MRC’s Notable Quotables: Let’s Blame “Right Wing” and Hope Bombers Are “White Americans”

So much stupid here, so very, very much..It is pathetic…And they call themselves ‘journalists’? Damn…pathetic..

Media Research CenterApril 29, 2013
Vol. 26, No. 9
First Impulse: Blame “Right Wing” for Boston Bombings

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“The list of potential suspects could be long because investigators know this stretch of April is one with a dark history. This Friday, April 19th, is also the anniversary of two of the most traumatic days in the country’s recent history. In 1993, a 51-day standoff between federal law enforcement and Branch Davidian leader David Koresh ended with 80 dead, including 25 children, when Koresh refused to surrender peacefully. On the same day two years later, Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killing 168, including 19 children in the building’s day-care center.”
— ABC’s Pierre Thomas on Good Morning America, April 16. [MP3 audio (1:23)]“The thinking, as we’ve been reporting, is that this is a domestic extremist attack. And officials are leaning that way largely because of the timing of the attack. April is a big month for anti-government and right-wing individuals. There’s the Columbine anniversary. There’s Hitler’s birthday. There’s the Oklahoma City bombing. There’s the assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco.”
— NPR correspondent Dina Temple-Raston on All Things Considered, April 16.

“Normally, domestic terrorists, people, tend to be on the far right — well, that’s not a good category, just extremists, let’s call them that. Do they advertise after they do something like this? Do they try to get credit as a group, or do they just hate America so much or its politics or its government that they just want to do the damage?…Would you as an expert be thinking domestic at this point? I don’t think Tax Day means a whole lot to the Arab world, or Islamic world, or the — certainly not to al Qaeda, in terms of their world. It doesn’t have any iconic significance.”
Hardball host Chris Matthews on April 15, asking terrorism expert Michael Leiter about potential suspects in the Boston marathon bombings.

“Obviously, nobody knows anything yet, but I would caution folks jumping to conclusions about foreign terrorism to remember that this is the official Patriots Day holiday in Massachusetts, celebrating the battles at Lexington and Concord, and that the actual date (April 19) was of some significance to, among other people, Tim McVeigh, because he fancied himself a waterer of the tree of liberty and the like.”
— Former Boston Globe reporter Charles Pierce writing on Esquire’s politics blog at 3:22pm April 15, barely half an hour after the bombings occurred.

Hoping the Bombers Were White Americans
“Let’s Hope the Boston Marathon Bomber Is a White American

— Headline over an April 16 Salon.com article by writer David Sirota.
Exploiting Bombing to Take Partisan Shot
“explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment.”
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in an April 15 Twitter posting about an hour after the bombing. About 30 minutes later, Kristof apologized: “ok, that was low blow. i take it back.” (All punctuation as in the original.)

Aren’t Air Force Pilots Bigger Terrorists, Anyway?
“I send my deepest condolence to the victims and families in Boston. But President Obama said that what happened in Boston was an act of terrorism. I would like to ask: Do you consider the U.S. bombing on civilians in Afghanistan earlier this month that left 11 children and a woman killed a form of terrorism? Why or why not?”
— McClatchy reporter Amina Ismail to White House press secretary Jay Carney at the April 17 briefing.

“Shame” and “Outrage” Over Gun Control Defeat
“Defeated. The post-Newtown gun control legislation goes down in the Senate. There are cries of ‘shame’ from victims of gun violence watching from the Senate gallery, and the President reacts with anger.”
— Anchor Brian Williams opening the April 17 NBC Nightly News.

Anchor Diane Sawyer: “Voted down. A huge defeat for the big gun bill. Tonight, outrage from the families of the victims of gun violence.”
Newtown parent Mark Barden: “Our hearts are broken; our spirit is not.”
— Tease at the start of ABC’s World News, April 17.

Hitting Obama for Not Pushing Gun Control Earlier
“We began with the gun legislation before Congress that many say is now hanging by a thread…. [to Obama] You are asking Democrats in conservative states to take a tough vote politically, something you, yourself, did not do. You didn’t run on this in 2008 or 2012, not after Tucson, not after Aurora.”
— NBC Today co-host Savannah Guthrie setting up her taped interview with President Obama, April 16.

NBC Trots Out SNL Skit to Claim “Problem” Is Lack of Action on Gun Control

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Moderator David Gregory: “We’re also talking about the gun debate this weekend. Saturday Night Live had a pretty pointed, with a laugh, criticism at what is being debated about these background checks. Here’s a portion of their open last night:”
Actor playing President Obama: “Good evening, my fellow Americans. As you know, over the past few months, I have made gun control legislation a top priority for my administration. Which is why I am so excited to announce that this week the Senate voted 68 to 31 to begin debating the idea of discussing gun control. Let me say that again: They’ve agreed to think about talking about gun control. Amazing.”
Gregory: “Senator [Kirsten] Gillibrand, isn’t that really the problem? Despite all the emotion, despite the push, despite the public opinion polls, not a lot is about to be accomplished here.”
— NBC’s Meet the Press, April 14. [MP3 audio (0:55)]

Hopes “SOB” McConnell Gets “Stung Hard” on Guns
“I don’t know why it is — because I’m not always partisan — but I really do have a problem with Mitch McConnell. I would like to see him get stung hard on this one [the gun control vote]. So, why do I think like that? Because he tends to be an SOB generally? Does anybody like that guy?”
— Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, April 24. A few minutes earlier, Matthews had recited new Gallup poll figures showing McConnell with the lowest “unfavorable” rating among top congressional leaders.

PBS Host Wants to “Throw Up” Over Gun Bill Failure

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“You’re telling me on April 15, 2013, a few months after Newtown, it is possible, it is conceivable that this year might end without an assault weapons ban and without legislation that guarantees background checks?…That makes me want to throw up, but I can’t do that on national television, so I’ll keep it in until I get off camera in three minutes.”
— Host Tavis Smiley to socialist Senator Bernie Sanders on PBS’s Tavis Smiley, April 15. [MP3 audio (1:08)]

Yearning for “Un-Freaking-Bearable” Delays to Force End to Sequester

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“You know what? It’s gonna get worse and worse and worse and worse, and at some point Americans are gonna be down on their knees saying, ‘Please get rid of this sequester!’ It’s gotta happen; you cannot do these across the board mindless cuts without having impacts like we started to see yesterday. And you know what, I hope they continue. I mean, I’ve got a flight coming up to Las Vegas and a few other places, one out to the West Coast. I don’t want to have two- or three-hour delays, but I hope it becomes un-freaking-bearable in every way, and then let them cry uncle.”
— Left-wing radio host Bill Press on his Full Court Press radio program, April 23. [MP3 audio (1:07)]

Denying Bias as Reason for Censoring Abortionists’ Trial

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Anchor Anderson Cooper: “There’s been a lot of criticism of mainstream media, Jeff, for not covering this in the same way they covered the Jodi Arias trial or, you know, it’s not front-page news in a lot of places. This is the first night we are covering it. Why do you think that is, that it hasn’t received the kind of front-page coverage of it?”
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin: “Well, the people making those criticisms by and large are conservatives, who are saying the liberal media is trying to protect abortion rights by not showing this horror show. I don’t buy that at all….We are not operating with a political agenda here. We pick stories, by and large, for reasons that we think people will be interested. I don’t think we’re covering this up. So, I just think that’s a way of trying to — of ginning up their supporters.”
— CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, April 12. [MP3 audio (0:45)]

“Martin Baron, the Post’s editor, offers a more mundane rationale for the newspaper’s lack of coverage: He wasn’t aware of the story until last Thursday night, when readers began e-mailing him about it. ‘I wish I could be conscious of all stories everywhere, but I can’t be,’ he said. ‘Nor can any of us.’…Added Baron, ‘We never decide what to cover for ideological reasons, no matter what critics might claim. Accusations of ideological motives are easy to make, even if they’re not supported by the facts.’”
— Quoted by reporter Paul Farhi in the Washington Post, April 15.

Boston Bombing = Perfect Reason to Start a Carbon Tax
“Until we fully understand what turned two brothers who allegedly perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombings into murderers, it is hard to make any policy recommendation other than this: We need to redouble our efforts to make America stronger and healthier so it remains a vibrant counterexample to whatever bigoted ideology may have gripped these young men….And the best place to start is with a carbon tax.”
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, April 21.

“Necessary to Report” on Tacky Anti-Thatcher Stunt

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Anchor Brian Williams: “The music news this week actually has to do with Maggie Thatcher. This is sad but necessary to report….Tonight, the number one song on iTunes in Great Britain is The Wizard of Oz classic, in this case celebrating the death of the Iron Lady.”
Clip from The Wizard of Oz: “Ding, dong, the Wicked Witch is dead.”
Williams: “For the woman who once said feminism was poison, the reaction to her death has been every bit as tough as she was.”
— NBC’s Rock Center, April 12. [MP3 audio (1:02)]

Obama Doing “Wonderful Job” Despite Bothersome Media

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Host David Gregory: “I know you’re politically conscious, politically active. What is your view of the state of things, and the state of the President’s performance?”…
Actor Harrison Ford: “Well, you know, it’s — I think the President is doing, you know, all things considered, a wonderful job. I wish that the country were not so fractious as it is at the moment. I blame a lot of that on the press and the news business. And I wish it wasn’t so. And I think it makes things very difficult, and I think we’re at a moment of real political malaise and it needs to be changed.”
— NBC’s Meet the Press online “Press Pass” segment, April 14. [MP3 audio (1:16)]

PUBLISHER: L. Brent Bozell III
EDITORS: Brent H. Baker, Rich Noyes, Tim Graham
DEPUTY RESEARCH DIRECTOR: Geoffrey Dickens
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INTERNS: Jeffrey Meyer, Matt Vespa and Paul Bremmer

Stop the Censorship!

Bob Costas Digs Himself in Deeper on the O’Reilly Factor – Gun Owners Of America

Bob Costas Digs Himself in Deeper on the O’Reilly Factor

Bob Costas appeared on the O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night in an effort to explain his ill-informed comments about guns that he made over the weekend.

Using one of Sunday’s football games as a platform to express his views on guns, Costas (who was quoting a sports writer) said that the Kansas City linebacker who killed himself and his girlfriend this past weekend would still be alive today “if Javon Belcher didn’t possess a gun.”

Click here to read GOA’s original response to Costas’ Sunday remarks.

Because Costas’ remarks have stoked a nation-wide controversy, O’Reilly invited Costas onto his show to clear away the “confusion.”Taking his cue, Costas led off the interview saying that he knows Americans have a right to bear arms and that he never intended to enter the political debate surrounding this issue.

He emphasized several times that he never used the words “gun control,” and that he is not looking to repeal the Second Amendment.

But rather than set the record straight, Costas only made things worse with several bone-headed or factually inaccurate statements.Rather than clear up the matter, Costas adopted the talking points of several anti-gun “Brady Bunch” organizations by saying Americans are worse off owning guns, that they don’t typically use them in self-defense, and that Americans need to do something about our dangerous “gun culture.”

Here are just some of most egregious examples (although one comes from Bill O’Reilly):

1. Myth:Guns do more harm than good.

“Even if one has the right to have the gun — you got this many guns out there — far more often, bad things happen (including unintentional things) than things where the presence of a gun diminishes or averts danger.” – Bob Costas to Bill O’Reilly

Not true. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year — or about 6,850 times a day.This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.(1)

Even anti-gun researchers have conceded that guns are used 1.5 million times annually for self-defense. According to the Clinton Justice Department, there were as many as 1.5 million cases of self-defense with a firearm every year.The National Institute of Justice published this figure in 1997 as part of “Guns in America” — a study which was authored by noted anti-gun criminologists Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig.(2)

So where does the guns-are-more-likely-to-harm-you theory come from?Well, it first appeared in the 1980s with a “study” performed by Dr. Arthur Kellermann, who concluded that a gun in the home is supposedly more likely — far more likely, he claimed — to kill the owner than to be used in self-defense.

Interestingly, Kellermann refused to release the data behind his conclusions for years.(3)But subsequently, the nation discovered why Kellerman stonewalled for so long:

* All available data now indicates that the “home gun homicide victims [in Kellermann’s study] were killed using guns not kept in the victim’s home,” researcher Don Kates writes.In other words, the victims were NOT murdered with their own guns!They were killed “by intruders who brought their own guns to the victim’s household.”(4)

 * In retrospect, Kates found, it was not the ownership of firearms that put these victims at high risk.Rather, it was the victim’s “high-risk life-styles [such as criminal associations] that caused them to own guns at higher rates than the members of the supposedly comparable control group.”(5)

Even using the conservative figures issued by the Clinton Justice Department, Americans are 50 times more likely to use a gun in self-defense than to be killed by a firearm.

The fact is, guns save far more lives … far more often than they take a life.

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2. Myth:More gun control needed.

“I believe there should be more comprehensive and effective controls on the sale of guns.” – Bob Costas to Bill O’Reilly

Bob Costas says he never used the words “gun control” in discussing the Belcher murder-suicide. While technically true, he did admit to Bill O’Reilly that he favors greater gun restrictions:more background checks, mandatory training for those who purchase firearms, and bans on “military-style” firearms — saying that only the military and police should have them.

“None of that impinges on someone’s Second Amendment rights or their right to protect their home and their family,” Costas said.

Well, if gun bans and background checks are consistent with Second Amendment rights — never mind the words “shall not be infringed” — then perhaps Mr. Costas won’t mind similar restrictions on his right to speak in front of a microphone?

After all, his comments have caused severe angst on the part of many Americans this week.And not only his comments, but one could make an argument that, in general, the media incites people to anger and violence on a semi-regular basis.

Therefore, if we were to curb (or ban) most or all of the media’s broadcasts, then one could argue that we would live in a far safer environment:

* Remember the environmentalist wacko who, in 2010, held several people hostage in the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring Maryland? James J. Lee confessed he had an “awakening” after watching Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth — an “awakening” which convinced him the planet would be better off without humans and which drove him to take hostages in order to protest the Discovery Channel’s programming.(6)

* Or what about the Los Angeles riots of 1992?Rioters began their circuit of death and destruction, only after the media reported the jury verdict which cleared the police officers who had beaten Rodney King.Fifty-three people were killed during the riots and thousands more were injured.

 * Or what about Timothy McVeigh, who was driven to blow up the federal Murrah Building in Oklahoma City after watching the media’s coverage of tanks assaulting the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas?

In all of the above cases, the media played a significant role in stoking people’s anger.Thus, it could be argued with some cogency, that gagging the media would result in less violence and bloodshed.

Of course, this is not the kind of society we want to live in.But if we are going to use pragmatic arguments for restricting the Second Amendment, then don’t be surprised when that same standard gets used to infringe upon the freedoms protected by the First Amendment.

In truth, however, the problem is not that there are too many guns or too few restrictions on them.The fact is, we have more guns than ever in this country and crime rates are dropping — as evidenced by the fact that during the first decade of this century, 40 million new guns were manufactured for sale inside the U.S., even while the murder rate dropped 14%.(7)

And this just underscores the undeniable truth that “Guns Save Lives.”

3. Myth:America needs to curb its “easy access to guns.”

“If we’re looking for perspective on this, we’re going to have [a serious discussion about] domestic violence, about the culture of the game itself, about the easy access to guns … and in the future we will soon do that.” – Bob Costas to Bill O’Reilly

Costas drinks the “Brady Bunch” Kool-Aid here, arguing that the availability of firearms is one of the main causes of violence.But “easy access” to guns is NOT the problem.In fact, the places in this country where guns were restricted the most have been the places where citizens lived in the greatest danger.

Consider, for example, the nation’s capital in the United States.In 1976, Washington, DC made it virtually impossible for anyone to legally obtain a firearm.If a homeowner did get a gun to defend himself, and the police found out, then the gun owner could go to jail.

These restrictions discouraged homeowners from obtaining firearms and, not surprisingly, the city’s murder rate skyrocketed — so much so, the city was frequently ranked as the nation’s “Murder Capital.”(8)This held true for several decades, until the Supreme Court struck down Washington’s gun ban in 2008.(9)That year, gun ownership once again became legal in the District, and residents began purchasing thousands of firearms.

Not surprisingly, gun control advocates predicted that the murder rate in the nation’s capital would spike as a result of legal guns entering the city.But what was the reality?Murders in the nation’s capital immediately dropped to a 45-year low.(10)

People are less safe when they enter a “gun free zone,” but have a better chance of protecting themselves when they can easily access a firearm and use it for protection.

Consider El Paso, Texas, which was ranked by CQ Press as America’s safest big city in 2010.(11)Residents there can carry concealed firearms (and live quite peacefully) despite being located across from Juarez City, Mexico — a town with very stringent gun control laws and one of the highest murder rates in the world.

In Juarez, people are disarmed, they live in fear, and criminals still manage to get a hold of firearms.In El Paso, average citizens can carry firearms — they have “easy access” to them — and they live in peace.

The verdict?Easy access to guns keeps people much safer than the alternative.

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4. Myth:Citizens can’t be trusted with guns, but police can.

“In that situation [in the Aurora theater] — in the dark, in the confusion — I think it’s highly more likely that there would be additional carnage.Bullets would be flying wildly all over the place.” — Bob Costas to Bill O’Reilly

These are the talking points one frequently hears from the Brady Bunch.They love to portray law-abiding citizens as the ones who, not only can’t be trusted to defend themselves but, will accidentally harm others — even when trying to do the right thing.

However, if we’re going to use the “bullets flying wildly” standard as a basis for denying gun ownership to private citizens, then you might as well start disarming the police.After all, it was the New York City police (not law-abiding citizens) who accidentally shot nine bystanders in August outside the Empire State Building.

And while that’s just one anecdotal case, readers of Newsweek learned that while “only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal, the ‘error rate’ for the police [is] more than five times as high.”(12)

The fact is, civilians do an amazing job of protecting themselves and others — even in crowded surroundings.Take Jeanne Assam, who saved the lives of hundreds of worshippers in 2007, when she shot an armed thug in the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado — a gigantic church which boasts a membership of thousands.

Matthew Murray, intent on killing as many innocent victims as he could, entered the building with a thousand rounds of ammunition and several firearms.

However, he was only able to shoot two sisters in the parking lot because, once he entered the building, he was met by a woman with a gun.Assam shot him repeatedly until he fell incapacitated.He then took his own life.No innocent bystanders were shot or killed inside the New Life Church.

5. Myth:Guns are only used to harm athletes, not protect them.

“I cannot think of a single instance, involving a professional athlete, whereby that athlete having a gun averted or diminished a dangerous situation.But I can give you a long list of tragedies that came about because guys were packing.” — Bob Costas to Bill O’Reilly

The DC Examiner exposed the outright lie — or lazy scholarship — that is central to Costas’ statement here.For example, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corry Fuller (in 2004) and Houston Astros outfielder Luke Scott (in 2005) are just two notable athletes who have used guns in self-defense in recent years.(13)

But beyond Costas’ ignorance (or deception), this argument is just foolish.One could make an argument for banning all kinds of items under this reasoning.Just try inserting the word “barbell” everywhere Costas mentions guns.

Truly, no one’s life has ever been saved because of a barbell or dumbbell, and yet, in recent months, there have been some gruesome murders committed with these blunt objects:

 * A Florida woman was on trial this year for the torture/murder of her husband which included beating him barbells and slicing his eyes with a utility knife.(14)

* A Virginia man is also facing charges for the strangulation/beating murder of a woman which involved a 15-pound dumbbell.(15)

 Heck, if Costas really wants to press the issue, there are more student deaths related to high school football than to guns.(16)Has football ever saved anyone’s life?No.

So how can Costas support a game that claims more student lives than guns?

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6. Myth:Americans hold to a dangerous Wild West, Dirty Harry gun culture.

 “[Americans] may feel that it’s part of a romanticized culture.There’s an aspect of this — a kind of Wild West, cowboy, Dirty Harry aspect.There’s also an aspect that’s influenced by some of what we see in the inner cities. There’s some of what may be glamorized in Gangsa Rap videos.Whatever it may be, it plays itself out in different ways [and] in different demographics.” — Bob Costas to Bill O’Reilly

Costas says he was shocked to hear that, when Tony Dungy was coaching the Indianapolis Colts, there were 60 out of 80 players in training camp who admitted to owning guns.Costas conceded, somewhat dismissively, that they may feel they need these guns for protection.

But more than that, he says, it’s the dangerous gun culture which is fueling this supposed fascination with guns.

Of course, inherent in his statement is the assumption that guns are inherently bad. Notice that Costas is not concerned about the “football culture” which results in more deaths than guns at the high school level.(17) Nor is he concerned about the “Playboy culture” which, arguably, has resulted in higher levels of rape and incest.(18)

But no, it’s just the “gun culture” he’s concerned about — never mind that this freedom is enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

So how about if we turn the tables:What if many Americans are concerned about Bob Costas’ views on gun control?Would that justify limiting his right to free speech?

It may sound like a preposterous question, but there are Congressmen who favor LIMITING the free speech rights of law-abiding Americans.Just consider the DISCLOSE Act and “Hush Rush” bills that Congress has put forward in years past.(19)(20)

Or, take Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), who told an audience recently that millionaires are “stealing your government” because they have the money to get people elected.(Never mind there are campaign finance laws which limit the amount of money they can give to candidates.)

So what’s the solution, according to the congressman?“We need a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights” of these rich folks, says Johnson.(21)

Really?Our First Amendment rights are now “so-called” freedoms?

You see, once you let the “Congress-needs-to-change-the-culture” genie out of the bottle, then all the Bill of Rights will be up for debate.

7. Myth:The Founding Fathers gave us our Second Amendment right to bear arms

“Gun control in America is an emotional issue because it is clear that the Founding Fathers gave the right to bear arms for two reasons.” — Bill O’Reilly to Bob Costas

In case, you missed it — notice the flip-flop in the order of the names.This myth came from Bill O’Reilly’s lips.

Yes, O’Reilly had some good things to say on Wednesday night.But he also staked out a position in favor of some gun control, while totally ignoring the “shall not be infringed” language of the Second Amendment.

So just to be clear.The Founders did NOT give us our rights, nor did they believe they were granting us rights.

The Declaration of Independence states that “All men are created equal [and] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”Our rights come from God himself, and this is the reason our rights cannot — and should not — be infringed in any way, shape or form (unless someone has committed a violent crime and, thus, forfeited his rights).

Now, O’Reilly did give two good reasons for the right to keep and bear arms:Defense against tyranny and self-defense against both natural and human predators.

But the reason that he supports gun control stems from the fact that he does not hold a principled view of rights.If O’Reilly believed our rights came from God, then he could not consistently hold the gun control position that he advocates.Same for Bob Costas.

In fact, Mr. Costas should dust off his copy of the Declaration next time he tries to wax eloquent on a civil rights issue during a football game.Or better yet, maybe he should just stick to sportscasting.

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Erich Pratt is the Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America, a grassroots lobbying organization with 300,000 members.

GOA: Neuter the NDAA

Two Representatives Looking
to Neuter the NDAA
– Amendment would protect you from indefinite detention
Representatives Justin Amash (R-MI) and Adam Smith (D-WA) are looking to fix one of the most troubling pieces of legislation that have passed during Barack Obama’s presidency.
As you know, at the end of last year, Congress passed and Barack Obama signed a defense authorization bill which contained two very dangerous provisions.
The first of these troubling provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA] is section 1021.  It would allow American citizens to be arrested on American soil, detained indefinitely, tried in a military court, and deported to a Third World country for torture.
And all of this could be done without a trial!
An American could be detained if he “substantially supported” an individual who engaged in a belligerent act against the U.S. or its allies, whether knowingly or unknowingly.  Thus, if you were to sell a gun to a Timothy McVeigh, unaware of his intentions, you could have all of your constitutional rights summarily taken away by Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder under the terms of this law.
The Amash provision would amend section 1021 by barring the U.S. military from putting any citizen into indefinite detention without a charge or trial.
Another provision in the NDAA [section 1022] actually requires the military to put certain civilian suspects into military detention.  While the administration has waived this provision’s applicability to certain groups of people, the underlying law could still be enforced one day by the Obama administration (or a future administration).
The Amash amendment would repeal section 1022 entirely.