Monday, February 25, 2013

Amash testifies feds can ’snatch Americans from homes’ under indefinite detention law

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash last week took his fight against a controversial federal detention law he argued could lead to the “snatching of Americans from their homes” thousands of miles away from his West Michigan district.

Amash, of Cascade Township, submitted written testimony to a Washington state legislative committee that last week debated a bill condemning contentious aspects of the National Defense Authorization Act critics say allow the indefinite detention of terrorists or other enemies.

House Bill 1581, called the Preservation of Liberty Bill, was reintroduced to the Washington legislature in January after failing to become law in 2012. It would, if enacted, prohibit law enforcement in the state from “assisting in the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens in Washington state.”

The measure is similar to a handful of others introduced in state legislatures, including Michigan’s, to nullify the detention provision at the state level.

In nearly four pages of testimony for a Feb. 21 public hearing for the bill by the Washington legislature’s Public Safety Committee, Amash continued his long-time assault on the NDAA.

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