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VIDEO: Ron Paul on NDAA: 'Biggest Story' Nobody's Talking About

Ron Paul: "This [act] is really, really bad," and "very dangerous."

Although it was the last question of the night during a Monday night campaign stop at the Executive Court in Manchester, it was the one Ron Paul took the most time to explain – what is the National Defense Authorization Act and what should people understand about changes made for 2012.

The question came from Alex LaRoza of Bedford, a homeschooled high school student who asked Paul for his take on the controversial military spending bill. Afterward, LaRoza said that although he appreciated Paul's answer, it also makes him more nervous to think that Paul might not be his next president.

"He's our only hope for freedom," LaRoza said.

See the video to find out Paul's answer, and what got Keith Myrdek of Manchester so upset with his Republican Congressman, after hearing Paul's answer. By the way, Myrdek named names – and provided us with a copy of the letter sent to him by Congressman Frank Guinta last week. Myrdek says he now believes Guinta misled him about the substance of the NDAA [see the copy of the letter sent to Myrdek by Congressman Frank Guinta.]

Bonus: Link to Roll Call voting on NDAA.

-Paul- December 20, 2011 at 06:16 AM
Yeah, here's a fairly good analysis of the NDAA by Salon: http://www.salon.com/2011/12/16/three_myths_about_the_detention_bill/singleton/ In short, US citizens were exempted from one subsection, but not another. The second still permits indefinite detention of US citizens with no trial, at the discretion of the president. It is worded in a very lawyerly way, so as to try to appease critics. Of course, it doesn't help their publicity campaign when senators openly brag about how they can now detain us citizens with no trial. E.g. Sen. Lindsey Graham: “If you’re an American citizen and you betray your country, you’re not going to be given a lawyer … I believe our military should be deeply involved in fighting these guys, at home or abroad.” Of course, in practice, this means, "If you're an American citizen and you're ACCUSED of betraying your country, you will be arrested by the military and detained indefinitely with no trial". We have trials to determine between those who have merely been accused, and those who are actually guilty. But I guess those pesky ol' constitutional rights are superfluous to Mr. Graham. A mere accusation is enough -- no need for the government to prove their case. We live in interesting times, indeed. I hope we can see through the fear-mongering and war-mongering before we lose yet more essential liberties and rights.
-Paul- December 20, 2011 at 06:18 AM
Frankly, men like Graham, McCain, as well as most of congress, the majority of whom voted for this abomination, and Obama as well, are far greater threats to our liberty than any foreign enemy or terrorist.
Howard Franklin December 20, 2011 at 06:19 PM
We have work to do. Get behind Ron Paul and let's get this man elected.
Phil Stanley December 20, 2011 at 06:50 PM
‎"In Germany they first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was nobody left to speak up." - Reverend Martin Niemoller — with Austin Thomas.
Brandt Hardin December 20, 2011 at 08:29 PM
The NDAA only goes to further stifle our Constitutional Rights without the approval of the Americans, just as the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the events of 9/11. A mere 3 criminal charges of terrorism a year are attributed to this act, which is mainly used for no-knock raids leading to drug-related arrests without proper cause for search and seizure. The laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html

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