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Two hundred years ago, the founders of this country separated the army from domestic law enforcement—now known as the police. The army was to be used to defend the country from foreign invaders; the police were to handle domestic cases.
When army tanks were sent to Waco in 1993 to burn down and kill those “cultists” led by David Koresh, Janet Reno set an unlawful precedent by calling in the army to deal with a purely domestic issue.
This new policy is now bearing fruit, as the Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling allowing the military to detain any American indefinitely any American that it claims is a terrorist, or is an “associate” of those they say are terrorists, or supports such people in any way. The problem is that the government keeps broadening its definition of terrorism, and eventually every crime will be an act of terrorism. After all, virtually every victim of a crime is frightened and therefore “terrorized.”
SUPREME COURT GREEN LIGHTS DETENTION OF AMERICANS
Lets stand arrests of 'anyone viewed as a troublemaker'
A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court means the federal government now has an open door to “detain as a threat to national security anyone viewed as a troublemaker,” critics of the high court’s ruling said.
The high court by its own order this week refused to review an appellate-level decision that says the president and U.S. military can arrest and indefinitely detain individuals….
The controversial provision authorizes the military, under presidential authority, to arrest, kidnap, detain without trial and hold indefinitely American citizens thought to “represent an enduring security threat to the United States….”
“According to government guidelines for identifying domestic extremists – a word used interchangeably with terrorists, that technically applies to anyone exercising their First Amendment rights in order to criticize the government,” he said.
It’s not like rounding up innocent U.S. citizens and stuffing them into prison camps hasn’t already happened.
In 1944, the government rounded up thousands of Japanese Americans and locked them up, under the approval of the high court in its Korematsu v. United States decision.
The newest authorizes the president to use “all necessary and appropriate force” to jail those “suspected” of helping terrorists.
The Obama administration had claimed in court that the NDAA does not apply to American citizens, but Rutherford attorneys said the language of the law “is so unconstitutionally broad and vague as to open the door to arrest and indefinite detentions for speech and political activity that might be critical of the government.”
The law specifically allows for the arrests of those who “associate” or “substantially support” terror groups.
Perhaps we should consider moving to a Democratic country. Hmm, Russia comes to mind.
Meanwhile, perhaps the National Anthem ought to be sung in a minor key.