Kodiak Daily Mirror - NDAA is unconstitutional
NDAA is unconstitutional
by Jamie Fagan
Jun 20, 2014 | 140 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the editor,

The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) is arguably the most unconstitutional and frightening piece of legislation ever to be signed into law. The similarities to Nazi Germany's "Enabling Act" and the NDAA are listed below.

1. The Enabling Act’s official Orwellian name was the 'Law for Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich.’ The NDAA’s little brother’s Orwellian name is the 'Patriot Act.’ As if stripping people of their Constitutional rights and bombing people who had nothing to do with 9/11 back into the Stone Age was the 'Patriotic' thing to do…

2. If passed, it would effectively mean the end of democracy in Germany. The passage of the NDAA can easily be argued to be the end of democracy in the U.S. Giving one person the power of judge, jury and executioner seems pretty undemocratic.

3. On February 27, 1933, the Reichstag, seat of the German parliamentary building, was burned down. The Nazis blamed the fire on the Communist terrorists.

4. Hitler said he will use restraint and only use the law on a limited basis on communist "extremists." The politicians that helped push the NDAA through pledged they would only use it on "terrorists."

5. The Nazi Enabling Act and the Reichstag Fire Decree did to the German Constitution virtually the same thing that the NDAA does to the U.S. Constitution. It gave the right to one man and the German military to arrest and indefinitely detain, with no evidence, anybody merely on the suspicion that they “might be a terrorist.”

6. From that day forward the Reichstag became a ceremonial body only. One could argue that the U.S. Congress has become something quite similar.

Does this mean we are headed down the same road as Nazi Germany? No. But why even take a chance? Having the City Council pass a resolution making it illegal to subject any person to targeted killing and/or indefinite detention in Kodiak is a no-brainer. The fact that I even feel the need to write this letter is an indictment on the system. And I know there are hundreds if not thousands of other folks in Kodiak who feel exactly as I do.

Jamie Fagan

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