Occupy Fort Collins Holds Funeral For The Bill Of Rights

President Barack Obama, despite previously promising to use his veto power, is poised to sign the highly controversial National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law.

Among other things, the bill creates a legal basis for the indefinite detention of suspected Al Qaeda terrorists and their allies. Also disturbing is the vague language used to define what behavior justifies such suspicion. The bill has been interpreted as a direct attack on the civil and human rights that have long set America apart from other nations.

The potential impact of the NDAA was not lost on members of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In Colorado, members of Occupy Fort Collins held a public memorial service for a fictional person, Bill O’Rights, complete with the reading of a eulogy for what they perceive to be the death of the civil freedoms that “Bill” was supposed to protect.

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51 comments

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

Vote....vote....vote...and stop the insane garbage being done to the citizens of this country.

Aron R.
Aron R.4 years ago

My sincere apologies for the multiple posts - care2.com 'hung' without coming back with a response each time I tried to post.

Aron R.
Aron R.4 years ago

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.

Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and House to clarify that no US citizen or lawful permanent resident may be detained indefinitely without charge or trial - that is, that no one can be thrown into a dark cell forever just on the say so of a government official - regardless of any language in the NDAA:

https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/s2003 (S.2003 in the Senate)
https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3702 (HR.3702 in the House)

Please write your Senators and your Congressperson to ask them to support these important bills. Find your Representatives by entering your ZIP code here:
http://www.congress.org/
and click the "Contact" tab on any of them to go directly to their websites' contact forms.

Aron R.
Aron R.4 years ago

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.

Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and House to clarify that no US citizen or lawful permanent resident may be detained indefinitely without charge or trial - that no one can be thrown into a dark cell forever just on the say so of a government official - regardless of any language in the NDAA:

https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/s2003 (S.2003 in the Senate)
https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3702 (HR.3702 in the House)

Please write your Senators and your Congressperson to ask them to support these important bills. Find your Representatives by entering your ZIP code here:
http://www.congress.org/
and click the "Contact" tab on their profiles to go directly to their websites' contact forms.

Aron R.
Aron R.4 years ago

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.

Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and House to clarify that no US citizen or lawful permanent resident may be detained indefinitely without charge or trial - stated another way, that no one can be thrown int9
https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3702 (HR.3702 in the House)

Please write your Senators and your Congressperson to ask them to support these important bills.

Aron R.
Aron R.4 years ago

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.

Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and House to clarify that no US citizen or lawful permanent resident may be detained indefinitely without charge or trial - that no one can be thrown into a dark /us/112/hr3702 (HR.3702 in the House)

Please write your Senators and your Congressperson to ask them to support these important bills.

Aron R.
Aron R.4 years ago

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.

Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and House to clarify that no US citizen or lawful permanent resident may be detained indefinitely without charge or trial - that no one can be thrown into a dark cell forever just on the say so in the House)

Please write your Senators and your Congressperson to ask them to support these important bills.

Anne N.
Anne N.4 years ago

Mark S. yes, you are correct GWB was no good. But this is now under Obama, and he has continued to "flush & stomp" (in your words;-). So let's look at what is happening today as well. This is bipartisan.

Mark Stevenson
Mark S.4 years ago

Yes, the constitution is dead. GWB stabbed it to death, and got by with it.

Shar F.
Sharon F.4 years ago

It is really sad how things are changing. We have been living the good life, but somebody always has ideas to screw it up. Even with the computer, one just gets used to it and then they 'improve' the way things are done. Also in the schools; go back to chalk boards and chalk (markers contribute to poor air quality; chalk is a natural product, made from the bones of tiny dead sea creatures). There is getting to be a military presence everywhere one looks; that happened in the former Soviet Union before it split up. Looks like we all have to be informed and speak up loud and clear to try to keep as much as we can.