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Dragnet definition of terrorism is unconstitutional

Many Americans are unaware that the NDAA allows the government (its military) to whisk a citizen away with no reason other than being suspected of terrorism--and without any appearance before a court.

That it is unconstitutional. Why? Look at the Bill of Rights, The Fourth Amendment grants liberty from unreasonable seizures, while the Sixth guarantees every US citizen a trial in front of a jury.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse issued this report in Sept. 2009: "Federal agencies can't seem to agree on who is a terrorist and who is not. The failure has potentially serious implications, weakening efforts to use the criminal law to combat terrorism and at the same time undermining civil liberties."

[We need a] new generation of constitutionalists to focus on this sweepingly dangerous federal government incompetence that undermines national security and personal liberty. A range of civil liberties organizations should now get after this dragnet definition of terrorists.

Source: Nat Hentoff on Cato Institute website, www.cato.org , Dec 5, 2012

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