Citizens, get ready! This Friday, February 3 is the first National Day of Protest against NDAA, the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows indefinite detention to be codified into law. We are urged to protest at the Congressperson’s office, a list of which can be found here: www.house.gov/representatives/
So grab your friends, make some signs, plan some good street theater, keep it legal, and rally away!
Here’s what the ACLU had to say about NDAA’s indefinite detention statute:
This statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.
Under the Bush administration, similar claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold even a U.S. citizen detained on U.S. soil in military custody, and many in Congress now assert that the NDAA should be used in the same way again. The ACLU believes that any military detention of American citizens or others within the United States is unconstitutional and illegal, including under the NDAA. In addition, the breadth of the NDAA’s detention authority violates international law because it is not limited to people captured in the context of an actual armed conflict as required by the laws of war.