Massachusetts HB1428, The Liberty Preservation Act to nullify NDAA indefinite detention, has been introduced and sent to the Judiciary committee. It first needs a committee hearing to move forward – and your help is essential in making that happen.
House Bill 1428 was filed by a democratic representative after a citizen of Massachusetts petitioned the State House. To nullify ‘Indefinite detention’ in Massachusetts, residents need to contact the committee to request that a hearing be scheduled. The link to the bill can be found here.
1.Contact the chairs of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Ask them kindly to schedule a hearing on HB1428 – and to support the legislation.
2. Contact the other members of the committee. Strongly, but respectfully, urge them to vote YES on HB1428
Sen. Gale D. Candaras 617-722-1291 Gale.Candaras@masenate.gov
Rep. Christopher M. Markey 617-722-2396 Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov
Sen. William N. Brownsberger 617-722-1280 William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov
Sen. John F. Keenan 617-722-1494 John.Keenan@masenate.gov
Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen 617-722-1578 Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov
Sen. Richard J. Ross 617-722-1555 Richard.Ross@masenate.gov
Rep. Colleen M. Garry 617-722-2380 Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov
Rep. Bruce J. Ayers 617-722-2230 Bruce.Ayers@mahouse.gov
Rep. Carlos Henriquez 617-722-2396 Carlos.Henriquez@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jeffrey N. Roy 617-722-2400 Jeffrey.Roy@mahouse.gov
Rep. Sheila C. Harrington 617-722-2305 email@example.com
Rep. Kevin J. Murphy 617-722-2877 Kevin.Murphy@mahouse.gov
Rep. Sean Curran 617-722-2263 Sean.Curran@mahouse.gov
Rep. Claire D. Cronin 617-722-2130 Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov
Rep. Daniel B. Winslow 617-722-2060 Daniel.Winslow@mahouse.gov
3. Thank the sponsor of the bill.
Even though this bill was filed as a petition from a citizen, thank the sponsor for introducing this bill. The sponsor may not necessarily support this bill, but introduced this bill on behalf of a resident of Massachusetts. Please tell the sponsor why this bill is important to you and why he should vote in favor of this bill if it reaches the full house.
Rep. John D. Keenan 617-722-2263 John.Keenan@mahouse.gov
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 intact – 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, Massachusetts stands on strong ground to reject a federal power which has already been struck down in federal court and is still pending appeal.
The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Judiciary should pass HB1428 with full confidence.