Without a peep, back on December 31, 2011 President Obama and Congress codified into “law” the authority to kidnap anyone anywhere and hold them under cloak of war for life. This year, the rising chorus of states against those “indefinite detention” powers outlined in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides an alternate course for America to take – not to comply with unconstitutional federal actions.
Maryland is the latest of 15 states in 2013 to consider such a response, introduced as HB 558 the Liberty Preservation Act of 2013. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 1pm. The bill, authored by Delegate Don Dwyer, was first read to the Health and Government Operations Committee two weeks ago. HB 558 reads in part (PDF):
(B) A PERSON OR GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY MAY NOT KNOWINGLY AID
6 AN AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE DETENTION OF A PERSON IN
7 ACCORDANCE WITH §§ 1021 AND 1022 OF THE FEDERAL NATIONAL DEFENSE
8 AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012.
This Liberty Preservation Act of 2013 has attracted 10 co-authors, all Republicans. To pass the over 2/3 Democatic-controlled House of Delegates and State Senate coalitions will be essential. By the issue’s essence this is not a partisan bill. In a global war with no end, all Americans who dissents are vulnerable to US military capture. The Bill of Rights has never been so threatened as by the NDAA indefinite detention provisions. Consider the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments repealed de facto.
LEGISLATION AND TRACKING
If you live anywhere outside of Maryland, please contact your own legislators regarding anti-NDAA legislation. If none has been introduced in your state, you can email them The Liberty Preservation Act model legislation.
Track the status of NDAA nullification in states around the country HERE
Attend the hearing for HB 558 Maryland Liberty Preservation Act of 2013 on Thursday, February 21 at 1pm. The Health and Government Operations Committee can be reached at 410-841-3770, 301-858-3770, or toll-free 800-492-7122 ext. 3770.
Express your support and politely, strongly encourage the Health and Government Operations Committee to pass HB 558. Email all 23 members:
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