President Obama recently signed the National Defense Authorization Act to allow the U.S. military to arrest and detain anyone indefinitely, even Americans he suspects of terrorist activities or assistance, without "due process", in violation of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. "No person ... shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law", a "speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury", etc. It also violates the Geneva Convention Treaty that guarantees "due process" and humane treatment to foreign prisoners.
Section 1031, in conjunction with the "Authorization for Use of Military Force" legislation signed by President Bush, ceded this power to the President. This detention act terminates only when the President decides the "War on Terror" is won. America is becoming another Stalinist Russia, where any person could be arrested and sent to prison indefinitely, without trial, tortured or executed, even based merely on accusations. A number of American "suspects" are on Obama's official "assassination list". The NDAA gives Obama virtually the same dictatorial powers that Nazi Germany's "Enabling Act" gave to Hitler.
Communist dictator Vladimir Lenin said: "The scientific concept of dictatorship means nothing else but this: power without limit, resting directly upon force, restrained by no laws, absolutely unrestricted by rules."
Political scientist Lord Acton coined the phrase: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The Constitution separated federal powers: executive, legislative, and judicial, to prevent combining all three into one dictatorial branch
the very definition of tyranny," as James Madison put it.
Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are among the NDAA's strongest supporters. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum also believe giving up our "unalienable rights" (which every president swears to preserve and protect "against all enemies foreign and domestic"), is a reasonable price to pay for public safety. Not true! Madison knew that government will take a mile of liberty when given an inch of authority: He said: "The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become instruments of tyranny at home"
historically man's worst enemy.