Forum Post: OCCUPY MUST ACT: One Day Left Until American citizens can be detained indefinitely without charges by their own government.
Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 12, 2011, 3:23 p.m. EST by debbierl
from Adams, MA
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Please comment, recommend, share with your local Occupy chapters, and work to get this on the front page of this website. There is NOTHING more important occurring this week. One day until it can be signed into law. Eleventh hour. GO!
Two Days Left Until American citizens can be detained indefinitely without charges by their own government.
To my fellow Occupiers:
We have a red alert emergency situation that needs to be spread on every Occupy site and wall across the nation. I am writing Occupy Wall St to IMPLORE the Occupy Wall St site to please feature this information at the top of their front page and act to convene IMMEDIATE citizen protest around this fascist policy which will threaten the rights and freedoms of all American citizens. Below is the petition from Change.org with instructions for individual citizen action. I believe this situation demands emergency protest by Occupy and we must act this very moment to stop our government from obtaining the right to indefinitely detain American citizens without charges. We know that the United States government has historically targeted peace, human rights, and environmental groups for targeting under the guise of 'protection' of American safety. This protection is not for the American citizens but rather the corporate/military interests whom stand to lose profit and power through exposure of their activities. Please share this information with the Occupy movement at large through the website, facebook links, all social networking sites, email, media, and any other venue which is viable. This could be signed as early as December 13.
Please be aware that those of us who have been working to spread the word are finding that some links are disabled or redirected. If this should happen cut and paste the original link to your browser and it should work.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Help spread the C-SPAN video proof that Obama requested NDAA 1031 include citizens. Here's how to do it -- Give a "Thumbs Up" or comment on the YouTube video - Click Here. People deserve to watch this before he signs it. Please consider it.
As soon as you sign this petition, the President and Congress will be sent your signature.
The President is about to sign a law that makes it so we can be imprisoned for life without evidence or a trial -- as soon as Dec. 13. This law is called NDAA Section 1031. Some people are saying he will veto it, or that the law as written has no effect for citizens, but they are terribly mistaken. Get familiar with the facts at the bottom of this petition. This video contains proof that his administration were the ones who requested citizen imprisonment:
We have only a few days to speak up. Congress has already passed the NDAA overwhelmingly, and can submit it for the President to sign as soon as December 13. To stop this, more people need to know the facts listed at the bottom of this petition.
If we act urgently to raise awareness among our friends, family, and colleagues, we can still prevent this. Here is what we can do:
1) Americans must know about this to stop it. Urgently spread this petition as widely as possible. Write emails to journalists reminding them of the facts listed at the bottom of this petition.
2) Congress can still block the law before December 13. Write and call your Representative and Senator telling them to stop NDAA Section 1031 and the dangerously misleading Feinstein Amendment 1031(e). In your correspondence, mention the facts listed at the bottom of this petition.
- Contact your Representative at
- Contact your Senator at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
3) Write and call the White House to tell the President you won't sit by and watch NDAA Section 1031 and the dangerously misleading Feinstein Amendment 1031(e) become law.
4) Stay smart! Here's a list of the most common points of confusion. Too many journalists are still confused about these facts -- please let them know:
The bill passed by Congress absolutely DOES NOT exempt citizens. Section 1031 reads, "A covered person under this section" includes "any person who has committed a belligerent act". We only have to be ACCUSED, because we don't get a trial.
Confusingly, Obama threatened a veto for 1032, but NOT 1031. 1032 is UNRELATED to imprisoning citizens without a trial. Obama has never suggested using a veto to stop Section 1031 citizen imprisonment. In fact, applying Section 1031 to citizens was requested by the Obama administration: See the video proof here.
The Feinstein Amendment 1031(e) is dangerously misleading. Don't be fooled: In the text of 1031(e), "Nothing in this section shall be construed...", the only word that matters is "construed" -- the Supreme Court are the only ones with the power to construe the law. The Feinstein Amendment 1031(e) permits citizens to be imprisoned without evidence or a trial forever, if the Supreme Court does not EXPLICITLY repeal 1031.
Any time you hear the words, "requirement for military custody" this refers to 1032 NOT 1031. We MUST not confuse these two sections. In its statements, the Obama administration has actually contributed to the confusion about 1032's "requirement for military custody", which is COMPLETEY UNRELATED to Section 1031 citizen imprisonment without trial. These tricky, misleading words appear even in major news stories. Don't fall for it!
Link to original petition on change.org. http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-ndaa-section-1031-citizen-imprisonment-law-before-dec-13