The Bill of Rights and more specifically the first ten amendments were ratified into the Constitution on December 15, 1791. Fast forward 220 years to December 2011 as our government modifies The Bill of Rights by putting it thru a paper shredder.
Case in point: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Passed by both the House (H.R.1540) by a vote of 283 to 136 and the Senate (S.1867) by a vote of 93 to 7. Within this Bill; sections 1031, 1032 and 1034 are legalese that allow Fedgov to arrest and detain indefinitely without legal recourse... American citizens within a newly broadened war zone which now includes our own homeland. No due process or evidence needed, accusations that you are involved with/in or are in support of (in some form) terrorism against the U.S. is all that is required. Fedgov's measurement for acting against American citizens will be in the form of "suspicion." An as yet undefined word that few with knowledge would disagree... is left undefined for purposes of a broader application and enforcement. Our elected officials have betrayed us and the Constitution once again, and what could only be described as a finger in the eye by the White House, they Tweeted this:
"Happy Bill of Rights Day! The US continues to stand with citizens & governments around the world who empower free expression."
To be fair, one must question such serious charges of Constitutional disregard and look to find the truth before excepting these accusations as reality.
-According to Senator Lindsey Graham, a strong supporter of the bill:"1031, the statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland."
-Graham further stated:
"for the first time the homeland is part of the battlefield’ and people can be jailed without trial, be they American citizen or not." And "It is not unfair to make an American citizen account for the fact that they decided to help Al Qaeda to kill us all and hold them as long as it takes to find intelligence about what may be coming next. And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer."
Below are but a sampling of a -connect the dots- affair. It is not my intention to promote conspiracy theory. We are smart enough to interpret paranoia induced fantasies from legitimate erosion of liberties. It seems clear our Fedgov prepares for and treats catastrophe, collapse and uprising the same, all at the cost of our Constitution. It seems just as clear they feel the need to protect us.... even from ourselves. Truth be told it is their own misguided panacea they attempt to protect.
Congress is set to give the green light on funding for a massive expansion of TSA checkpoints, with the federal agency already responsible for over 9,000 such checkpoints in the last year amidst increased fears America is turning into a police state following the passage of the ‘indefinite detention’ bill.
The increase in funding has nothing to do with the TSA’s role in airports – this is about creating 12 more VIPR teams to add the federal agency’s 25 units that are already scattered across the country and responsible for manning checkpoints on highways, in bus and train terminals, at sports events and even high school prom nights.
Listen carefully as the Leader of the free world tries.. in this video ..to wrap in the Constitution his explanation of wholly unconstitutional thinking. In doing so he sounds like a Brezhnev era apparatchik trying to sell us the party line.
Many years ago I had the misfortune of being in the employment of a chicken processing plant. At the beginning of the process (or the beginning of the end if your the chicken) there was an overhead conveyor designed in such a way as to hold the chickens -one after the other- hanging upside down. Once hung these chickens would ride along this conveyor for a 50 yard journey thru part of the plant and on a path leading to the beheading machine. One couldn't help but wonder what these chickens thought while traveling that last 50 yards of their life's journey. Did they undertand what was coming, could they sense the end was near or did they look at the other chickens around them with a small brained indifference until suddenly and briefly startled by their head being separated from their body.
I wonder when the American citizen will awaken to the realities around them, will it come with a final and long awaited recognition of lost liberties, or a startled awakening caused by a midnight forced entry and the sound of jackbooted thugs rushing up the stairs toward their bedroom.
"History will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent it's happening." -Ronald Reagan