The Liberty Preservation Act to stop NDAA “indefinite detention” in the State of Michigan is up for a hearing in the State Senate. Your action is needed right now to help move this important bill forward!
The hearing for Senate Bill 94 has been scheduled for a hearing on 02/26/2013. The hearing will be at 12:30pm in the Senate Committee on Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security.
Please take the action steps below to help ensure that this bill moves on to a vote in the full state Senate.
Note: Due to the timely nature of this effort, it’s strongly recommended that you CALL. Emails can help when sent well in advance, but many members may not get your emails in time to help influence their vote. Also, please call iin the evenings and over the weekend as well. If you reach their voicemail, leave a message so their offices know first thing the next business morning that a large number of people support this bill. In your voicemail, make sure to ask that they call you back so that you can speak to the legislator or staff directly.
1. Call the Committee Chair. Thank him for allowing the hearing. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to vote YES on SB94
John Moolenaar, chair
2. Call all the other members of the Committee. Strongly, but respectfully, urge them to vote YES on SB94.
Judy K. Emmons
3. Attend the Committee Hearing. Show your support for SB94 and for due process by attending the hearing in person. Make a public statement in support if the committee allows public testimony.
Senate Committee on Veterans, Military and Homeland Security
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
12:30pm, Arrive Early
Room 100, Farnum Building
125 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48933
4. Encourage your local community to take action as well. Present the Liberty Preservation Act to your city county, your town council, or your county commissioners. Various local governments around the country are already passing similar resolutions and ordinances. Local legislative action present a great way to strengthen a statewide campaign against NDAA indefinite detention
Model legislation here:
5. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
BACKGROUND ARTICLES AND INFORMATION ON NDAA “INDEFINITE DETENTION”
Note: while some believe that the 2013 NDAA eliminated indefinite detention, it does not. Dianne Feinstein introduced a very weak amendment to 2013 – and it failed anyway. 2012 indefinite detention provisions remain in tact – and the Obama administration is aggressively defending them in court.
Also, a case about indefinite detention is still being heard in federal court. Last year, Federal Judge Katherine Forrest struck down these indefinite detention powers as unconstitutional. She issued a temporary court order blocking the use of these powers. That order was revoked by the appeals court and indefinite detention powers remain while the case is currently on appeal but not decided.
Additionally, when asked by Judge Forrest if the federal government was using indefinite detention in violation of her temporary order blocking it, Barack Obama’s attorneys refused to confirm, leaving the door open that the Feds were potentially using this power in secret, even in outright defiance of an order from the federal courts.
Because of all this, and more, Michigan stands on strong ground to reject a federal power which has already been struck down in federal court and is still pending appeal.
The Michigan Senate should pass SB94 with full confidence.
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