New Hampshire house unanimously bans NDAA’s indefinite detention
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Yesterday, the New Hampshire house approved a bill which deems federal indefinite detention powers unconstitutional, and bans “any activity that aids” the federal government in carrying out such powers. The approval was by a unanimous voice vote. The bill will now move on to the state senate for further consideration.
Introduced by Rep. Tim O’Flaherty (D- Hillsborough), the bill quickly garnered co-sponsorship from two republicans and two democrats. Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey praised the bipartisan action. “Some things are so bad that people know it’s time to drop party affiliations and work together. Indefinite detention is really nothing more than kidnapping sanction by law, and the resistance to it from both parties in the state is refreshing news,” he said.
O’Flaherty agreed. “Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians in the House all recognize the importance of defending our rights protecting us from indefinite detention without trial,” he said.
Signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA), provisions of the act purport to authorize the federal government to arrest a person without trial until the “end of hostilities,” which some experts point out could be many years.
As constitutional scholar Rob Natelson noted in an analysis of the Act, the federal government is, in essence, claiming the power to detain anyone – within the U.S. or not – and hold them indefinitely without trial.