Members of the Utah Legislature like to decry actions of the federal government because they are actions of the federal government. But, in a resolution considered Tuesday by the Utah Senate, lawmakers have clearly found a federal act that very much deserves all the scorn our anti-Washington politicians can heap upon it.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 passed Congress late last year and was signed into law by President Obama on New Year's Eve. Hidden among its many pages of spending, weapons systems and rules for choosing names for new Navy ships are some particularly heinous provisions.
Sections 1021 and 1022 of that law give this president, and all those who come after him, power to cut through all the protections of the Constitution and imprison anyone, anywhere, for any length of time, just by accusing them of being a member, ally, supporter or admirer of al-Qaida, the Taliban or any similar force.