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 Local Civil Rights Restoration Act (LCRRA) is a model piece of legislation a local city council can adopt. The LCRRA protects the...

Our model resolution aims to promote executive accountability for human rights abuses, such as torture. It offers local legislative...

President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on December 31, 2011. The NDAA contains provisions that...

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has released two model ordinances to assist local communities in the battle against domestic...

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.

In July of 2009 activists in Olympia Washington went public with the shocking revelation that an intelligence contractor hired by the U.S. Army named John Towery had infiltrated the antiwar group Olympia Port Militarization resistance. For almost two years Towery, known to activists as “John Jacob” had administered the groups email listserv, attended meetings and demonstrations and unsuccessfully attempted to coerce young college students to commit acts of violence. Towery’s true identity was discovered by several key members of the group after cop-watcher and civil liberties activist Drew Hendricks combed through thousands of pages of public records using a technique known as “cataloguing”. At the time of the discovery, Olympia Port Militarization Resistance (OlyPMR) was engaged in an ongoing campaign of confrontational civil disobedience, peacefully using their bodies to blockade the movement of military equipment through the public Port of Olympia on its way to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The controversial protests swept the Pacific Northwest, seeing local actions at the ports of Aberdeen, Gray’s Harbor, Tacoma and Olympia. In an exclusive interview with BORDC, Drew Hendricks explains how he discovered Towery, the impact the spying had on the Olympia antiwar community and how regular people can catalog public records themselves to defend against secret government spying.

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