Senate Set To Allow Arrest & Indefinite Detention of Americans by U.S. Military In Continental U.S.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             December 5, 2011

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Senate Set To Allow Arrest & Indefinite Detention of

Americans by U.S. Military In Continental U.S.

S.1867 assaults 4th, 5th & 6th Amendments, Posse Comitatus Act

(Richmond, VA) – The Senate is set to vote on S.1867, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week. Section 1031 of this bill would define the whole of the United States as a “battlefield” and allow the U.S. Military to arrest American citizens in their own back yard without charge or trial.

The Senate will 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.

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 a single hearing. The language appears in sections 1031 of the NDAA bill.

Section 1031 essentially repeals the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by authorizing the U.S. military to perform law enforcement functions on American soil.

This means that any American could be a declared domestic terrorist and thrown in a military brig with no recourse whatsoever. Given that the Department of Homeland Security has characterized behavior such as buying gold, owning guns, using a watch or binoculars, donating to charity, using the telephone or email to find information, using cash, and all manner of mundane behaviors as potential indicators of domestic terrorism, such a provision would be wide open to abuse.

Under the National Defense Authorization Act bill, no declaration of martial law is necessary since Americans would now be subject to the same treatment as suspected insurgents in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. They could be sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime.

The Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation is outraged by this assault on our Constitutional Rights and supports the Paul Amendment No. 1062 to strike, in its entirety, Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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3 Responses to Senate Set To Allow Arrest & Indefinite Detention of Americans by U.S. Military In Continental U.S.

  1. Kathy December 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    What? THis is terrible. There should be a press release on this issue. It scares me to think that not only is our government doing everything they can to make US citizens dependent on them for financial assistance, thus brainwashing us to think Big Government is a good thing, now they are willing to put anyone in jail for any reason THEY deem suitable??????

  2. Constitutional Reset December 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Publisher of “The Journal of Constitutional Reset from Virginia” hosted at

    After the 12/01/2001 Congressional enactment of SB 1867
    to covertly ditch each person’s rights
    it is appears that there is no other real choice left, no remedy left
    except to turn to the Creator of those rights for their defense.
    If God does not act to redeem and defend us we have ALL been enslaved.
    God can and does act. I have seen it.
    It is our time for fasting, repentance and imprecatory prayer for judgment upon those who make themselves God’s enemy.

    The National Defense Authorization Act, SB 1867, including Section 1031 which
    includes the provision for indefinite detention of American citizens by the

    “The individual is handicapped when
    coming face to face with a conspiracy
    so monstrous that he cannot believe it exists.” [in the United States]
    J. Edgar Hoover

  3. Garthock December 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    One thing that stood out as I watched the Elway video is that the “terrorists” in the production appeared to all be average Americans. I could be wrong, but I thought young, Arab, males were the demographic that has been primarily responsible for terrorist attackes in this country and around the world. I saw the complete statistic several years ago when the stigma of “profiling” was used as an excuse to NOT investigate individuals of interest.

    It reminds me of the drunk driving commercials that we will be seeing very, very soon. “Sir, have you been drinking?” Unless they have changed, notice that all the drunk drivers are white males. You won’t see one black, hispanic, oriental or arab male and apparently, women don’t drive drunk.

    But I digress.

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