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Occupy Supply Skill Share: NDAA and The Future of Dissent

Occupy Supply Skill Share: NDAA and The Future of Dissent

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Since it was signed by President Obama in January, indefinite detention has been a contentious issue especially in the Occupy Movement. Chris Hedges and other journalists and activists initiated a lawsuit against President Obama and other officials over the indefinite detention clause in this years NDAA. With demonstrators being arrested and detained as terror suspects in Chicago and Cleveland the issue has become more immediate. Recently Judge Forest, who is presiding over the case, has ruled that Section 1021 of the NDAA is facially unconstitutional and provided for a temporary injunction; this is an incredible victory.

On this Occupy Supply Skill Share we have a tremendous panel featuring a few of the 7 plaintiffs in the case against the Obama Administration.

We are joined by: Alexa O’Brien a content strategist who has written a number of articles about Guantanamo detainees and founded the group US Day of Rage. She joined the effort to combat the unconstitutional NDAA after finding that there where attempts to link her US Day of Rage to terrorist organizations.

Kai Wargalla is a London based activist whose use of social media was instrumental in the initiation of Occupy London and founder of Justice For Assange UK. She is also Deputy Director of Revolution Truth. She became a part of the suit due to a bulletin issued by the City of London Police in a terrorism and extremism update. Both have major concerns with the constitutionality of the NDAA will share their insights and experience as plaintiffs as well as thoughts on the implications of the lawsuit on Wednesday nights NDAA Discussion.

my.firedoglake.com/johnwob/2012/07/20/video-occupy-supply-skill-share-ndaa-the-future-of-dissent/
Since it was signed by President Obama in January, indefinite detention has been a contentious issue especially in the Occupy Movement. Chris Hedges and other journalists and activists initiated a lawsuit against President Obama and other officials over the indefinite detention clause in this years NDAA. With demonstrators being arrested and detained as terror suspects in Chicago and Cleveland the issue has become more immediate. Recently Judge Forest, who is presiding over the case, has ruled that Section 1021 of the NDAA is facially unconstitutional and provided for a temporary injunction; this is an incredible victory.

On this Occupy Supply Skill Share we have a tremendous panel featuring a few of the 7 plaintiffs in the case against the Obama Administration.

We are joined by: Alexa O’Brien a content strategist who has written a number of articles about Guantanamo detainees and founded the group US Day of Rage. She joined the effort to combat the unconstitutional NDAA after finding that there where attempts to link her US Day of Rage to terrorist organizations.

Kai Wargalla is a London based activist whose use of social media was instrumental in the initiation of Occupy London and founder of Justice For Assange UK. She is also Deputy Director of Revolution Truth. She became a part of the suit due to a bulletin issued by the City of London Police in a terrorism and extremism update. Both have major concerns with the constitutionality of the NDAA will share their insights and experience as plaintiffs as well as thoughts on the implications of the lawsuit on Wednesday nights NDAA Discussion.

my.firedoglake.com/johnwob/2012/07/20/video-occupy-supply-skill-share-ndaa-the-future-of-dissent/

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Occupy Supply Skill Share: NDAA and The Future of Dissent

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY 2012

What is the NDAA?

The NDAA is a federal law enacted annually that specifies budget and expenditures for the US Department of Defense.

Signed into law December 31, 2011 by President Obama

Section 1021

SEC. 1021. AFFIRMATION OF AUTHORITY OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES TO DETAIN COVERED PERSONS PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE.

(a) In General- Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.

(b) Covered Persons- A covered person under this section is any person as follows:
(1) A person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for those attacks. (2) A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.

(c) Disposition Under Law of War- The disposition of a person under the law of war as described in subsection (a) may include the following: (1) Detention under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force. (2) Trial under chapter 47A of title 10, United States Code (as amended by the Military Commissions Act of 2009 (title XVIII of Public Law 111-84)). (3) Transfer for trial by an alternative court or competent tribunal having lawful jurisdiction.

(4) Transfer to the custody or control of the person’s country of origin, any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity. (d) Construction- Nothing in this section is intended to limit or expand the authority of the President or the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force. (e) Authorities- Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States. (f) Requirement for Briefings of Congress- The Secretary of Defense shall regularly brief Congress regarding the application of the authority described in this section, including the organizations, entities, and individuals considered to be ‘covered persons’ for purposes of subsection (b)(2).

Section 1022

Andy Worthington, Guantanamo historian and author's, "US Judge Rules Against Military Detention of US Terror Suspects - But What About the Foreigners in Guantánamo?” "However, it is, above all, a disgrace that foreigners are being ignored by those campaigning against the indefinite military detention of US terror suspects -- or those seized in the US -- because the principles of detention are the same whether you are an American or not. Until the "war on terror," there were only two ways of depriving someone of their liberty -- either they were criminal suspects, who would be tried, promptly, in federal court, or they were prisoners of war, to be held humanely until the duration of hostilities, and protected, under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, from "violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture," and from "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment.”

Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)

Section 1021's is a far reaching expansion of the AUMF, Authorization for the Use of Military Force (PDF), and contains language so vague that it permits the US Government to indefinitely detain individuals it deems as a threat anywhere in the world, including journalists and activists, violating the First and Fifth amendments of the US Constitution.

Reports that NDAA was already in use.

Attorneys for *Musa’al+ al-Madhwani filed a petition last year to ask the court to reinvestigate the case and perhaps finally bring the detainee before a jury for his alleged crimes. In their response, the United States Supreme Court writes that the ongoing detention of this “model prisoner” is perfectly by-the-books, as the National Defense Authorization Act allows it.

In response to the cert petition filed last year by alMadhwani’s attorneys, the Supreme Court answers by quoting a provision of the NDAA. “In Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA), Pub. L. No. 112-81, 125 Stat. 1561 (2011), Congress ‘affirm*ed+’ that the authority granted by the AUMF includes the authority to detain, ‘under the law of war,’ any ‘person who was part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.”

RT News http://rt.com/usa/news/us-ndaa-almadhwani-gitmo-089/

First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Fifth Amendment
"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

Sami Al Haj
Sami Al-Haj is a Sudanese journalist for the Al Jazeera network. In 2001, while on his way to do camera work for the network in Afghanistan, he was arrested by the Pakistani army and held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camp in Cuba for over six years. He was released without charge on May 1, 2008. He intends to launch legal action against George W. Bush. (Wikipedia)

Abdul Ilah Shayi

Obama overrules Amnesty International & President of Yemen, Journalist remains imprisoned.

Heather Marsh Glenn Greenwald others

Congress hell bent on broadening material support

Andrew Peterson, “Addressing Tomorrows Terrorists”

WikiLeaks

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