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Leaders Unite Across Party Lines to Defend Constitution from NDAA
Transpartisan leaders from across the country work to restore due process
WASHINGTON - February 22 - In the first few weeks of 2012, at least six jurisdictions have enacted local resolutions opposing the military detention provisions of the controversial National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed into law by the president only a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, legislation to nullify the NDAA has been introduced in legislatures of several states from coast-to-coast, with a Virginia bill passing the House of Delegates 96-4 last week.
Concerns about NDAA detention provisions transcend political party, ideology, and geography, and representatives in these diverse jurisdictions have stood up to resist an ongoing bipartisan assault on constitutional rights by federal officials. While a debate about the scope of the NDAA’s potential abuses continues to distract congressional policymakers, who voted without realizing the law’s terrifying implications, their counterparts in state and local governments are proving more conscientious, proactively acting on their oaths of office to defend the Constitution.
This Thursday, Feb. 23, a diverse group of state and local elected leaders from both major political parties, representing various parts of the country, will address their shared concerns about the need to restore due process in the wake of the damage wrought by the NDAA. These women and men have answered the call for all levels of government to actively work to restore vital limits on dangerous—and profoundly un-American—federal powers.
- Naomi Wolf, author, journalist, former consultant to Vice President Al Gore
- Bruce Fein, attorney and former Justice Department official under President Reagan
- Missouri State Representative and former US Marine Paul Curtman (R)
- North Carolina State Senator Ellie Kinnaird (D)
- Washington State Rep. Matt Shea (R)
- Northampton, MA City Councilor Bill Dwight (D)
- El Paso, CO County Commissioner Peggy Littleton (R)