In 1761 a lawyer in Boston stood in court and argue against the “writs of Assistance” His name was James Otis and during that 5 hour oration he argued that a man’s home is his castle and that no warrant of search could be indefinite. He argued that this violated the laws of nature and of nature’s God.
The British Government was responding to something they interpreted as a threat to their authority over the colonies. They pointed to acts of piracy that were the direct result of unfair taxation which lead to cries of taxation without representation inspired in part by Otis’ debate against the Writs. While Otis lost that debate in the courts, he won it in the hearts of the people. Looking back on that day John Adams would later write about this event by stating that as Otis presented his fiery arguments that then and there the child independence was born.
Segments of Otis’ arguments spread through the colonies and his sentiments were soon being voiced by others including Patrick Henry and the child independence grew rapidly until the Colonies were fighting for independence from the government that controlled them.
On the 250th anniversary of this incident in the history of America, we are about to repeat history. The Senate is about to vote on a bill that would allow the U.S. Military to arrest American Citizens without charge or trial and be held for an indefinite period of time.
“The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself,” writes Chris Anders of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.
Under the ‘worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial’ provision of S.1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which is set to be up for a vote on the Senate floor this week, the legislation will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who supports the bill.
The bill was drafted in secret by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), before being passed in a closed-door committee meeting without any kind of hearing. The language appears in sections 1031 and 1032 of the NDAA bill.
“I would also point out that these provisions raise serious questions as to who we are as a society and what our Constitution seeks to protect,” Colorado Senator Mark Udall said in a speech last week. One section of these provisions, section 1031, would be interpreted as allowing the military to capture and indefinitely detain American citizens on U.S. soil. Section 1031 essentially repeals the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by authorizing the U.S. military to perform law enforcement functions on American soil. That alone should alarm my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but there are other problems with these provisions that must be resolved.”
This means Americans could be declared domestic terrorists and thrown in a military brig with no recourse to the law whatsoever.
“American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets being sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime. Really? Does anyone think this is a good idea? And why now?” asks Anders.
The ACLU is urging citizens to call their Senator and demand that the Udall Amendment be added to the bill, a change that would at least act as a check to prevent Americans being snatched off the streets without some form of Congressional oversight.
Through the years, progressives have sought to rewrite history and James Otis has been virtually removed from our schools history books. Few even know this man who played such a critical role in the shaping of American thought prior to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolutionary War.
Modern teaching reinforces that the American Revolution was the war and have capsulized it into the notion that the Americans were angry about taxes so they threw some tea in the harbor in Boston resulting in a shooting in the town square. Then they sent representatives to Philadelphia wrote a document followed by George Washington crossing the Delaware and won the American Revolution.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The War was only one small chapter of the American Revolution. It created a new form of Government and continued to grow where it recognized the rights of all people leading to a war to end slavery and the struggle to secure voting rights for women. The American Revolution is still being waged just as Founders knew it would be. They knew there would always be those who would try and stop it all to return us to the pre-revolutionary feudal system as a way of life and wrote warnings to the American People of the dangers of the people. The freedom from feudal occupancy was freedom from a world where the government owns everything and your sworn allegiance is expected regardless of their abuses because everything in your very existence depends upon the government. Your property, your income, and your very existence was dependent on the king and you were supposed to be grateful much like the current welfare state being promoted by our current administration along many of this administration opponents. Feed the entitlement mentality and people will reward the lawmakers with their vote.
In exchange for this people have surrendered their rights to property so the government writes the rent check. They have surrendered their rights and responsibility to personal industry so the government can write checks for their food, clothing and energy. They have turned this entitlement class into their willing pets like the family dog which, even after suffering abuses, will come to the table to lick their masters hand.
Municipalities fear standing up to abuses from the Federal and State government out of concern their federal funding through grants will be suspended because the municipal government have become little more than a product of the welfare mentality established to reintroduce feudalism as a way of life. In turn, these monstrous masters, occasionally toss a few crumbs to the floor while they fatten their own coffers. As the minions grovel for the crumbs grabbing at what they can, the tyrants pass more regulations always with the promise of more crumbs.
The building they “work” in belong to us. Through our industry and taxes we built their hallowed halls. The food they eat belongs to us, not the crumbs they toss us but the whole meal. Without us they would have nothing to eat.
This law will silence us or face indefinite prison. It empowers the President with the authority of dictator who can, with the strike of a pen, silence the voice of his opposition declaring them as an enemy of the state.
Of this bill passes all that our founders struggled for will vanish like dust in the wind unless we stand now and say ENOUGH.
As I sit and frustratingly ponder this an old tune rolls into my thoughts:
Call out the instigators,
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later,
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now