Most disturbing, however, are some of the facts of the law that the suit in front of Judge Forrest revealed. First, a person can be detained by "unwittingly" supporting belligerent forces, such as innocently sending money to a friend who is on a terror watchlist. Attending a party or a fundraiser for a group that ends up on the terror watchlist can lead to a black van arresting you and taking you away, as can attending a protest or a rally. The government attorneys refused to assure Judge Forrest that the journalists performing their normal duties would be safe from detention.
Since word has begun to spread of the dangers of indefinite detention, local governments have gotten involved. At least nine states have passed "anti-kidnapping laws" to protect their citizens against indefinite detention without trial by the federal government. But enforcement of these laws would be difficult, since the military will be handling these detainees on military bases.
- Everybody needs to get out and vote in this election. The Obama Administration, in spite of his protests to the contrary, has been a driving force in getting section 1021 of the NDAA moved forward. He insisted that the language be put in the bill in the first place, and his Adminstration has fought every legal challenge to it. His assertions that he will never use it against the American people are lies--if he weren't planning to use it he wouldn't be fighting so hard for it.
- We need to start pressuring Congress and the Senate about this language. All references to indefinite detention need to be removed from the 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill. We also need to find out whether we need to pass additional legislation to repeal the 2012 provisions.
- For years we have had persistent rumors of FEMA camps waiting for detainees. The newest rumor involves a FEMA camp at Palmdale, California, that has a crematorium and reportedly not much else. We need to pressure Congress to open an investigation to determine whether these rumors are true. If it is determined that they are true and that we have allowed the government to construct the equivalent of massive concentration camps on U.S. soil, we need to insist that all such camps be destroyed. Such facilities are antithetical to American freedoms and should not exist.