Virginia now stands strong in decision to ban state officials from abiding by some elements of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act).
"Men of Virginia, countrymen of Washington, of Patrick Henry, of Jefferson, and of Madison, will ye be true to your constitutional faith?"
Well, the women and men of Virginia proved to be true to their faith. If nothing, vote showed how they feel about laws that deny basic freedoms to American citizens.
Lower house of the Virginia General Assembly made a 96-to-4 approval for HB 1160
. This bill will forbid state agents from aiding "an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution or detention of any citizen pursuant to 50 U.S.C. § 1541 as provided by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.
itself is so vague in its wording and allows too many different interpretations. To prevent the great potential for abuse, the Virginia bill would make illegal Section 1021 of the NDAA, which legitimizes the detainment of any "suspect
" terrorist and Americans that are believed to have committed a "belligerent act
" or have supported "hostilities
Obama did sign the law and he did attach the signing statement that he "will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens.
" However, the signing statement has no power and it is no law. The US Supreme Court has seen at least one case in which a detainee was kept detained under the NDAA, so we have to admit that the signing statement means essentially – nothing.
The only hope for keeping America free is that the states across the country will follow the Virginia example and protect their citizens. US needs to fight terrorists but you cannot defeat terrorists by adopting their tactics.
If NDAA remains unopposed, we will all be left with only two choices, one that means giving up every chance of a decent life forever... and the other one that scares me out of my mind.
In the words of Benjamin Franklin
– "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.