Michigan SB94, The Liberty Preservation Act to nullify NDAA Indefinite detention, has passed the senate and is moving on to the State House.
Senate Bill 94 has been referred to the House Oversight Committee. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th at 2:30pm. Your help is needed right now to move this bill forward!
SB 94 is a bill that would create a new statute to provide that no agency of the State, no political subdivision of the State, no employee of an agency of the State or a political subdivision, acting in his or her official capacity, and no member of the Michigan National Guard on active State service, could aid an agency of the U.S. Armed Forces in investigations, prosecutions, or detentions of any person pursuant to Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.
1.Contact House Oversight Committee Chair. Thank him for scheduling the hearing, and for personally introducing the companion bill which will be heard in this committee as well, HB4138
Contact info for:
Tom McMillin (517) 373-1773 TomMcMillin@house.mi.gov
2. Contact the rest of the committee members. Strongly, but respectfully let each of them know that you want them to vote YES on SB94 and HB4138
Tim Kelly (517) 373-0837 TimKelly@house.mi.gov
Margaret O’Brien (517) 373-1774 MargaretOBrien@house.mi.gov
Tom Leonard (517) 373-1778 TomLeonard@house.mi.gov
Jim Townsend (517) 373-3818 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rose Mary Robinson (517) 373-1008 email@example.com
3. Attend the hearing
Hearings are open to the public. Listen to testimonies and see how legislatures vote on each bill. Show your support for SB94. SB94 will be in the House Offices, room 326 at 2:30pm.
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. Get connected to what is happening in your state on Facebook
Like and get active on the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center page. Also join the Nullify NDAA group on facebook here:
6. 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 House should pass SB94 with full confidence.