New Hampshire House Votes to Nullify NDAA Indefinite Detention, 337-15

CONCORD, N.H. (Mar. 13, 2013) Today in a lopsided vote, the Democrat-controlled State House of Representatives in New Hampshire approved Representative Dan Itse’s HB399, the Liberty Preservation Act.  If passed into law, HB399 would nullify the NDAA “indefinite detention” powers that Barack Obama signed into law at the end of 2011.  The vote was 337-15 (roll call here).

HB399 would prohibit state cooperation with indefinite detention without due process under the National Defense Authorization Act.

The state of New Hampshire shall not provide material support or participate in any way with the implementation of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 within the boundaries of this state. The department of safety is hereby directed to report to the governor and the legislature any attempt by agencies or agents of the United States government to secure the implementation of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 through the operations of that or any other state department.

In order to ensure this statewide noncompliance, the Liberty Preservation Act includes criminal charges for any state agent in violation of the act:

Any public officer, employee, or agent of the state of New Hampshire, or any employee of a corporation providing services to the state of New Hampshire that enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule, or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of paragraph I shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

HOUSE REPUBLICAN ALLIANCE IN SUPPORT

In a press release from the House Republican Alliance, Rep. Al Baldasaro- Londonderry stated, “In passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sections 1021 and 1022, the Congress of the United States of America has suspended the privilege of the writ of Habeas Corpus, allowing any American citizen to be indefinitely detained without warrant.

This power can only be invoked during times of rebellion or invasion, when there is ongoing open warfare on American soil. However, Congress has declared no such war, making those sections of the NDAA unconstitutional. New Hampshire proposes to declare those sections unconstitutional and to protect its citizens by making it a crime to carry them out or aid in their execution within the borders of New Hampshire.

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Montana Senate Vote to Nullify Federal Gun Bans, 28-21

HELENA, Mont. (March 13, 2013) – The Montana Senate passed a bill prohibiting state compliance with any federal attempt to enforce a ban semiautomatic firearms or high capacity magazines  in Montana on Wednesday.

The Senate approved HB302 by a vote of 28-21. The bill passed the House 56-42 on Feb. 22, but the Senate Judiciary Committee amended the language, and the two chambers will now need to reconcile the two versions.

HB302 prohibits “a peace officer, state employee, or employee of any political subdivision is prohibited from enforcing, assisting in the enforcement of, or otherwise cooperating in the enforcement of a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons or large magazines and is also prohibited from participating in any federal enforcement action implementing a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons or large magazines.”

The law also prohibits expenditure of public funds for the purpose of enforcing a federal gun ban. Any state agent working with the feds would be guilty of official misconduct.

The so-called ‘war on drugs’ illustrates federal dependency on the support of  state agencies in enforcing its laws. Federal agencies almost always act in cooperation with state and local law enforcement. In many situations, federal agents have absolutely no way to carry out enforcement without massive state and local support.  If a large number of states simply refuse to cooperate with federal gun bans, it will effectively nullify the law.  Without state compliance and assistance, many unconstitutional federal acts are little more than a house of cards. Refusing compliance on a state or local level is a big deal – and it sets the stage for others to do the same.

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Oklahoma House Votes to Nullify Obamacare, 72-20

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 13, 2013) – Nullification of Obamacare in Oklahoma took a step closer to reality Wednesday when the Oklahoma House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

HB1021 declares Obamacare unconstitutional and calls on the Oklahoma legislature to take action to prevent implementation of the federal health care plan in the Sooner State.

It shall be the duty of the Legislature of this state to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” and the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010” within the limits of this state.

The bill passed 72-20 and will now move on to the State Senate.

Oklahoma Liberty executive director Mark Kreslins said bill sponsor Rep. Mike Ritze, along with States’ Rights Committee chairman Rep. Lewis Moore, Rep. Dan Fisher and Rep. John Enns all delivered passionate floor speeches prior to the vote, calling on their fellow representatives to step up, and rein in an out of control and tyrannical federal government.

Kreslins also credited strong grass roots support for pushing the bill through.

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New Hampshire House Votes to Nullify Industrial Hemp Ban

CONCORD, N.H. (March 13, 2013) – The New Hampshire Hemp Freedom Act passed the House on a voice vote and will move on the the Senate for consideration

HB 153  prohibits the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance, opening the door for hemp production within the state of New Hampshire.

The federal  Controlled Substance Act included hemp as a Schedule I drug in 1970. The feds consider growing it without a DEA issued permit a crime.  The feds have only issued one such permit, to Hawaii, back in 1999. It has since expired.   This has created a de-fact federal ban on growing the plant.  And as a result, the United States is the world’s #1 importer of hemp, while China and Canada are the top 2 exporters.  Some supporters say that nullifying this federal ban would be a huge win for jobs, for American farmers, and for the economy.

HB153 seeks to effectively nullify the unconstitutional federal ban on the production hemp. The federal government lacks the constitutional authority to regulate the production of hemp, or any agricultural product, within a state’s borders, and HB153 rests on solid ground.

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Drones Over America

Question: What do backscatter “naked” x-ray machines and unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones, have in common?

Answer: They’re both technology originally used to control dangerous populations, such as convicted criminals or enemy combatants…that are now being used on regular American citizens on American soil.

We all see the banned-in-Europe backscatter x-ray machines in common use at American airports. Fortunately, we’re on track to phase them out this year in favor of less invasive technology.

But believe it or not, drones are already here, invading our skies and our privacy—without a warrant, without probable cause, and without our consent. And federal, state, and local government and corporate use of them is set to expand exponentially.

After the hoopla of our undeclared drone wars abroad, it’s clear that U.S. political leaders—including our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president and a regretfully sold-out, emasculated Congress—think drones don’t count. Not when they target strangers in Pakistan. Not when a 16-year-old American citizen is killed by one in Yemen. Not when bystanders are blown apart as blast-radius collateral damage.

And not when drones are deployed in American airspace.

I guess we could just be glad they’re not currently shooting at us. But reports indicate we could have as many as 30,000 drones operating in U.S. airspace in a matter of years. And that makes me a bit fidgety.

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