With Congress passing the NDAA, the question many ask is simple: How bad will/can it get? It’s a fair question. While the constitutional questions this bill raises are a topic of debate amongst the talking heads and various other politicos, the average person must ask that simple question.
The NDAA essentially turns the entire United States into a warzone for the purposes of combating terrorism. It also gives the government extra-constitutional powers for this very same purpose. Officially, this is about Al Qaeda and “associated forces”, whatever that means.
The thing is, when you look at how Obama’s White House has defined “domestic terrorists”, one is left to wonder when will they decide to define “associated forces” to include domestic terrorists. Honestly, I don’t think it would take very long, and as there is no due process, it’s unlikely that the courts will get a say on this for a very long time.
So the first thing we have to understand is, “what is a domestic terrorist”?
((5) the term `domestic terrorism’ means activities that—