In light of this week’s House votes on the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act and an alarming example of how life could look under the detention provisions, forums on the NDAA like the recent one organized by the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition (MCCRC) in Montgomery County, Maryland are essential in a grassroots campaign to protect our civil rights and liberties. MCCRC is comprised of individuals and organizations working together to protect civil rights and civil liberties everywhere by protecting them in Montgomery County. As part of their campaign, they are advocating for a local civil rights restoration act modeled on suggestions developed by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and ACLU. BORDC’s Shahid Buttar, one of two speakers at the April 26 forum, warned that “Under the NDAA it’s not even the case that the state could prosecute you [for broadly drawn “terror” charges such as eco-vandalism or animal rights protests]. You could just be detained. Period. And granted you’d still have habeas rights, but anyone who’s been watching the DC Circuit Court knows how tenuous habeas has become.” Listen and watch Mr. Buttar discuss the NDAA during this lively event. With Eric Bond, editor of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Voice moderating the event, the other speaker, National Security Network executive director Heather Hurlburt addressed, among other things, the motives behind the drafting of NDAA Sections 1021 and 1022. Visit the MCCRC blog for highlights from Ms. Hurlburt’s discussion and additional video of the well attended forum. The MCCRC anticipates that the Takoma Park City Council will vote on its proposed resolution tonight, Monday May 21.