January 11th, 2012

A Colorado County Passes Resolution to reject NDAA


El Paso County, Colorado.  Introduced by Commissioner Peggy Littleton.   Co-authored by Kim Green of Freedom Action Coalition.  Stewart Rhodes is working with Ms. Green to improve the resolution for others to use.

Resolution to Preserve Habeas Corpus

and Civil Liberties

WHEREAS, pursuant to C.R.S. §§ 30-10-101(1), 30-11-103, and 30-11-107, the Board of County Commissioners of El Paso County, Colorado (“County” or “Board”), has the legislative authority to manage the concerns of the County and to exercise such other and further powers as are conferred by law; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of El Paso County, Colorado, opposes any and all rules, laws, regulations, bill language or executive orders, which amount to an overreach of the federal government and which effectively take away civil liberties; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with the Colorado State Constitution, Article 12, Section 8,  all elected officials are mandated to  “take and subscribe an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Colorado, and to faithfully perform the duties of the office upon which he shall be about to enter;”  and the El Paso County Commissioners subscribe to uphold this oath of office by the adoption of this Resolution, and

WHEREAS, one of our most fundamental rights as American citizens is to be free from unreasonable detention without due process of law, a right afforded to us by our Founding Fathers and guaranteed to us by over two centuries of sacrifice by our men and women in the Armed Forces whom we daily recognize and honor; and

WHEREAS, Sections 1031 and 1032 (or any other wording as the bill is modified) of the 2011 United States Senate National Defense Authorization Act, Bill Number SB1867, as proposed, provide that in limited circumstances, an American citizen may be detained by our own United States government and by our Armed Forces, which detention could last, without trial until the end of the hostilities currently authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force; and

WHEREAS, Sections 1031 and 1032 (or any other wording as the bill is modified)of the National Defense Authorization Bill, SB 1867, jeopardize the fundamental rights of American citizens to remain free from detention without due process and the right to habeas corpus in direct contravention of the guarantees of the Bill of Rights and the United States and Colorado Constitutions; and

WHEREAS, it is indisputable that the threat of homeland and international terrorism is both real and viable, and that the full force of appropriate and constitutional law must be used to defeat this threat so that terror never wins; however, winning the war against terror cannot come at the great expense of mitigating basic, fundamental, constitutional rights using rules, laws, regulations, bill language or executive orders; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of  El Paso County, Colorado, wholeheartedly supports the United States military and dutifully recognizes the importance the National Defense Authorization Act, SB1867, as an appropriations bill and as a bill necessary to support the efforts of our military to both serve and protect the people of this great Nation with the exclusion of sections 1021 and 1032; and

WHEREAS, undermining our own Constitutional rights serves only to concede to the terrorists’ demands of changing the fabric of what made the United States of America a country of freedom, liberty and opportunity; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of El Paso County, Colorado, opposes any and all rules, laws, regulations , bill language or executive orders, which amount to an overreach of the federal government and which effectively take away civil liberties; and

WHEREAS, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is in agreement with this resolution and the goals and purposes herein stated and agrees to undertake all appropriate efforts to protect the constitutional rights of all citizens; and

BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of County Commissioners of El Paso County, Colorado, is in opposition to Sections 1031 and 1032

of the United States Senate National Defense Authorization Act, and does hereby support the Colorado

Constitution and the Constitution of the United States of America and all the freedoms and guarantees as guaranteed by our Founding Fathers and as provided by the brave efforts of the members of our Armed Forces

DONE THIS ___ day of December, 2011, at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

OF EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO

_____________________________________

Amy Lathen, Chair

_____________________________________

Sallie Clark, Vice Chair

_____________________________________

Dennis Hisey, Member

_____________________________________

Darryl Glenn, Member

_____________________________________

Peggy Littleton, Member

ATTEST:

_______________________________

Wayne W. Williams, County Clerk and Recorder




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22 Responses to “A Colorado County Passes Resolution to reject NDAA”

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  1. 1
    Knine Says:

    Love it and will see to it that it gets spread around. Might want to make the date at the top match the 2012 at the bottom..

  2. 2
    ddd Says:

    Remember the recent bill in Texas to limit the TSA? It looked like it was going to pass….and then..enter the institutionalized bullies with their institutionalized synthetic balls and watch the Texas legislature melt like butter and sell out the people and the Constitution. A man can not submit to threats or arm-twisting and remain a man.

  3. 3
    phil white Says:

    In the joint House/Senate version that was awaiting Obama’s signature the offending sections had been changed, in HR1545 as it was called, to sections 1021 and 1022.
    That is my memory of it.
    I can no longer find it on the House web site, presumably as it has been signed and is now law.
    If I go to my county commission I want to have a copy of the law.
    Does anyone know how to get a copy of the law, as opposed to SB 1867?

  4. 4
    Gary Says:

    That is why Dan Miller of the Texas Nationalist movement is running for office in Austin. Perry and his mob are guilty of treason.

  5. 5
    Robin Says:

    I’ve written to the El Paso County Commission thanking them for their outstanding service to Colorado and the Nation. What we also need to be doing is Recalling and/or setting up Impeachment proceedings for all Senators who voted in favor of the Act but are not up for re-election this year. We need a Get-Out-The-Vote anti-incumbant movement, and a People’s Congress in 2012 across the board.

  6. 6
    REPUBLIC RED Says:

    AWESOME!

    IS THERE ANY WAY WE CAN DOWNLOAD THIS FORM SOMEWHERE??!!

    WE NEED TO GET THIS OUT ASAP!!

    WE DON’T HAVE RECALL IN MY STATE BUT WE HAVE DRAFTED OTHER LEGISLATION.

  7. 7
    Skykomish Hotel Says:

    Great work folks . . . let’s get this going viral. Heading over to Twitter and Facebook now to do our part.

  8. 8
    Rob Says:

    This isn’t the content of the original post. Does anyone know where the original template that was part of this post went?

  9. 9
    Rob Says:

    The Text of the Bill

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-1540

  10. 10
    Rob Says:

    Text of H.R. 1540

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-1540

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