SF Board of Supervisors vote to oppose the indefinite detention provisions of NDAA
SF Board of Supervisors vote on 2/26/13 to make San Francisco the 18th US community to officially oppose the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. SF Board President Chiu sponsored the resolution, which instructs SF public agencies "...to decline requests by federal agencies acting under the detention powers granted by the NDAA...". Chiu thanked a coalition of San Francisco organizations who encouraged the this resolutions introduction and passage.
On Tuesday, February 26 2013, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a resolution entitled: " Resolution expressing opposition to the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act".
The resolution was sponsored by SF Board President David Chiu and co-sponsored by Supervisors Avalos, Breed, Campos, Kim, and Mar. Chiu said of the NDAA at the SF BOS meeting last night: "....These indefinite detention provisions violate fundamental American legal principles like the presumption of innocence, [and] the 5th amendment right to due process...".
Critics of the NDAA tend to agree that the problematic sections of the NDAA are 1021 and 1022, which authorize indefinite military detention without trial or other constitutional due process rights. Many civil rights advocates believe these sections of the NDAA make Americans vulnerable to the same methods used abroad in the "war on terror", and therefore put the civil liberties and lives of activists, journalists, members of ethnic minorities and others at risk.
The resolution says, in part: ".. San Francisco public agencies are instructed to decline requests by federal agencies acting under the detention powers granted by the NDAA or any authorization of force that could infringe upon the constitutional freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, or rights to counsel..." and further: "...asks our US Senators and members of the Congress to... actively work for the repeal of the NDAA's detention provisions...".
Chiu thanked "the large coalition that has come together to ask us to support this... the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, The Coalition for a Safe San Francisco, the Asian Law Caucus, the San Francisco Labor Council,[and] the San Francisco 99% Coalition... .
With this vote, San Francisco becomes the 18th (and by far the largest community) so far to pass a resolution against the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA.