NDAA resolution brought to Takoma Park City Council

Thomas Nephew presents NDAA resolution to Takoma Park City Council

Thomas Nephew presents NDAA resolution to Takoma Park City Council

Dear Takoma Park City Council,

Please find attached a draft resolution

  • urging the repeal of the indefinite detention provisions of the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),
  • calling for the expiration of the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) upon cessation of combat operations in Afghanistan,
  • instructing city agencies to see to it that any detainees in Takoma Park have access to a trial, counsel, and due process, and to decline federal agency requests under color of NDAA that would infringe on constitutionally guaranteed rights,
  • stating the sense of the City Council that neither the NDAA nor the AUMF can authorize US armed forces to arrest, detain, or try persons within the US, or militarily detain without trial civilians captured anywhere, and
  • requesting that our Congressman and Senators monitor the implementation of of the NDAA and work for its repeal.

The draft incorporates wording developed by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). My friends in the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition and I hope you will study and adopt it, and we look forward to discussing it with all of you.

While the resolution provides a number of justifications for both actions, I will add a few of my own.  The NDAA indefinite detention provisions are a blot on the rule of law in this country, and must be reversed as quickly as possible.  Indefinite detention without trial is something that was forbidden by the Magna Carta; it’s a travesty that our country that prides itself as the protector of freedom should have undone that ancient rule, and it’s a travesty that so little has been done to reverse that mistake.  When our national government fails to protect our freedoms, it must be up to other democratic institutions in our country to advocate them.   I hope that you will.

Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.

Thomas Nephew
Takoma Park, Maryland
March 12, 2012

(Video at http://takomapark.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=975)

UPDATE: please visit our NDAA resource page with links to the resolution, national campaign links, and background information.

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5 Responses to NDAA resolution brought to Takoma Park City Council

  1. sueudry says:

    We expect no less from Takoma Park.

  2. Great work here in putting out this information!

    Were you able to get any positive response from them? Interested in hearing how things went so we can possibly report on it….and work together to get something introduced and passed.

    http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/nullification/ndaa/

    • Thanks! No responses yet; we introduced it during public comment period, and things moved on to other topics right away.

      • Thanks, Thomas, for the update! Please keep me in the loop on this so we can make this well known as you move forward. A comment here suffices as I’ll get a notice, or feel free to email me anytime too. michael.boldin at tenthamendmentcenter dot com

  3. Reblogged this on Get FISA Right and commented:

    The latest from Montgomery County. We’re pushing back against the NDAA; have a look at the resolution — a hybrid of anti-NDAA resolutions developed by BORDC and ACLU.

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