Dear Barack Obama,
In 2008 I helped canvass for Obama's campaign, contributed as much as I could financially, drove fellow students to the polls, and helped as a poll observer in a district where students were being disenfranchised. The district for the first time went democrat and the cheer that rocked the school when Obama won remains one of the loudest sounds I have ever heard.
I now find myself ANGERED BEYOND WORDS at the possibility of the president signing into law the NDAA 2012. If this becomes law American citizens will be subject to indefinite detainment without trial or charge on the suspicion of terrorism. Say goodbye to the 5th amendment, not to mention other "inalienable rights." I cannot believe that this is happening in our country.
I am traveling in Europe and the people that I meet think that I am joking. How can the fundamental legal assumption of innocent until proven guilty disappear in the USA? Anyone who is accused of being a terrorist suspect can have all of their rights waived and can be detained indefinitely or tried by military tribunal. If this kind of police state is our future I see no hope for America.
In other countries we call for the resignation of leaders who "disappear" their citizens. This isn't a modern idea. In the list of grievances against King George III in the Declaration of Independence the founding fathers state:
"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
--"For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury;--"For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments."
The same applies here. I will actively campaign against any politician who supports this bill. That includes you Mr President. You promised to close Guantanamo. Instead you are considering sending US citizens there. Please veto this bill. I have so much respect for what you have done in some areas of your presidency. Make healthcare reform and other positive legislation your legacy. Don't go down in history as the president who destroyed civil liberties and revoked habeas corpus.
I could not be more disgusted at the fact that this bill has passed through our Congress. Don't think that just because no major news agencies are reporting on this bill that it won't get out. We live in a world of social media, instant communication. In Egypt, in Syria, on Wall Street and in the White House, those who abuse power are always found out and will be held accountable.
History is happening, it's time you get on the right side.
Please share and spread the word. It is important to our lives and the future of all our fellow Americans.