Arrests at White House Over NDAA Military Detention of Americans, Occupy Wall Street Joins Fight

By  (about the author)   January 2, 2012    OpEdNews

Buried by the television news media but visible on Youtube, at least three days in a row of protests over NDAA law allowing indefinite military detention of American citizens without charge or trial have taken place recently, with at least 11 arrests confirmed so far.

Fox News reported on its website:

WASHINGTON —  Several Occupy D.C. protesters will likely face charges after they were arrested in a protest outside the White House.

U.S. Park Police say 11 protesters were arrested Monday night because they ignored police orders to leave the grounds. The protesters included some Occupy D.C. participants, though it wasn’t immediately clear if all those arrested were part of the Occupy movement.

The group was protesting a defense funding bill that would allow the president to detain people indefinitely if they are suspected of terrorist activities.

The Youtube poster of the below video says in the upload information [video, p.3]:

Protesters out in front of the white house for the 3rd night in a row. NO news coverage. Arrests taking place every night, 11 last night, 7 tonight so far.

 In the video the Occupy Wall Street protesters (this can be determined by use of the “human microphone”) demand Obama veto the bill, as the video was taken before Obama signed it last week.

Language in the NDAA is intended to allow defenders to argue that the provisions do not apply to American citizens, language which Rep. Justin Amash (D-MI) called “carefully crafted to mislead the public.”

The deceptions center around Sections 1021 and 1022.  Section 1021 says in substance:

“Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force …to detain…A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda…or associated forces…including any person who has…directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces…The disposition of a person…may include…Detention under the law of war…without trial until the end of the hostilities…”

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This is the language from the final House-Senate Conference Committee report (HR 1540 Conference), which is the language that was passed by the Senate after being passed by the House, on Dec. 15, Bill of Rights Day in an 86 – 14 vote.

20 SEC. 1021. AFFIRMATION OF AUTHORITY OF THE ARMED

21 FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES TO DETAIN

22 COVERED PERSONS PURSUANT TO THE AU-

23 THORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE.

24 (a) IN GENERAL.–Congress affirms that the author-
25 ity of the President to use all necessary and appropriate
1 force
 pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military

2 Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes
3 the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States
to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b))
5 pending disposition under the law of war.

6 (b) COVERED PERSONS.–A covered person under
7 this section is any person as follows:

8 (1) A person who planned, authorized, com-
9 mitted, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred
10 on September 11, 2001, or harbored those respon-
11 sible for those attacks.

12 (2) A person who was a part of or substantially
13 supported al-Qaeda,
 the Taliban, or associated forces

14 that are engaged in hostilities against the United
15 States or its coalition partners, including any person
16 who has
 committed a belligerent act or has directly
17 supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy
18 forces.

19 (c) DISPOSITION UNDER LAW OF WAR.–The dis-
20 position of a person
 under the law of war as described

21 in subsection (a) may include the following:

22 (1) Detention under the law of war without
23 trial until the end of the hostilities
 authorized by the

24 Authorization for Use of Military Force.

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