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August 21st: Pontiac, MI Is Taking Their City Back From The NDAA

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Yesterday two local journalists from the Pontiac Tribune , Aaron Nelson and Helena Kirby, marched into City Hall and submitted a City Resolution on NDAA, which prohibits the enforcement of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act in the city of Pontiac.

We are very excited to bring you this story first.

Two years ago U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest declared that Section 1021 of the NDAA was unconstitutional because it mirrored the 1944 Supreme Court ruling in Korematsu v. United States, which let our military detain over 100,000 Japanese-American citizens without trial during World War II.

" This Court rejects the government's suggestion that American citizens can be placed in military detention indefinitely, for acts they could not predict might subject them to detention ," Judge Forrest wrote.

On August 21st, hundreds will gather at Pontiac City Hall to ask the City of Pontiac adopt the City Resolution we submitted yesterday. This is the beginning of something great. The rest is up to you.

We're confident we can Take Back Pontiac from the indefinite detention provisions found within the NDAA.

It's not okay that the military has the ability to devoid "any person" their rights under this section. One has to only commit a "belligerent" act.

What is a "belligerent act"?
Who are the "associated forces"?
What qualifies as a "hostility"?

The terms belligerent act, associated forces, and hostilities are undefined in the NDAA, leaving them wide open for interpretation in secret courts and secret laws.

This means that anyone exercising their constitutional rights by way of peaceful protests, emails or letters to representatives, can be viewed as committing "terror" activities.

This will happen without trial, without being informed of a charge, and indefinite detention pressed upon them" Secretly. You don't even need to be charged with a crime.

No trial, no lawyer or legal representation, no contact to friends and family.

With the increasing tendency of politicians to label dissenters as "terrorists", time is of the essence.

Yesterday was just the beginning of the movement in Pontiac. We are inviting all anti-NDAA advocates from across Michigan to join us at the City Council meeting on August 21st.

It's time to change the world, and we're confident this is the way to do it.

Once City Council passes the Resolution we've submitted to Pontiac, we will not be stopping there. The Pontiac Tribune will be attending all City Council meetings in the future and we have a lot to bring up with the council.

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