Think bad thoughts about the government and you could go to jail…forever. That may sound like a Soviet-era law, but civil libertarians say it’s possible under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which is awaiting President Obama’s promised signature.
The NDAA, was passed by the US Senate 86 to 13. Minnesota senators split on the act, Franken opposing and Klobuchar voting for it. OccupyMN organized a pre-Christmas protest at the Minneapolis Obama Reelection Headquarters. The act is characterized by the ACLU and many others as a major assault on the Bill of Rights.
The 600 pages contain provisions that allow indefinite detention by the military of anyone, including US Citizens on US soil, without trial and without legal representation. The act makes it virtually impossible to close Guantanamo Bay. The Occupy movements in many cities other that Minneapolis have initiated actions against this act.
(Nashville, Portland, Los Angeles) Military Officers have spoken out against it even though it grants the military extensive new powers. Montanans launched a recall of senators voting for it. Former FBI agent turned activist Coleen Rowley said, “This will apply to Quakers, to Catholic workers, to people that oppose the death penalty.
All of these groups have been spied upon by the FBI. Ironically, this action takes it away from the FBI and gives it to the military.” OccupyMN promises more specifically targeted actions on other legislative figures.
MIC CHECK!!! Well good ole Newt finally gets dealt with specifically, thanks to some ingenious Occupy protesters! No 1 %er is safe. We ARE the Boogie-men of they’re nightmares, a growing force, a growing voice, standing up to the excesses and corruption of the elite. THIS is what Democracy looks like! – Occupy Cyberspace-American Autumn
On Thursday, December 7, a few dozen protesters snuck into a fundraiser for GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. The protesters chanted “We are the 99 percent!” and disrupted the event before being ejected by the Willard hotel’s security.
About 25 protesters entered the event with the purpose of asking Gingrich to meet with the “99 percent outside” rather than the “one percent inside contributing thousands to his campaign.” Demonstrators chanted “We Are The 99 Percent!” before being ejected by security.
Occupy Wall Street protesters interrupted Obama‘s job speech at a high school in Manchester, New Hampshire. They started shouting their statement and had been cut off by Obama supporters. Entire OWS statement was passed to reporters :”Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st amendment rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.”
RT delves a little deeper into what lies behind the Occupy movement, our correspondent Alyona Minkovsky talks to the political rapper – Immortal Technique. He thinks a gradual erosion of basic rights has inspired the nationwide wave of protest.