NDAA 2012 allows for indefinite detainment of American citizens.

Friday, February 3rd, 2012, at 12pm, members of Occupy Austin will meet at 11th and Congress for a silent protest of the National Defense Authorization Act 2012 (NDAA 2012). To emphasize the feelings of loss, protestors 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 would give 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 would be subject to no external check or balance, there would be 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.

About Occupy Austin: Occupy Austin began on October 6, 2011 at City Hall Plaza in beautiful Austin, Texas. Occupy Austin is an occupation and peaceful protest to the role that large corporations have in promulgating the financial crisis. Occupy Austin is in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in NYC, as well as other “Occupy” protests in the United States and around the world.

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