America, Land of the Captive

So there’s this new law that had just been passed in the United States. Its original name was HR 1540, but they changed it to “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.” Not many people have heard of this law, so that’s why I’m writing about it here, so that you get an idea of what’s going on behind the governmental curtains.

Basically what this means is that the president has the power to detain “suspected terrorists” indefinitely. This doesn’t just apply to foreigners; it means that any US citizen can be arbitrarily arrested on US soil for “suspicious terrorist activity.”

Presidents in the past claimed to have the power to do so, but they really didn’t. It was assumed, however, that they did have the power because of unclear, confusing, and obscure issues in the Constitution. But yeah, now the president actually has the power to arrest anyone at any time, and kept under detention indefinitely.

Here’s the problem: Now, the Administration is able to define what a terrorist is, as well as who is and who isn’t a suspect. Also, the president can misuse this authority, but I really doubt that he will. ┬áBut there’s still the chance…

Anyway, all of that to say, America is not the land of the free, as much as people want it to be. Out of all the countries I’ve been in (45 or so), America is definitely the most law and rule-infested country. It’s a police country. And there’s also SOPA and PIPA, which will restrict your freedom of speech on the internet. At least there’s still the right to bear arms…


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