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Guilty Before Innocent… In America? – Arizona HB2573 to Nullify NDAA

We can learn a lot about a nation by how they treat their supposed law breakers. In a peaceful, lawful, and liberty minded society even suspected criminals are treated with respect. After all, the accusations might be false.

In a tyrannical state the powers to be decide people’s fate on a whim. Just a few weeks ago there was a man-hunt for Christopher Dorner, the supposed cop-killer who wrote a manifesto calling for the deaths of multiple people. I say supposed because we never confirmed or verified beyond a doubt that Christopher Dorner wrote that manifesto. We also never confirmed or verified beyond a doubt that Christopher Dorner killed anyone.

In fact, we don’t even know if the LAPD and other forces actually killed Christopher Dorner by setting a cabin on fire.

We don’t know any of this because our system of law has been turned absolutely non-transparent. Today we use the NDAA, the PATRIOT Act, NSA wiretapping, or other like-minded legislation to bypass the judicial practice of proving suspects guilty. Gone are the days of “innocent until proven guilty” and in it’s place rests the mantra of “they were too big of a threat to society to use the proper channels… so we bypassed them.”

The LAPD/SWAT could have easily waited for Dorner to exit the building or starved him out but instead they shot multiple –¬†seven if I remember correctly – incendiary tear grenades inside a wooden cabin. For those who do not know, incendiary grenades are grenades made to heat up by a chemical reaction. Do we really need to use seven of these in a wooden cabin? After all incendiary weapons are not even supposed to be used in war according to the Geneva Conventions and the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons Protocol II.

Guilty or not, doesn’t the man have the right to a trial¬†in which the accusers carry the burden of proof of proving he was guilty?

Even if the qualm is not as high of a profile as Dorner, as it stands now the NDAA allows the government to do many things to bypass justice. Section 1021 of the NDAA bill of 2012 allowed for the “indefinite detention of American citizens without due process at the discretion of the President.” Indefinite detention? Without due process? At the discretion of the President? Or and this is for AMERICAN CITIZENS? This isn’t some sort of legislation or command of of Hitler’s Nazi Germany so he could detain whoever he wanted for whatever reason that he wanted (which he did) – no this is for you and me.

Arizona has introduced HB2573 to effectively nullify any sort of NDAA action. This bill has bi-partisan suppport. After all, nobody wants to have an invisible threat hovering over their head in knowing that they could be the next person that is captured “at the discretion of the President.” Below is a letter written to my Arizona Representative on the issue.

Mr Forese,
There are bad people in the world and I don’t think that anyone is going to say that there are not. However, I believe that everyone should have the right to a trial. We cannot be running as a society of Liberty and Freedom and locking up people indefinitely – no matter how unsavory they are. They should be afforded the right to a trial as a free man – innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. I am asking you to please vote YEA on Arizona HB2573 which nullifys the National Defense Authorization Act passed by our federal government.

-Kyle Huwer, PC, LD17

I will leave you with a few relevant quotes to think about when entertaining a peice of legislation that allows your government to come and round up whoever they want with no oversight.

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me – Pastor Martin Niemoller


“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana


"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain