The South Carolina National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Nullification Act of 2013, S.92, needs your support for full passage. S.92 has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee, where the chairman, Sen. Larry A. Martin has referred it to subcommittee.
1. If you live in South Carolina, call Sen. Larry A. Martin and let him know you want S.92 passed out of subcommittee, then the full committee, as written. Remind him that his obligation lies with the people of South Carolina, and the Constitution, not an out of control Homeland Security Department, and that he has a duty to interpose and protect the people he serves. You can find his contact information HERE.
2. Also contact other committee members and urge them to vote for the bill passed as written. You can find committee member contact information HERE.
3. Contact your own state senator and state representative and ask them to support S.92. You will find Senate contact information HERE.
4. On Tue, Feb 5th, The Judiciary Committee will hold a public meeting on S.92. The Hearing will be held on Tuesday, 5 February at 1:30pm, in the Gressette Building, in Columbia. Members of the public may speak on the bill. Those who wish to do so should arrive about 1pm, in order to sign up in time to speak. The meeting is supposed to last at least one hour. Use the talking points below to make your case in this public hearing.
INFORMATION, BACKGROUND AND TALKING POINTS
When it comes to nullification of unconstitutional federal laws, the feet of some Republicans in the South Carolina legislature reportedly got cold over the last few weeks, and they need to be reminded that we’re watching the progress of the NDAA Nullification Act of 2013.
Sen. Tom Davis introduced the bill to nullify the portion of the NDAA 2012 that authorized indefinite detention, last month. It garnered 4 cosponsors and was ultimately referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Judiciary Committee chair Senator Larry A. Martin, apparently fears nullification. He proposed changes to other pending nullification bills that would strip nullification language and remove direction to the South Carolina General Assembly to “adopt and enact all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of the ‘NDAA indefinite detention within the limits of this State.”
It remains unclear why this so-called conservative refuses to stand up to the Obama administration and stop using the military, in violation of the 4th Amendment, for a mission it has neither the training, or time, or the inclination, to do. Perhaps he doesn’t understand the legitimacy of nullification from a historical, moral and philosophical perspective.
Or perhaps he is just fine with locking up South Carolina citizens, without due process.
SCGOP Chairman Chad Connelly apparently has the same problem.
He initially had a statement of support for nullification, delivered and read at a big rally on the South Carolina capitol steps on Jan. 8. A few weeks later, Connelly sent out an email reversing his position. In the email, he links to a Heritage Foundation article opposing nullification.