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Checkpoints are becoming more common in America
Forty members of Congress have sent an urgent letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders protesting certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that would legalize indefinite detention of American citizens without trial. The revised version of the bill heads for a final vote on Thursday.
Here is a passage from the letter:
“The Senate-passed version of the NDAA, S. 1867, contains Section 1031, which authorizes indefinite military detention of suspected terrorists without protecting U.S. citizens’ right to trial. We are deeply concerned that this provision could undermine the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth amendment rights of U.S. citizens who might be subjects of detention or prosecution by the military.”
A lot of people have the mistaken idea that the indefinite detention legislation does not apply to American citizens. However, it does. There is an exemption for American citizens from the mandatory detention requirement (section 1032 of the bill), but no exemption for American citizens from the authorization to use the military to indefinitely detain people without charge or trial (section 1031 of the bill). So, the result is that, under the bill, the military has the power to indefinitely imprison American citizens, but it does not have to use its power unless ordered to do so.
Need more proof that this is actually happening? Here is what one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Lindsey Graham said about it on the Senate floor:
“Section 1031, the statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.”
Another co-sponsor of the bill, Sen. John McCain, said this:
“Americans suspected of terrorism could not only be indefinitely detained, but could be sent to Guantanamo.”
This is what it has come to in America. Under the supposed constant threat of terrorist attacks, everyone has become a suspect. Guilty until proven innocent.