NDAA Indefinite Detention & Laws of War Banned in Emmett, Idaho

The citizens of Emmett, Idaho disagree with Senator Lindsey Graham’s comments about the National Defense Authorization Act and it designating “the world as the battlefield, including the homeland,” as well as “Shut up! You don’t get a lawyer.” In a 5-1 vote the Emmett City Council adopted a resolution that effectively banned the detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA and the application of the laws of war.

The Restoring Constitutional Governance Resolution was approved by the Emmett City Council on Tuesday last week. According to PANDA (People Against the NDAA), the resolution bans “the detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA, and the application of the laws of war, which originally made Emmett a ‘battlefield’ in the war on terror,” and “encourages the state legislature to interpose against these detention provisions, and Idaho’s Congressional delegation to take steps to repeal them.”

The Resolution contains the following statements:

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“…it is unconstitutional, and therefore unlawful for any person to:

  1. arrest or capture any person in Emmett, or citizen of Emmett, within the United States, with the intent of “detention under the law of war,” or
  2. actually subject a person in Emmett, to “disposition under the law of war,” or
  3. subject any person to targeted killing in Emmett, or citizen of Emmett, within the United States;…”
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“I want to thank the great people of Emmett for taking the time to study and act on the issue,” said Jason Casella, PANDA Idaho’s Take Back Campaign Coordinator. “Once you stop and do your own research, you find how egregious this truly is and how this is not about ‘left’ or ‘right;’ this is about freedom vs. tyranny.  We can restore our republic and our human rights city by city and county by county.”

The City of Emmett follows a growing number of cities and counties that are banning the provisions of the NDAA as unconstitutional. Just this week, Clark County, Nevada passed its own anti-NDAA resolution, following the courageous efforts of Daphne Lee. Oxford, MA and Albany, NY have both recently passed anti-NDAA resolutions, with Albany’s being one of the toughest in the United States. Other states have been pushing anti-NDAA legislation, including South Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Michigan. Even California Governor Jerry Brown signed anti-NDAA legislation into law this year!

With the new 2014 NDAA set to be signed by Barack Obama, there are already signals that it is bigger and badder and that wording may have to be added to already passed legislation and resolutions to nullify its provisions as unconstitutional.

That’s how nullifying unconstitutional laws works folks. It begins with you at the local level. Each of these resolutions were first put forward by individuals who took the time to engage in the political process, not in Washington, but in their own city, county and state governments. Remember, all politics are local and you can and do make a difference when you get involved.

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