NSA, NDAA, Real ID Act - Rep. Justin Amash says Congress must Correct Dangerous Path

Leaders in Washington are fighting direct threats to liberty: the NDAA, the Real ID act, and NSA programs.

In an interview with the DailyCaller.com, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) said, "I think it's scary the direction the government is going, regardless of whether you have a Republican President or a Democratic President. We have an executive branch that is getting way too powerful, and President Obama is setting the stage for something very dangerous in the future."

"I think as a Congress we have to step up and point out when the President is going beyond his constitutional powers, which is frequent, and we have got to do something about it and we haven't done that as a Congress," he said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R – T.X.), echoed Amash's concern when he released a statement regarding the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

"I voted against the National Defense Authorization Act. I am deeply concerned that Congress still has not prohibited President Obama's ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens arrested on American soil without trial or due process."

"I hope that next year the Senate and the House can come together in a bipartisan way to recognize the importance of our constitutional rights even in the face of ongoing terrorist threats and national security challenges. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee toward this common goal."

According to Joe Wolverton, II, J.D, the new version of the NDAA expands federal powers even further.

"The NDAA included provisions that purported to authorize the president of the United States to deploy the U.S. military to apprehend and indefinitely detain any person (including an American citizen) who he believes "represent[s] an enduring security threat to the United States," said Wolverton.

The Real ID is a big concern, as well. Though some states have nullified the law, 21 states are already compliant, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Earlier this year, Sen. Rand Paul (R – K.Y.) spoke against a National ID.

"Forcing Americans to carry around an identification card to affirmatively prove citizenship offends our basic concept of freedom. Wanting to avoid a "papers, please" culture in our country is also why conservatives oppose federal universal gun background checks. We oppose such measures not because we don't believe in common-sense rules or regulation — but because we are wary of giving the federal government this kind of centralized power over our daily lives," said Paul.

Despite Paul's protest, the Department of Homeland Security will begin enforcing REAL ID in 2014.

According to HStoday.com, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the enforcement of the REAL ID Act will begin in April, 2014.  The enforcement will start in steps within restricted areas of DHS headquarters, followed by a phased approach with substantial enforcement in 2016.

Critics of Real ID compare the proposed "papers, please" culture to Nazi Germany. Scenes in movies like The Pianist and Schindler's List show citizens forced to produce identity cards to authorities.

This week, Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA and a member of President Obama's task force on surveillance, insisted that the NSA is not spying on Americans. Yet, he is now calling for the expansion of surveillance that targets emails.

"I would argue that what effectiveness we have seen to date is totally irrelevant to how effective it might be in the future," he said. "This program, 215 (a section under the Patriot Act), has the ability to stop the next 9/11 and if you added emails in there it would make it even more effective. Had it been in place in 2000 and 2001, I think that probably 9/11 would not have happened." Morell told the National Journal.

A federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency's (NSA) collection of information on all phone calls likely violates the Constitution.

President Obama, members of the Republican Party and unelected bureaucrats continue to usurp the rights of Americans, but Amash, Cruz and Paul continue to resist the abuse of federal powers.

This year Sen. Harry Reid (D – N.V.) called them "tea party anarchists" and Sen. John McCain (R – A.Z.) called them, "wacko birds," but many Americans called them heroes because they fought for limited government and civil liberties. Leaders like Cruz and Paul are soaring in popularity and building a broad-based coalition, but will it be enough to correct the "dangerous path" Amash warns us about?

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  • tom s

    from all indications if obama is not stopped it won't be long before he will have his security force in action to place in his gulogs those that disagree with him and his communistic policies.

  • CelticDenise

    Does this mean that Amash is calling for Expulsion 110? YAY!!!!

  • Ray - Jesus is the Son of God.

    I love Christmas lights! They remind me of.....
    "the people who voted for Obama......."

    They all hang together; half of them don't work,
    and the ones that do, aren't all that bright!

  • elector

    Face it folks, Obama could care less about a citizen presenting a security risk to The Country but a security threat to himself.

  • Mrs. Patriot

    “I think as a Congress we have to step up and point out when the President is going beyond his constitutional powers, which is frequent, and we have got to do something about it..."

    Duh, ya think, Justin? Remember, if not you, then we the people will have to provide "the final solution" - and you really don't want that, do you? I can't believe you want that...so stop him already. IT'S YOUR JOB.

    • RangerRick

      Don't make us come over there and do YOUR job ......
      It wouldn't be pretty ....................

  • Juan

    These bills are always posted somewhere on the THOMAS website or on GovTrack... I don't know why so much is made out of it AFTER the fat lady sings on it.

    Too busy watching some TV show or ballgame to see what they're about to screw you with and protest and give them hell BEFORE it goes to vote and becomes law?

    • Suzanne

      Even though many of us contact our Washington Senators and Representatives about these bills before they are voted on, I know my Senators and Rep do not listen. I got back a canned letter from Hank Johnson and Johnny Isakson recently when I spoke out against the retirement reduction for the military. I signed a petition against that bill before it went to vote and called their offices. The response was it was better for the overall budget in the long run.

      Same thing with this NDAA thing. I have been voicing opposition to it to all of my representation in Washington to no avail. So, yes a big deal it is when something is supported by our reps after loud opposition has been voiced. Many on this site are continually voicing their concerns and opposition to bad bills in Washington. It has fallen on deaf ears. There are very few officials in Washington who are supportive of Constitutional limits at this junction and those officials are supported. Those who do not, get plenty of opposition and complaints, but they refuse to honor their oaths. These are the ones that should be voted out in the next election.

    • Mikael Andrews

      Lobbying should be "ILLEGAL"! As long as it exists money and greed will always triumph over freedom! It's nothing more than legalized Bribery and everyone knows it! So much for of, by, and for the people!

    • Over21

      Obama said he was going to get rid of lobbying. What a laugh. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, etc.

    • danhspoonhourdc

      How about we DEMAND their resignations before they do us more harm. Fat chance of that happening. They're locked into the system for the money and don't want to lose their pud jobs! My reps do the same thing; form letters that "thank me for my "Concerns" but never address the issue or say they will introduce my idea in congress for "consideration!" The they have the gall to tell me not to hesitate to contact them if I have any further concerns! I say why bother!