Remember When You Didn’t Worry About the NDAA?
The G-Man and I have taken our share of flack over the National Defense Authorization Act recently signed into law by President Obama. It seems we were quickly tossed back onto the crazy bench for suggesting the danger the law holds for the indefinite detention of US citizens and legal residents by the government – either in civilian or military custody. We were told, repeatedly, that the feds wouldn’t be coming for us under this law as it has full exemptions from being used against citizens and legal residents. So, after making our argument and having it rejected, we silently plopped down on the crazy bench and mumbled amongst ourselves about the voluntary blindness being practiced by our naysayers
I read an article about a new Senate bill introduced by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), called the Enemy Expatriation Act (S. 1698). This bill makes changes to Title 8 U.S.C. 1481, Loss of Nationality by Native-Born or Naturalized Citizen; Voluntary Action; Burden of Proof; Presumptions. No big deal though right? I mean Congress constantly amends laws in new bills. Except for this particular amending of existing federal law. Most Americans (especially native born Americans) don’t realize that they can lose their citizenship, but it can happen. Detailed in section 1481 are the acts a citizen can take that are considered to be voluntary actions to relinquish your citizenship. Such actions as renouncing your citizenship orally or in writing, working in and for a foreign government, or enlisting in the armed forces of a foreign nation as examples. Also in section 1481 are provisions for losing your citizenship for violating sections 2383 (Rebellion or Insurrection), 2384 (Seditious Conspiracy), or 2385 (Advocating Overthrow of Government) of Title 18, also considered as voluntary renunciation of citizenship. So how does the new bill change 8 U.S.C. 1481?
The bill – if enacted into law – will add a new paragraph to section 1481, “(8) engaging in, or purposefully and materially supporting, hostilities against the United States.; and (c) For purposes of this section, the term ‘hostilities’ means any conflict subject to the laws of war.” So, it seems clear enough that this bill would provide the government with the ability to declare that a citizen has voluntarily relinquished their citizenship after the government has determined that you are a terrorist. Of course once that has occurred then you – good citizen – are now subject to the NDAA. The NDAA wasn’t opposed because it was law to “protect” America (meaning the Government of the United States) from terrorists, just like the Patriot Act, so everyone said. There was no way the law could be used against citizens we were told, so just relax. Yet, I warned that it was another piece in the puzzle to trample on the US Constitution, and I was basically poo-pooed as I was sent to sit on the crazy bench. The other funny thing is that you, as the citizen concerned, would have the burden of proof that your actions were not voluntary! How’s that for guilty until proven innocent?
Well folks, you are close to being considered wrong. If this bill gets enacted, and I am afraid it will in the continuing push to protect the nation, then anyone is subject to being indefinitely detained. The laws will piece together the authority for the government to act in a “lawful” manner. Yet, I’m betting there will be some to tell me – again – not to worry because the bill – if enacted – won’t do what I say it will and I can relax. Too many blind themselves to the reality of what is occurring in government. But, hey why listen to me? Follow the links and read it all for yourselves. Put together the changes the bill would make to section 1481 and explain to me how I am wrong. I really don’t mind since you already have me sitting on the crazy bench. You can keep me here by willingly continuing to delude yourselves. When will you start caring?