Thirteen states currently battling for NDAA nullification
February 15, 2013 in U.S. News
Several states seek to nullify the “indefinite detention” provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Activists and legislators across the country are fighting back against the 2012 NDAA which authorizes the military to detain U.S. citizens without a trial.
At least 11 other states are currently battling to reach the same threshold.
Passing committee and reaching a vote is only one step in making the bills come to fruition.
Once the legislation is approved in one house, it must be approved in the other, and the final bill is either signed or vetoed by the state’s governor.
Two bills addressing the 2012 NDAA have been shot down so far this legislative session, in Mississippi and Wyoming. The latter saw its legislation pass committee but died before reaching the floor for a vote.
The battle isn’t just happening at the state level, though. Several cities and counties have acted locally to protect their citizens from indefinite detainment through ordinances.
Resolutions have already passed in the following cities: Berkeley, Calif., Fairfax, Calif., Santa Cruz, Calif., Cherokee City, Kan., Northampton, Mass., Takoma Park, Md., Macomb, N.Y. and New Shorehampton, R.I.
Similar resolutions have passed in several counties as well including three in Colorado, two in Pennsylvania, two in Missouri and one in North Carolina.
Organizations such as the People Against the NDAA (P.A.N.D.A.), Tenth Amendment Center, American Civil Liberties Union and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee have been instrumental in organizing and supporting these campaigns.
So far, one state, Virginia, has successfully passed “anti-NDAA” legislation.