Here are a list of some of these powers
- Indefinite Detention - The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) the executive branch was granted the authority to jail American citizens they deem dangerous without due process or trial for an indefinite time period.
- Assassination - In a memo titled "Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen who is a Senior Operational Leader of Al Qa’ida or An Associated Force," Attorney General Eric Holder laid out the government's justification for assassinating American citizens. These justifications included instances in which the citizen posed "an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States." The memo went on to re-define the definition of 'imminent' saying, "it is not necessary for a specific attack to be in process when a target is found." Power for determining which American citizens fit this description is left to "certain senior administration officials," according to the memo, but it does not go on to further define he these individuals may be.
To complicate the situation, in a written response to a letter sent by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Eric Holder went on to say the power of the president to assassinate American citizens extended to citizens within the United States and not just abroad:
"It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States."
- Warrantless Wiretaps - As senator, Barrack Obama voted to grant immunity to AT&T and Verizon for their collaboration with the federal government to enact unconstitutional, warrantless wiretaps. In December of 2012, President Obama signed into law a 5-year extension of the warrantless wiretap program.
- Assault Weapons Ban - The president has called for instituting a so-called weapons ban. Additionally, democrats in several states have put forward measures banning various weapons and in some cases requiring confiscation. While the White House claims no such confiscation measures are being called for by the administration, a secret memo from the Department of Justice reveals the administration believes their proposed bans will not work unless confiscation is part of the processes.
- Background Checks and National Gun Registration - Another control measure put forth by the president is a mandate requiring all Americans to submit to back ground checks when purchasing or being gifted firearms from anyone, including their own family members, a plan that appears to have some bi-partisan support. Further more, although illegal, the federal government has allegedly begun working with some states to develop a national gun registry that critics argue will be used to enact confiscation or justification for declaring an individual is an "imminent threat".
- Right-Wing Terrorists - In an unclassified memo issued by the Department of Justice warned that veterans, tea party activists, and supporters of the Constitution and/or Ron Paul were likely terrorists. The report went on to say that any measures to enact gun control could create extremism among these groups:
“Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of right-wing extremist groups as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government,” the report continues. “The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by right-wing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement.”
The report also claims that those frustrated with the governments refusal to enforce immigration laws are also potential terrorists:
“DHS/I&A assesses that right-wing extremist groups’ frustration over a perceived lack of government action on illegal immigration has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence.”
- West Point Warns Against Right-Wing - Earlier this year the Terrorism Center at West Point released a study warning against right-wing Americans. The report stated these so-called "anti-federalist"...
"...espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government."
- Colonel at Fort Leavenworth Publishes Strategies for Attacking Tea Party - In an article published in the Small War Journal, retired Army Colonel and instructor at Fort Leavenworth, joined by Jennifer Weber, history professor at the University of Kansas developed and published a strategy for U.S. military for responding to an attack by Tea Party members:
"A right-wing militia inspired by the Tea Party movement has taken over the city of Darlington, South Carolina, arrested the local government, and declared that the federal government should be overthrown. As the militia establishes checkpoints across I-95, other extremist groups across the nation rush to declare their support. South Carolina’s governor – a Tea Party supporter – declines to send in law enforcement to quash the militia, but quietly asks for federal intervention. The President invokes the Insurrection Act to authorize the use of federal troops, as the Pentagon prepares for war at home…"
With these actions, the federal government is subliminally building the narrative that American citizens concerned with the erosion of the U.S. Constitution and alarming growth of the federal government are eventual terrorists and something to be feared. As such, if and when the federal government decides to take out key members in the movement, the public will accept claims that these individuals posed and imminent threat even though they have not committed any criminal acts. You might think that sounds paranoid, but take these recent developments into account:
- Department of Homeland Security Purchases 1.6 Billion Hollow Point Bullets - DHS tried to explain their efforts to stock pile large amounts of ammunition by saying it is cheaper to buy in bulk. However, in a typical year DHS expends no more than 15 million rounds of ammunition, the vast majority of which is through training and target practice. With 1.6 billion rounds purchased, it would take DHS more than 100 years to go through those rounds. The recommended storage lifetime or ammunition is around 10 to 20 years if stored properly. Beyond that, the risk of misfire grows exponentially and becomes extremely dangerous.
- DHS Purchases 7000 Fully Automatic Assault Rifles - Unlike the semi-automatic rifles the administration wants to ban, the more than 7,000 assault rifles DHS has purchased are fully automatic, capable of expending hundreds of rounds per minute with a single pull of the trigger. Billed as "personal defense weapons," the rifles will be deployed and used on American streets by ICE and DHS agents.
- Re-purposing of 2700 Armored Assault Vehicles, Number of Which Transferred to DHS - The DoD contracted to have more than 2700 light armored tanks re-purposed. A number of these heavily armored vehicles have been transferred to DHS and have begun showing up on American streets.
- Paul Filibusters - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took to the floor to filibuster Obama's nominee for CIA director. The filibuster lasted more than 12 hours, but could have ended much sooner. All Sen. Paul requested was for either President Obama to release a statement stating that the federal government did not have the constitutional authority to assassinate American citizens on U.S. soil who were not enemy combatants or for the Senate to pass a non-binding resolution to the same. Both the President and Senate Democrat leadership refused.
"I will not sit quietly and let [the president] shed the constitution.... Where's the cacophony that stood up and said 'How can they tap my phone without going to a judge first'? I say: 'How can you kill someone without going to a judge first'?... If there were an ounce of courage in this body I would be joined by other senators… saying they will not tolerate this."