AUGUSTA, Maine (March 19, 2012) – The Maine legislature joined the fight against indefinite detention provisions without due process written into the National Defense Authorization Act this week.
On Monday, the Maine House adopted HP1396 on a voice vote, a resolution calling on the president and Congress to “amend the National Defense Authorization Act to clarify that any provisions contained within will not deprive United States citizens of the rights of due process.”
The resolution focuses on ambiguity in sections 1021 and 1022, which could allow for the indefinite detention of people in the United States.
The disagreements and uncertainty in interpretation of the law has raised significant concerns about due process for United States citizens; and the prospect of the indefinite detention of United States citizens violates, without due process of law, basic rights enshrined in the United States Constitution, such as the right to seek a writ of habeas corpus, the right to petition for a redress of grievances, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and the right to counsel.
Rep. Richard Cebra (R-Naples) sponsored the resolution, and a long list of representatives and senators signed on as cosponsors.
“Last year, I sponsored Maine’s Tenth Amendment Resolution in response to the constant federal trampling on our state’s rights on a number of fronts, he said. “The NDAA 2012 Resolution is in response to the federal government trampling on our individual rights in that law. I believe it is one of the state legislature’s functional, foundational pillars to constantly keep the federal government in check and to respond when her citizens’ constitutional rights are threatened. ”Details