by Emily Odgers, People’s Blog for the Constitution
Residents and activists of Takoma Park, MD, petitioned the city council to adopt a resolution which would affirm constitutional freedoms and reject the indefinite military detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
“Human rights know no national or jurisdictional boundaries,” said Jim Kuhn, a local resident and member of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition(MCCRC), a coalition that BORDC helped bring together. [It’s] the special responsibility of local officials to protect our human rights, and our rights of due process, when they are being ignored or abused by federal or state authorities.”
Signed by President Obama on the last day of 2011, the NDAA codifies into law military detention without charge or trial for any person suspected of a “belligerent act.” Under the auspices of mere suspicion, any person—citizens and non-citizens alike—can now legally have their constitutional freedoms revoked without any due process or proof of wrongdoing, thanks to the executive powers granted by the NDAA.
Priya Murthy, policy director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT),explained at the city council meeting why this causes particular worry among racial and religious minorities:Details