Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Occupy and Tea Party Join Forces to Defeat Unconstitutional NDAA

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Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In what many activists have been hoping to see for quite a while, it appears that some in the Occupy movement and the Tea Party have finally found a bit of common ground.

Although, over the past year we have seen increasing hostility between the two organizations, loose as they may be, the action in Medford Oregon between Occupy Medford and WakeUp America Southern Oregon, (a group of Conservatives, Libertarians, and Tea Party members) just might the start of a building of bridges over the fault lines between the two movements created by the establishment political system and the mainstream media.

Although the Occupy and Tea Party movements will obviously continue to disagree with one another over issues such as the economy, the fact is that a large portion of both movements can agree that our civil liberties are under threat. After close to a year of bickering and attacking each other, however, it appears that at least some members of both sides are ready to work together on the issues where they both agree. In this instance, it is the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) – the bill that gives the President the authority to detain American citizens indefinitely without trial by way of the U.S. military.

As Occupy Medford accurately summed up in their press release, published by OpEdNews, on February 12, 2012,
The indefinite detention clauses (sections 1021 and 1022) within this year's National Defense Authorization Act (signed into law 31 December 2011) are a direct attack upon the civil rights of all Americans, and represent another step taken toward eroding the freedoms which lay at the foundation of our society.
The detention sections of the NDAA begin by "affirm[ing]" that the authority of the President under the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), a joint resolution passed in the immediate aftermath of the September 11th 2001 attacks, includes the power to detain, via the Armed Forces, any person "who was part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners," and anyone who commits a "belligerent act" against the U.S. or its coalition allies in aid of such enemy forces, under the law of war, "without trial, until the end of the hostilities...".  The text also authorizes trial by military tribunal, or "transfer to the custody or control of the person's country of origin," or transfer to "any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity."[1]

After signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 into law, President Obama issued a statement on it that addressed "certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of terrorism suspects." In the statement Obama maintained that "the legislation does nothing more than confirm authorities that the Federal courts have recognized as lawful under the 2001 AUMF.  I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens."[1]  The only provision from which U.S. citizens are exempted here is the "requirement" of military detention.  For foreign nationals accused of being members of Al Qaeda, military detention is mandatory; for U.S. citizens, it is optional.  This section does not exempt U.S citizens from the presidential power of detention [by the military OR civilian agencies such as the CIA/DHS/FBI etc.]: only from the requirement of military detention.[2]
Due to its blatantly fascist and unconstitutional makeup, the NDAA has faced opposition from both the left and the right; Tea Partiers and Occupiers.

As a result, organizations in Southern Oregon – Occupy Medford, Occupy Southern Oregon, and WakeUp America Southern Oregon – put their differences aside, banded together, and held a joint demonstration on February 14, at Vogel Plaza in Medford, Oregon in order protest the NDAA and its destruction of the Constitution and basic human rights.

In regards to the joint protest, Joseph Snook of WakeUp America Southern Oregon stated,
A group full of conservatives, Libertarians, and Tea-party members by the name of Wake Up America Southern Oregon is proud to unite with the Southern Oregon Occupy Movement to take a Bold Stand against the National Defense Authorization Act known as the NDAA.  Further, it is time that 'We the People', all of us unite!
Likewise, a statement from the Emery Way Occupy read,
Occupy Ashland is standing with libertarians, progressives, conservatives and the Tea-Party alike to speak out against the attack against our civil rights which is the National Defense Authorization Act. In times such as these, when the injustices of a system and a government become too large to ignore, it is vital that we stand together not as members of a political party but as fellow citizens and human beings to defend our precious freedoms.
Reports have suggested that the protest rally was a successful one, bringing together Occupiers, Tea Partiers, Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, Conservatives, and Libertarians all under one banner to express their opposition to the NDAA and the ongoing destruction of civil liberties taking place in the United States.

Obviously, the oligarchical establishment has always used the divide-and-conquer strategy to weaken any resistance formed against it. Regardless of those who challenge the system, the same response is always deployed. Unfortunately, whether it is separating blacks and whites, men and women, or liberals and conservatives, this strategy has been highly successful, particularly in recent years. Both the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement has fallen prey to this method as well.

But while it is a fact that the majority of the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement have been co-opted by the agents of the oligarchy, it is also a fact that these movements still contain genuine activists and individuals who want nothing more than to see a better world for themselves and their children. Indeed, the protest rally that is the subject of this article is case in point.

At this point, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the platforms of either of these movements, it is important to note that the actions taken by the Southern Oregon activist community represent a fundamental danger to the oligarchs that currently control our society. This is because they are not allowing the age-old “divide-and-conquer” strategy to divide them. Thus, they cannot be conquered by it. These organizations have realized that there will be time enough to squabble over their disagreements later and that, for now, it is imperative that they work together on issues upon which they can agree.

Fractured, aimless, co-opted, and disjointed activists accomplish nothing. However, individuals who have come together for a common purpose and who have stated demands, accomplish revolution. In 2012, opinions are worthless. So are top-down political organizations. It is coordinated political action -- with a clear plan of solutions and demands, made up of individuals who adhere to their own principles and not those dictated to them by self-appointed leaders -- that bring change and victory.

The Southern Oregon activist community is now beginning to show signs of this coordinated action. Indeed, these individuals are now exhibiting two of the most dangerous methods of resistance as seen from the point of view of an oligarchy. First, they are truly adhering to the principles they espouse. Second, they are setting aside their differences with one another, while maintaining their own philosophies, in order to come together for the common goal of deposing the oligarchs.

History shows us that a fractured resistance cannot defeat a united enemy. Let’s hope that the cooperation shown by the activists in Southern Oregon is a sign of things to come. Let’s hope this a trend that will soon catch on nationwide.

If it does, then Southern Oregon will have taken the first steps toward building a new movement that this country has never seen the likes of in its entire history -- a movement where the 99% do not merely sympathize with protesters, but become them.

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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, and Five Sense Solutions. Turbeville has published over one hundred articles dealing with a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville is available for podcast, radio, and TV interviews. Please contact us at activistpost (at) gmail.com. 


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Anonymous said...

There is only one thing the government fears:

United American Citizens. Way to go Oregon!

Carroll said...

Since congress included this article in the bill for the express purpose of protecting themselves from an enraged citizenry, this effort will go exactly no where.

Anonymous said...

Once the 1% decided to wage war on us, consolidating the 99% was just a matter of time. Nothing scares them more.

Anonymous said...

I knew these two would get together someday, now just get it over with and do it already you crazy kids :)

Anonymous said...

Great article, very well written, with a keen sense of the importance of breaking the left/right divide.

Anonymous said...

There is already a fool-proof, built-in mechanism by which citizens can deal with unconstitutional laws-- disobey them. When arrested and brought before a jury, any lawyer worth his salt will outline the unconstitutional nature of the 'law' in question, and jurors are then obligated to find the defendent(s)'not guilty'. It's called jury nullification. If it's not constitutional, it's not a law. Hence no crime for 'breaking' it. Come on people, we used to know this stuff. We ignore the basic teachings of our Founders at our peril.

apeman2502 said...

OWS has a great bunch of folks. The Tea Party seems to have a great bunch of folks. Sarah Palin meets Greenberg? What?

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin has nothing to do with the tea party.

The tea party was usurped and marginalized.

Anonymous said...

President Obama doesn't need the indefinite detention law. He has already assumed the right to kill anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Anonymous said...

if you go far enough to the right, you end up of the far left....

Anonymous said...

The next phase is to ignore the MSM, completly.
Instead become the MSM but the ilution of internet is stil lingering, any thing of wurth comes by the old way.
The horses of our Apostles.
Our feats.

This is a very important movment and move, this sould be suported by anyone.
Size DO matters.

Be loud and proud.
Because its now the shitt hits the fan, and from now on all the actions anyone does matters.

Look to Iceland. They are not alone anymore, when people realise the scope and cale of it.
Thats their biggest fear, and all the legsislations lately is a pathetic atemt to quel and sound critics.
Thats their way of dealing with democracy, the people sould learn them our democracy, where criminals DO go to Jail. People sould not pay for Corp greed and frauds.
That day the comon american awakens the world will change, and in the end its up to You.
Nobody else to blame.

“Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
― Denis Diderot


Anonymous said...

I think that the unified movement should be called WE THE PEOPLE (WTP),
the day the sheeple removed the wool from over their eyes. The day people shed the wool coat (by default) the establishment gave them to wear.

Anonymous said...

Sara Palin arreaps to be part of the problem.

Anonymous said...

AS anonymous noted above, this collaboration breaks the left/right divide. Left and right are ways to split the 99% into warring camps.

We have so much more in common (we all need good schools, good jobs, good healthcare, peace and prosperity) than the wedge issues which the 1% use to divide us.

The original Tea Party (Ron Paul 2007) was anti-war, pro-civil liberties, and anti corporate welfare. This is 90% of what progressives support.

But the coopted TEa Party reversed positions and dropped into a funk and is now a fully Republican headache.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes people who are naturally divided, like employers and employees, can unite to form a United Front or Popular Front against a common, more dangerous enemy. After that enemy is defeated they go back to their old divisions, but at least the greater danger was removed.

Anonymous said...

Post script - The OWS is certainly a Popular Front but there may be too many differences within it to call it a United Front. For example, older retirees may resent big business but unlike many people marching beside them they won't want progressive taxation.

Anonymous said...

This is what America needs. Good 1st step towards civilian rule.

Joey R. Poole said...

It's heartening to see two groups branded as radicals by the mainstream fighting for the same end, especially when it's something anti-fascist like this. Nice article, Brandon.

gene1o said...

i can't remember the source of - 'when fascism comes to america, it will have a distinctively american face.'

Anonymous said...

I think the saying is "when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross"

Anonymous said...

Occupy is a Marxist operation, working to develop yet another economic crash centered around student loans. They have no respect for the Constitution, have attacked small businesses, shut down Port of Oakland and violently attacked police officers.

Their current trainer is a radical Communist named Van Jones. Doesn't that tell us enough?

Can you think of anything more stupid for TEA Party patriots to do than to ally themselves with this terrorist group? How did they get suckered in??

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