Citizen prison camps?
Q. Is it true the President of the USA has been given authority to imprison US citizens if they don't agree with him?
A. No, it is not true. And, yes it is true. It is only true if you happen to be a citizen, by hook or crook, or even by birth, and you wish to destroy the United States of America and everything it stands for. The false accusation that the US Government is plotting to imprison law abiding citizens is a lie based on a security amendment giving the Commander In Chief (US President), authority to protect the US citizen, taken out of context and expanded, by the 'hate monger" into something it is not and was never intended to be. In this new world of technology, a time our Forefather could never have seen, additional authority was necessary to give our protectors additional freedoms to protect the vast majority of the US Citizens.
What the hate monger and fear mongers want to do is to frighten the average citizen into believing they are going to lose all their freedom and possibly be killed or imprison for not doing what the President wants. Sadly, these conspiracy, UFO-ologist, New Agers, and some Christian cults use this kind of fear driven dribble to build antigovernment groups using them as pawns in their rebellion against "government" and civil authority under the guise of being religious. The steps taken by our leaders has not been to enslave US citizens but to expand our protection from thugs like the Al Qaeda and other religious based terror groups. It is a different kind of war, but it is war, and to forget 9/11 in favor of protecting these assassins under the banner of our citizenship is insane.
They are not citizens and they should not be granted the rights of citizenship as alien combatants, but still you have groups, like the ACLU, standing up in righteous indignation attempting to protect them while threatening the true US citizen with all sorts of fears and attempting to expand upon a fear based on conspiracy theories of our own government.
The following is a really good article on this subject and while I do not agree with all it says, if you will read it carefully you will see the intent of granting our Commander in Chief with enough authority to handle terrorist of every kind. The "Left" screams about profiling, attempting to drive minorities, that are legal citizens, crazy so they might join their efforts in the destruction of the USA. If the Left (used to be called Communist) were given power the first thing they would do is to deny everyone the freedom we now enjoy, they would do exactly what they say our government is planning to do. What is gained by the Left taking over? Power and money and a host of other benefits for the few, the very few, in the name of equality? They, of course, know what is best for everybody. Like Satan, they try to appear as angels of light, but are truly dark inside.
As Christian believers, followers of the Bible and of YaHshua, we are not called to do battle with the powers that be, but with spiritual powers and things unseen. We are not promised and easy road, we are not promised a government, or a kingdom or our own until our Lord returns. These worldly governments are not our. We may be fortunate enough to live in a country like the USA but it is not our final destination.
Read the following article and make you own, spirit guided decision as to what is really behind the expansion of Presidential power --
USA Citizens to be Interned in Guarded Camps?
US President given Dictatorial authority to imprison its citizens?
The following article is really through and needs to be read with a critical eye. It reports, accurately, the parties involved and the source of the “scare tactic” used to put fear in the hearts of the American citizens. For the sake of national security, in this modern world of technology, there must be certain privileges granted to our law enforcement and for military protection of our society and way of life. To get on the right side of this “fear” of losing your rights and being penned up in camps of detention all you have to do is to look at those spreading this type of “scare hysteria” – Al Jazeera, Voice of Russia, and the ACLU, a group that seems committed to protecting Muslim radicals bent on the destruction of the USA.
Once you read this report you will see has been an effort to add protection for legitimate citizens of the USA and aside from neutering the entire NDAA 2012 position what else needs to be done? The fear mongers calling for all Americans to rise up in opposition to this military authority being expanded to protect the “citizens” divert your attention away from those wanting to destroy this country.
For the Christian it should be made known that you were never promised freedom from all governmental restraints. Your freedom is in your Savior, and your true citizenship is not of this world. No matter which government you may live under you, as a Christian, are obligated to obey the laws of the land, the laws of the law enforcers and civil authority, seeking to be a peace with all men. (Heb 12:14)
These government forces have been put in place to protect the majority of the populations from the evil doers and those that would do you harm from the inside and the outside of your boarders (Rom 13:1-3). This is hard for some to understand or to see the balance. This Government Authority is not a pass for the Government to get you to do evil, but is in place to protect the innocent, to keep the evil doers in check, but it has happened that Evil has taken control, like Nazi Germany, but the base line authority kept order in a general way while the real evil was hidden or ignored. Our duty is to live at peace with all men, they may not live peacefully with us, however.
Rumors and Lies, designed to bring disrepute upon the God authorized authority or out Government. The conspiracy theories always make the powers in place for our peace and protection as the villains, the bad guys, seeking to imprison its people and destroy the economy. When you see through the fog of these exaggerations you realize that for a government to do that would mean their own destruction. How can you rule over a population you have imprisoned?
“Interment Camps” are for American Citizens, really? That is the propaganda from the “scare the American citizen” so the “alien” visitor that wants to destroy America can go freely about their business, under this cloud of “civil freedom” even if they, like those that came among us and hijacked US citizens in US Airliners and flew them into American symbols of freedom. Some despicable people are making claims that our own government staged the Twin Towers disaster – this feeds our enemies with false material to justify their hate for us. Only in a totally free society could such evil men make such careless and harmful charges. What is their aim, why to people like certain radio talk show personalities prey on the weak of mind trying to scare the citizens? Because they are evil, pure and simple, as their charges do not good, only harm, but it does give them notoriety and sells books and radio time. Just so there is no confusion about the “radio talk show” personality I am talking about I will name him – Alex Jones – he parades around under the religious conservative name tag, but is a promoter of God’s authority of peace and the maintainers of our peace and safety.
Read the following article with your eyes wide open. The US government is not plotting to imprison its legitimate tax paying citizens. In order to protect the vast majority of its citizens, a government of civil authority and military protection will need to take steps, according to the times we live in, to do just that, to protect its own citizens.
The Wheat and the Tares
by Mary Gehl
As with many of you, I have been deluged with a plethora of material regarding U.S. President Obama’s Signing of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 on December 31, 2011.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is not in itself malevolent. In fact, it has been enacted for each of the past forty-nine years to specify the budget and expenditures of the U.S. Department of Defense. The 2012 enactment authorizes $662 billion in funding “for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad.”
Those “interests” include national security programs, Department of Defense health care costs, counter-terrorism within the U.S. and abroad, and military modernization. Also included are new economic sanctions against Iran, reviews of the military capabilities of countries including Iran, China, and Russia, and the move of the strategic goals of NATO toward energy security.
However, it is the section entitled “Counter-Terrorism,” specifically sub-sections 1021 and 1022 that have garnered the attention of politicians, pundits, analysts, and the American public in all forms of media. To be honest, though, one observation raised a question that would not go away. What could possibly lie behind a legislative act that sided a majority of Republican and Democrat politicians on the positive side of the issue, and the American public, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Voice of Russia, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Human Rights Watch (just to name a few) on the negative side of the issue? The only common denominator appears to be “fear.”
The Negative Impact of NDAA 2012
The voices united against NDAA 2012 insist the legislation gives power to the U.S. President (as Commander in Chief) to detain U.S. citizens without due process for the duration of hostilities in the War on Terror. It is indeed the ambiguity of the language that fuels the opponents to the legislation. Sec. 1021, Affirmation of Authority of the Armed Forces of the United States to Detain Covered Persons Pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force, is the legislation’s “discretionary” detention provision. It authorizes the U.S. President to detain persons who “substantially supported” forces “associated” with al-Qaeda or the Taliban that “are engaged in hostilities” against the U.S. or its “coalition partners.”
Significantly, the above quoted terms are not defined within the body of the Act. Without knowing what qualifies as substantially supporting an associated force, no one can be sure anyone is safe from the government’s military detention.
Sec. 1022, Military Custody for Foreign al-Qaeda Terrorists, is the legislation’s “mandatory” detention provision that requires the U.S. President to detain members of al-Qaeda who have planned or carried out attacks against the U.S. or its coalition partners. Sec. 1022 specifically states that it “does not extend to the citizens of the United States.”
It appears the simple clarification regarding the exemption of U.S. citizens within Sec. 1021 would have avoided weeks of political turmoil. In fact, an amendment with that exemption language failed to pass the Senate on December 1st with a vote of 45-55. Instead, the following amendment passed 99-1 and was entered into the body of Sec. 1021:1
Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.
Upon signing NDAA 2012, President Obama tried to reassure the American public with the following statement:
Moving forward, my administration will interpret and implement the provisions described below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded…
Again, ambiguity failed to achieve the intended goal. Accusations of stripping the Bill of Rights from the American people ramped up with flaming rhetoric mixed with fear that the Constitution has now been shredded.
Proponents of NDAA 2012
More than two-thirds of the 435 Representatives voted in favor of the NDAA. Of 100 Senators, only 13 voted against the NDAA. Unlike many legislative efforts, this was decidedly non-partisan. Members of both political parties voted “for” and “against” the legislation.
Supporters of the legislation maintain that NDAA simply “affirms” the President’s authority under the 9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which they report already grants presidential authority for indefinite detention. The AUMF reads:
The President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.
While supporters adamantly repeat that NDAA 2012 does not apply to U.S. citizens, it is clear that Sec. 1021 expands the presidential provisions of AUMF. It is also clear that the Representatives and Senators voted to enact legislation in which many of them voiced concern of trampling on the U.S. Constitution and the rights of U.S. citizens.
Is it possible they believe the day is quickly approaching in which the “terrorists” will actually be U.S. citizens—tares planted by the enemy among the wheat?
A Multitude of Voices
Surprisingly, there are many voices supporting the outcries of the American public—voices that have never been in accord before. Again, the common factor may be fear, but for diverse reasons.
Aziz Rana, professor of constitutional law at Cornell University told Al Jazeera that provisions of NDAA 2012 define the entire world as a battlefield, allowing for open-ended detainment of U.S. citizens without a trial. He further explained that these provisions were merely the “latest round in a long battle between Congress, the executive branch, and rights activists.”2
Voice of Russia, an international radio broadcasting service, was disparaging of the legislation stating, “...the U.S. military will have the power to detain Americans suspected of involvement in terrorism without charge or trial and imprison them for an indefinite period of time.” They concluded that most analysts are comparing the new law to the edicts of “the Third Reich” or “Muslim tyrannies.” Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU—an organization usually at odds with actually defending the U.S. Constitution), stated:3
The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield...President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law.
Another analyst suggested the flexibility of the language of NDAA 2012 means the law can be interpreted in any means desired if there is a sufficient amount of fear being created through “false flag terror attacks.”
Still other voices are questioning the timing of the massive budget approved within NDAA 2012. Interestingly, the Senate’s vote came on the same day that Defense Secretary Panetta was in Baghdad officially declaring that our military mission there has ended and that “virtually all of the combat troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year.” Indeed, the battlefield has been extended beyond the bounds of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Wheat and the Tares
Americans are now feeling much like “enemy combatants” in their own country. The ambiguity of NDAA 2012 is causing many to feel like players in the Matthew 13 parable, Verse 25: “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.”
In the parable (Matthew 13:30), the tares were left with the wheat until the time of harvest so that the wheat would not be uprooted with the tares. Unfortunately, in this scenario, U.S. leaders believe they need to harvest the tares (terrorists—whether citizen or non-citizen) regardless of collateral damage to the wheat (citizens). Fear has opened the door to unprecedented opportunities for tyranny in the days ahead.
It would also appear that some of the loudest outcries against NDAA 2012 are coming from people and organizations who may be involved in planting tares on American soil. Proverbs 1:7 instructs us in the appropriate application of “fear”:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The late historian, Howard Zinn, is a man with whom I share few opinions. However, I agree wholeheartedly with his following assessment:
Terrorism has replaced Communism as the rationale for the militarization of the country [America], for military adventures abroad, and for the suppression of civil liberties at home. It serves the same purpose, serving to create hysteria.
Since 2001, the Patriot Act, the Authorization for Use of Military Force, and now the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 have been progressively instituted because of the fear of what the future holds in the days in which we live.
“There is a way that seems right to a man….” (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25). This is a good time to remind ourselves that our primary focus is on the One who is in ultimate control, and as Ephesians 6:18, 19 exhorts:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.
This article was originally published in the
March 2012 Personal Update News Journal.