Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Annul sections of defense act

The West Yolo Democratic Club urges Congress and the president to take all necessary steps to annul Sections 1021 and 1022 of the The National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2011.

These sections revoke the constitutional rights of United States citizens to habeas corpus and due process when accused of a crime.

The West Yolo Democratic Club invites comments on this resolution; email jerryfishment@hotmail.com.

Dick Holdstock

West Yolo Democratic Club president, Winters

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  • Rich RifkinOctober 29, 2013 - 11:28 am

    The full text of these two sections of the NDAA are available online. In reading them, the two "covered persons" language stood out to me: First, from Section 1021: "(b) COVERED PERSONS.-A covered person under this section is any person as follows: (1) A person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for those attacks. (2) A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces;" and from Section 1022: "(2) COVERED PERSONS.—The requirement in paragraph (1) shall apply to any person whose detention is authorized under section 1021 who is determined—(A) to be a member of, or part of, al-Qaeda or an associated force that acts in coordination with or pursuant to the direction of al-Qaeda; and (B) to have participated in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners." ........ Also, Section 1022 makes it clear that this does not apply to American citizens or lawful U.S. residents: "(1) UNITED STATES CITIZENS.—The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States. (2) LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS.—The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to a lawful resident alien of the United States on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States."

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  • Rich RifkinOctober 29, 2013 - 11:33 am

    This URL includes the full text of the 2012 NDAA: https://pandaunite.org/ActionKit/NDAA.pdf

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