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Democratic Party of Orange County, NC

Repeal of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, adopted at the April 21, 2007 Orange County Democratic Party Convention in Hillsborough, North Carolina

Whereas, the fundamental rights of all arrested persons to be informed of the charges against them, to procure or be supplied with legal counsel, and to a fair and speedy trial have been enshrined in the US Constitution and in practice in this country since its beginnings; and

Whereas, the Military Commissions Act of October 17, 2006, abrogates these rights for US citizens as well as for residents of the US and others;

Therefore be it resolved, that the Orange County Democratic Party call on the Congress of the United States to repeal the Military Commissions Act; and

Be it further resolved, that the Democratic Party of North Carolina urge Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr to support S 576, "A bill to provide for the effective prosecution of terrorists and guarantee due process rights", introduced by Senator Christopher Dodd; and

Be it further resolved, that the Democratic Party of North Carolina urge all other members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation to join Representative David Price in sponsoring HR 1415, "to provide for the effective prosecution of terrorists and guarantee due process rights", introduced by Representative Jerrold Nadler, with 30 cosponsors.