December 15, 2011
Dozens of Bill of Rights Day events oppose the NDAA
Grassroots coalitions mobilize across the country to defend the right to trial
- Shahid Buttar, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 316-9229
- Amy E. Ferrer, Associate Director, email@example.com, (413) 582-0110
Today, December 15, our nation celebrates the 220th anniversary of the first ten amendments to the US Constitution. To celebrate Bill of Rights Day, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee is coordinating grassroots actions across the country, both to champion constitutional rights and to resist the troubling National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) before Congress.
Despite changes introduced by the conference committee, Section 1031(b)(2) of the NDAA would give the US military the power to indefinitely imprison “any person who has committed a belligerent act”—including US citizens—without trial, or any proof that they committed a crime. On Wednesday, the White House announced that the president’s senior advisors will not recommend that he veto the bill.
According to Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, "The NDAA threatens the First Amendment, as well as the Fifth and Sixth, removes the judiciary from its constitutional role, assaults the prohibition against domestic military deployment that has stood for over a century, and is the product of an illegitimate and secretive process violating democratic transparency. It is blatantly unconstitutional and should be rejected by the White House and Congress to reflect the transpartisan concerns of We the People of the United States."
Grassroots coalitions in dozens of cities—including Boston, Hartford, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles—are holding events this week to oppose the NDAA and celebrate the Bill of Rights on today’s 220th anniversary of its ratification. A map listing the events, including time and place details, is available at http://bordc.org/ndaa/map.php.
About the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Formed in 2001, The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) is a national non-profit grassroots organization. We defend the rule of law and rights and liberties challenged by overbroad national security and counter-terrorism policies. BORDC supports an ideologically, ethnically, geographically, and generationally diverse grassroots movement to protect and restore these principles by encouraging widespread civic participation; educating people about the significance of our rights; and cultivating grassroots networks to convert concern, outrage, and fear into debate and action. For more information, visit http://www.bordc.org or call (413) 582-0110.
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