Posted by Yun Yang
US Senate To Vote On Bill That Will Allow The Military To Arrest Americans On American Soil And Hold Them Indefinitely
This bill was written in secret and approved by committee without a single hearing. Senate Republicans support the bill and enough Democrats support it to give it a great chance of passing. This provision does have opponents. President Obama has threatened to veto the bill and even Ron Paul is concerned enough to bring it up during one of the GOP debates. An amendment called the Udall Amendment has been offered by Democratic Senator Mark Udall that would delete the dangerous provision.
If you are an American citizen, protect your constitutional rights. Call your senator and tell them to approve of the Udall Amendment. No American citizen should be arrested by the military and held indefinitely without charge or trial. It’s not conducive to American values and would give the military and the government more power over the American citizenry. The last time Americans had to deal with an overreaching military was during the Revolutionary era. Because of that, the Founders included the 3rd Amendment to ban the quartering of troops during times of war and peace. Once again, Americans are under threat of dealing with a military that has more power than it should have. And it could cost us most of the freedoms we tend to take for granted.
America is NOT a battlefield. America is a free country and American citizens should not ever be arrested by the military and certainly not without being charged or getting a trial. This provision would cast aside the Constitution and put the liberties of American citizens here at home and around the world at serious risk. Please call your senator or visit this link, because this is a risk Americans cannot afford to take.
A note from Kaz, Editor of the “Pr0t0-rep0rt” –
I have since held a dialogue with people having differing viewpoints as to the interpretation of this legislation. We are in agreement (for the most part) that this particular bill was not designed as a response to the #Occupy movement (it’s actually been on the table for awhile). As for the government’s ability to arrest, detain and hold indefinitely without charge, there seems to be a vagueness within the definitions and parameters set forth within the bill. In the Senate version, there is a statement excluding U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, however, the designation of the United States as being a battlefield alters said definition based upon prior legislation. Myself, and others scrutinizing this document, will hopefully have something more for you soon. ‘Til then, stay aware and stay vigilant.