SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (April 18, 2012) – Add the Santa Cruz City Council to the growing number of local governments directly opposing detention provisions without due process written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Mayor Don Lane sponsored theResolution to Restore Due Process and Right to Trial, along with two councilmember cosponsors, Ryan
Coonerty and Katherine Beiers. The resolution passed unanimously on April 10.
The resolution begins with the precept that the Constitution serves as the foundation for rights and freedoms in the United States.
These provisions of the NDAA corrode the ideals of presumed innocence and right to a fair trial on which our nation was founded, and which generations of activists and military servicemen and women have fought to preserve; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Santa Cruz that it hereby supports repeal of the NDAA’s detention provisions described above to restore fundamental rights and liberties embodied in the Constitution of the United States.