Citizens Against the National Defense Authorization Act

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If you put your boot on my neck and I pull your leg off, don't call me a "terrorist."[1]
The use of torture, unfortunately, is an all- too- common practice used by democracies that have degenerated into police states.[2]
Military to Gain Power of Indefinite Detention in Senate Bill
Ray McGovern: Amendment to NDAA gives military the right to operate on American soil, detain people without trial for an indefinite period of time including US citizens.

A LONG INTRODUCTION

WE THE PEOPLE,

Must protect our constitutional rights which are now in jeopardy by an act that would effectively declare the government's war on its people.

We must peaceably assemble and protest against the National Defense Authorization Act also known as the "Defense Bill" which will effectively turn our nation into a battlefield.

The ACLU’s Washington legislative office explains:

"In support of this harmful bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill will 'basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield' and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial 'American citizen or not.' Another supporter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) also declared that the bill is needed because 'America is part of the battlefield.'"

There is an exemption for American citizens from the mandatory detention requirement as stated in section 1032 of the bill S.1253, but no exemption for American citizens from the authorization to use the military to indefinitely detain people without charge or trial as stated in section 1031 of the bill. As a result, under the proposition of this bill, the military has the power to indefinitely imprison American citizens, although it does not have to use its power unless ordered to do so, however, the law would thus allow it.

As mentioned, Senator Lindsey Graham stated on the Senate floor, “1031, the statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.”

Take Action!

Past Actions

Nationwide NDAA 2012 Congressional Protest
When: Friday, February 3, 2012
Time: 12:00pm until 7:00pm
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/335643799778967/
Across the country Americans plan to protest the recent passage of the NDAA bill and signing on New Year’s Eve by President Obama. Citizens will gather outside congressional offices Feb. 3rd from noon to 7 p.m. to protest NDAA 2012 (H.R. 1540), the controversial National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.
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The political terms of discourse began to shift; the iced-over thinking of people in the U.S. began to thaw. Standing up to the unjust brutality and arrests became a badge of honor. People began to listen to and read the stories of some of the victims of this economic crisis, and to share their own. And most of all, as the protests spread to city after city, the fact of people occupying public space forced open debate and raised big questions among millions as to what kind of society this is, and what it should be. Why does such poverty and need exist in the face of a relative handful of people amassing obscene amounts of wealth? Why do the political institutions of society seem only to serve that handful? Why do so many youth feel they face such a bleak future? Why does the insane destruction of the environment continue to accelerate? And what is needed to overcome all this?

Fight Back!

When we fight, we win.[3]

Latest News

Search Results for: NDAA (Empty Wheel)
Category Archives: Indefinite Detention (Empty Wheel)
Robert J. Portman is a Republican Senator from the state of Ohio. He has made himself a target as an advocate of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), but we are truly disturbed by the ludicrous $272,853 he received from special interest groups supporting the NDAA bill that authorizes the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil. Robert J. Portman, we plan to make an example of you.[4]

Source Material

Senator Merkley describes why he voted against S 1867.
This bill is unconstitutional and violates all that this nation has fought for. It would effectively strip our first amendment right to "peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances," among many other civil rights.
WHY SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED?

In the UK, Occupy London has been declared terrorists:

WE MUST ACT TO STOP THIS -- NOW! BEFORE NO ONE IS LEFT TO SPEAK FOR US!
WHAT WE CAN DO

Sign the ACLU Petition "Tell Congress: Say NO to Indefinite Detention and Endless Worldwide War":

Sign the Demand Progress "Ask Obama To Veto Indefinite Military Detention of AMERICAN CITIZENS":

How Your Elected "Representatives" Voted

Details on the list of U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th on S.1867. Which Senators betrayed the American People?

Details on the list of U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th on H.R.1540:

OREGON SENATORS (Call / Send a letter of support and thank you for voting against S 1867!)

Jeff Merkley (D - OR) Class II
313 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3753
Web Form: www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/
Ron Wyden (D - OR) Class III
223 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5244
Web Form: www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/
US Elected Officials
(Call / Send a letter to people who voted for this bill and request that they repeal this bill, see how they voted in the link above.)
Contact Elected Officials
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Transcript of this document available here.
This document is part of an expanding "paper trail" that "authorities" in Europe, United States and elsewhere will use to justify stepped up state repression on the Occupy Movement. Senate Bill 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes any American president still in office to send the military literally anywhere in the world -- including the "Homeland" -- to imprison civilians without charge or trial, gives increasingly fascistic and hyper-militarized "authorities" -- whether public or private-label -- the legalistic excuses they need to toss you into a torture dungeon and throw away the key.[5]

The National Defense Authorization Bill from the H.R. 1540 (Refer to Subtitle D—Detainee Matters, section 1031 to 1036):

[Report No. 112–78] To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes.

The National Defense Authorization Bill from the S.1253 (Refer to Subtitle D—Detainee Matters, section 1031 and 1032):

[Report No. 112–26] To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

The National Defense Authorization Bill from the S.1867 (Refer to Subtitle D—Detainee Matters, section 1031 and 1032):

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Department of Defense Authorization Bill Article on Huffington:

"The provisions would dramatically change broad counterterrorism efforts by requiring law enforcement officials to step aside and ask the Department of Defense to take on a new role they are not fully equipped for and do not want," said Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., who added that the legislation would make the military "police, judge and jailer."

Senate Votes To Let Military Detain Americans Indefinitely, White House Threatens Veto:

"I'm very, very, concerned about having U.S. citizens sent to Guantanamo Bay for indefinite detention," said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the Senate's most conservative members. "It's not enough just to be alleged to be a terrorist," Paul said, echoing the views of the American Civil Liberties Union. "That's part of what due process is -- deciding, are you a terrorist? I think it's important that we not allow U.S. citizens to be taken."

Previous ACLU Letter of Opposal on 1031 and 1032 of NDAA:

See Also

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About: Direct action Working Group against The National Defense authorization act of 2012 S.1867.
Larry Wilkerson: National Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate giving the military power for indefinite detention without trial is a draconian violation of our rights
Ray McGovern: Amendment to NDAA gives military the right to operate on American soil, detain people without trial for an indefinite period of time including US citizens
I can only surmise that the reason so many members of Congress went along with this amendment to the NDAA that allows the military to enter domestic law enforcement ... is their fear not of terrorists but their fear of the Occupy Wall Street, etc., movement in their own country.
In the National Defense Authorization Bill S. 1867, for the first time since 9/11, there is to be no ambiguity, no doubt as to the intent of the senators. Given the chance to strip out the offending provisions, 61 senators made abundantly clear that burying the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is their clear intent, and voted against the change. The senators were told point blank by Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the co-sponsors of the provision, in a speech on the Senate floor: “1031, the statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.”
In his inaugural address, President Obama called on us to “reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” We agree. Now, to protect both, he must veto the National Defense Authorization Act that Congress is expected to pass this week.
The City of London Police force was facing criticism last night after including the Occupy London demonstration in a letter warning businesses about potential terrorist threats. The letter, a "Terrorism/Extremism Update", lists al-Qa'ida, the Colombian dissidents Farc, and Belarusian terrorists who bombed the Minsk underground. It also lists Occupy London under the heading "Domestic".
The pentagon has announced plans to deploy a 20,000 strong internal troop force within the united states over the next two years civil unrest in the even of a catastrophic even such as a massive large scale terror attacks or economic collapse — thus, dovetailing into the current troop and equipment movements reported around the country reported by truckers and many more sightings by others.
An analyst informs that the US has its army on standby against the Occupy and student movement as the economic situation in America deteriorates day by day.
The passage of this law is nothing less than an outright declaration of WAR against the American People by the military-connected power elite. If this is signed into law, it will shred the remaining tenants of the Bill of Rights and unleash upon America a total military dictatorship, complete with secret arrests, secret prisons, unlawful interrogations, indefinite detainment without ever being charged with a crime, the torture of Americans and even the "legitimate assassination" of U.S. citizens right here on American soil!
Sixty-four percent of Americans consider big government the biggest threat to the country, according to Gallup, but who knows what they mean by big government? Do 64 percent of Americans oppose the biggest big government threat in our history -- the virtually omniscient, omnipotent national-security state?

Terror suspects in America could be held in prison indefinitely – without charge or trial. The military will be able to take custody of alleged terrorists virtually without question. Critics say this would be a stark violation of human rights. The controversial National Defense Authorization Act, which was met with criticism from human rights activists, faced a presidential veto, but since last month Obama has retracted his warning.

The United States is now a battlefield, not because of any invading army, foreign enemy, or civil insurrection, but by an act of Congress. In a shameful, disgraceful bipartisan vote on the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, Congress passed a bill that essentially eviscerates the rights guaranteed in that hallowed document and guts the rule of law in our nation. Why should we be surprised? James Madison warned, "No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

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