Jack Hunter writes at The Daily Caller that the Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act has handed a victory to terrorism. The bill’s provisions allow the federal government to “detain… American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland,” according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is strongly in favor of the bill.
If a primary purpose of terrorism is to induce fear, and Americans are willing to give up their most precious freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism, how is this anything less than a monumental victory for our enemies?
Despite past mantras about fighting al-Qaeda “over there” so we would not have to fight them “here at home,” we’re now being told the war has arrived at our doorstep. ”Battlefield: America” would be an exciting video game scenario, but it’s depressing as a new stage in the real-life war on terror.
Just how long could Americans be detained without trial? Indefinitely. Hunter continues:
Most who support this new power for the federal government — and especially Graham — also agree that what we call the “war on terror” is a war that will last forever. In this light, this new legislation poses a particular danger, or as Sen. Paul explains: “During war, there has always been a struggle to preserve constitutional liberties. During the Civil War, the right of habeas corpus was suspended … Fortunately, those actions were reversed after the war.”
President Obama has claimed he will veto the bill, even though the Democrat-controlled Senate just approved it — but President Obama has failed to live up to the rhetoric of Senator Obama time and time again.