OWS Protesters ‘Detain’ Sen. Carl Levin For Sponsoring NDAA
Occupiers flocked to Washington, D.C. from all corners of the nation, and while many were taking action for the first time in their lives, there were a few familiar faces as well.
One such familiar face belonged to Sgt. Shamar Thomas, a former U.S. Marine who became an internet sensation when video of his diatribe against the New York Police Department’s violent treatment of OWS protesters went viral on YouTube.
On Tuesday, Sgt. Thomas joined forces with members of both Occupations in DC and Occupy Wall Street in a protest inside of Senator Carl Levin’s office today. In case you haven’t heard of Sen. Levin before, he’s the co-sponsor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill recently signed into law by President Obama.
As Adam Serwer, writing for MotherJones explains,
“The administration had said that the military detention provisions of an earlier version of the NDAA were “inconsistent with the fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets. The revised NDAA is still inconsistent with that fundamental American principle. But the administration has decided that fundamental American principles aren’t actually worth vetoing the bill over.”
Watch what happened when Sgt. Thomas and OWS attempted to give Sen. Levin a taste of his own medicine:
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