The NDAA is not a new law, it has been passed and updated for the last 48 years to specify the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense. The problem comes however with a new provision to the NDAA. Section 1031 allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without a trial or hearing. This goes against everything everything our founders ever had envisioned for us.
An amendment, Section 1032, stating the intent is not to change existing common law, such as Hamdi v. Rumsfeld and Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which ruled that lawful United States citizens have the right to challenge their detention before an impartial judge and military commissions (such as those at Guantanamo Bay) lack the power to proceed, respectively. The very fact though that they need such a amendment shows how terrifying this law is though. I also have questions about the wording. What determines "Lawful United States Citizens", if i have broken a law and they pick me up can i then be held indefinitely? Does it matter the law? Either way what stop them from saying i broke a law just because they don't like something i did. If i am being held indefinitely how do i prove i didn't do it in the first place. To me it sounds like a giant "You have nothing to fear if you did nothing wrong". However when they are using such propaganda it is a great time to fear.
Should be no surprise that Jim Inhofe (R-OK) voted for it. His voting record aliens right up there with many republican oklahomians. Inhofe is in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes, and voted against prohibiting job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. So for him to throw the Constitution in our faces is not that big of a surprise. Every member that voted for the NDAA should be impeached immediately, or at minimal not be re-elected when the times comes. Here is a list of all the Y EAs. Everyone of these senators needs to know we will not accept this blatant disregard of human and civil rights much less the Constitution on which they have vowed to uphold.
Then here is the 13 Senators who opposed the final* version of the bill. I was kinda of surprised to see Coburn on this list. While i still do not like Coburn that much, i can at least respect him for this. As well on this list is the former funny man Franken. This list should have been much longer if you ask me. It saddens me that there are only 13 people on this list.
Add this law to SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act, that they are trying to pass right now and all civil and human rights will have effectively been stripped away. Free speech will be a thing of the past. I will talk more on SOPA a bit later but just know that if passed the internet will never be the same again. As with the NDAA anyone who supports this bill, which there is a lot, are traitors to the US and our Constitution.