On March 5, 2012, Alleghany County Commissioners in a unanimous vote joined eight other counties, towns and cities across the country saying NO to the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. There are already 10 states also considering the same – including neighboring Virginia where a bill passed both houses in the legislature by a wide margin. The bill has been forwarded to the Governor’s office for signing.
These Resolutions from counties, towns and cities are clearly sending a signal to their respective state governments that they expect them to make a stand against these new “intolerable acts” that have been handed down by the federal government. These NDAA provisions are so onerous and a threat to our liberties, so clear that they have brought together in opposition people of all different political persuasions.
The Reslution states in part:
WHEREAS, Sections 1021 and 1022 (or any wording as the bill is modified) of the National Defense Authorization Bill, SB 1867, jeopardize the
fundamental rights of American citizens to remain free from detention without due process and the right to habeas corpus in direct contravention of the guarantees of the Bill of Rights and the United States and North Carolina Constitutions; and
WHEREAS, it is indisputable that the threat of homeland and international terrorism is both real and viable, and that the full force of appropriate and constitutional law must be used to defeat this threat so that terror never wins; however, winning the war against tenor cannot come at the great expense of mitigating basic, fundamental, constitutional rights using rules, laws, regulations, bill language or executive orders;
Dennis Smith, a local Alleghany County resident, cited a media press conference put on by the Tenth Amendment Center partnered with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Demand Progress in a statement to commissioners. The press conference highlight state and local action against NDAA detention provisions.This bi-partisan event featured both Democratic and Republican Party officials, and also well-known civil liberties activists Naomi Wolf, who served as an adviser to Vice Pres. Al Gore, and Bruce Fein, an attorney and former Justice Department official under President Reagan.Details