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Friday, January 27, 2012

Unlawful Detention of American Citizens?

I can't believe we're even debating the issue.  This being the United States of America.  But there it is.  Efforts continue in Congress to give the president the authority to indefinitely detain American citizens accused - or suspected - of being enemies of the state.  Detained without trial.  Habeas corpus be damned.

(Most everyone cheered when Obama killed those two American citizens in Yemen back in September because the president and his buddies in the news media told us both needed to die for their transgressions - the details of which we were never provided.  Revisions to the National Defense Authorization Act are but an extension of that policy.)

Well, here in Virginia an effort is moving forward to exempt the Commonwealth and its citizens from engaging in such an unconstitutional activity:
HB 1160: Will Virginia Lead the Way Against Indefinite Detention of her Citizens?
Abingdon/Bristol, SW Virginia Tea Party

It’s short, sweet and one paragraph long. And it asserts that US citizens stand safe under the protection of Article 1 of the US and Virginia Constitutions. Safe from our government.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no agency of the Commonwealth as defined in 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, political subdivision of the Commonwealth as defined in 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, employee of either acting in his official capacity, or any member of the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force, when such a member is serving in the Virginia National Guard or the Virginia Defense Force on official state duty, may engage in any activity that aids an agency of or the armed forces of the United States in the execution of 50 U.S.C. 1541 as provided by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (P.L. 112-18, 1021) in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of any citizen of the United States in violation of Article I, Section 8 or 11 of the Constitution of Virginia.

Delegate Bob Marshall’s bill (R, Mannasas) simply reinstates what we as a free people are guaranteed twice, under both the US and Virginia Constitutions.

On Wednesday, January 25th, a House Courts of Justice Sub-Committee voted 6-3 in favor of passage.

SWVA Republican Greg Habeeb voted in favor (8th District /Counties of Craig, Montgomery (part), and Roanoke (part); City of Salem). So did Joe Johnson, Democrat (Counties of Dickenson, Russell (part), Washington (part), and Wise (part).

The committee vote:

YEAS–Iaquinto, Kilgore, Habeeb, Farrell, Minchew, Johnson–6.
NAYS–Loupassi, Toscano, McClellan–3.
Here's to Delegates Bob Marshall (as sponsor) and Southwest Virginia's Joe Johnson and Greg Habeeb for being there for us. And for protecting that Constitution that so many politicians in Washington - Republican and Democrat alike - have limited regard for.

The fight for freedom is far from won.  But we continue to pursue that greater good.