Mar 17, 2014
A Law to Nullify the NDAA?
Posted on Apr 16, 2013
A state bill sponsored by Republican Tim Donnelly would guarantee Californians protection from the threat of indefinite detention made possible by the National Defense Authorization Act.
The bill is called the California Liberty Preservation Act. If enacted, it would retain several fundamental civil liberties enshrined by the Constitution, “including the right of habeas corpus, the right to due process, the right to a speedy and public trial, and the right to be informed of criminal charges brought against him or her.”
The bill relies on the 10th Amendment’s preservation for the states of all powers not specifically granted to the federal government. The New American magazine says the bill is “a constitutionally sound expression of state sovereignty.”
The latest National Defense Authorization Act confirms the power taken by the federal government the previous year to detain indefinitely and without cause any American the government deems a suspect in connection with terrorism.
Last year, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges sued the Obama administration over the constitutionality of the law. His co-plaintiffs included Truthdigger of the Week Alexa O’Brien and other media figures and political activists. Judges repeatedly struck down the law, which the administration answered by appealing each time. The case is still in progress.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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