Dear Mr. President,

 

No doubt you, Mr. President, receive many letters and emails from citizens about a wide range of subjects, you, I imagine, more than others as you have made efforts to increase citizenís access to your office.I appreciate that greatly and applaud your initiatives in this regards.The subject about which I am writing is of singular import; however, and I pray that this subject, not presuming that my letter or efforts are of any greater significance than otherís, captures your attention and interest as it deals with that which is most basic to our nationís ideals.I pray that this will reach your desk and receive your consideration, feeling in my heart that if it achieves that, you will make the right decision.

 

The National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 includes language which, in my humble opinion, negates Americanís basic freedoms.I fear for my country if this legislation passes as, once the passions of the people are aroused through their realization of the import of this act, it will be difficult to impossible to control the resulting expression of that passion.We have an irrational passion for freedom which transcends our desire for security.There are those who maintain that ensuring the security of Americans is our governmentís number one priority.They forget the cry of give me liberty or give me death.Many still hold more dearly this second value.Just how many will soon be evident if the NDAA 2012 is not vetoed.

 

This is a complex issue, I understand.I have argued for years that we need to clarify the new rules of war, but this is not the proper course.You, Mr. President, gave us hope that someone would speak for the people and prevent the abuse of power which had before been manifested in the detention and enhanced interrogation of detainees.We had hoped, based upon your expressions during your candidacy, that you would set a new course from that set by the previous administration.Guantanamo was to close.Torture was not to be condoned.Now we see that, apparently, nothing has changed.Surely you will not let this stand, Mr. President.

 

The indefinite suspension of habeas for all American citizens is beyond the pale.This cannot be condoned and America remain what it has been.Should this pass, we are a new nation, and an unstable one indeed as such a change will not long be suffered by our people.I truly fear for our nation should this bill become law.That 93 US Senators voted in favor of such legislation is unimaginable.I have never been one to think in terms of national conspiracies, but the press blackout on this issue has made me question that frame of mind.This is truly a singular moment in American history.What you do in this moment is of utmost import.I pray you will reconsider your intent to sign this bill.I implore you to reconsider.Begging your patience, I beg you to reconsider.

 

Most Respectfully,

Harold R. Gielow

LtCol. USMC (ret)††††