SAN FRANCISCO—A resolution introduced Tuesday at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors stands in opposition to a federal defense law that many fear undermines constitutional rights by allowing the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charge or trial.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), passed by Congress in 2007 and renewed each year, contains provisions authorizing the U.S. military to indefinitely jail terrorist suspects and those aiding them.
“These indefinite detention provisions violate our fundamental American legal principle of the presumption of innocence. They violate our Fifth Amendment right of due process. They violate our Sixth Amendment right to fair trial,” said David Chiu, president of the board of supervisors at a rally in front of City Hall on Tuesday.
Chiu, a lawyer by training, authored the legislation that was introduced the same day at the full meeting of the Board of Supervisors.