Action Alert: Maryland, Time to Nullify Indefinite Detention Locally

Earlier this year, Maryland took the first step toward fighting federal kidnapping when Delegate Don H. Dwyer, Jr. introduced a Liberty Preservation Act in the state House. While HB558 didn’t gain traction in the legislature, it did set stage for further action.

And there’s Good news! You can still battle the feds at the local level. You don’t have to sit around and wait for the state to take action. Local governments can help stop indefinite detention, while simultaneously putting pressure on state politicians to do the right thing.

While the Maryland legislature failed to interpose this time around, government bodies at the local level can step into the fray. Counties and cities can refuse to assist any federal attempts at indefinite detention in their jurisdictions. These measures will not only provide  practical protections for their citizens, they will send a strong message to state capitals and put the pressure on to nullify federal kidnapping at the state level in the next legislative session.

It’s going to take work to ensure that this is how things play out.  Here’s what you can start doing right now. 

Details

New Hampshire Nullifies Federal “Laws” on Marijuana

CONCORD, N.H.  – Yesterday, with the stroke of Governor Maggie Hassan’s pen, New Hampshire became the 20th state to legalize marijuana for medical use. It now joins the swelling ranks of states nullifying the unconstitutional federal ban on weed.  The state House voted 284-66 in favor of HB 573 and the senate voted 18-6.

The bill allows patients diagnosed with cancer, Crohn’s disease and approximately twenty initially approved conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from one of four dispensaries authorized by the state.

“All of us recognize it has been proven to provide relief from pain and suffering,” Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) said.

Even so, the feds define alleviating suffering as a criminal activity. Congress and the president claim the constitutional authority to ban marijuana. The Supreme Court concurs. But the opinions of black-robed judicial oracles don’t magically transform the meaning of the Constitution. It delegates no power to regulate plants grown and used within the borders of a state. And the so-called war on drugs rests on the same legal authority as all of the other modern-day undeclared wars.

None.

Doubt this? Then ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to legalize federal alcohol prohibition?

Details

Montana Anti-Spying Law Good, More Needed

On May 6, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed  an Anti-Location Electronic Spying Bill (HB 603) into law.

The new law provides strong privacy protections for Montana citizens, requiring state and local government agencies to obtain a warrant before spying on electronic devices or communication services.

Except as provided in subsection (2), a government entity may not obtain the location information of an electronic device without a search warrant issued by a duly authorized court.

The law covers services that “provide to users of the service the ability to send or receive wire or electronic communications,” and any device “that enables access to or use of an electronic communication service, remote computing service, or location information service.”

Even with some exceptions such as law enforcement access when a device is reported stolen or for “life threatening situations,” the new law provides extensive privacy protections that did not exist before.

The law represents a solid win for privacy in Montana, although confusion surrounding the new law does exist. Some media outlets have reported the legislation prohibits NSA spying. But the law does not apply to federal agencies, as section three of the definitions makes clear.

(3) “Government entity” means a state or local agency, including but no limited to a law enforcement entity or any other investigative entity, agency, department, division, bureau, board or commission or an individual acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of a state or local agency.

Details

Is Finishing Your Vegetables Still Okay?

As a consumer, when you walk into most retail stores, you will notice that nearly every product sold has some form of labeling or information on it. Maybe it says where it was made, or what it was designed for. Maybe the product claims how it will make your life better or easier. Maybe it’s labeled with hazard signs or a Surgeon General warning. When it comes to food, most people would agree that they like to know what they’re going to put into their body before they consume it. And for the most part, food products are already mandated by the federal government (FDA) to show its contents. From how much sugar and fat it contains per serving, to if it contains high fructose corn syrup or aspartame. So why would labeling products that contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) be any different? Why does the FDA refuse to label genetically modified food?
Let’s first discuss what GMO means.

GMOs are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Details

Look locally to battle government intervention

The following was published as a letter to the editor in The Times-News of Burlington, NC The definition of nullify is: “any act, or set of actions that result in a particular law being rendered null, void or just simply unenforceable.” This does not mean erasing it from statute. The federal government is dependent on…

Details

Don’t Comply, Nullify!

In 1798 with the ink on the Constitution barely dry, the Alien and Sedition Acts were passed which featured provisions that made speaking ill of the government a crime.

And what was the answer to this unconstitutional “law”?

Kentucky, led by Thomas Jefferson, and Virginia, led by James Madison, helped pass nullification resolutions in opposition of the unconstitutional legislation. Fast forward five decades and multiple northern states took a stand to nullify the pro-slavery fugitive slave laws, federal legislation that required the return of runaway slaves. More recently state legislatures led a nullification movement against the REAL ID act that now includes over half of the states in the Union.

There are numerous other examples in our history, but let’s move little closer to the present.

Details

Spokane City Council Brings Up Anti-Drone Ordinance

Spokane City Council members are getting ready to vote on a local ordinance regarding the regulation of domestic drone use. According to city council president, Ben Stuckart, this ordinance is modeled after a similar action that was passed earlier this year in the city of Seattle.

Representative David Taylor introduced a bill in the Washington House of Representatives during the recent session, which would have required state and local law enforcement to obtain legislative approval before purchasing drones. It  reaffirmed the right to privacy by laying down rules regarding the obtainment of information and use of surveillance. Despite being voted out of committee, 9-1 the bill failed to get a vote on the house floor before the cut off deadline. It was heavily lobbied against by both Boeing, and the Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs. Despite this, Representative Taylor still has hopes that the bill can be pushed through next year.

There is valid concern among citizens that because there are no current state regulations regarding drone use, the potential for abuse is incredibly high. Local communities like Spokane are stepping up to provide guidelines to their law enforcement agencies.

The Spokane ordinance would contain three main components;

Details

The King and I

To the dismay of many Americans, President Obama has delayed implementation of Obamacare another year, or at least the employer mandate. Never mind the fact that the entire law needs to be postponed indefinitely, and truly should be repealed, King Obama has decreed he is granting special favor to businesses nationwide, which will coincidentally help Democrats in mid-term elections next year.

Why is the king granting this special dispensation?

Because he can.

When Obamacare was voted into law, it gave the president unprecedented powers to control its implementation. This special dispensation is a major blow to freedom and liberty.

This comes as no surprise, considering that this is not the only time the president has been given sweeping authority. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 handed over tyrannical powers to our king…oops, president. This precedent of relinquishing or ceding power to the president needs to stop!

Where’s the Proof?

Taken directly from the NDAA 2012:

SEC. 1021. AFFIRMATION OF AUTHORITY OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES TO DETAIN COVERED PERSONS PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE.

(a) In General- Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.

Details