In a Guest Opinion column published in The Oakland Press on August 23, 2009, entitled “Domestic Terrorist Comes Clean,” I opined that I am a domestic terrorist according to the United States Department of Homeland Security. I even gave myself a mob name: JGangsta.
My commentary was, at the time, a naïve, tongue-in-cheek look at what I have since discovered is a truly serious problem that the American citizens need to be made aware of in the context of the ever evolving regulatory spider’s web that is being woven by the people whom I contend are the real domestic terrorists.
Back in 2009, I listed my love of our God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as the lynch pins that made me a suspected terrorist. There was even a government website that you could go to and report people whom you suspected might be domestic terrorists (I don’t want to give out that website address in case it is still active and you feel compelled to turn me in).
But now it seems that the evidentiary bar has been set even lower; all that is now needed is for “someone” to deem my “behavior” as “belligerent” and I could be in big trouble (have I said anything belligerent yet)?
You see a couple of years ago, while we were busy celebrating one of our numerous federally protected holidays, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2011. This law was subsequently also passed in both houses of Congress, so trust me neither the executive branch nor either house in the legislative branch seem to appreciate the fundamental protections that legal American citizens are guaranteed in the United States Constitution.
These rights, as you probably know (even though our government officials don’t seem to know), include freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to petition our government for a redress of grievances, freedom to be secure in our persons and belongings, freedom of due process when charged with a crime, the right of a trial by jury and possibly most importantly the bedrock fact that all powers that are not enumerated as belonging to the federal government are reserved to the State or to the people.
Now before you roll your eyes and think that this is just another conspiracy theory being ranted about by the far right political activist that you know me to be, please read the ACLU’s opinion of this very dangerous piece of legislation:
In the above linked article, Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director said, “President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law. 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. The ACLU will fight worldwide detention authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or internationally.”
So even the ACLU agrees that the National Defense Authorization Act gives the law enforcement arm of the federal government legal standing to incarcerate United States citizens without recourse to any form of judicial process. And of course, it is the federal government who gets to define which person is “covered” and they get to define what is considered a “belligerent act.”
Nowhere in our constitution is such unrestrained power delegated to any government official at any level under any circumstances, and the good people all across the political spectrum must stop looking the other way and pretending that this type of tyranny isn’t fast approaching critical mass in this country.
Let me ask you, “Am I being belligerent by questioning this overreach of federal enumerated power?” Without protection from the State, our county and our local legislative bodies, individuals like me or, quite frankly like you, could potentially be whisked away in the middle of the night never to be seen again.
Now although you might savor that in my case, is this the type of government action that you want to sanction for your children?
After all, it truly is tomorrow’s liberty that we must protect today.
If you want to protect your children’s liberty, I would recommend that you go to the website www.pandaunite.org to get an understanding of the NDAA, outside of what the spin doctors in the mainstream media want you to believe, and then demand a stop to this perverse misapplication of federal power by the people in our government who are legitimately behaving like real domestic terrorists.