Michigan Action Alert: Support HB5420 to Nullify NSA

On Mar. 20, Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester) introduced HB5420 to prevent state cooperation with warrantless spying and personal data collection by the NSA and other federal agencies. (learn more about it here) It was referred to the Judiciary Committee where it will need to pass through a majority before it can be considered for a full vote by the house.


Waterford, MI to Introduce 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution

Second Amendment Preservation fever continues to spread across Michigan. with Waterford Township the latest community looking to protect the gun rights of its citizens.

The township council will consider a Second Amendment Preservation resolution on Wednesday.

The natural rights to own property honestly and peacefully acquired, to self defense, and to prepare oneself for that defense according to one’s conscience are under relentless assault on a global basis. In America, the Second Amendment was written to prevent federal infringement of those rights.

Many states, such as Michigan, have strong protections against state and local attacks on these rights. Michigan’s 1963 Constitution states in Article 1, Section 6 that… “Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.” This strong, clear and concise language should guide everyone in the state as they contemplate what actions to take against the rising tide of federal encroachments.

Michigan Tenth Amendment Center‘s state chapter coordinator Shane Trejo was instrumental in getting the resolution introduced in Waterford Township. Trejo hopes to follow in the footsteps of patriotic activists like Doug Davis who helped get governments in the Northern Lower Peninsula to pass the Tenth Amendment Center’s Second Amendment Preservation Resolution. This is the first effort to get this resolution passed in Southeast Michigan. Resolutions such as these, while non-binding, are an important first-step in resisting federal tyranny.


Will Oakland County Nullify the NDAA?

This Thursday, October 18, 2012, the full body of the Oakland County Commissioners will consider Commissioner Jim Runestad’s Liberty Preservation Resolution at their regularly scheduled 9:30 AM General Meeting in the Commissioner’s Auditorium located at 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac, Michigan.

The Liberty Preservation Resolution (in resistance to the indefinite detention sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA) was unanimously voted out of the General Government Committee of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners on Monday, October 8 as described in this article published by the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) and People Against the NDAA: Will Oakland County Nullify the NDAA?.
The resolution, which was originally crafted and subsequently revised by Blake Filippi of the Rhode Island Liberty Coalition and TAC, is a non-compliance resolution, in the tradition of the Rosa Parks method of winning Liberty – not complying with unlawful legislation as opposed to either submitting or militantly confronting the usurpers. Our goal is for the State of Michigan to ulitmately perform it’s right and duty of Nullifying indefinite detention and /or Interposing (Jamres Madison’s concept) itself between the people and the general government in D.C. A critical mass of the states in resistance tyranny has worked in the past and will do so again. This was the intent and design of the Framers and Ratifiers of the Constitution for the united States.

Our colleagues at the Tenth Amendment Center have recently also published the following two excellent analyses which are relevant to our project:


Will Oakland County, Michigan Nullify the NDAA?

Yesterday, the General Government Committee of the Oakland County (Michigan) Board of Commissioners unanimously (with two absences) passed the revised Liberty Preservation Resolution (#12208) which had been introduced by Commissioner Jim Runestad of White Lake.

Numerous Michigan Patriots (and a distinguished visitor from Ohio, Dan Johnson founder of People Against the NDAA) spoke in favor of the resolution and in opposition to the indefinite detention sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA. No one took the opposite position.

The speakers included David Lonier, Pauline and John Holten, Burke Cueny, Dan Johnson, Dennis Marburger, Commissioner Bill Sage of Allegan County, Ninth District Congressional Nominee Don Volaric, Darrell Johnson and Michigan Tenth Amendment Center Coordinator Shane Trejo.


Latest NDAA Indefinite Detention Nullification news

Here’s the latest news on our drive to Nullify the 2012 NDAA indefinite detention provisions in Michigan:

1. Led by Ray Kirkus, our intrepid Berrien County brethern visited their county commissioners yesterday. While the reception they received was less than ideal, Bill Sage (Allegan County Commissioner) was given several minutes to make a partial presentation to the board. Naturally, he made the most of the time given to him. Ray is organizing and mobilizing his fellow Berrien County residents to keep up the pressure through emails and phone calls urging their commissioners to fulfill their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution and pass the Liberty Preservation Resolution opposing the 2012 NDAA indefinite detention provisions.

2. Monday, October 8, 2012 @ 9:30AM, our Oakland County group and friends from nearby areas will go to the General Government Committee at the Oakland County Government Center (1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac, Mi). Commissioner Jim Runestad is unavoidably out of town Monday, but Committee Vice Chair Jeff Matis will be the Liberty Preservation Resolution’s champion at the meeting. David Lonier, one of Liberty’s most persistent and consistent advocates, composed a petition for attendees to sign and deliver at the meeting. An updated version of the petition is attached. Bill Sage may make the trip just to lend his tangible support to our local efforts. He is always articulate and passionate, as well as quite knowlegable about the 2012 NDAA. We’ll mostly say brief statements of support for the resolution, though Bill will probably speak more substantively as an out of towner and peer of the commissioners.


NDAA Nullification News

Good afternoon, Friends of Liberty!! America has a proud and noble tradition of state and local resistance to tyranny. This resistance was manifested before and after The American Revolution (actually, secession from the British Empire). The framers and ratifiers knew how important this was, so they made sure to this keep flame of defiance alive through the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the Bill of Rights.

These concepts are so valuable and timeless that Patriots turn to these Amendments today. Here’s the latest on our very important campaign employing Thomas Jefferson’s “rightful remedy” of state nullification (Tenth Amendment) against general – or Federal – government kidnapping of the people, as codified in Sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA:

1. Today, October 4, 2012, Ray Kirkus is leading a group of Patriots to the Berrien County Board of Commissioners meeting to promote The Liberty Preservation Resolution and support Tom McMillin’s HB5768 (the non-compliance w/NDAA bill). Commissioner Bill Sage of Allegan County is joining them in order to offer his knowledge and determination.

2. Monday, October 8, 2012, (9:30AM) we will be gathering at the General Government Committee Meeting of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. The meeting location will be:

1200 North Telegraph Road
County Service Center – Committee Room A
Pontiac, Michigan, USA, 48341-0421

Phone: 248-858-0100
Fax: 248-858-1572

Commissioner Jeff Matis, the Vice Chair of the Committee


Progress in Michigan Against NDAA Detention Powers


This last week was a real whirlwind for Wolverine State NDAA Nullifyers. Patriots showed up in numbers to the Oakland County General Government Committee Meeting on Monday, Sept. 24 in support of Commissioner Jim Runestad’s Liberty Preservation Resolution. This resolution, originally crafted by Blake Filippi – Legal Analyst with the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) and the Rhode Island Liberty Coalition – expresses defense of Constitutionally protected rights and opposition to the indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA.

There were many cogent comments by residents, including a particularly moving description by Anna Janek of her childhood living in fear of government and police in Communist Czechoslovakia. The entire session may be viewed here:httpp://www.oakland.michiganliveevents.com/2012/09/board-of-commissioners-committee-general-government-committee-live-sept-24th-2012-930am/ .

The next committee meeting to consider this is scheduled for Monday, October 8 @ 9:30 A.M. Let’s have a really big turnout of folks from all over the philosophical spectrum and from all points in Oakland County.  We need to show the Commissioners how important it is for them to fulfill their oaths of office and protect our rights by upholding the Constitution. Perhaps the Commissioner in the video who tried to demean and distort our efforts by mis-stating them as a partisan political ploy will see the error of his ways.


Michigan Nullifying the NDAA: A Work in Progress

Monday, September 24, 2012 saw an intrepid group of Michiganians attend the General Government Committee of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in support of Commissioner Jim Runestad’s Liberty Preservation Resolution. The purpose of this resolution is to register opposition to the indefinite detection sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA and to provide at least some comfort to county residents in the form of recognition by elected officials of the clear and present danger posed by this latest DC-created emergency.

Blake Filippi, Tenth Amendment Center legal analyst and creator of the resolution (which was customized and localized by meeting participants David Lonier and Dennis Marburger), was on the phone from Rhode Island to answer legal and historical questions from the commissioners. Numerous county residents spoke eloquently about the problems faced.

  • Those problems created by the 2012 NDAA
  • the Freedom 7 lawsuit in Federal District Court against the legislation by Chris Hedges and other journalists
  • Judge Forrest’s injunctions – temporary and permanent
  • the immediate knee-jerk appeal by the Administration
  • the right and the duty of counties and states to employ Thomas Jefferson’s “rightful remedy” of Nullification when the Feds act lawlessly and outside the boundaries proscribed by their rule book – The Constitution.

There was also some discussion of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments as well as the Principles of ’98. Kerry Bentivolio, GOP nominee for the Eleventh District Congressional seat delivered an impassioned and principled appeal in favor of the resolution and the protection of the People’s Liberty to the committee. Commissioner Runestad was at his most articulate as he covered all the bases in a very comprehensive, yet concise, manner. Blake Filippi answered all questions in a dignified, knowledgeable and respectful manner.