Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 3, 2012, 5:54 p.m. EST by arealpolitik
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According to information I read in the Occupy Wall Street Forum recently, that organization has issued a new “Call” to “Let our government know the People will not tolerate any more attacks on our rights.”
I gather that this action by Occupy Wall Street (OWS) concerns the recent signing into law of The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which some people apparently see as a violation of the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to The Constitution of The United States. That is my take on it, anyway!
According to the article I was reading on the OWS website there may also be some concerns about the effect that the NDAA may have on “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” as well as “The International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.”
I have been paying close attention to some of the concerns being drawn surrounding this “National Defense Authorization Act” of late and what I can glean from what I have learned is that there is a lot of fear out there that this law has a capacity to allow any American Citizen to be identified in association with one form of terrorism or another and then that American Citizen could theoretically be subject to indefinite detention without benefit of any due process.
I guess the concept being drawn by some of those who oppose this legislation butts up against what they see as The Founding Father’s “Promise” that the State would never be able to deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law.
In my opinion, there is some real fear being voiced in some circles that, under the proper circumstances, almost anyone or any group who comes to the attention of certain governing bodies and is, for one reason or another, declared to be involved in activities that might pose a threat to America, could be declared as “Terrorists” and come under the jurisdiction of this Defense Act.
I understand that the concern is that almost anyone who dares to mount any kind of public outcry against injustices, real or perceived, could be detained under this law and that the law, itself, has a certain feel and flavor of something that doesn’t fit in a Democracy so much as it might in a less tolerant societal configuration.
As I see things, this whole flap around The National Defense Authorization Act is big and complex, and maybe a little scary! It does seem to me to be causing a lot of anxiety. There are also some questions floating around about why the “Media” aren’t giving it more attention. I have heard that a lot of foreign News sources are giving this thing a lot of attention and, in some cases, it is reportedly among some of their top news stories.
There seem to be some opinions being expressed, here and there, that the NDAA might be some form of revocation of American Civil Rights and in even more extensive conceptualizations, is reportedly being seen even as a theoretical form of an imposition of martial law.