Liberty Preservation Act: Local Resolution
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States is the foundation of our nation’s rights and freedom, and the basis of our representative democracy; AND
WHEREAS, the indefinite military detention without trial of any person, including US citizens, could be allowed by Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); AND
WHEREAS, the indefinite military detention of any person without trial violates the 5th and 6th amendments of the Constitution of the United States, Article III of the Constitution of the United States, and the Posse Comitatus Act; AND
WHEREAS, the NDAA corrodes the ideals of presumed innocence and right to a fair trial on which our nation was founded, and which generations of activists and military servicemen and women have fought to preserve; AND
WHEREAS the (TOWN, CITY OR COUNTY) of (NAME OF TOWN, CITY OR COUNTY) re-affirms its gratitude for the supreme sacrifice of those in the Armed Forces who have died in battle in the name of those same cherished rights and liberties; AND
WHEREAS, the NDAA’s detention provisions could, under Humanitarian Law Project v. Holder, allow the targeted detention of activists, journalists and other Americans exercising their First Amendment rights despite the crucial role of Free Speech in preserving liberty; AND
WHEREAS, the NDAA’s detention provisions could allow the recurrence of torture in military detention in violation of the Eighth Amendment; AND
WHEREAS, the detention provisions could force US military servicemembers to serve as domestic jailers, a role for which they are neither trained nor equipped, nor is ever appropriate; AND
WHEREAS, the FBI Director, the Defense Secretary, the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, and many of our nation’s generals, admirals, and servicemen and women have opposed the NDAA’s detention provisions; AND
WHEREAS, the (TOWN, CITY OR COUNTY) of (NAME OF TOWN, CITY OR COUNTY) has an extensive history of protecting its residents’ civil rights and liberties as embodied in its rejection of the USA PATRIOT Act, which led hundreds of other municipalities across the nation to emulate our example;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of (NAME OF TOWN, CITY OR COUNTY), (YOUR STATE), acting in the spirit and history of our community, does hereby declare that we
Strongly affirm our loyalty to the rights and liberties enshrined within the Constitution of the United States, including the Fifth Amendment right to due process and the Sixth Amendment right to trial;
Instruct all our public agencies to decline requests by federal agencies acting under detention powers granted by the NDAA that could infringe upon residents’ freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, or rights to counsel.
Expect all federal and state law enforcement officials acting within the City to work in accordance with local law, and in cooperation with the (NAME OF TOWN, CITY OR COUNTY) Police Department, by allowing any detainees among (NAME OF TOWN, CITY OR COUNTY)’s residents or visitors access to a trial, counsel and due process, as provided by Article III of the Constitution of the United States;
Request that our United States Congressman and Senators monitor the implementation of the NDAA and actively work for the repeal of the NDAA’s detention provisions to restore fundamental rights and liberties embodied in the Constitutions of the (YOUR STATE) and the United States. To that end, the (MAYOR, CITY MANAGER, ETC) shall send copies of this resolution to our US Congressman and Senators, the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the US Attorney General, and the President of the United States.