El Paso County resolution on due process passes

Posted by Chet Hardin on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Last night, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners became the first such body in the state, and likely the nation, to pass a resolution in response to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

The resolution specifically points to sections in the bill, which "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."

This language, the resolution goes on to state, "jeopardize[s] 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."

The El Paso County Sheriff's office has expressed support of the resolution.

As Commissioner Peggy Littleton, the resolution's sponsor points out, the debate surrounding the language in these sections is far from settled. Many will argue that this language will not allow the government to strip Americans of their right to due process, others disagree. Littleton says that her resolution is an effort to preempt any attempts to violate the rights of county residents.

But the best quote of the evening came from County Commissioner Sallie Clark: "I don't usually agree with the ACLU, but today I do."

And now, Sen. Mark Udall, whose attempt to amend the NDAA failed, explaining why he would vote for a bill that he has "reservations" about:

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Mark Udall says he opposes the detainee provisions because they threaten our freedoms – and then he votes for them along with the bill! He is violating his sworn oath to protect the Constitution. - D.L.

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Posted by David Lancaster on 12/17/2011 at 12:20 AM

and you are surprised/ udall is a POLITICIAN looking out for himself

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Posted by apathetic on 12/17/2011 at 12:58 AM

Arrest Congress!

1. Read the truth about the NDAA written by a constitutional lawyer here:


2. Use NaSI SARs to charge your U.S. Representative and Senators who voted for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA: S.1867/H.R.1540) with "Seditious Conspiracy" under U.S. Code Title 18 Part I Chapter 115 Section 2384. Details here:


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Posted by Watchingfrogs Boil on 12/17/2011 at 5:49 AM

You may also want to see my Op Ed and other items on the NDAA 14 December and on...:

The NDAA, Rule of Law and Cakes here:


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Posted by Connie on 12/18/2011 at 5:21 AM

Our Obama, a man of the people.. his people of course, or else why would he NOT veto it?
Has anyone realised government is NOT your friend?

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Posted by Mezentian Gate on 01/15/2012 at 11:19 PM
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