Grassroots movements are gaining steam against the National Defense Authorization Act 2012′s “indefinite detention” sections. From sea to shining sea, citizens are urging that their states, counties and city governments nullify the Federal legislation that would rob Americans of their 6th Amendment rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution.
In recent report, last Thursday, Indiana’s anti- NDAA bill, SB400, passed through committee with a vote of 8-0. The local chapter of People Against the NDAA (PANDA) united with the Tenth Amendment Center and other local grassroots groups to have the legislation introduced. Now that same grassroots effort is asking for support by calling on citizens to ” Pick three Senators from this list to contact, and tell them, strongly but politely, that you will accept nothing less than a YES vote on SB400.”
activists gathered on the steps of San Francisco’s city hall to oppose the indefinite military detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and to support the introduction of a resolution by Supervisor and President of the Board David Chiu. The resolution of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will uphold due process and articulate San Francisco’s opposition of the NDAA. Supervisor Chiu stated that the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA:
violate our fundamental right to our presumption of innocence. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
The resolution, co-sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos, London Breed, David Campos, Jane Kim, and Eric Mar, is similar to legislation that has been passed in communities across the country. The language of the resolution emphasizes that San Francisco honors the civil liberties of all residents:
the City of San Francisco strongly affirms our commitment to the rights and liberties enshrined within the Constitution of the United State, including the Fifth Amendment right to due process, the Sixth Amendment right to trial, and the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.