Thursday 12/15: Tell U.S. Senators to reject indefinite detention without trial! Demand an Obama veto!

Date: 
Thu, 2011-12-15 08:00 - 18:00

A serious attack on our civil liberties is underway in Congress.  Congress is passing the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains a provision that allows the President to authorize the military to detain anyone suspected of ‘terrorism’ indefinitely, inside or outside the United States, without trial.  Congressional leaders are now meeting in secret, and some want this passed into law within the next few weeks.
 
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression urges you to contact your U.S. Senator and tell them to vote against “indefinite detention without trial.”
 
We need to do everything in our power to push back against repression.  Under the guise of the preventing ‘terrorism’ our democratic rights are being taken away.  We have seen this in the case of the 24 anti-war and international solidarity activists who were raided by the FBI and/or called to the grand jury investigating “material support for Foreign Terrorist Organizations.”   And we have seen this in the prosecution of veteran Chicano activist Carlos Montes.
 
Over the past decade this repression has led to the jailing or deportation of thousands of Arabs and Muslims.  We need to say enough is enough.
 
This happened before in 1942, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the U.S. military to round up 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps, without charges or trials. Years later a U.S. government commission called this a result of “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.” It was wrong then and it is wrong now.
 
Let your U.S. Senators and President Obama know: “I do not want indefinite detention without trial to become law.

Contact your Senator here:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Call President Obama at 202-456-1111

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