Friday, February 17, 2012

MA City Vows to Defy Indefinite Detention Law; Says NDAA Violates a Person's Right to a Trial

The Raw Story website reports today (February 17, 2012) that the city of Northampton in Massachusetts passed a strong-worded resolution yesterday to "opt out" of a federal law that allows the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without a trial.

The resolution protests provisions of the federal government's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The resolution states: "Whereas, the indefinite detention of any person without trial violates the 5th and 6th amendments of the Constitution of the United States, Article III of the Constitution of the United States, and the Posse Comitatus Act."

William Newman -- the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Western Massachusetts -- was at yesterday's meeting to support the resolution. He said, "This law is an absolute affront to those principles that make America a free nation."