The Liberty Preservation Act to stop NDAA “indefinite detention” in the State of Maryland has been scheduled for a hearing on 02/21/2013. The hearing will be at 1pm in the House Committee on Health and Government Operations. The bill needs your immediate support to move forward – phone calls and emails should be made right away.
Please contact all committee members to express your support for this legislation. We urge you to CALL and EMAIL. Strongly, but respectfully, inform the committee members that you will accept nothing less than a YES vote on HB0558, which will allow the full state house to debate and vote on it as well.
You can call in 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 HB0558. 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 Chairman, and Vice-Chairman
Thank them for allowing a hearing on HB0558 and strongly, but respectfully, urge them to vote yes to allow the bill a debate and vote in the full State house:
Peter Hammen, chair
Shane E. Pendergrass, vice-chair
2. Call the other Members of the Committee. Strongly, but respectfully, urge them to vote YES in support of HB0558 so the full House can debate and vote on the bill.
Eric M. Bromwell
Robert A. Costa
John P. Donoghue
Donald B. Elliott
William J. Frank
James W. Hubbard
Ariana B. Kelly
Nicholaus R. Kipke
Susan W. Krebs
Dan K. Morhaim
Nathaniel T. Oaks
Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk
Link to committee website here – http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=sponpage&tab=subject6&id=turner%20v&stab=01&ys=2013RS
3. Attend the Committee Hearing. Show your support for HB0558 and for due process by attending the hearing in person. Make a public statement in support if the committee allows public testimony.
Committee on Health and Government Operations
Thursday, February 21st, 2013
1pm, Arrive Early
Room 240, House Office Building, Annapolis
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”
HB0558 has attracted 10 co-authors, all Republicans. To pass the over 2/3 Democatic-controlled House of Delegates and State Senate coalitions will be essential. This is not a partisan bill. In a global war with no end, all Americans who dissent are vulnerable to US military capture and indefinite detention. The Bill of Rights has never been so threatened as by the NDAA indefinite detention provisions. Consider the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments repealed de facto.
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, Maryland stands on strong ground to reject a federal power which has already been struck down in federal court and is still pending appeal.
The Maryland General Assembly should pass HB0558 with full confidence.