We urge the Los Angeles City Council to join a growing number of local governments in rejecting the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012’s provisions for indefinite detention without trial.
For the first time in our history, Congress has authorized indefinite military detention without charge or trial, even of persons detained far away from any battlefield. The NDAA contains provisions that could allow arbitrary military detention, without a trial or day in court, of anyone accused of any “belligerent act” or terror-related offense—including "material support" allegations based strictly on speech or association.
The NDAA threatens the rule of law and our most cherished traditions of due process and fair trial. Although a federal judge has found this law to be unconstitutional, the Government has appealed and will continue to defend its power to detain any person without trial, and in the meantime the law remains in effect. We call on the City Council to stand up for the Constitution and resist this attack on civil liberties. We ask the City Council to voice its strong objections to law enforcement officials aiding any federal authority in the execution of the NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions.
We call on City Council to maintain Los Angeles’ place in the forefront of policy that protects human rights. We urge the City Council, as national leaders, to make clear that the people of the United States continue to believe in a basic principle of due process: that all people are innocent until proven guilty in a fair trial. We will not be complicit in any violation of that most cherished right.