In recent weeks, Colorado counties of Weld, Fremont and El Paso passed resolutions opposing sections 1021 and/or 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act – what some refer to as the “kidnapping provisions” of the act. And now, the town of Fairfax, California joined them in this stand by passing resolution #12-11.
It states, in part, that “we Strongly affirm our loyalty to the rights and liberties enshrined within the Constitution of the United States, including the Fifth Amendment right to due process and the Sixth Amendment right to trial.”
The town of Fairfax has an extensive history of protecting its residents’ civil rights and liberties. This stand is best embodied in its resolution rejecting the USA PATRIOT Act a few years ago, which led hundreds of other municipalities across the nation to emulate their example. The Fairfax resolution against the NDAA takes denouncing one step further by requiring non-compliance within the Town as well. It states that they will:
“Instruct all our Town of Fairfax agencies to decline requests by federal agencies acting under detention powers granted by the NDAA that could infringe upon residents’ freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, or rights to counsel.”Details