Maine LD1054, The Liberty Preservation Act to nullify NDAA indefinite detention, has been introduced and referred to the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. It will have a hearing and likely vote on Monday, April 8th. Your action is needed right now to help move this important bill forward!
1. Call all the members of the committee. Thank each of them for considering LD1054. And let them all know, strongly but politely, that you want to see a YES vote on LD1054. Encourage them to vote on Principle, not party.
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2. Contact your state representative. Encourage him or her to co-sponsor LD1054 and to support the bill as it goes through the process
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3. 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
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4. 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.
Maine LD1054 would ban compliance or enforcement NDAA “indefinite detention”. It reads, in part:
The State may not provide material support to or participate in the implementation of the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012, Public Law 112-81.
This would make a HUGE dent in any effort to further restrict due process – and would be a big step forward for Maine.
As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, such widespread noncompliance can make a federal law “nearly impossible to enforce” (video here)
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, Maine stands on strong ground to reject a federal power which has already been struck down in federal court and is still pending appeal.
The Maine legislature should pass LD1054 with full confidence.