Obama and the NDAA of 2010

Obama and the NDAA of 2010

If you weren’t already aware, Obama was originally sued over the NDAA of 2010 very rightfully so. Here is an article on the original lawsuit:


But this lawsuit was successfully appealed only a few months later. To compare his current position on this issue with his position when running for President, here is what Obama said on September 8th, 2008 in Farmington Hills Town Hall, Michigan about Habeas Corpus and the presumption of innocence:


Excerpt from speech at about 3:53: “When you suspend habeas corpus — which has been a principle dating before even our country, it’s the foundation of Anglo-American law — which says very simply if the government grabs you then you have the right to at least ask “Why was I grabbed?” and say, “Hey, maybe you’ve got the wrong person.” The reason you have that safeguard is because we don’t always catch the right person. We may think this is Mohammed the terrorist, it might be Mohammed the cab driver. You might think it’s Barack the bomb thrower, but it’s Barack the guy running for president. So the reason that you have this principle is not to be soft on terrorism, it’s because that’s who we are. That’s what we’re protecting. Don’t mock the Constitution. Don’t make fun of it. Don’t suggest that it’s un-American to abide by what the Founding Fathers set up. It’s worked pretty well for over two-hundred years.”

So what happened to that fundamental principle of Habeas Corpus? It was not implemented when Obama first took office and he decided to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan, despite his promises, and it went out the window with the NDAA of 2010. I’ve been talking about this for too long, and it honestly makes me sick that so little is changing for the better. Obama would likely say the situation abroad called for different measures in 2010, but nothing has changed to make the presumption of innocence or the presence of a warrant for searches or the right to a trial and attorney for targeted individuals unnecessary. Nothing has made kidnapping, torture, indefinite detention without trial, drone attacks, and secret assassinations necessary, but these are all ongoing. The NDAA of 2010 Obama signed also prevented the closure of Gitmo, which he has been promising to close throughout his term.

Obama is “mocking” the Constitution now. And it’s interesting that he added in 2008 that the Constitution has worked for about 200 years when it never has and it originally made slavery legal. The efforts of people trying to fight for justice throughout American history have worked. Some people have managed to point to good parts of the Constitution to make civil rights achievements in courts, but the document itself was never meant to make everyone equal or free.

It is time Obama starts living up to his many campaign promises. While I do not think that is likely to happen, since we have been asking him for nearly five years since he took office, we have a much better chance of enacting change if we can get Americans to stop believing he is the President of peace. He never was. He is a good orator and manipulator, but little else. Let’s hold our “leaders” accountable.


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