Believe It or Not! You Too Could Be Locked Up!Posted: February 5, 2012
By Ravenna Narizanno-Bronson
On December 31, 2011 President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes indefinite detention of human beings without trial. Not only is this unconstitutional and illegal but it is inhumane. NDAA is a violation of both civil and human rights and sets the stage for further crimes against humanity — and President Obama knows this.
Is the government setting itself up to repeat our country’s negative history? Has it forgotten the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism? Or, is our government so desperate to silence its critics that it is intentionally stripping its citizens and all people of their right to have a voice?
Before President Obama signed off on the NDAA he wrote:
“I want to clarify that my administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens.”
Unfortunately, President Obama’s written statement only says he will not detain American citizens without trial and his statement has no legal standing anyway. Also, the President’s “promise” (if kept) does not protect us from future administrations exercising their power to indefinitely detain people without trial. In addition, because the United States is not a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and has neither signed nor ratified the Rome Statute there is no authority (such as the ICC) to bring forth justice if such crimes against humanity occur.
We the people can push for a new law to override the inhumane and unconstitutional provisions of indefinite detention without a trial. We the people can also push for US membership in the ICC at the Hague. Please do your part. If you want a law which protects all human beings against indefinite detention without trial and/or you believe the US should be a ratified member of the ICC let our President know. Write or call: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500 ~ (312) 698-3670