The Michigan Senate joined with a number of states that are pushing through anti-NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) legislation. Their version of the Liberty Preservation Act, Senate Bill 94 (SB94) was passed by a unanimous vote of 37-0 with 1 Senator absent. This legislation was sponsored by State Senator Rick Jones and was forged by a grassroots movement that is truly bipartisan in nature against the federal law which allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens on U.S. soil.
Grassroots organizer and Michigan PANDA (People Against the NDAA) chapter member Dennis Marburger vowed opposition to all federal legislation that would seek to subvert the U.S. Constitution. “The very active and knowledgeable group of Michiganians fighting this egregious Federal overreach will not rest until there is real, tangible and viable state resistance to D.C.’s attempts to deny our rights and threaten our safety – whatever unconstitutional legislation, edict or judicial fiat our government employees use as an excuse,” he said.
Senator Jones stated, “Last year, and it got through my Senate committee but died on the Senate floor. So this year, I’m starting in the Senate, with the hopes that we can get it passed.”
The Tenth Amendment adds:
Thomas Jefferson said Nullification is the Rightful Remedy to unlawful behavior by our agents in the general government and James Madison said it is the duty of the state to Interpose on our behalf against the Feds in those cases. We will continue to insist that our state employees do their duty and their part to uphold their oaths of office and enforce the Constitution.
As in the 1850s, when Michigan was a leader in the Nullification of the Fugitive Slave Act, we demand no less for all Michiganians today in battling the unconstitutional and immoral indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA.
If signed into law, SB94 would make it illegal for Michigan to participate in NDAA indefinite detention: “no member of the Michigan national guard on active state service shall aid an agency of the armed forces of the United States in any investigation, prosecution, or detention of any person pursuant to section 1021 of the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2012″
Noncompliance with federal law is 100% noncontroversial both legally and constitutionally. There’s absolutely ZERO serious thought that supports the idea that the federal government has the constitutional authority to require state agents to enforce federal laws. Even the Supreme Court has affirmed this more than once in recent history. Statements to the contrary are absurd.
Dan Johnson, president of PANDA, points out, “SB94 is a companion bill of HB4138, sponsored by State Representative Tom McMillin. A similar bill passed the Michigan House last fall on a vote of 107-0.”
The next stop is the Michigan State House. Representatives need to hear from you regarding this legislation. Don’t complain if they shoot it down because you won’t step up. This is a victory the State of Michigan can win.
Contact your Michigan State Representative here.