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Ask Bowling Green City Council to Take Action on NDAA

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Sign the petition to tell the Bowling Green, OH City Council to adopt our anti-NDAA bill, and say it will stand up for the bill of rights that our country was founded on!

It was Benjamin Franklin that once said, “He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.”

Many have never heard of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.

As you probably already know, a defense authorization act usually just funds the military for the current fiscal year.

The law now allows for the indefinite detention of American Citizens.

Everyone from Amnesty International, a leading human rights group, to Judge Napolitano on Fox Business has condemned this bill. In a New York Times op-ed on December 12, 2011, Two retired four Star marine generals, CHARLES C. KRULAK and JOSEPH P. HOAR called for Obama to veto the NDAA, stating that if it passed with the new provisions “Due process would be a thing of the past.” Further stating that the NDAA “would sideline the work of the F.B.I. and local law enforcement agencies in domestic counterterrorism. These agencies have collected invaluable intelligence because the criminal justice system — unlike indefinite military detention — gives suspects incentives to cooperate.”

Even with these amazingly extreme provisions in Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA, it passed with a 93-7 vote in the U.S. Senate and a 283-136 vote in the house. And then was signed by our president on New Year’s Eve. An absolutely fantastic way to bring in the New Year.

PANDA (People Against National Defense Act), Ohio Oathkeepers, the Tenth Amendment Center in Florida, the Rhode Island Liberty Coalition and I believe that fighting this type of bill starts as a grassroots fight in the cities and counties around the nation. In fact, El Dorado County in Colorado has realized this as well and already passed a “Due Process Guarantee” resolution, to stop this encroach on our freedoms in America. This has to start somewhere.

So what is our request? As citizens of the United States of America, we ask you to send this letter to Bowling Green, OH city council, saying that the council should vote for a resolution to repeal the NDAA. We ask you to stand with us and say citizens of Bowling Green should not be arrested without charge or trial, without due process, and held indefinitely. Also, an optional part to this resolution would allow this council to take an active part in keeping the bill of rights intact by making it illegal for a member of the U.S. Armed Forces to investigate or detain any U.S. citizen or lawful resident alien in Bowling Green. And disallowing any Bowling Green city employee to assist the any U.S. Armed Forces member in an investigation or detainment of any U.S. citizen or lawful resident alien in that jurisdiction.

Now, usually federal laws supersede state and city laws according to the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. constitution. However, it is several constitutional lawyers’ opinion that one cannot ignore the Due Process clause, then turn around and cite the Supremacy clause from the same document in the same breath. That would be the ultimate in hypocrisy.

Blake Phillipi, a constitutional lawyer from the Rhode Island Liberty Coalition, wrote the draft for this resolution. Martin Slavens, our constitutional law professor on-campus in BGSU, modified the draft to reflect the gross breaches of the Ohio Constitution, not just the U.S. Constitution.

All we are asking is that one of our council members will agree to introduce this resolution. Please join us in requesting that they vote YES on this resolution.

We have to start somewhere. If the movement is successful in Bowling Green, it may be even more so in other places.

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