The Liberty Preservation Act to stop state participation in NDAA “indefinite detention” passed the New Hampshire House with a vote of 337-15. It now moves to the Senate, where it’s going to be a close call. But your support right now can help pass this important bill.
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 HB399. In your voicemail, make sure to ask that they call you back so that you can speak to the legislator or staff directly.
ACTION ITEMS for New Hampshire
1. Contact your state senator. Strongly, but respectfully urge him/her to vote YES on HB399.
You can find your Senator’s contact information here:
2. 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:
3. 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 That order was revoked by the appeals court and indefinite detention powers remain while the case is currently on appeal but not decided.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, New Hampshire stands on strong ground to reject a federal power which has already been struck down in federal court and is still pending appeal.
The New Hampshire State Senate should pass HB399 with full confidence.