The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee approved the following resolution at its General Meeting April 3, 2013.
A Proposed Resolution of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee to Remedy the Assertion of “Secret Legal Justifications”
WHEREAS America is a constitutional nation governed by the rule of law whose foundation is a system of checks and balances; and
WHEREAS the California Democratic Party Platform affirms our commitment as a party to “upholding our Federal and State Constitutions, protecting and defending ourselves and our human rights and civil liberties, and ensuring peace and justice, freedom, and equal opportunity.” And states that “ We believe that by standing firm and acting positively on these values, America can reclaim her vision and lead by example as a responsible and judicious member of the global community.”; and
WHEREAS it has been disclosed that our government now asserts secret legal justifications for classified programs such as extrajudicial assassinations completely outside our system of checks, balances, legal challenge, or public review in complete contradiction of our founding principles and party platform;
Therefore be it resolved that the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee and its Democratic Congressional Delegation calls upon the government to make public all purported legal justifications for all such programs so as to allow full and complete participation by the citizens, their elected representatives, and the courts in a vigorous debate and review of such justifications; and
Be it further resolved that should the government fail to bring forward such legal justifications or that said justifications be found to not meet the requirements of our constitution and laws, that the California Congressional Delegation and the government take the necessary steps to assure that all such programs purported to be so justified be immediately discontinued.