Resolution to Ban Compliance with NDAA “Indefinite Detention” introduced in San Francisco

Though 15 states are currently entertaining condemnations of the NDAA kidnapping provisions, the effort has included city and county governments as well. On Tuesday, February 12 San Francisco became the latest when Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced a non-binding resolution instructing local agencies to not comply with federal enforcement of their indefinite detention.

“I thought we had left behind the dark days of World War II,” Chiu told a crowd outside the City Hall before the formal introduction to the Supervisors, alluding to the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans by President Roosevelt 71 years ago. Indeed, history is repeating itself for three families with victims of that disgraceful era and the resolution includes a clause reminding people of that fact:

WHEREAS, The families of Fred Korematsu, Minoru Yasui, and Gordon Hirabayashi, Japanese Americans incarcerated in World War II, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Hedges v. Obama, a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the NDAA’s detentions provisions, citing that, under the pretense of national security, the NDAA essentially repeats the decisions in the discredited World War IIlegal cases of Korematsu, Yasui, and Hirabaryashi, and allows the government to imprison people without any due process rights for an indefinite time

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is expected to vote in favor since five out of its 11 members are already co-sponsors. Nadia Kayyali, legal fellow with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, says, “If this resolution is to pass, San Francisco will be part of a national movement, as the 18th city to pass a resolution opposing the NDAA.” Kayyali is looking forward to the day a Liberty Preservation Act-type bill is introduced in Sacramento.


Pennsylvania Bill Would Reject Medicaid Expansion

Representative Saylor has introduced HB 269, an Act prohibiting the expansion of Medicaid. This bill is currently in the House Committee on Health. This bill has 37 co-sponsors

HB 269 says, “Notwithstanding any other law, eligibility criteria for voluntary populations to receive medical assistance approved under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may not be expanded.”

Representative Saylor compared the promises of the federal government’s bribes of expanding Medicaid to previous bribes for special education in a press conference.Bribes from the federal government are costing Pennsylvania taxpayers an immense amount in property tax due to the special education requirements. The federal government had promised to fund 40% of special education but only lived up to fund 8%. In the video, Representative Saylor said, “The current cost, here in Pennsylvania is expected to rise to about 400 million dollars in the upcoming fiscal budget the governor will unveil tomorrow (02/05/2013). Well, it’s an important program. Most definitely. We all want to see those in great need to be taken care of. But, at some point, as you heard today, this program is truly outpacing the ability of Pennsylvania taxpayers to pay for it. One in every four, as you heard, Pennsylvanians under this program is being proposed to expand, would be enrolled under free health care pay, in this state. And the published reports the federal government had put that they will put in 100%. This goes back to promises. Promises made. Promises not kept by the federal government. This will in the end cost Pennsylvania taxpayers, well over a billion dollars a year. Starting off in the first year with a 200 million dollar increase.”

He later continued, “The problem is the hearts are blocked by the fat regulations and rules the federal government puts on the Pennsylvania government and all governments and states responding to it. They are getting close to causing Pennsylvania and many states to have a heart attack. At some point and time, we have got to understand that the federal government is not going to live up to their promises. And more importantly, they continue to pass more and more regulations and passing the buck onto the states to pay for programs they want to see done.”