Oh this issue demands that you call the Senate offices and let them hear your thoughts on this one!
The ACLU claims that this piece of legislation (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:s.1867:) will make it so that the US Military can come to your house and arrest you, imprison you in infinite detention, without charge or trial!
They ACLU claims that this legislation will create new powers to use the US military worldwide, even within the United States! American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets can be sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime.
Section 1031 of this bill outlines capture and detention of, among other things, "any person who has committed a belligerent act" .... so if you don't happen to agree with your government - you'll be fair game.
The ACLU posted this article - Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window.
Today the US Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.
Senators need to hear from you, on whether you think your front yard is part of a “battlefield” and if any president can send the military anywhere in the world to imprison civilians without charge or trial.
The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during last night’s Republican debate. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.
The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.
This bill is insane anyway.
I recommend you read it for yourself and call your Senator and ask what is going on.
The ACLU makes an argument that has created quite a stir - however - others are saying that this bill is fine... and that it does not apply to American citizens. Blogger Scott Creighton says that the bill actually protects American citizens and excludes them and that the Udall amendment being pushed by the ACLU is bad news:
The Udall amendment which we are being asked to support by Mr. Anders of the ACLU would actually provide the opportunity for the expansion of presidential authority to perhaps include U.S. citizens being detained and arrested by the military. It calls for a group of globalist puppets to put together a proposal and to show the legal authority by which they base their claim for expanded powers. This is why it will be supported by the Obama administration.
It should not be supported by us.
So - it is clear that something is afoot regarding the rules of war and detention - I wonder if the version of this bill on the Internet is actually the most current version of this legislation.
I think we must call our Senators and ask some questions and stop this thing if it indeed will erode our rights.
In my opinion, they need to vote NO to this whole mess of crap in the National Defense Authorization Act.