March 19, 2012
Reporter Briefing on the NDAA: TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific)
Local and state officials from both sides of the aisle introduce legislation opposing indefinite detention
- Amy Ferrer, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Associate Director, (413) 582-0110, email@example.com
- Michael Maharrey, Tenth Amendment Center, Communications Director, (213) 935-0553, firstname.lastname@example.org
President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on Dec. 31, 2011, after a secretive congressional process without a single hearing on the bill. Confusion about the NDAA's provisions remains widespread on the Hill and across the country.
The NDAA allows military detention without trial within the United States, reinforcing prior claims that Congress' 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force in Afghanistan included the power to militarily detain anyone—even US citizens apprehended within the US—without trial.
In the weeks since the NDAA was enacted, nearly a dozen cities and counties have passed resolutions opposing the NDAA's detention provisions, and measures have been introduced in 10 state legislatures. These bills and resolutions either oppose or nullify the detention authorities created by the law.
While our nation's political establishment ignores the constitutional concerns voiced from the grassroots across the political spectrum, and across the country, a transpartisan movement has emerged seeking to restore due process and the right to trial. Concerns about NDAA detention provisions transcend political party, ideology, and geography, and these diverse communities are standing up to resist an ongoing bipartisan assault on constitutional rights by federal officials.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20, a diverse group of state and local elected leaders, representing both major political parties and various parts of the country, will address their shared concerns about the need to restore due process in the wake of the damage wrought by the NDAA. These women and men have answered the call for all levels of government to actively work to restore vital limits on dangerous—and profoundly un-American—federal powers.
What: A conference call to brief journalists about national momentum across local and state governments to repeal or reverse the NDAA's detention provisions
When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific
- Missouri State Representative and former US Marine Paul Curtman (R)
- Rhode Island State Representative Dan Gordon (R)
- Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen (R)
- Albany County (NY) Legislator Doug Bullock (D)
- Fairfax (CA) Town Councilor Larry Bragman (G)
- Berkeley (CA) City Councilor Kriss Worthington (D)
- About the National Defense Authorization Act (PDF)
- Maps of anti-NDAA campaigns underway and resolutions passed
About the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) is a national non-profit grassroots organization formed in 2001 to defend the rule of law and rights and liberties challenged by overbroad national security and counter-terrorism policies. BORDC supports an ideologically, ethnically, geographically, and generationally diverse grassroots movement to protect and restore these principles by encouraging widespread civic participation; educating people about the significance of our rights; and cultivating grassroots networks to convert concern, outrage, and fear into debate and action. For more information, visit http://www.bordc.org or call (413) 582-0110.
About the Tenth Amendment Center
The Tenth Amendment Center is a national think tank that works to preserve and protect the principles of strictly limited government through information, education, and activism. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of state and individual sovereignty issues, focusing primarily on the decentralization of federal government power as required by the Constitution. The Tenth Amendment Center, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Liberty Coalition, drafted the Liberty Preservation Act, now spreading across the country at both the state and local level." For more information, visit http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/about/ or call (213) 935-0553.
About Demand Progress
Demand Progress is a grassroots organization with more than one million members which works to promote civil rights, civil liberties, and progressive government reform. It helped lead the organizing effort in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, and has generated more than 200,000 emails to Congress and President Obama in opposition to the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. For more information, visit http://demandprogress.org.
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