Thursday, December 1, 2011

Legislation would give miltary the right to patrol the streets

I received the following from Demand Progress about the military doing police functions:

Ask Obama To Veto Indefinite Military Detention of AMERICAN CITIZENS

An unimaginable violation of due process: The Senate just voted to allow the military to detain American citizens indefinitely -- without even charging them with a crime -- if they are said to be suspected of terrorism.

As Senator Dianne Feinstein put it, "Congress is essentially authorizing the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens, without charge" if the bill passes as it's currently written.

Thankfully, President Obama has threatened to veto the bill, noting that:

Applying this military custody requirement to individuals inside the United States, as some Members of Congress have suggested is their intention, would raise serious and unsettled legal questions and would be inconsistent with the fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets.

Obama will only have a few days to make up his mind: Will you urge him to make good on his veto threat? Just fill out the form at right.

PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: We urge you to stand by your threat to veto the new National Defense Authorization Act. Allowing indefinite military detention of American citizens -- without even being charged -- is an unfathomable violation of due process.

Please sign on at right to urge Obama to veto the legislation -- doing so will generate an email to the White House.

It looks like our Consitutional rights are on the chopping block again and we have a petition to sign to let's get to it. If military checkpoints are un-American to you then by all means sign this petition.

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