American Samizdat

Thursday, December 01, 2011. *

S. 1253 indefinite military detention of American citizens

I grew up in an internment camp, and no one American ever again should have to
Nearly 70 years ago, Executive Order 9066 authorized the U.S. military to remove any person from designated "military zones" without charge, trial or any kind of due process. This Order led to the forced evacuation and internment over over 120,000 Japanese Americans, two thirds of whom, including myself, my siblings, and my mother, were U.S. citizens. I spent over four years in two of America's internment camps, in Rohwer, Arkansas and Tule Lake, California, simply because I and my family happen to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor.

Now a bill proposed in the U.S. Senate, S. 1253 (McCain/Levin) would authorize a similar sweeping authority, granted to the President, to order the detention--without charge or trial--of any person even suspected of being associated with a "terrorist organization." I could scarcely believe my eyes when I saw that we hadn't learned from the terrible lessons of the past.

We are a nation of laws, and we have a Constitution that guarantees certain inalienable rights, including the right to liberty, the right to a jury trial, and the right against unlawful search and seizure. And yet, in times of trouble, how quickly these cornerstones of our freedom are abandoned. We must be constantly vigilant against tyranny and injustice of all forms, especially when it isn't politically expedient.

Please share this article and write to your senator, telling her or him to vote against S.1253, and to say loudly and clearly: "Never Again."
posted by Uncle $cam at 8:41 PM
Anonymous no6ody said...
I agree with everything you say with the exception of having anything to do with our c0rrupt p01itician$. They didn't care that TARP was hugely unpopular, and they don't care that our first amendment rights to peaceably assemble are trampled under the 3mpyre's boots.

"I think that they would feel better if they tuned out the politicians, the way the politicians tune them out. It's as easy as turning off the television set. If they try it, they will probably observe that nothing about their lives has changed, nothing at all, except maybe their mood has improved. They might also find that they have more time and energy to devote to more important things." Dmitry Orlov

"Non-violence is essentially non-co-operation. It expresses itself in the refusal to participate in the ordinary processes of society. It may mean the refusal to pay taxes to the government (civil disobedience), or to trade with the social group which is to be coerced (boycott) or to render customary services (strike). While it represents a passive and negative form of resistance, its consequences may be very positive. It certainly places restraints upon the freedom of the objects of its discipline and prevents them from doing what they desire to do."
–Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man & Immoral Society
4:48 PM  
Anonymous images pictures said...
cool info bro
11:11 AM  
Post a Comment

Site Meter

Creative Commons License