This was before Obama signed the NDAA on 1/1/2012
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has spoken out against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Bill 2012, calling it a dangerous and alarming attempt at establishing martial law in the United States.
"This is a giant step — this should be the biggest news going on right now — literally legalizing martial law," Paul said on the Alex Jones radio show. He added that despite the topic’s importance, the subject has never been discussed at any of the Republican presidential debates.
Paul is refferring to section 1031 of the NDAA bill, which describes the U.S. as a “battlefield” and would give the military a green light to arrest and detain American citizens without any charges or trial. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) sums it up:
"These provisions raise serious questions as to who we are as a society and what our Constitution seeks to protect," Sen. Udall said. "Section 1031 essentially repeals the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by authorizing the U.S. military to perform law enforcement functions on American soil. That alone should alarm my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but there are other problems with these provisions that must be resolved.”
In other words, the military could arrest any American citizen suspected of being a domestic terrorist and throw them into a military prison indefinitely. Beyond being incredibly inhumane, this section of the bill violates a citizen’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel, and also ignores the Miranda process that informs criminal suspects of their rights while in police custody.