Congressman James Moran warned Barack Obama not to approve the National Defense Authorization Act. “It is un-American and unconstitutional. We should reject the false choice between our short-term security and our long-term survival as the leader of the free world,” he said, in a speech before the U.S. House of Representatives last week.
Why did Representative Moran deliver such a strong statement? The National Defense Authorization Act gives the federal government power to throw Americans into prison for as long as it likes, without criminal trial, and without criminal charge. That’s clearly against the 5th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees us the right to due process before our liberty can be taken away by the legal system.
Representative Lynn Woolsey repeated Moran’s warning to Barack Obama. She said, in a speech of her own:
“The National Defense Authorization Act includes unacceptable provisions relating to the handling of detainees. It grants the President – any President – and the military broad powers to throw a U.S. citizen in jail indefinitely for suspected terrorist ties: without a swift civilian trial, without full rights of due process, without the proper presumption of innocence.
I emphatically reject the idea, Madam Speaker, that defending the Nation requires an assault on civil liberties and the rule of law. Madam Speaker, it makes no sense to say we are defending freedom by undermining freedom, to say we’re going to defeat authoritarian forces by adopting authoritarian tactics of our very own. Just the opposite, in fact. We protect American interests and values by showing our Nation’s compassion and honor – the better angels of our nature and not our darkest instincts.”
Barack Obama has ignored these warnings. He has declared that he supports the National Defense Authorization’s extreme totalitarian powers, and refuses to veto the legislation.
As a result, today, protests by outraged liberal Americans against Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have been spontaneously engaged across America.