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Dear Liberals: Obama Can Do Wrong—And Very Much Did
The National Defense Authorization Act, a law that gives the military the right to lock up anyone indefinitely without trial if they are suspected of terrorism, including American citizens, was signed into law on New Year’s Eve by President Obama. It was his last official act as president in 2011.
The law was signed at a time when most Americans were busy getting drunk, so they wouldn’t notice that it happened right away, and in a closed room without press.
Our president, you see, was not proud of himself. In fact, he essentially apologized in a statement released afterward: “I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens [even though I just gave myself the power to do so and set a precedent that will be followed by every President after me]. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.”
He should have apologized for being such a giant wuss and failing to live up to his promise to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Some liberal bloggers and commentators have spun the NDAA and the president’s signing of it. It doesn’t really do what it does, they say. In their eyes, Obama can do no wrong, so when he does they try very hard to make it seem like he didn’t. But others have stuck to their guns, calling it what it is: MARTIAL LAW. Even the American Civil Liberties Union says that the law is particularly dangerous because “it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.”
The law, you see, defines ‘battlefield’ as ‘everywhere’. How convenient.
This is particularly scary in light of the fact the FBI is calling certain types of activism ‘terrorism’. A recent Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that the FBI wants what it calls “food activists” prosecuted under counter-terrorism laws. Oh, yay.
You see where this is going, right?
All our government has to do now is broaden the definition of terrorism to include any activity it doesn’t like, making the person doing it an ‘enemy combatant’ on the ‘battlefield of everywhere’, and it can detain and lock him or her up without trial for as long as it wants. Forever, even. In a concentration camp, basically.
I’m starting to think the Mayans were right, but only about America.