Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:03 PM
eridani (41,935 posts)
WA State legislature bipartisan bill against enforcing NDAA
The Washington State House is considering the NDAA nullification bill HB1581, which would create “the Washington state preservation of liberty act condemning the unlawful detention of United States citizens and lawful resident aliens under the national defense authorization act.” There are 21 co-sponsors, with representatives from both major parties: Representatives Overstreet (R), Santos (D), Shea (R), Taylor (R), Buys (R), Condotta (R), Scott (R), Upthegrove (D), Fitzgibbon (D), Blake (D), MacEwen (R), Crouse (R), Wylie (D), Pollet (D), Pike (R), Harris (R), Kagi (D), Moscoso (D), Warnick (R), Magendanz (R), and Stonier (D).
According to bill HB1581,
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 42.20 RCW to read as follows:
(1) No state or local official or employee, or agent of the state of Washington, or employee of a corporation providing services to the state of Washington, or member of the national guard or state defense forces acting in his or her capacity as a state or local official or employee, or agent of the state of Washington, or employee of a corporation providing services to the state of Washington, or member of the national guard or state defense forces, shall knowingly cooperate with an investigation or detainment of a United States citizen or lawful resident alien located within the United States of America by the armed forces of the United States of America, except for (a) an investigation or detainment by the United States coast guard when it is not operating as a service in the navy, (b) an investigation or detainment by national guard units or state defense forces while under
the authority of the governor of the state of Washington, or (c) an internal investigation or detainment by the armed forces of the United States of America of active duty members of the armed forces of the United States of America.
(2) A violation of this section is a class C felony.
There is also a section that purports to prohibit military personnel from investigating or detaining US citizens under the NDAA.
This bill may be in direct contradiction to federal law, but it does seem that NDAA is unconstitutional and immoral. Kudos for the legislators for standing up to the US government on this issue!
Many Republicans are anti-government, and since Obama is associated with NDAA they may support the anti-NDAA bill, even in the GOP-controlled State Senate.
I’m on an email list of the Transpartisan Alliance, www.meetup.com/TranspartisanSeattle. They work towards finding common areas of agreement between (libertarian) conservatives and progressives. Opposition to NDAA is one of those common areas of agreement. Scott Shock, organizer of the Transpartisan Alliance and a libertarian, writes:
The NDAA nullification bill HB1581 is set to be heard in committee on Thursday! The drone aircraft restrictions bill may also be heard in that same committee session. Please do as many of the following actions as you can:
1. Attend the Thursday morning hearing to speak strongly and passionately in favor of HB1581 (see details below in appended email).
2. Email and call Senate Law & Justice committee chairman, Sen. Mike Padden, at firstname.lastname@example.org and 360-786-7606, and firmly demand a hearing for SB 5511 be scheduled ASAP. The Senate bill is much stronger than the house bill, and needs our support.
3. Sign the NDAA petition here: http://wagwashington.org/legislation-activism/our-petitions/ndaa/,
4. Spread this message to all your friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc! I’ve been pushing coalition efforts on this, and there is HUGE bipartisan/transpartisan support for NDAA nullification. However, the legislators need to hear from YOU to make it happen!
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