Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Enemy Expatriation Act - We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us

There is an ongoing assault on our liberties being foisted on us now by the House, Senate, and the President. Without a doubt, there’s a relentless all out attack on the free internet that the Communist Chinese, Syria, Egypt, and North Korea would be proud of. Reminiscent of the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, many who are vigilant on maintaining our rights believe this massive assault is just part of something that began with the just passed and signed National Defense Authorization Act.  But, now there’s the Enemy Expatriation Act. And, we the United States Citizens, are the Enemy.  

Does United States intelligence know something the average American doesn’t know that’s bringing about these Draconian changes. In the recent past there are those who would blame a Republican Administration or President George W. Bush for potential freedom stripping schemes like these. But, Bush is retired, and these things are unfolding before us under the most liberal President and Senate we have ever known. Democrats  even wrote the law's detainee provisions.  And, the conservative Republican controlled House has a hand in this too? This is beyond comprehension. The Liberal community is largely silent on these developments, except for, God help us, the ACLU. However, Occupiers believe the NDAA and Expatriiation Acts are directed at them

When the National Defense Authorization Act was signed by Obama under the cover of darkness on New Year’s Eve, not many paid attention to it, and most of the press was off for the weekend.
Under Section 1022 of the law, the provision on detention says that the requirement to detain a person in military custody does not extend to United States citizens or legal resident aliens.
But, many believe that it will be used in reality to do just that, to allow indefinite detention of anyone that the government deems should be arrested. This is without any arraignment, any charges being filed, any pretrial detention, or a trial, or a conviction, or sentence. 

While Obama spoke on the economy on a podium from the "Land of Make Believe" in Orlando today, with the "Enchanted Castle" as a backdrop,  and while Mickey Mouse and Goofy danced around him, this assault continued. What a campaign commercial this speech and fantasy background this will make. 

Obama's own words about the NDAA are very enlightening about what he believes he can do regarding detentions.  When Obama signed the NDAA,  he read from his teleprompter this "promise" that his administration, “Will not authorize the indefinite Military detention without trial of American Citizens.” Why would he read  that "promise" if he does not believe he can do exactly just that? He also read that, “Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.”  

Was he referring to martial law powers? Was he referring to powers of the still to be formed National Security Force he dreams of? Or, was he referring to National Defense Authorization Act?  

Let’s not forget past government abuses going back two centuries. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson boldly told the world and listed numerous reasons why we had to be free of King George. There's one directly relevant to detention and trial. He wrote, “…The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these states. To prove this, let the facts be submitted to a candid world…For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury.”

In addition to U. S. Citizens being detained, as is in the NDAA law, now there is a mechanism in the Enemy Expatriation Act being moved along toward becoming law in both legislative bodies   that would allow Obama to do just that. Enemies of the State will be stripped of their natural born citizenship.  S 1698 introduced by Joe Lieberman and identical HR 3166 amend the Immigration and Nationality Act that will, quote, “Add engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States to the list of acts for which United States nationals would lose their nationality.” Up till now, native born American citizens have never been stripped of their citizenship.

The law this will amend, the Immigration and Nationality Act, which already states. “A person who is a national of the United States whether by birth or naturalization, shall lose his nationality by voluntarily performing any of the following acts with the intention of relinquishing United States nationalitycommitting any act of treason against, or attempting by force to overthrow, or bearing arms against, the United States, violating or conspiring to violate any of the provisions of section 2383 of title 18, or willfully performing any act in violation of section 2385 of title 18, or violating section 2384 of title 18 by engaging in a conspiracy to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, if and when he is convicted thereof by a court martial or by a court of competent jurisdiction.”

The Enemy Expatriation Act adds to that list, “To add engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States” as another action for which Native born United States nationals would lose their nationality.”  

Stop these government efforts in their tracks. Contact your Senator or Congressman.. What is next?


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