COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 19, 2013) – On Tuesday, South Carolina moved a step closer to refusing cooperation with indefinite detention provisions without due process written in to the National Defense Authorization Act.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Davis, forbids any state compliance with NDAA detention provisions.
No agency of the State, officer or employee of this State, solely on official state duty, may engage in an activity that aids an agency of the armed forces of the United States in execution of 50 U.S.C. 1541, as provided by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, or any subsequent provision of this law in the detainment of any citizen of the United States in violation of Section 3, Article I, and Section 14, Article I of the South Carolina Constitution.”
“If states don’t act, the federal government will continue its march over basic individual rights like due process,” Davis said. “It’s the appropriate role of the states to stand against federal overreach, and act as a constitutional check on unlimited federal power.”
Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey praised the South Carolina Senate for passing the bill, noting the power of state non-compliance.Details