NH to shut out feds with new detainment bill

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The New Hampshire House has just approved HB 399, a bill making it illegal for the federal government to enforce a very controversial provision in federal law.

Just as many states are now quickly proposing legislation that would make it illegal to enforce any future onerous federal gun laws within their borders, New Hampshire is doing the same with a federal law already on the books.

Political activists have long been critical of key sections of the National Defense Authorization Act which could apparently suspend the right of habeus corpus, thereby allowing for the possibility of retaining U.S. citizens in custody for indefinite time periods.

In a press release dated Tuesday, the New Hampshire House Republican Alliance said of the measure:

The NH house passed today a bill that would protect our citizens from being locked up and hidden away by the Federal government.

In a statement on its passage, Rep. Al Baldasaro (R) Londonderry stated, “In passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sections 1021 and 1022, the Congress of the United States of America has suspended the privilege of the writ of Habeas Corpus, allowing any American citizen to be indefinitely detained without warrant.

This power can only be invoked during times of rebellion or invasion, when there is ongoing open warfare on American soil. However, Congress has declared no such war, making those sections of the NDAA unconstitutional. New Hampshire proposes to declare those sections unconstitutional and to protect its citizens by making it a crime to carry them out or aid in their execution within the borders of New Hampshire.

We do not believe the federal government can lock up our citizens without just cause. By passing HB 399, we are asserting our duty as a State to protect our citizens.

New Hampshire political activist Steve MacDonald was ecstatic over the House’s action.

“Talk about bi-partisan support!  And yes, I am enthusiastic about that,” wrote MacDonald in Granite Grok.  “:Back on February 18th, I challenged New Hampshire Democrats to show us what they were made of when it came to the Federal Government, under the guidance of Mr. Obama,  giving itself the right to detain people indefinitely and they have spoken.”

MacDonald went on to name all those House members who voted against the measure, which included a lone Republican.

Read More at Granite Grok.

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