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…”.

Chiu joined a few dozen people who gathered for a rally to introduce the legislation outside City Hall recently.

“I thought we had left behind the dark days of World War II,” Chiu said, citing the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants during the 1940s.

Joseph Nicholson from the San Francisco 99% Coalition, one of the groups that joined Chiu at the rally, said the NDAA “crosses an important line.”

Nicholson said, “It takes the rules of war and applies them here at home.”

While non-binding, the resolution instructs San Francisco agencies to decline federal requests for detention powers granted by the NDAA, asks state and federal agencies to work in accordance with local laws and urges Congress to repeal those provisions of the law.

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.
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