Many states are going through nullification of several federal laws, including the Affordable Care Act and the National Authorization Act. Now PANDA (People Against the NDAA) has a chapter that is taking the fight to the local level, requesting that the City Council of Sunbury, Pennsylvania issue “an ordinance to uphold the Bill of Rights and interpose against the unconstitutional indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.”
According to a press release from PANDA, “On Monday, January 28th, citizens, including members from groups such as the Susquehanna Valley Liberty Alliance, the Sunbury chapter of PANDA (People Against the NDAA), Oath Keepers, and the ACLU, along with the Constable of Sunbury’s 9th Ward will be presenting the Sunbury City Council and Mayor with an ordinance to uphold the Bill of Rights and interpose against the unconstitutional indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, also known as NDAA.”
The press release reminds us that “in March 2012 Pennsylvania State Constable Ed Quiggle, Jr., the elected Constable for Sunbury’s 9th Ward, signed a resolution opposing, and requiring non-cooperation with enforcement of, the NDAA and PATRIOT Act.”
Pennsylvania also has two other counties, Fulton County and Elk County, which have signed legislation that opposes the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA.
After Quiggle’s signing of the resolution he distributed copies to the City Council and urged them to act on NDAA, but as of today they have not.
Dan Johnson writes “Sunbury Councilmen Eister and Troup have been asked if they would consider such legislation during appearances on local radio shows. Both councilmen have stated they would consider supporting such legislation. During a recent appearance on WKOK, Sunbury Mayor David Persing said he didn’t know enough about the NDAA and asked for more information. So far, Councilman Joe Bartello is the only member of the council to show strong support for passing an ordinance to oppose the NDAA.”
Outside of Pennsylvania states such as Virginia and Utah have passed legislation expressing opposition to the the NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions, and many more states are currently considering similar legislation. States such as Arizona and Rhode Island are among some of the states whose legislatures had passed legislation against NDAA during last year’s sessions, but were not fully passed and enacted. Anti-NDAA legislation is expected to be introduced in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly during the current legislative session. Cities, counties, and even Sheriffs across the country have taken action to interpose against the unconstitutional provisions of the NDAA.
The movement to bring this to the local level is truly grassroots. The Sunbury chapter of PANDA and the Susquehanna Valley Liberty Alliance are urging all citizens to attend the City Council meeting on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 6pm. They are asking that citizens come together to demand the council pass the ordinance as soon as possible. They are also encouraging citizens to contact the members of the council, as well as, the Mayor to ask them to support the proposed ordinance.
Listen as Jim Stachowiac interviews Dan Johnson of PANDA about the NDAA on FreedomFighterRadio.net.
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