Just minutes ago as we write, the state Senate of Virginia passed HB 1160, the bill that would prevent the use of any state agency or member of the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force to participate in the unlawful detention of a citizen of Virginia by the government of the United States Government in violation of the state and federal constitution.
In a press release announcing the Senate’s passage of his bill, Delegate Bob Marshall (photo) said:
Today, the Virginia State Senate nearly unanimously passed my bill, HB 1160, to prevent Virginia’s state and local government agencies from cooperating with the federal government in the indefinite detention of Virginians under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (“NDAA”). I am grateful that the vote in the Senate to accede to the bill as passed by the House of Delegates was 37-1.
Congress, by including this provision in a must pass bill affecting our Armed Forces, made a terrible mistake in empowering this or any future President and the military to arrest and detain American citizens indefinitely, without charges, without the chance to confront their accusers, without legal counsel, and without a trial.
The bill will now be sent to Governor Bob McDonnell for his signature. Representatives from the Governor’s policy team have already indicated that the governor still has reservations about the language in the measure.
Delegate Marshall (R-13th) is disappointed in the way the Republican governor of the Old Dominion handled House Bill 1160, the measure sponsored by Marshall designed to dull the fangs of certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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