Belligerent Act Launches Online NDAA Protest Campaign
The Non-profit Belligerent Act (belligerentact.org) has launched an online protest demanding the repeal of certain sections of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.
According to a spokesperson for Belligerent Act, “The website we put up at belligerentact.org has two goals. The first is to educate the American public in a straightforward way about how Section 1021 of the NDAA is abrogating their constitutional rights and why that is important. The second goal is to launch an online protest which we hope will go viral all over the web, forcing the US Government to respond.”
“On the website we provide ‘Belligerent Act’ banners along with simple copy and paste html code that anyone with a blog or website can use to put the banner on their site, declaring their site a ‘Belligerent Act’, and linking their readers back to our educational page for detailed information about the NDAA and the protest campaign.”
“We feel that in drafting and signing the NDAA, the US Government has itself committed a belligerent act against the citizens of the United States. We are concerned that under the guise of ‘national security’ the government is laying the legal groundwork for using the military and the threat of indefinite military detention to put down popular protest (such as the various Occupy movements). And we believe that such a declaration of hostility towards American citizens must be met with an overwhelming popular protest and demand for the Act’s repeal.”
The specific provision of the Act in question is “Subtitle D — Counterterrorism SEC. 1021”.
Language in section 1021 states that any “covered person” may be placed under indefinite military detention without trial. Covered persons include (among other things) “…any person who has committed a belligerent act”.
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits warrantless seizures of the person or property of US citizens. The Fifth Amendment prohibits the depriving of US citizens of “life, liberty, or property without due process of law.” The Sixth Amendment includes the right to a “speedy and public trial by an impartial jury.”
More information about Belligerent Act, the NDAA, and the online protest can be found at belligerentact.org.