Will the House Repeal Indefinite Detention Authority?
The House of Representatives will take up the FY 2014 NDAA later this week. Sources indicate there will be a floor vote on an amendment to prevent the indefinite detention of American citizens and your representative will have the chance to fix this problem created by the last Congress in the FY 2012 NDAA.
Please take a moment to read the letter below from Campaign for Liberty President John Tate, asking C4L Members to sign their “Repeal Section 1021 Fax Petitions.” After you’ve signed, place a call to your representative and urge them to support any effort to prevent indefinite detention of Americans.
Dear Friend of Liberty,
We all know the Supreme Court, Congress, and the President make mistakes.
ObamaCare’s “Individual Mandate,” anyone?
Next week, you and I have an opportunity to overturn one of the most dangerous mistakes Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court have ever made.
Which is why I need you to sign your Repeal Section 1021 Fax Petition right away!
Let me explain…
You see, in 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the supposed “constitutionality” of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which led to the internment of Japanese-Americans in prison camps throughout WWII.
Despite the passage of the “Civil Liberties Act of 1988,” the Korematsu and Hirabayashi decisions are still on the books.
In 1992, when Congress passed amendments to the Act, then-President George H.W. Bush said, “The internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry was a great injustice, and it will never be repeated.”
Or will it…?
Congress has reopened this scar in our nations’ past by codifying into law Presidential authority to detain Americans as long as they want.
Specifically, Section 1021 of the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allows American citizens to be detained indefinitely – without due process – until the “War on Terror” is declared over.
But, as politicians of both parties are forever reminding us, the “War on Terror” may never be over.
An amendment intended to curtail the blatantly unconstitutional indefinite detention provision was adopted to the FY 2013 NDAA in the Senate – before being stripped out by the John McCain-led Conference Committee.
Their goal was to ensure the President could secretly target American citizens and throw them in jail for years or even decades without so much as ever giving them a trial!
Next week, the full House will take up the FY 2014 NDAA, and it’s up to us to make sure it repeals Section 1021 of the FY 2012 NDAA.
This petition urges your representative to support any amendment that will prevent the indefinite detention of American citizens and to vote against any defense authorization bill that doesn’t repeal this abuse of power!
Representative Thomas Massie and others have assured us they are doing what they can to bring an amendment to the floor, but if it gets there, your representative needs to know how to vote.
After failing to adopt amendments to repeal Sec. 1021 of the FY 2012 NDAA, the government still has the authority to indefinitely detain anyone the government accuses of “supporting terrorism.”
Remember, not too long ago, it was C4L members who were listed in a Missouri Fusion Center report, later referred to as the MIAC report, as “domestic extremists” to be watched.
And it wasn’t just C4L members on that list, but people displaying third party logos and bumper stickers – and, specifically, supporters of Ron Paul.
In the past, everyone from gun owners, to pro-lifers, to tea partiers have been labeled “terrorists” by their political opponents.
This is why it’s critical Section 1021 be repealed.
In a signing statement, the President assured Americans he wouldn’t use this power.
But after all that’s happened with this administration lately, I’m not sure Americans can ever take this President at his word again.
Even if this President doesn’t use such authority, what about the next? And the one after that?
You and I must take a stand and make our voices heard.
After you’ve signed your petition, I hope you’ll contribute whatever you can to help C4L reach millions of more Americans about the dangers contained in the NDAA.
Ultimately, I’d love to flood Capitol Hill with fax petitions from outraged constituents all across the country.
But C4L can only take as much action as our members’ continued support allows.