OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (Oct. 18, 2012) – The list continues to grow.
On Thursday, yet another local government condemned detention provisions written into the National Defense Authorization Act.
The Oakland County, Mich. Board of Commissioners unanimously approved its Support for the Preservation of Liberty resolution Thursday evening.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners condemns in no uncertain terms Section 1021 of the 2012 NDAA as it 1) may repeal Posse Comitatus and authorize the President of the United States to utilize the Armed Forces of the United States to police the United States of America, 2) authorize the indefinite detention of persons captured within the United States of America without charge until the end of hostilities as purportedly authorized by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, 3) subject persons captured within the United States of America to military tribunals, and 4) authorize the transfer of persons captured within the United States of America to a foreign country or foreign entity.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Oakland County Board of Commissioners finds that the enactment into law by the United States Congress of Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, Public Law Number 112 81, is inimical to the liberty, security and well-being of the people of Oakland County and was adopted by the United States Congress in violation of the limits of federal power in the United States Constitution.
The resolution also calls on all county agencies to refuse cooperation with any federal agents attempting to implement indefinite detention under the NDAA within the county limits.
Commissioner Jim Runestad sponsored the resolution, and Michigan resident and TAC member Dennis Marburger worked tirelessly to get it passed.
“The political establishment in Washington, D.C. thought the people of Oakland County, Michigan would not stand up to them. They thought wrong,” Marburger said. “We, and our fellow Americans, are not to be underestimated. The people are waking up, wising up and rising up. We stand with Jefferson, Madison and the Michiganians of the 1850′s who nullified the unlawful and immoral Fugitive Slave Act, and with Detroit native Rosa Parks. They all said ‘No! We Will not comply with unconstitutional attacks on our freedom.’”
Marburger said the resolution sends a strong, clear message to Washington.
“Commissioner Runestad’s Liberty Preservation Resolution, #12208, is a clear and concise order to our employees in D.C.: Cease and desist with any efforts to kidnap us,” he said. “This is just the beginning; there are many more steps to be taken. But the journey to the restoration of our constitutionally limited Federal Republic has begun. Paraphrasing the great Georgia Satellites’ song, ‘Don’t hand me no lies and keep your hands to yourselves.’”
Oakland County joins Allegan County in Michigan, and at least 15 local government bodies nationwide, taking a stand against federal kidnapping. Sources close to the Tenth Amendment Center indicate at least another dozen local and county governments are considering similar resolutions.
The Michigan legislature also has an NDAA detention non-compliance bill before it. On June 14, Rep. Tom McMillin filed HB5768, which would forbid state compliance with the detention provisions in sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA.
No agency of this state, no political subdivision of this state, no employee of an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state acting in his or her official capacity, and no member of the Michigan national guard on official state duty shall aid an agency of the armed forces of the United States in any investigation, prosecution, or detention of any person pursuant to 50 USC 1541, as provided by the federal national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2012.
“Over and over again, we’ve seen that we can’t count on the federal government to limit its own power. It’s like kudzu in the south. It just grows and grows relentlessly,” Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey said. “That’s why it’s so important for local and state governments to take control and protect their citizens most basic civil liberties. These folks in Michigan are really stepping up to the plate. And I expect people in other states will follow their lead in the coming months.”
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