Statement adopted by Bill of Rights Day People’s Assembly, Submitted by StevenVincent, Sat, 12/17/2011, West Los Angeles Federal Building
We the People, assembled in protest and exercising our First
Amendment rights of Free Assembly and Free Speech, condemn the passage
of the National Defense Authorization Act. The timing of its passage
on the 220th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights and its
signing into law on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party is
tantamount to a declaration of war against the very principles of
Freedom and Rule of Law.
The law contains provisions that mandate that the military
hold any person anywhere accused of being a terrorist or aiding
terrorists, including Americans on American soil, in indefinite
detention until the end of the Global War on Terror and the end of
hostilities. Since under the new law the determination that an
individual is a terrorist suspect is entirely arbitrary and without
recourse to juridical appeal, by definition it therefore attempts to
obliterate the fundamental Constitutional protections of Habeas Corpus
and Due Process. NDAA institutes a regime in which the Rule of Law is
replaced by the arbitrary Rule of Men. In the absence of Rules, by
definition, we are left only with Rulers. The Corporatist regime has
indicated its willingness to use the usurped power of the State
against We the People in order to perpetuate its rule of theft,
plunder, crime, ruin and war.
Our Constitutional Rights are inalienable. We do not
recognize the legitimacy of the Indefinite Detention provisions of
this Act. Having declared itself outside the Constitution and the
Rule of Law, the Corporatist regime is itself illegitimate and any and
all actions taken by it going forward are inherently null and void.
All levels and divisions of the Corporatist Elite have
participated in this crime. In particular, we condemn the total
information blackout perpetrated by the mainstream, big news media
that saw fit to deny the American people a broad debate over this Act
and its implications.
In addition, the bill provides for severe sanctions against
the petroleum industry and financial system of Iran, which we can only
surmise are precursors to war. We regard the Indefinite Detention
provisions of NDAA as a preparation for the strong opposition that
will inevitably arise from the American people to such a war.
We the People will not be cowed into submission. We will
stand tall and strong for the repeal of this heinous Act, the total
reversal of all police state measures, the revocation of the Rule of
Men and the restoration of the Rule of Law. Congress, the President
and all military and government officials connected with the drafting
and passage of this Act, having blatantly violated their oaths of
office to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution", should
resign immediately. We the People will work tirelessly to find and
exercise all peaceful, legal means and measures to redress this
grievance and hold those responsible to account.
- We the People of Los Angeles Assembled at the West Los Angeles
Federal Building December 15, 2011