The “Maryland Liberty Preservation Act of 2013” (HB 558) would prohibit “an agency of the State, a county of the State, an employee of the State or a county acting in an official capacity, or a member of the Maryland National Guard or the Maryland Defense Force, on official State duty, to knowingly aid an agency of the United States in the detention of a person in accordance with” the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA.
The bill is currently before the House Health and Government Operations Committee, where Chairman Peter Hammen decides whether it will be voted on by the full committee. Please join our efforts to persuade him to do so:
- Send an email to Delegate Hammen (click the link or copy and edit the message below)
- Call Delegate Hammen’s office at 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3772 (toll free), using at least the first paragraph of the message below.
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Our message to Delegate Hammen:
SUBJECT: Please schedule the Maryland Liberty Preservation Act of 2013 (HB558) for a vote
Dear Delegate Hammen,
As a Maryland citizen who is deeply concerned by the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA, I urge you to schedule a vote in the Health and Government Operations Committee on HB558, the Maryland Liberty Preservation Act of 2013. In addition, I urge you to vote in support of the bill.
I am deeply concerned by the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA, which allow the military to arrest, indefinitely detain, and deny a trial or day in court to anyone—even US citizens—accused of a “belligerent act,” or any terror-related offense. The NDAA subjects these individuals to arbitrary detention without trial, denying the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of due process and Sixth Amendment rights to challenge evidence and confront one’s accusers. The NDAA also endangers First and Fourth Amendment protections, because the PATRIOT Act expanded the definition of “material support for terrorism” to include crimes of speech and association even by defendants who neither committed nor ever intended to support violence.
Resolutions opposing the NDAA have been passed by city councils from Fairfax, California to Takoma Park, Maryland, and state legislatures from Montana to Virginia.
Maryland state and county law enforcement and National Guard personnel should not be a party to unconstitutional violations of due process, and by passing the Maryland Liberty Preservation Act, the state of Maryland makes clear that they will not.