|East Side Gallery. Berlin 2009.|
The passing by President Obama of the NDAA bill on New Year's Eve is truly frightening.
Are you aware that US citizens are able to be detained indefinitely without trial in their own country?
We know this happens in China, North Korea and other countries around the world. We see the fear and anguish of family and friends not knowing what has happened to their loved ones. They're not allowed to visit, they lose their rights - and they have no ability to speak out, to complain, to prove their innocence.
We get all self righteous and complain, often loudly, when innocent people are detained indefinitely in "other countries", we march, we write letters, we stick our noses in and agitate for change - for them to be more like us.
Is this the 'us' we want them to be more like?
This video is a mere 6 minutes. It's worth watching.
What would you want your loved ones to do if you were detained indefinitely without trial? Who would you turn to?
Wouldn't you wish they'd at least tried to have the bill removed? Wouldn't you want them to say "I did my best, I agitated, I wrote letters to the papers, I marched, I spoke out."
Is it better to speak out and fail than not to speak out at all?