Vengeancia (updated December 30, 2013) Check out John B. Wells on the Alex Jones Show Wed., December 25th and other news, here. “Thursday night, the Senate passed the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2014, in a sweeping bill now being sent to the president which reports suggest he will sign.
“If a man neglects to enforce his rights, he cannot complain if, after a while, the law follows his example.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
“The bill is infamous for its language on indefinite detention and ‘disappearing’ of American citizens. Once again, the bill was passed via Fast-Tracking while most of the country was sidelined on the Phil Robertson issue with Duck Dynasty. The bill, now being sent to President Obama, also leaves out an amendment by Sen. Gillibrand on sexual assault prosecution, which in and of itself is curious. The bill passed the Senate in an 85-14 count, with the roll-call unavailable at this time.
“‘It’s a failure of leadership on the part of the majority leader,’ Arizona Sen. John McCain told reporters, echoing Republican colleagues who said the accelerated process was designed to prevent tough votes on Iran sanctions and other controversial issues. Also, the bill would authorize a release of $527 billion in base defense spending for the current fiscal year, plus funds for the war in Afghanistan and nuclear weapons programs overseen by the Energy Department, among numerous other controversial measures.
“With the recent push by PANDA (People Against NDAA), having success on local levels blocking the Indefinite Detention provisions, it is no surprise the defense bill passed quickly, and while so many were distracted. Read more from Activist Post.
“The statute 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.” Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director.
The PANDA People Against the NDAA Mission Statement:
“Our Mission is to nonviolently defeat, strike down, repeal, stop, void and fight the indefinite detention provisions, Sections 1021 and 1022, of the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year of 2012, to fight for American civil liberties, to combat laws restricting liberty in the interest of National Security, to support current government officials that are doing so and to engage a younger generation in the politics of the United States so this cannot happen again.”
“A key question throughout these proceedings has been, however, precisely what the statute means–what and whose activities it is meant to cover. That is no small question bandied about amongst lawyers and a judge steeped in arcane questions of constitutional law; it is a question of defining an individual’s core liberties. The due process rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment require that an individual understand what conduct might subject him or her to criminal or civil penalties. Here, the stakes get no higher: indefinite military detention–potential detention during a war on terrorism that is not expected to end in the foreseeable future, if ever. The Constitution requires specificity–and that specificity is absent from § 1021(b)(2).” Hedges v. Obama, PDF.
“The Campaign: We are conducting a campaign in tandem with this lawsuit. This is because we face enormous challenges – including a compromised legal and judicial system, a mainstream media that is failing to report critical news, and a populace that needs to get its voice back and feel it has power to redress harm and grievances. We hope that by doing both we will help provide such a platform. Thanks to our campaign partners, we have sent over 60,000 emails to Congress, from you, in support of this case!
“Please join us in stopping the NDAA. Stay tuned for multiple events and activities around this lawsuit, to be announced as they occur, and public petitions in support of our case. Check the news tab for our Q&A, Reddit.com ‘Ask Me Anything,’ and interviews, with our attorneys and plaintiffs, plus updates on the appeal and more.” Read more.
EMMETT– “During debate on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)in the U.S. Senate, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), said “it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.”
“Due process would be a thing of the past.” Charles C. Krulak and Joseph P. Hoar, four star generals, in a New York Times editorial.
“The citizens of Emmett, Idaho disagree. On Tuesday, the Emmett City Council approved the Restoring Constitutional Governance Resolution, thus banning the detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA, and the application of the laws of war, which originally made Emmett a “battlefield” in the war on terror. The resolution also encourages the state legislature to interpose against these detention provisions, and Idaho’s Congressional delegation to take steps to repeal them.
The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) violates numerous provisions of the Constitution of the United States including, but not limited to, the following:
U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 2; U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section I, Clause 8; U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 2, Clause 3; U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 3; U.S. Constitution, Article VI, Clause 2; U.S. Constitution, 1st Amendment; U.S. Constitution, 4th Amendment; U.S. Constitution, 5th Amendment; U.S. Constitution, 6th Amendment; U.S. Constitution, 8th Amendment; U.S. Constitution, 9th Amendment; U.S. Constitution, 10th Amendment; U.S. Constitution, 14th Amendment, Section 1; Oath of Office: U.S. Constitution, Article VI, Clause 3.
“The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 31, 2011. This law declared the United States a battlefield in the war on terror and two provisions, Sections 1021 & 1022, authorized the indefinite detention, without charge or trial, of any person, including American citizens, accused by the President of undefined “support” of terrorist activity or commission of a ‘belligerent act” and the application of the laws of war to U.S. soil.
“Emmett joins a growing tidal wave of cities banning the provisions, and the laws of war, as unConstitutional. Albany, New York, Oxford, Massachusetts, and Webster, MA have previously passed the Restoring Constitutional Governance Resolution to do so, as part of the nationwide “Take Back” Campaign.
“Emmett’s resolution states: “…it is unconstitutional, and therefore unlawful for any person to:
- a. arrest or capture any person in Emmett, or citizen of Emmett, within the United States, with the intent of “detention under the law of war,” or
- b. actually subject a person in Emmett, to “disposition under the law of war,” or
- c. subject any person to targeted killing in Emmett, or citizen of Emmett, within the United States;…”
“Jason Casella, PANDA Idaho’s Take Back Campaign Coordinator, said:
‘I want to thank the great people of Emmett for taking the time to study and act on the issue. Once you stop and do your own research, you find how egregious this truly is and how this is not about ‘left’ or ‘right;’ this is about freedom vs. tyranny. We can restore our republic and our human rights city by city and county by county.’”
“City by city, county by county, and state by state, we can take back this country. We’re up to four cities now, is yours next? Join the movement and take back your city now.”
PETITION: “a formal written request to a court for an order of the court. It is distinguished from a complaint in a lawsuit which asks for damages and/or performance by the opposing party….” Read more. Isn’t the UNITED STATES a corporation? Do We, the People, understand it or do we overstand it? Read about The Gods of the Copybook Headings, here.
“In a nation where a number of laws passed since 9/11 have steadily undermined Constitutional protections, the 2012 NDAA has gone too far. Key provisions in this law contain language that is both over-broad and vague. We believe this vague language leaves many people, including journalists, war correspondents, out-spoken activists and serious critics of US government foreign policy in real danger of harm and a fundamental loss of constitutionally guaranteed rights. We sued – and a federal judge agreed with us!
“The Lawsuit: Our challenge concerns Section 1021 of the NDAA. This provision includes undefined terms such as “associated forces” and “substantial support” – terms that government attorneys refused to clarify during our hearing on March 29, 2012. President Obama’s signing statement declaring that indefinite detention will not be applied to US citizens is essentially meaningless. The right of the US government to detain anyone, anywhere without charge until “the end of hostilities” is now codified into law.” Read more about Hedges v. Obama.
“Among our most important recent efforts has been litigation on behalf of clients who have unfairly become caught up in the “war on terror.” These cases raise compelling issues about the balance between protecting our most basic constitutional principles and the executive branch’s authority to declare and take unilateral action against claimed threats to our national security.” Steve Brogan, Managing Partner at Jones Day Law Firm, here.
“In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the United States has faced a variety of important questions about how to enhance our security while simultaneously protecting our civil liberties. The Liberty and Security Committee’s work covers a variety of controversial areas…” Read more about The Liberty and Security Committee at The Constitution Project, here.
Is an apple an orange? Are real people legal fictions and”persons?” With the registration of our “berth” are Amerikans pledging our bodies as biological and intellectual property to the United States de facto corporation as collateral on the corporation‘s debt? “To provide the people of the United States with an opportunity to make gifts to the United States Government to be used to reduce the public debt.” Check out 31 USC Section 3113. Check out Kurt Kallenbach’s presentations. Check out Vic Beck discussing, Your Birth Certificate is Not Identification, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.
Who is a Terrorist?
“The U.S. Government seems to think everyone is. If you are “reverent of individual liberty”, “suspicious of centralized federal authority”, “pay with cash”, “travel illogical distances”, “stockpile food” and any or all of the above (including over 200 other clues) you are a suspected terrorist. Here are the documents to prove it. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has over twenty different flyers they routinely give to business owners to “fight terrorism”, otherwise known as reporting your neighbor. They are listed here as well as a Missouri MIAC Report and a START report on Hotspots of Terrorism in the United States. There have been several incidents around the country where even complaining about your tap water can be considered an act of terrorism.
“Meeting one single requirement in any of these flyers/reports is enough to make someone a “suspected terrorist”, and therefore covered by the NDAA.” Read more.
Tools for Peace Officers
“America’s Sheriffs, Police Officers, and Peace Officers are our last line of defense. As the agents of government closest to the people, they have the ultimate responsibility to uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of their citizens. We must reach out to our local Peace Officers and encourage them to honor their Oaths to support, uphold, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
The resources on this page will assist you with approaching your local law enforcement on the dangers of the 2012 NDAA, and give officers the tools and knowledge necessary to defend the rights of their citizens.”
“All three branches of the federal government have conspired to destroy the Constitution and Bill of Rights, each covering the other’s usurpations. State and local governments must stand between We the People and a rogue federal government. The 2012 NDAA violates no fewer than 14 provisions of the Constitution, including over half the Bill of Rights. These are ‘intolerable acts’ that mirror those listed in the Declaration of Independence perpetrated by King George against colonial Americans. Sheriffs have a duty to support and defend the Constitution (and the rights of the people in their jurisdiction) against these abuses.” Read more. Read more here. Read here.
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