One of the most controversial pieces of legislation to be signed into law during this session of Congress is the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Normally a routine expenditure funding Department of Defense operations, this year’s NDAA gained notoriety for two amendments that could be interpreted to allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens under the auspices of the Authorization of Military Force enacted by Congress in the wake of the September 11th attacks. For reasons-some of which are explored in a wonderfully edifying column by E.D. Kain published prior to NDAA’s passage-too numerous delineate here, this is a terrifically bad idea. However, there are attempts in Congress to repeal this fatally flawed law. To that end, I would like to urge you all to come out and support a rally on behalf of H.R. 3785, which would repeal Section 1021 of this year’s NDAA, which will take place on Staten Island this friday.
All of the details you will need in order to attend are reprinted below.
Staten Islanders and Americans across the country will gather outside congressional offices Feb. 3rd from noon to seven to protest NDAA 2012 (H.R. 1540). We will focus our protest between the hours of 3:30 and 6:30 for the purpose of media. We need to have the largest crowd during this time to demonstrate to the media our opposition to the indefinite detention provision! There will be an information booth set up outside of Rep. Michael Grimm’s office from 9am-7pm handing out information about the bill if anyone wishes to join us in order to educate passersby.
WE CANNOT ALLOW OBAMA OR ANY OTHER PRESIDENT TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DETAIN CITIZENS WITHOUT DUE PROCESS!
The objective of our demonstration is to have Rep. Michael Grimm repeal Section 1021 and Section 1022, which could lead to the indefinite military detention of Americans without due process. Make sure to contact your congressmen as well. The protest is not affiliated with any specific political or grassroots organization. We are uniting as individuals who want to stop this tyranny before it gets worse.
We need to implore Rep. Michael Grimm to support us and vote YES to H.R. 3785, which repeals Section 1021 and 1022 of H.R. 1540 (the NDAA).
NDAA 2012 allows for Americans to be indefinitely detained by the military without access to an attorney or a trial by jury on orders of the executive branch. Amendments to exclude American citizens were rejected by the Obama administration and the U.S. Senate.
NDAA 2012 is unconstitutional! Sections 1021 and 1022 repeal the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th amendments to the Constitution. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and declares our right to due process. No law can supersede it. We have a right to our day in court with a jury of our peers.
Who voted for the NDAA? Rep. Michael Grimm voted aye to this bill.
Here’s the vote in the United States Senate.
Join Danny Panzella and others this friday in order to make your voices heard by our elected representatives.