South Carolina’s S.92, the NDAA Nullification Act of 2013, has been passed out of committee, but needs to be scheduled for a floor vote in the State Senate to move forward. Bill sponsor Tom Davis made an effort to fast track the bill to passage in the Senate, but that was voted down.
S.92 remains alive – but is going to need an extra push to get out of the Senate and on to the State House. The bill can be viewed here.
1. Contact your State Senator and politely let him or her know that you’d like to see S.92 come up for a debate and vote in the full Senate – and soon.
Find your State Senator Here:
2. Please contact Senator John Courson.
Senator Courson has shown some indications of opposition to this bill. A yes vote on it should be a no-brainer for anyone wanting to support the Constitution. But, it’s likely he’s not aware of the importance of the issue to people in his state. Strongly, but very respectfully, inform Senator Courson that “indefinite detention” is not constitutional and you want him to support S.92 because the State of South Carolina should not be participating in unconstitutional actions.
His contact phone number is (803) 212-6250
3. Encourage your local community to take action as well. Present the Liberty Preservation Act to your city county, your town council, or your county commissioners. Various local governments around the country are already passing similar resolutions and ordinances. Local legislative action present a great way to strengthen a statewide campaign against NDAA indefinite detention
Model legislation here:
4. Get connected to what is happening in South Carolina on Facebook
Like and get active on the South Carolina Tenth Amendment Center Facebook page. Also join the Nullify NDAA South Carolina Facebook group here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/nullifyndaasouthcarolina/
5. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
BACKGROUND ARTICLES AND INFORMATION ON NDAA “INDEFINITE DETENTION”
Note: while some believe that the 2013 NDAA eliminated indefinite detention, it does not. Dianne Feinstein introduced a very weak amendment to 2013 – and it failed anyway. 2012 indefinite detention provisions remain in tact – and the Obama administration is aggressively defending them in court.
Also, a case about indefinite detention is still being heard in federal court. Last year, Federal Judge Katherine Forrest struck down these indefinite detention powers as unconstitutional. She issued a temporary court order blocking the use of these powers. That order was revoked by the appeals court and indefinite detention powers remain while the case is currently on appeal but not decided.
Additionally, when asked by Judge Forrest if the federal government was using indefinite detention in violation of her temporary order blocking it, Barack Obama’s attorneys refused to confirm, leaving the door open that the Feds were potentially using this power in secret, even in outright defiance of an order from the federal courts.
Because of all this, and more, South Carolina stands on strong ground to reject a federal power which has already been struck down in federal court and is still pending appeal.
The South Carolina Senate should pass S.92 with full confidence.