PANDA's fight to end NDAA once and for all

PANDA's fight to end NDAA once and for all


"This measure has a chilling impact on First Amendment rights." said Federal District Judge Katherine Forrest.

Judge Forrest ruled May 16th, 2012 in her southern district in Manhattan to favor a group of writers and activists who sued President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and the Defense Department with clams that provisions inside of the National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law Dec. 31, 2011 was blatantly unconstitutional. This preliminary injunction is considered a watershed moment in reversing decades of bipartisan assaults on civil liberties and the American Constitution.

The New York Times reporter, Christopher Hedges, and other plaintiffs, contend that the law allows for detention of citizens and permanent residents taken into custody in the U.S. on “suspicion of providing substantial support,” to people engaged in hostilities against the U.S., but that this contention could be too broadly interpreted. The NDAA views a terrorist to be anyone who might speak out against the government, are deemed to hold "extreme views," or exhibits what is judged to have "unusual actions" that catch the attention of others. The NDAA dissolved due process.

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At the Paul Fest a group of anti-NDAA supporters from People Against the NDAA (PANDA), an organization with over 70 chapters in 30 states, passed fliers to indicate the true scope of NDAA.

· You may be arrested and indefinitely detained at the discretion of the President, if he alone deems you a terrorist. The definition of the word 'terrorist' is at his discretion.

· Those accused would not have the right to legal representation, and cannot make contact with anyone, including an attorney of family member, and so due process is dissolved.

· The accused can be held indefinitely without being convicted of a crime.

· The accused no longer has the right to a trial by jury.

· The accused can be executed without a conviction of crime, and would be entirely in the hands of Federal authority.

The NDAA, in and of itself, violates over half of our Bill of Rights.

The First Amendment of free speech.

The Second Amendment of the right to bear arms.

The fourth Amendment of unlawful search and seizure.

The fifth Amendment of due process.

The sixth Amendment of a speedy and public trial.

The eighth Amendment of cruel and unusual punishment.

Forrest’s finding prevented the enforcement of NDAA pending further order of the court, or an amendment by Congress.

It was found that Section 1021, in NDAA, was vague and could be interpreted to authorize detention based on speech and associations protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. The government put forth no evidence or applicable argument.

Forrest’s order prevents enforcement of the provision of the statute pending further order of the court or an amendment to the statute by Congress.

Bob Van Voris and Patricia Hurtado, published the following on Bloomberg on May 16, 2012:

"Forrest, an Obama appointee who has served on the Manhattan federal court since October, rejected the government’s arguments that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue over the law and that it merely reaffirmed provisions in an earlier law, the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which was passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."

Dan Johnson, Founder of PANDA:

"In truth, it does not matter how many provisions of the Constitution are directly violated by the NDAA. They have taken the law of war and superimposed it on the Constitution.

There are no free speech rights in the law of war, there are no 2nd amendment rights in the law of war, there are no Constitutional rights in the law of war."
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What is the NDAA?

About Us

PANDA (People Against the National Defense Act) was founded in late January to combat one of the most dangerous bills ever passed. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, authorized the indefinite detention of American citizens, without a charge and without a trial. (Oh, did we mention Americans can be put in military prison under the NDAA?!)

PANDA started in Bowling Green, OH and has since expanded to over 30 states with over 50 chapters nationwide. We have a network with over 15 liberty organizations and several liberty minded alternative news sources.

You can follow us to get all the latest news on the fight for liberty, and restoring our country.

Our Mission:

Inform the Public
Inform the public of the dangers the NDAA poses, and how it threatens the very fabric of the U.S Constitution.

Nullify the NDAA
Bring basic liberties of due process, trial by jury and right to a lawyer back into U.S. law by nullifying the 2012 NDAA.

Increase Political Participation
When Americans are watching what happens in Washington, bureaucrats can’t slip something like the 2012 NDAA under the rug.

Our Mission Statement:

Our Mission is to nonviolently nullify, strike down, repeal, stop, void and fight the indefinite detention provisions, Sections 1021 and 1022, of the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year of 2012, to fight for American civil liberties, to combat laws restricting liberty in the interest of National Security, to support current government officials that are doing so and to engage a younger generation in the politics of the United States so this cannot happen again.


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