Monday, November 28, 2011
Have you heard? The Senate is voting today on a bill that includes provisions to essentially turn America into a battlefield, where you and I can be locked up and held indefinitely without charge or trial.
Are you frightened by the brutal police response to OWS? Do you actually get teary-eyed when you think of Bradley Manning, the boy-next-door turned war crimes whistle blower (wikileaks), being held and tortured for this long? I do! I am!
Take a moment TODAY and sign the ACLU petition letter to your Senator to tell them NO! This has got to stop. There is a legal system in this country for a reason. If you can't lock them up within the law, we will not change the laws to give these prison planet psycho's more power!
Here's the ACLU article with more description. And here's the link to the petition.
And below in stars is what I added in my letter.
I strongly urge the Senate to oppose sections 1031 and 1032 in S.1253, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA).
*** You betray everything this country stands for if you vote this into law. What would our forefathers say? We didn't build this country and come this far to treat our citizens like criminals within our own borders. The LEGAL SYSTEM is there for a reason.
I hope you will stand on the right side of history. ***
If enacted, sections 1031 and 1032 of the NDAA would:
1) Explicitly authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States;
(2) Mandate military detention of some civilians who would otherwise be outside of military control, including civilians picked up within the United States itself; and
(3) Transfer to the Department of Defense core prosecutorial, investigative, law enforcement, penal, and custodial authority and responsibility now held by the Department of Justice.
These provisions in the NDAA are inconsistent with fundamental American values embodied in the Constitution. I urge the Senate reject the NDAA and its indefinite detention provisions.
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