Citizens Against the National Defense Authorization Act
If you put your boot on my neck and I pull your leg off, don't call me a "terrorist."
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.”
- 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:
- Revealed: secret police memo labels #occupy as ‘terrorists’
- Occupy London's anger over police 'terrorism' document: A notice sent out to businesses in the City of London has listed the protest movement among groups such as al-Qaida and Farc
- 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:
- H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
- 112th Congress / Bills / H R 1540
- Bill Summary & Status 112th Congress (2011 - 2012) H.R.1540 All Congressional Actions with Amendments
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
The National Defense Authorization Bill from the H.R. 1540 (Refer to Subtitle D—Detainee Matters, section 1031 to 1036):
- H. R. 1540 [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):
- S. 1253 [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):
- S. 1867 AN ACT 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:
- Organized Suppression: Organized Terror
- More info: Citizens Against the National Defense Authorization Act
- Behind Closed Doors: Congress Trying to Force Indefinite Detention Bill on Americans
- Slight paraphrase of comment from caller to Voices from the Edge program on KBOO, overheard Thursday December 8, 2011.