LAS VEGAS, NV (March 21, 2013) – Yesterday, the Nevada Chapter of PANDA (People Against the National Defense Authorization Act) announced the passage of a Las Vegas City Council Resolution rebuking the indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

Just before noon Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council passed a resolution rebuking the indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA, 5-2. The resolution may be read here at:http://tinyurl.com/cyu5bue. The Resolution will now head to the Clark County Commission; if passed, it would be the first Joint City/County Resolution passed anywhere in the country in response to the NDAA. 

The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 31, 2011. The 2012 NDAA declares the United States to be a battlefield in the war on terror and Section 1021 & 1022 authorize the indefinite military detention, without charge or trial, of persons on US soil. This violates at least 23 Articles of and Amendments to both the US and Nevada Constitutions.

PANDA’s Clark County Chapter Head, Daphne Lee, stated, “I am so incredibly grateful to the honorable Council members for supporting our efforts. I would especially like to thank Councilman Beers for helping me introduce this resolution to the board, and to Mayor Goodman for her amazing vocal support for the rights of all persons in Nevada. This action will support other cities, counties and states all over the country who seek to take a stand to protect constitutional rights.” 

Christopher Corbett of PANDA Nevada’s leader said, “This is an important first victory in the fight to restore and protect civil liberties in Nevada. Hopefully this resolution will encourage the rest of Nevada to pass similar resolutions and state legislation.” There is already action under way to pass similar Resolutions in Northern Nevada. Both the Washoe County Commission and Reno City Council have agrees to look at this issue in the next 30 days. 

State Senator, Don Gustavson, has also submitted a bill to be considered during the 2013 Nevada legislative session. The Nevada Liberty Preservation Act (SB378), which has 16 bi-partisan cosponsors, will support local government resolutions in securing due process for all persons in Nevada.

The Bill was introduced in the senate on March 18th, and has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Passage of the Nevada Liberty Preservation Act will demonstrate the Legislature’s commitment to Constitutional Law and Individual Liberty by affirming the right to due process to all persons in Nevada. 

Your participation can make a difference. Visit PANDANV.Org for more information.

LEGISLATION AND TRACKING

Please contact your own state and local legislators regarding anti-NDAA legislation. If none has been introduced in your state, you can email them The Liberty Preservation Act model legislation.

Track the status of NDAA nullification in states around the country HERE


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