February 22, 2012
Contact: Christina Tobin (312) 320-4101
Isn’t it time to call Congress while you still have a legal voice?
Your Bill of Rights has been stripped by Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law January 1, 2012.
The small section is easy to miss when reading through the 565 page Bill, but it’s potent.
It authorizes the use of military force and indefinite detention without trial against anyone, including United States citizens, if suspected of “hostilities” against the US.
Is this a declaration of war against the citizens of the United States? It IS a direct violation of due process, afforded under the Bill of Rights.
Post-9/11, Congress panicked and authorized stunning new government instruments including the Department of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act, which encroach upon privacy, civil liberties, and basic human dignity. The State is now further strengthened by Section 1021.
From police harassment of peaceful Occupy Rochester protesters to the proposed introduction of national identification cards, the reach of Government to diminish the liberties of Americans keeps growing, and growing FAST.
We surrender even more of our civil liberties to the government’s lure of safety and security. TSA gropes our children, our elders are stripped of human dignity by invasive bodily searches, and all American travelers are treated as potential criminals.
Americans are waking. In a unified group, members of the tea party, occupy movement, and Libertarians protested NDAA, particularly Section 1021, February 13, 2012, in Medford, Oregon. Congressman Jeff Landry (R-LA) has proposed a bill to overturn unconstitutional Section 1021. Of course, so did heroic Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX).
“Let’s stop the election fixing, and start fixing the electoral process! We can elect representatives who stand for freedom and the Constitution!” thundered Christina Tobin, founder and chair of The Free and Equal Elections Foundation. “Our freedoms are under attack by our own government! It’s time to remind Congress, of its duty to the Constitution.”
Free & Equal Elections Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy organization.