Many of you are aware of the concerns introduced with the military occupation camp known a Guantanamo Bay. When the U.S. Government captures a “suspected terrorist” within the borders of the United States, it is a good chance that Guantanamo is were they are going to be taken and detain for an undisclosed and possibly undetermined amount of time.
How can they do that?
The National Defense Authorization Act is how.
The National Defense Authorization Act itself has been enacted for decades and lays out the reach of authority the military has as it relates to potential threats to national security. Slowly but surely throughout the years, the reach of the NDAA has been extended and more power has been given to the U.S. military in regards to how far they can “legally” go to protect our national security.
After 9/11, provisions were added to the NDAA to authorize the use of Gauntanamo Bay as a place to collect and “interogate” suspected terrorists. Now hopefully The Shaun does not have to go over the many concerns raised over the last decade over the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay or the lack of due process used to imprison those “suspected” of terrorists activity. No outline has ever been given to define exactly what deems being suspected of terrorist activity.
That brings us to today as, in the wake of complains of police brutality and excessive force used at recent Occupy Wall Street protests, the Senate today passed (by a vote of 93-7) provisions to the NDAA will according to an article on vigilantcitizen.com:
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.
Further new provisions seem to imply that at any time the Department of Defense can declare any part of the United States a battlefield which enables them to arrest and detain any U.S. citizen without charge; innocent or not…without a trial. Essentially the new language implies that, under the new NDAA, the DOD could legally collect all Occupy Wall Street protesters, lock them up and throw away the key.
While the White House has threatened to veto this new provisions if the language is not changed, voices need to be heard on this issue…and they need to be heard loud and clear that we will stand by and be threatened by our government. It’s time to light up the phones and emails of your Congressperson to demand they listen to the people they represent and work on legislation created for the people of the United States and not against them. Spread the message to as many people as you know and ensure they are aware of what laws their government are proposing to strip them of their rights.