[FoRK] The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Nov 28 12:25:17 PST 2011

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US Senate To Vote On Bill That Will Allow The Military To Arrest Americans On American Soil And Hold Them Indefinitely
November 26, 2011
By Stephen D. Foster Jr.

Since Occupy Wall Street began, American police officers have arrested thousands of people for exercising their constitutionally 
protected right to protest. On Monday or Tuesday, the US Senate will vote on a bill that would give the President the ability to 
order the military to arrest and imprison American citizens anywhere in the world for an indefinite period of time.

A provision of S. 1867, or the National Defense Authorization Act bill, written by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, declares 
American soil a battlefield and allows the President and all future Chief Executives to order the military to arrest and detain 
American citizens, innocent or not, without charge or trial. In other words, if this bill passes and the President signs it, OWS 
protesters or any American could end up arrested and indefinitely locked up by the military without the guaranteed right to due 
process or a speedy trial.

This bill was written in secret and approved by committee without a single hearing. Senate Republicans support the bill and enough 
Democrats support it to give it a great chance of passing. This provision does have opponents. President Obama has threatened to 
veto the bill and even Ron Paul is concerned enough to bring it up during one of the GOP debates. An amendment called the Udall 
Amendment has been offered by Democratic Senator Mark Udall that would delete the dangerous provision.

If you are an American citizen, protect your constitutional rights. Call your senator and tell them to approve of the Udall 
Amendment. No American citizen should be arrested by the military and held indefinitely without charge or trial. It’s not conducive 
to American values and would give the military and the government more power over the American citizenry. The last time Americans 
had to deal with an overreaching military was during the Revolutionary era. Because of that, the Founders included the 3rd Amendment 
to ban the quartering of troops during times of war and peace. Once again, Americans are under threat of dealing with a military 
that has more power than it should have. And it could cost us most of the freedoms we tend to take for granted.

America is NOT a battlefield. America is a free country and American citizens should not ever be arrested by the military and 
certainly not without being charged or getting a trial. This provision would cast aside the Constitution and put the liberties of 
American citizens here at home and around the world at serious risk. Please call your senator or visit this link, because this is a 
risk Americans cannot afford to take.

On 11/28/11 12:11 PM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
> Really nicely articulated, Bolcer.
> On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer<greg at bolcer.org>  wrote:
>> I understand your point, but that's related to his statement.  Corporate
>> influence and small retailer's influence are not commensurate. Only by the
>> wildest stretch of the imagination and a some blurring revisionism can they
>> be construed to be what the OWS group is protesting against.  They are
>> protesting big corporate influence resulting in favorable tax positions not
>> available to others without the influence, hidden government bailouts, crony
>> capitalism, overpsending, governmental corruption by way of bribery,
>> kickbacks and earmarks, and the lack of economic opportunity because of
>> these things.
>> Everyone agrees on the problems.   You don't get rid of these things by
>> giving the very institution that's causing them more authoritarian power and
>> money.
>> Greg

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