According to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and my read of the bill S. 1867 which is up for a vote Monday or Tuesday (11/28/11 or 11/29/11) contains provisions that would:
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.
My ancestors came to this country because they sought the rule of law, and freedom from “the knock in the night.” When John Adams drafted our states Constitution, and later, when the Constitution of the United States was ratified, a Bill of Rights was included so that the tyranny of rule by fear and fiat would never occur here. That is why Abraham Lincoln called this country “…the last best hope of mankind.”
Remember the internment of innocent Japanese-Americans during World War II? This bill defines your front yard, Harvard Yard, anywhere as “part of the Battlefield.” Watch out Occupiers! Those in the Occupy movement should also mobilize against the passage of S. 1867 in its current form. Here is a link where you can join a petition and also send an email to your senators to oppose these provisions
After all if Occupy is seen as a threat to the wealthiest one percent – and to congressmen and their staffers joining that exclusive club…well, read on!
The very freedoms that made the United States of America a source of hope is at risk in this bill, but also because of the Wall Street/Congressional alliance.
That alliance has led to 50% of congressional staffers and elected congressman and senators “retiring” to become lobbyists, but also to passing laws making profit from insider trading legal for congressman, senators and their staff. What would cause any employee of Bank of America, or Prudential to potentially serve 5 – 10 years in a federal pen is legal for congressmen and their staffers. Just read the article and follow the links. You do not have to take my word for any of this.
Could it be that the real reason for the crackdown on Occupy is due to Occupy being perceived as a threat to this stream of endless wealth to those now holding office, and their staffers?