Allen West finally sets record straight about National Defense Authorization Act

You’d think this would end the speculation from the kooks (Ron Paul acolytes especially) who claim the 2011 NDAA authorizes the US Military to indefinitely detain US citizens.

Here Allen West reads directly from the bill, and challenges anyone in attendance to tell him where in the document the offending passages an be found.

Somehow the tin foil hat brigades will march onward, I’m sure.

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12 Responses to Allen West finally sets record straight about National Defense Authorization Act

  1. Winghunter says:

    Hope he’s right AND Obama doesn’t change it! We all know he doesn’t let our Constitution get in his way.

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    • That’s not a response if it’s dated December 16 and West’s remarks are from Jan. 3, 2012.Amash talks about Sec. 1021 which in the final draft covers;

      Subtitle C—Naval Vessels and Shipyards
      Sec. 1021. Budgeting for construction of naval vessels.

      Okay, section 1031 now, defines a detainee;

      4 SEC. 1031. DEFINITION OF INDIVIDUAL DETAINED AT GUAN-
      5 TANAMO.
      6 In this subtitle, the term ‘‘individual detained at
      7 Guantanamo’’ means any individual who is located at
      8 United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on
      9 or after March 7, 2011, who—
      10 (1) is not a citizen of the United States or a
      11 member of the Armed Forces of the United States; and
      12 (2) is in the custody or under the effective con-
      13 trol of the Department of Defense.

      Note subsection (1).

      He also writes about Sec. 1022, which was deleted from the original draft. It no longer exists.

      Search for yourself.

    • Okay, I waded through the various versions of the bill and found the correct one. Finally.

      I think West is referring to this;

      Section 1021 (e); AUTHORITIES.—Nothing in this section shall be construed
      to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of
      United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States,
      or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United
      States.

      • Paul says:

        You are partly correct. The link to Justin Amash’s note is dated Dec 16th, however, he posted a link to that note as a response to Allen West’s video with this note on his Facebook wall:

        “As Members of Congress take heat for having voted to grant the President new authority to indefinitely detain Americans on American soil without charge or trial, many Members are citing the NDAA’s language as “proof” that Americans are not at risk. A few of them are intending to mislead you, but most simply misapprehend the bill.

        Here’s one prominent example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5KJPm2b-v8. My attached Note responds directly to the most common false assertions, such as those in the attached video, made in defense of the NDAA.”

        Amash is saying that 1022 is still in it, and it is insufficiently amended to protect Americans. I admit this whole thing is very confusing. I was merely trying to provide another point of view from a liberty loving representative.

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