Following is Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen’s response to Gov. Jan Brewers veto of SB1182, which would have prohibited state cooperation with NDAA detention.
Earlier this week I received news that the Governor vetoed my bill, SB1182 (called the “2012 NDAA act; governmental compliance”).
I was very disappointed in her veto and her explanation: “While I unequivocally support the due process rights of all United States citizens, I cannot support legislation that forces law enforcement – under the threat of criminal penalty – to choose between upholding the constitution and laws of the United States and abiding by the laws of Arizona.”
First, the governor shows more concern for a non-existent dilemma of law enforcement officers than for the Constitutional rights of Arizona citizens, which are negated and taken away by NDAA under the color of federal authority.
Second, she contradicts herself. She says that law enforcement would have to choose between upholding the Constitution and the laws of the United States, OR upholding the laws of Arizona. Excuse me, but SB1182 was all about upholding the Constitution. Signing SB1182 would have been an act in favor of upholding the Constitution. Vetoing it says that our law enforcement officers don’t have to uphold the Constitution – they can just go right ahead and enforce the National Defense Authorization Act, which deprives citizens of their Constitutional rights.
Law enforcement officers and our governor all took an oath to uphold the Constitution. When Congress comes along with an unconstitutional act like the NDAA that overlooks due process protections, for example, then our state elected officials should honor their oath and say no, thank you, to the federal government.
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