Colorado Nullify NDAA Action Alert! Stop “Indefinite Detention”

HB13-1045, to stop NDAA indefinite detention is up for an important hearing in the Colorado State House this week.

Your help is needed to get this bill passed!

1.  Please CALL and EMAIL all the members of the State, Veterans and Military Afffairs committee. Strongly, but politely let them know that you want them to PASS HB13-1045 so it can get a vote in the full House.
Su Ryden, Chair 303-866-2942
(please thank Su for allowing this bill a hearing!)
Joe Salazar, Vice-Chair 303-866-2918
Tim Dore 303-866-2398
Jeanne Labuda 303-866-2966
Dan Nordberg 303-866-2965
Mike Foote 303-866-2920
Jovan Melton 303-866-2919
Ray Scott 303-866-3068
Steve Humphrey 303-866-2943
Dominick Moreno  303-866-2964
Angela Williams 303-866-2909

2.  Make your voice heard AT the hearing.  


Obama Gives Himself Permission To Kill

by Judge Andrew Napolitano

After stonewalling for more than a year federal judges and ordinary citizens who sought the revelation of its secret legal research justifying the presidential use of drones to kill persons overseas — even Americans — claiming the research was so sensitive and so secret that it could not be revealed without serious consequences, the government sent a summary of its legal memos to an NBC newsroom earlier this week.

This revelation will come as a great surprise, and not a little annoyance, to U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon, who heard many hours of oral argument during which the government predicted gloom and doom if its legal research were subjected to public scrutiny. She very reluctantly agreed with the feds, but told them she felt caught in “a veritable Catch-22,” because the feds have created “a thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the executive branch of our government to proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws, while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret.”

She was writing about President Obama killing Americans and refusing to divulge the legal basis for claiming the right to do so. Now we know that basis.

The undated and unsigned 16-page document leaked to NBC refers to itself as a Department of Justice white paper. Its logic is flawed, its premises are bereft of any appreciation for the values of the Declaration of Independence and the supremacy of the Constitution, and its rationale could be used to justify any breaking of any law by any “informed, high-level official of the U.S. government.”


Arizona Introduces NDAA Nullification Bill

Arizona Representative Carl Seel, along with Representatives Jeff Dial, Debbie Lesko, Bob Thorpe, Sonny Borrelli, Phil Lovas, Warren Petersen, Judy Burges, Brenda Barton  have introduced a bill that would prohibit the unconstitutional use of federal power by indefinitely detaining American citizens without charge or trial.

HB2573 would amend Arizona revised statutes by adding a section relating to the national defense authorization act of 2012. The bill states:

“A. This state and any agency of this state shall not provide material support or participate in any way with the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the national defense authorization act of 2012 (P.L. 112‑81) against any citizen of the United States. B.  The director of the department of public safety or a sheriff of a county shall report to the governor and the legislature any attempt by agencies or agents of the federal government to secure the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the national defense authorization act through the operations of that or any other state department.”


“A. The legislature finds that the enactment into law by the United States Congress of sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 is inimical to the liberty, security and well-being of the people of Arizona and that those sections were adopted by Congress in violation of the limits of federal power in the United States Constitution. B.  The legislature further finds that sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, as they purport to authorize the detainment of persons captured within the United States without charge or trial, military tribunals for persons captured within the United States, and the transfer of persons who are captured within the United States to foreign jurisdictions, violate the following rights enshrined in the Constitution of the United States.”


Count of Legislative Applications for a Balanced Budget Amendment

The following states have applications outstanding for a federal convention to propose a balanced budget amendment: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

That’s 19 of the 34 states required. In addition, Illinois has an 1861 application outstanding that says essentially that Illinois hereby joins with the application of any state that chooses to make one. Arguably, that pushes it to 20.

However, Florida’s recent (2011) application may be too specific in its terms to be counted along with (“aggregated with”) with those of other states. The applications of Delaware, Maryland, and Mississippi may be invalid for mandating specific language to the convention. That leaves 16 (or 15 if the Illinois application isn’t counted).

As the count nears 34, we no doubt will see lawsuits from groups that want to keep spending no matter what the debt is. They will raise a number of other objections, including claims that some of the existing applications, even though never repealed, are too old. In my professional judgment, those objections are unlikely to prevail.


Is the Time Right for Medical Marijuana Legalization in North Carolina?

Against a backdrop of recent national and state polls, it is becoming more and more evident that people are tired of the dictates from the federal Marijuana_Awareness_2government and are embracing the idea of nullification. And nothing has moved states as far and fast toward states returning to federalism and Constitutional governance as the use and possession of marijuana.

“… 72% of Americans oppose the Federal government arresting marijuana users in Colorado and Washington, according to a recent Reason-Rupe poll. 68% of respondents also said the Feds should not arrest those who grow marijuana in Colorado and Washington, and 64% of respondents said the same for those who sell marijuana. All of these activities are still illegal under Federal law, but the citizens of these states don’t care. Neither, apparently, do about 2/3 of Americans.”Beyond The GOP

And in North Carolina, the numbers are continuing to reflect the national trend as shown by a recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, where 58 percent of state residents support legalization of medical marijuana.

So, is the time right for North Carolina Representatives Alexander, Harrison; (Primary Sponsors) and Rep. Brandon; to file a bill to legalize medical marijuana. Rep. Alexander believes so and he thinks this bill is an improvement on the one that was filled in 2011 and languished in the N.C. House Rules Committee.

House Bill 84 Enact Medical Cannabis Act would allow the use of marijuana for medical treatment of such conditions as nerve damage, glaucoma, nausea and HIV/AIDS among others. The text of the bill simply states that: