January 4, 2012
Restore due process and the right to trial!
On New Year’s Eve, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, despite its provisions allowing indefinite military detention of US citizens without trial. Under separate government powers expanded by the PATRIOT Act, non-violent dissent is increasingly classified as terrorism, so—regardless of President Obama's caveats when signing the bill—any future president could use the NDAA’s detention powers as a tool of political repression.
And because torture of military detainees often goes unpunished, the NDAA could lead to more torture in the future. In fact, officials responsible for torture under the Bush administration—who are free only because the Obama administration has chosen to turn a blind eye to their war crimes—actively lobbied in favor of the NDAA’s detention provisions.
BORDC has been mobilizing grassroots resistance to the NDAA’s detention provisions since November, before Congress passed the bill. Concerned Americans from across the political spectrum, including members of Congress from both major political parties, have raised their voices to oppose the NDAA's detention provisions. Join them, along with thousands of BORDC supporters, Occupy sites, and Tea Party chapters around the country, in affirming the right to trial and presumption of innocence.
Resistance to the NDAA is growing, and we want to make sure you’re a part of that movement to restore due process. Here are just a few examples of ways people are already organizing to restore our constitutional rights:
- Members of Congress have introduced bills in the House and Senate that would narrow the NDAA’s detention provisions.
- Activists in Montana have started a campaign to recall the senators who voted for the NDAA.
- The Colorado county that houses the Air Force academy already passed a resolution declaring its opposition to detention without trial.
- And grassroots actions are scheduled in New York City, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, OR, and other cities across the country.
Together, we can make sure our Constitution fares better in 2012 than it did in 2011.