NDAA Nullification: Tennessee Bills Propose Kidnapping Charges for Federal Agents

State and local resistance to the detention provisions contained in the National Defense Authorization Act continues to grow, rapidly emerging as a nationwide movement.

The Tennessee legislature will consider HB1629 and SB2669 in the 2012 session. The legislation would effectively nullify the detention provisions in the NDAA and would also require federal agents making an arrest in the Volunteer State for any reason to first obtain written permission from the county sheriff.

This bill declares that any federal law purporting to require local or state law enforcement agencies to act at the direction of the federal government or the United States military is beyond the authority granted to the federal government pursuant to the United States Constitution, is not recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state and is declared to be invalid in this state. This bill further declares that any federal law purporting to give federal agents or employees, including any members of the United States military, the authority of any state or local law enforcement agency of this state, without the express permission of this state, is beyond the authority granted to the federal government pursuant to the United States Constitution, is not recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state, and is declared to be invalid in this state.

The act takes aim at indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA. Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey called language in the NDAA vague and overbroad, pointing out that Americans should never simply trust in the good intentions and moral clarity of the president or federal judges to protect their rights.

“It falls on the states to step in and protect their citizens,” he said. “I can’t imagine a more clear-cut application of state and local interposition as a check on federal power. What could be a more palpable, deliberate and dangerous unconstitutional act than the federal government indefinitely detaining an American citizen without due process?”

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Will Washington State Reject Fiat Currency?

People in this nation continue to awaken to the reality that our economic problems have a fundamental cause. That is, nearly a hundred years of unsound monetary policies enabled by an unsound monetary system and controlled by an unsound (unethical) entity known as the Federal Reserve.  Several states have moved to take back control of their economic well-being by doing something quite simple – saying “no” to the currency monopoly enjoyed by Federal Reserve Notes.

Utah led the way by passing HB317 in March of 2011.  Now, Washington state has joined them by introducing sound money legislation of their own.  Washington’s sound money bill is HB2731. The preamble to the Washington bill states:

“The legislature finds that to secure property rights sound money is essential. Gold and silver currency retains earned wealth in the hands of the people and has provided civil societies with a fair, honest, and reliable medium of exchange for over six thousand years. Competitive currencies of gold and silver provide greater security to the people of Washington state in protecting their property and other assets from paper currency inflation.”

Rep. Matt Shea indicated that initial response to the bill has been positive.  After all, he said, “Sound money is freedom.”

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Missouri: A Duty to Interpose Against Unconstitutional Acts

If lawmakers in Missouri pass SJR45, voters in the Show Me State will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment that would prohibit the Missouri legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of any federal action that exceeds the powers delegated to the federal government. From the…

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