The day before anti-National Defense Authorization Act legislation got its first hearing in Colorado, two states passed anti-NDAA bills from committee. Both Indiana and South Carolina moved their anti-NDAA legislation out of committee.
According to PANDA (People Against the NDAA) President Dan Johnson,
In Indiana, S.B. 400 was championed by Sen. Jim Banks and Elkhart County Sheriff Bradley Rodgers who both spoke before the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee hearing in support of the bill.
Sen. Banks pointed out the sections of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 that violated the U.S. Constitution, specifically Sections 1021 and 1022 that allow for the indefinite detainment of American citizens without due process.
PANDA Indiana Team Leader James Kerner praised Sen. Banks’s speech, saying, “I suggest the ACLU, Occupy movement, Tea Party movement and Oath Keepers throw their full support behind Sen. Banks. He should be made a household name like Ron Paul.”
Sheriff Rogers spoke of the oath he took to uphold the Constitution and asked if he would be prohibited from taking action if federal agents illegally kidnapped citizens in his district.
The committee’s answer: “No.” The bill passed unanimously, 8-0.
Additionally, the Tenth Amendment Center says that South Carolina legislation that seeks to nullify the “indefinite detention” provisions of 2012 NDAA was approved by the State Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 14-6.
That bill reads:
No agency of the State, agency of a political subdivision of the State, officer or employee of the State, officer or employee of a political subdivision of the State, acting in his official capacity, to include any member of the South Carolina Military Department on official duty, or employees of any state or local detention facility may engage in any activity that aids an agency of the armed forces of the United States in execution of 50 U.S.C. 1541, as provided by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of any citizen of the United States in violation of Section 3, Article I, and Section 14, Article I of the South Carolina Constitution.”
An amendment to the bill was approved as well. The amendment listed multiple sections of both the federal and state constitutions that the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA violates.
Next up for the bill is a full floor debate and vote in the South Carolina Senate. Upon passage there, the bill would move to the House for concurrence.
Senator Tom Davis called the sections of the 2012 NDAA “a direct threat to the liberty, security and well-being of the people of South Carolina.”
The next step will be to go to the floors of each of these state’s respective senates for a vote.
If you are in these states, contact your state senators and tell them to get this legislation passed and nullify the NDAA in South Carolina and Indiana.
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