Austin, TX – Feb. 2nd, 2012: Friday, February 3rd, 2012, at 12pm, members of Occupy
Austin will meet at the corner of 11th Street and Congress Avenue for a silent protest of the
National Defense Authorization Act 2012 (NDAA 2012). To emphasize the feelings of loss,
protesters will be dressed in funeral attire. At 6pm, there will be a rally, followed by a
candlelit march down Congress Avenue towards City Hall. All are welcome to participate.
A provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act gives the military the power to
indefinitely, and on its own authority, detain American citizens on American soil.
Americans targeted by this power would be deprived of liberty without due process of law,
would not be subject to a speedy trial, would not necessarily be informed of the nature and
cause of their accusations, would not have the power to confront witnesses against them,
and would not have assistance of counsel. Thus their rights under the Fifth and Sixth
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States would be utterly disregarded.
Because this unlimited executive power is subject to no external check or balance, there is
nothing able to limit its abuse. Hence, a ruthless executive would be empowered to stifle
political and religious dissent and intimidate the citizens of the United States with threats
of indefinite detention. The NDAA thus establishes an absolute executive dictatorship in
the United States, in obvious violation of the intentions of the Founding Fathers, hundreds
of years of common law and American jurisprudence, the moral tradition of the United
States, and every political precept of every reasonable political philosophy. It brings to our
shores the methods of totalitarianism and it constitutes the most craven surrender
imaginable to the forces of international terrorism.