Our Mission

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization working to restore the rule of law and our constitutional rights and liberties. We aim to make police and intelligence agencies accountable to we, the people whom they serve. BORDC supports an ideologically, politically, ethnically, geographically, and generationally diverse grassroots movement, focused on educating Americans about the erosion of our fundamental freedoms; increasing civic participation; and converting concern and outrage into political action. 

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The Issues

Honor True Patriots

Every month, BORDC honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in his or her community to the movement to restore civil liberties and the rule of law.

BORDC is pleased to announce its March Patriot Award Winner, Eric Juth. Eric, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, has been living in North Carolina since 2009.

In early 2014, Eric created and released a 37-minute documentary, Ghosts of Johnston County.   This film follows the stories of people who have been subject to our government’s Extraordinary Rendition program.  This program provides for the secret detention of suspected terrorists, without due process or legal representation.

In discussing how he became interested in this subject, Eric said “I’ve known about [extraordinary rendition] since news of it broke [in 2001], since I was closely following news about the War on Terror. It fell off the map as a controversy for some years and it wasn’t getting as much attention.” He explained how he saw an article about extraordinary rendition in North Carolina in The Washington Post, and decided to reach out and speak to the individuals who were mentioned in the article.

As a graduate student, this documentary began as Eric’s thesis project for his Documentary Film program.  Eric spoke about why he made this film: “One of the goals of this film was to give a human face to the survivors and victims of this program; that helps to make the issue more concrete for viewers.  Generally, the people who are affected [extraordinary rendition] this are not given a name and are really invisible.”

The reaction to the film has been good, Eric said.  He explained that he has been going to local screenings of his film at art houses and community organizations, such as the Quaker House. He said that reviews have been positive in that the film “really does seem to educate the people about the issue.”

Since the film, Eric has been working with the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture, an organization he became aware of after volunteering with Stop Torture Now over the past two years. Eric became involved with STN while he was working on his film.  He said, “I filmed their meetings and then would sit in because it helped me understand the context for the issue.”

Eric said that while the film has not been widely screened, he is contemplating putting it online in exchange for a small donation.  BORDC is proud of Eric’s work and looks forward to his continuing success.

 

 

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