While most Americans were drunk and partying on New Year's Eve, the President of the US signed NDAA, or the National Defense Authorization Act. Like all other law or bills, it is named with a positive spin (ala the "Patriot Act"), but like the Patriot Act before it, this bill poses serious danger and encroachment upon the very civil liberties it claims to "defend".
It does not defend Americans... it in fact authorizes the U.S. Government and Military to unlawfully detain Americans without charge or trial. Prior to 2012, the US government only engaged in this egregious practice when dealing with FOREIGN enemy combatants that were hostile to the USA. Because these "enemies" were not U.S. Citizens, they were not afforded certain protections, which the Bill of Rights affords Americans, such as the right to a trial by a jury of one's peers.
Beginning in the Spring of 2012, the law erodes those protections, and allows the government to behave in the similar fashion with her own Citizens here at home. Although this was initially reported on New Year's Day by the mainstream media, since then there has been an established mainstream media "blackout" and as such, many American Citizens remain largely unaware of this important bill, NDAA.
A powerful video is making the rounds on YouTube, with over half a million hits as of the posting of this article, which aims to overcome the current blackout by the media, and alert Americans to the very real harms posed by this bill, NDAA. The video url is http://youtu.be/NW-e7z7S6VI
The specific provisions granting the US Military the power to "ignore" the Bill of Rights was certainly on the mind of President Barak Obama when he signed the bill. First, consider the timing of the announcement as noted in the opening of this report. Moreover, the President himself released a statement to the media at that same time with the specific intent of addressing this most controversial provision in the bill. In the statement, the President essentially informs Americans not to worry because his administration does not plan on using these new powers in the forseeable future. Unfortunately, it is difficult of date to find anyone who finds the President's statement "comforting". As noted by many comments on social media sites, "if you don't need or plan to use this power, why is it so necessary you have it?".
Perhaps the most engaging call to action is at the 5:30 mark in the video, where the message is clear - this law is designed to be used on American Citizens, and NO, you do not have to be a terrorist to warrant any concern over this erosion of civil liberties. In this call to action, the Patriot Act's use in Granville County, USA is a very moving story about a young High Schooler who was taken from his home by federal authorities. His grief stricken mother, unable to see him, unable to defend him (he was not charged and was not allowed access to a defense), reminds Americans that this could be any family in Main Town USA.