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(This is basically exerpted from the letter to the Government and is much shorter.  If you are interested, I urge you to read it, also or instead.  Peace, etc., Bruce)

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
       ~The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
       ~The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr  

The NDAA once again provides the military with more money cut from social and environmental programs. This year, however, with Guantanamo’s facilities still open as if ready for resuming operations, with “Occupiers” having demonstrated in many sites across this great land; with national news reporting Chicago’s rapid creation of a number of new ordinances. It seems reasonable to wonder where this Democracy is headed. NDAA ‘S new restrictions also will affect all people in the United States -- not just US citizens or inhabitants. The Occupiers point out that the wealthy people “own” the government anyway, as well as the rest of the country

A number of other negative results are possible or likely. Internationally, I think that NDAA will further lower people’s esteem for America and Americans and our long-questionable claim to be “…the Land of the Free…” as the climax of our national anthem puts it; or the self-praise of other popular patriotic songs, or the Statue of Liberty’s engraving. I would expect that our appeal to international tourists will diminish, both from lack of respect and from fear of the NDAA. Any increase in the international balance of payments debts will add to all the various aspects of our people suffering further in the suffering economy. I know that many Americans already have lost more esteem for their homeland during these three weeks. I hear them talking about it, many with mixed anger, fear, and sadness.

The opportunities for dishonorable officers to take even further advantage of people or animals increase, now, also, as well as for them to prey on any person with even less concern for legal retaliation. The reluctance of rape victims to go to the law has always been high; now they still are likely to be accused of falsifying a claim but they may face an indefinite confinement. And what will happen to them during that time? Thus, it seems inevitable that the provisions of NDAA can bestow or increase fear and mistrust of law enforcement people, and even of the laws themselves: such laws could well be perceived as established with deliberate bias against minorities: ethnic, national, long-haired males or anyone with particularly noticeable unusual apparel, body piercing (am I too far behind fashions?), tattoos, LGBT people, even disabled people, homeless people most definitely, various forms of sexual harassments. There are more.

Letter to
The signer's US Representitive, Senators, President Obama
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The signer's US Representitive, Senators, President Barack Obama.
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“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
~The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
~The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Please Repeal The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

The NDAA once again provides the military with more money cut from social and environmental programs. This year, however, with Guantanamo’s facilities still open as if ready for resuming operations, with “Occupiers” having demonstrated in many sites across this great land; with national news reporting Chicago’s rapid creation of a number of new ordinances. It seems reasonable to wonder where this Democracy is headed.

In numerous locations, authorities must feel that the Occupiers have been menacing them since mid-October, 2011 -- longer than three months now, and the Occupiers show no intention of spending spring on golf courses -- unless, of course, it is to prevent the recreation of others there!

So it seems to me quite likely that, if they hadn’t already thought of “upgrading” their legal privileges, Chicago’s announcement could well have sown seeds of such ideas to them, even as the NDAA could to both. But this discussion has become merely academic.

The NDAA most definitely does seriously reduce people’s rights, especially adding provisions legalizing the jailing of people indefinitely without recourse to the due process of the legal system of courts.

There is no doubt that the government has dramatically increased their power over their electorate. The Occupiers claim that the wealthy people “own” the government anyway. While NDAA may be a preparatory reaction to inhibit and\or punish the “attacks” of the Occupiers specifically, NDAA‘S new restrictions also will affect all people who are in the United States. You don’t have to be a citizen!

There are a number of other negative results possible or likely. Internationally, I think it will further lower their esteem for us and our long-questionable claim to be “…the Land of the Free…” as the climax of our national anthem puts it; or the self-praise of other popular patriotic songs, or the Statue of Liberty’s engraving. I would expect that our appeal to international tourists will diminish, both from lack of respect and from fear of the NDAA. Any increase in the international balance of payments debts will add to all the various aspects of our people suffering further in the suffering economy.

I know that many Americans already have lost esteem for their homeland during these three weeks. I hear them talking about it, many with mixed anger, fear, and sadness.

The opportunities for dishonorable officers to take even further advantage of people or animals increase, now, also, as well as for them to prey on any person with even less concern for legal retaliation. The reluctance of rape victims to go to the law has always been high; now they still are likely to be accused of falsifying a claim but they may face an indefinite confinement. And what will happen to them during that time?

Thus, it seems inevitable that the provisions of NDAA can bestow or increase fear and mistrust of law enforcement people, and even of the laws themselves: such laws could well be perceived as established with deliberate bias against minorities: ethnic, national,
long-haired males or anyone with particularly noticeable unusual apparel, body piercing (am I too far behind fashions?), tattoos, LGBT people, even disabled people, homeless people most definitely, various forms of sexual harassments. There are more.

So again, my fellow Americans, I urge you to repeal the NDAA and present another one based more on the wills of more people. I was taught years ago that that was what a democracy is. I have wondered at times for over 60 years. Never more than now.

Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule and heavy work load to consider carefully and conscientiously my plea, and all those who have signed it.

Sincerely,
All Undersigners, and
Bruce Combs
103 A Marshall Way
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
bcombs@ecologyfund.net