ongoing battle over the meaning of those 27 words. Most people understand the natural existence of the right to bear arms and the clearly documented history that led to its enshrinement in the Bill of Rights. You think they knew a little something back then? But those who distrust individual freedoms in favor of an all-powerful government are horrified by the idea that one person can possess enough power to lawfully resist, with force, unacceptable intrusions into his or her life. Would you rather have a cell phone to call 911 for cleanup after the fact or have law abiding citizens to be able to have the tools to defend themselves, their family and yes, even you? Governments idea is to make more laws. That’s a great idea! Let’s pass more laws for gun control so the psycho bastards can ignore them just as they do with all the other laws. It makes no sense. Can you name one gun law that the bad guys have ever obeyed? Anyone? Nothing? Thought so. So current gun bans don’t work so we should just go ahead and add some more gun bans. Even when we all know, based on past history, they don’t work? I’m sure our Government can impress us with their ingenious new methods to control guns. Have we learned nothing from our past experiences? Gun bans never work. They never have worked. Just ask Germany. How many more times do we have to dance to this song before you people start to figure out the choreography? And how effective can the government be in... read more
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