By Ricardo Flores Magón
This past Thursday March 1st, 2012, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) went into effect. The NDAA essentially suspends the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, these being our rights against warrantless seizures of person or property of US citizens, against depriving US citizens of life, liberty or property without due process of the law, and against the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury. The NDAA makes indefinite detention without charge or trial the law of the land for any person deemed by the government to have committed a ‘belligerent act’, without limitations and allows military detention of people captured far from any battlefield. (1)
While President Obama issued a signing statement and a policy directive promising that he wouldn’t use these provisions against US citizens and permanent resident aliens, such signing statements or policy directives do not carry the force of law, and are meaningless “protections” that can be revoked at any point. They do not change that the NDAA is the law of the land.
Occupy Santa Cruz protested the NDAA this Saturday in order to raise awareness on this issue that has not received a lot of press. Protesters gathered at the Court House steps and took the streets in a march to the Clock Tower. Read the rest of this entry →