Discussion of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

Happy Monday everybody.  I hope you’ve got your thinking caps on today.  (I’m actually posting this on Sunday night, so for those of you who check in Sunday evening you’ll get the post early!)

Years ago I was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba several times for training.  My unit was sent down at least three times that I can remember and our deployment there was usually between two weeks and a month.  In all honesty we had a blast while we were down there.  We got to shoot lots of LAAW rockets, throw grenades until our arms got tired, shoot the Ma Deuce (.50 caliber machine gun) and the M60 until our ears rang even with earplugs in and all kinds of excellent training.  Then after dinner it was beer call down on Cable Beach and we’d get hammered the rest of the night.  What’s not to love?

That was before Gitmo became something else…

I’ve been looking over parts of the NDAA bill that people are talking about and I’ve got to admit that with all the government double speak I’m a little confused as to if Americans are actually at risk of being arrested and held indefinitely without a trial.

After doing a Google search to try and figure out what the bill actually means I ran across this site, which parses out the language in such a way that it does indeed look like the US Government has the authority to arrest Americans and detain them indefinitely.  Then I read this author’s analysis and they both seem to agree that we’re giving up rights.  The first author is a little more vehement in his commentary, but even the second author agrees.  The second article has a quick history behind the bill as well.

In short, it certainly looks like the government can indefinitely detain Americans if they’re captured outside the United States and maybe if they’re captured inside the US.  That’s the part that isn’t 100% clear.

I won’t try and tear the language apart here.  Lets assume that you’ve done your own reading and formed your own opinions on the subject .

Now let me ask you some questions:

1.  In your opinion does this bill mean that we’re giving up even more of our rights?

2.  Do you think it’s a good idea?

3.  Is this constitutional?

Give me some feedback about what you think, or what you may have read and how you feel about the bill.

Shout it out in the comments.

-Jarhead Survivor

BTW:

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than
those who falsely believe they are free.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

*Special thanks to Gat31 for emailing me on this topic and getting me thinking about it.