This is the stark reality of what President Barack Obama has just signed into law. The president of the United States of America now has the right to be judge, jury and executioner; this is totally and completely against what the Founding Fathers wrote in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States. In fact, they were trying to avoid this kind of dictatorship, through the establishment of these same documents. They had experienced for themselves what a dictatorial country was like, and they did not want the same thing to happen in the United States. Unfortunately, the current administration has taken matters into its own hands.
The bill, signed by President Obama on December 31, 2011, was written in secret by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan). The National Authorization Defence Act (H.R. 1540) gives the United States military and any non-civilian law enforcement agency, the ability to arrest anyone and hold that person indefinitely in a detention center without charge or trial. The law stipulates that this applies even if that person is an American citizen arrested on American soil.
Everyone in the United States Senate and Congress took an oath to uphold the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights when they were elected into office, and yet Congress passed the National Defence Authorization Act, 283 versus 136, and the Senate, 93 versus 7 votes. The Constitution clearly states that "no person shall be denied the right to life, liberty, and property without due process of law." This bill, in essence, establishes a dictatorship similar to that of Hitler in Nazi Germany and every other dictatorship seen in past and current history.
Representative Justin Amash (R-Michigan) says: "They affirmed in statute for the first time, a power that the president had merely claimed, and that's the power to detain indefinitely, American citizens, without charge or trial.
"This country was built on the idea of liberty and if we are fighting terrorism and destroying liberty in the process, then we are not really accomplishing the goal of defending this country. I think that we need to go back to the Constitution; American citizens should never be detained, certainly not indefinitely without charge or trial, at the discretion of the President. That is completely outrageous and my constituents agree with me."1
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) states: "That [this bill] should be of grave concern to all Americans, who care about our constitutional rights to a fair hearing. Without any rights, a person can be locked away forever, under this law. No right to appeal, no right to contest, and therefore this completely works against the principles we hold dear. The 5th and 6th Amendment were set up to prevent the overreach of an executive branch, and yet, we have stripped away tonight, those protections."2
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky): "There is one thing, and one thing only, that is protecting American citizens, and that's our Constitution, the checks we put on government power. Should we err today and remove some of the most important checks on state power in the name of fighting terrorism, well then, the terrorists have won."
Douglas Macgregor, U.S. Army Colonel (RET): "Whenever you suspend due process, which in effect suspends the rule of law, you walk down a very dangerous path and you give authority to your government that it can then wield, essentially without restraint."
How would it seem if we would see US soldiers or any civilian law enforcement, marching through our streets arresting people because they are under suspicion for being against the government? We haven't seen this in America since 1876. Rep. Amash says: "It would be a travesty, it is what our Founders fought against, this is why we became an independent nation, and why we fought to put the Constitution in place. It was to create a system where liberty can be defended and if we go back to the old way it is the same as when we were under British rule."
What if you are an American citizen, living in the US, and you are arrested by the United States Military or by civilian law enforcement, and held forever without trial or due process in a detention camp?
What if the US military would march around our streets, arresting anyone who had a negative point of view in regards to the ideas of their current government? (This has not happened in the US since 1876).
What if the principles depicted in our Constitution were treated by our government like nicely written words on an old historic document?
What if your government has no intention of keeping you safe but wishes to use your fear to take away all your freedom?
What if the people elected by you decided to create a war zone in the United States, including your private property?
What if our rights depended on government approval?
What if our rights were not taken away from us in an obvious manner but slowly through "legal" methods based on keeping the population in fear?
What if the government considered us slaves instead of human beings without dignity, as if we were not born in the image and likeness of God?
What if the representatives of the country rejected and deformed the Constitution, and the people were so afraid, that they accepted it?
What if the government devises a "common" enemy, based on the fear of the people for their own security?
What if the government controlled the media though a war of misinformation produced for our benefit?
What if the real danger is the possibility of a world government that rules by fear and the threat of death, in our country and on our own doorstep?
What if our government broke the laws that it had implemented generations ago?
What if this is all a reality, and their main target is your complete slavery?
The American people need to re-evaluate the situation in which they find themselves, and take a realistic and firm decision to oppose these ideologies that are based on fear.
If we do not stand up for our rights and "…renew our efforts to mobilize the intellectual and moral resources of the entire Catholic [Christian] community in the service of the evangelization of American culture and the building of the civilization of love",3 then may God have mercy on the people of the United States of America.
Jacek Morawa & M.A. Jacques
1.) Interview on FOX Business TV program, Freedom Watch
3.) Pope Benedict XVl, Ad Lumina visit of American bishops to the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2012