California is on its way to nullifying the NDAA’s indefinite detention! Today the CA Public Safety Committee voted unanimously in favor of Assembly Bill 351 (AB351), the California Liberty Preservation Act.
Four more states are in the process of passing a similar bill: http://www.activistpost.com/2013/02/4-states-advance-anti-ndaa-legislation.html
Operation Homeland Liberty: Stop the NDAA
Last Wednesday, at OccupyLA’s GA, the anti-NDAA coalition invited us to join their effort to nullify the NDAA via the city council (presenter starts at about 4:35): http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/30854955
Info below on CA’s anti-NDAA bill and image via The Tenth Amendment Center: http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/04/california-ndaa-nullification-bill-passes-assembly-committee-unanimously/
AB351 establishes the proper constitutional role by first citing the 10th Amendment as limiting the power of the federal government as to that which has been delegated to it and nothing more.
“The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution authorizes the United States federal government to exercise only those powers specifically delegated to it in the United States Constitution.”
It then declares the indefinite detention powers under NDAA to be unconstitutional:
“Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA) codifies indefinite military detention without charge or trial of civilians captured far from any battlefield, violating the United States Constitution and corroding our nation’s commitment to the rule of law”
Most importantly, the bill requires the entire state apparatus, including all local governments, to refuse to implement the federal act, or any other federal act (such as AUMF) that might be cited to give the same power to the federal government:
“It is the policy of this state to refuse to provide material support for or to participate in any way with the implementation within this state of any federal law that purports to authorize indefinite detention of a person within California.”
This would make a HUGE dent in any effort to further restrict due process – and would be a big step forward for California. It would also create shockwaves around the rest of the country. As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, such widespread noncompliance can make a federal law “nearly impossible to enforce”). And in those limited situations where enforcement does occur, Rosa Parks has taught us all the power of “NO!” Passage of AB351 would mark the beginning of the end of NDAA indefinite detention in California.
Nullify NDAA California group on FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nullifyndaacalifornia/
This is encouraging to hear. It shows that people are wising up and are ready to stand against the Federal Government’s attempts to challenge the freedoms of the individual.
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Broken system… reboot needed!
As we think about what happened to Aaron, we need to recognize that it was not just prosecutorial overreach that killed him. That’s too easy, because that implies it’s one bad apple. We know that’s not true. What killed him was corruption. Corruption isn’t just people profiting from betraying the public interest. It’s also people being punished for upholding the public interest. In our institutions of power, when you do the right thing and challenge abusive power, you end up destroying a job prospect, an economic opportunity, a political or social connection, or an opportunity for media. Or if you are truly dangerous and brilliantly subversive, as Aaron was, you are bankrupted and destroyed. There’s a reason whistleblowers get fired. There’s a reason Bradley Manning is in jail. There’s a reason the only CIA official who has gone to jail for torture is the person – John Kiriako - who told the world it was going on. There’s a reason those who destroyed the financial system “dine at the White House”, as Lawrence Lessig put it. There’s a reason former Senator Russ Feingold is a college professor whereas former Senator Chris Dodd is now a multi-millionaire. There’s a reason DOJ officials do not go after bankers who illegally foreclose, and then get jobs as partners in white collar criminal defense. There’s a reason no one has been held accountable for decisions leading to the financial crisis, or the war in Iraq. This reason is the modern ethic in American society that defines success as climbing up the ladder, consequences be damned. Corrupt self-interest, when it goes systemwide, demands that it protect rentiers from people like Aaron, that it intimidate, co-opt, humiliate, fire, destroy, and/or bankrupt those who stand for justice.
Music Video of the Day: The extraordinary new video for “Parler le fracas,” by French hip-hop group Le Peuple de l’Herbe, “channels Orwell’s Animal Farm, updated for the Occupy Wall Street era. Pigs in riot police gear face off with disenfranchised industrial workers — a goose, a chameleon, and hundreds of other small animals who combine forces to create a Godzilla-like monster.”
Prepare to be amazed.
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L.A. Rising is this Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Besides the amazing musical acts, Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Immortal Technique and others, there is an incredible outreach of socially & politically conscience organizations, labeled The Re-Education Camp, that will be on site to get people active in the fight to change our broken system and improve the world we live in.
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I don’t ever condone the use of violence as a means to an end, it doesn’t solve anything… BUT, I think Americans need to be at least HALF as mad at the execs of the big banks and Wall Street as these fired workers in India are about losing their jobs (minus the burning to death part).
This is a great explanation of the history of Libya that has led to the current uprising/protests. Plus Ashley Bates has kept a very detailed account of the current events, updated numerous times per day.
If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary. - Malcolm X
The Libyan people are going strong against the government!
Almost 100 people have died for freedom in the past 3 days! These people died to see a change! They died to give the rest of us hope! And even though they are no longer a part of this world…we need to keep them in our hearts. The Libyan people need to keep fighting for their freedom! Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.
Please reblog and tweet about Libya to raise awareness. Please, I am begging you! Help my people! One tweet and one blog post will not affect your life, but it will affect theirs! The people need help: the media can’t get in, the phones are all monitored, the hospitals are overcrowded and are in desperate need of blood, people are hurt and dying, the army is ruthless, and Gaddafi is still there…but the people are not giving up hope! That means, neither can we! Hope for all!
Vive la Libye!
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