By Mike Maharrey on August 5, 2013
Last week, Coos County, Ore., commissioners passed a resolution opposing indefinite detention provisions written into the National Defense Authorization Act.
WHEREAS it appears to the Board of Commissioners the subsections 1021 and 1022 of Title X, Subtitle D of the NDAA authorizes indefinite military detention of persons the U.S. government suspects of involvement with terrorism, including U.S. citizens on American soil;
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the board of commissioners oppose the above-described provisions of the NDAA.
The resolution also asks the sheriff to “develop and implement a policy consistent with this resolution.”
The measure passed 2-1, and Sheriff Craig Zanni said he would sign on.
“It may not be as strong as some people like, but I think it works,” Zanni said.
Coos County joins a chorus of local governments across the U.S. opposing federal kidnapping. The commission took a strong first step. The resolutions sends an emphatic message to Salem, where state lawmakers have struggled to move state level indefinite detention nullification through the legislature.
Now activists need to seize the momentum and push for a binding ordinance prohibiting any county cooperation with federal indefinite detention. And other counties and cities in Oregon need to follow suit. Counties and cities can refuse to assist any federal attempts at indefinite detention in their jurisdictions. These measures will not only provide practical protections for their citizens, they will send a strong message to state legislators and put the pressure on to nullify federal kidnapping at the state level in the next legislative session.
Local governments won’t act without citizen input and grassroots pressure. The good news is a few dedicated individuals can make a difference at the local level.