The political press has been abuzz with over the much anticipated signing of the NDAA by Barack Obama on Saturday: this move was not surprising because Obama had already made it clear he would go ahead and enact the law, even though he added some 'stern' language that is supposed to legitimize what some say is a precursor to the establishment of martial law in the US. To wit: "The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists." And yet he signed it (full text of Obama's statement on the NDAA, sent while on vacation in Hawaii, can be found here).
Yes MARTIAL LAW!
Where is the Tea Party (those Constitutional proponents) on this issue? What about Libertarians (Ron/Rand Paul)?
The individual rights and freedoms of the People of the US are founded in principles dating back centuries. The presumption of innocence, the right to trial by your peers, the writ of mandamus, etc.
We are a nation at war with ourselves based upon the boogyman of terrorism. Do you feel saver now?
Jefferson sums it up best:
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. - Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 1791.