California Bill Would Nullify NDAA, Protect Citizens From Indefinite Detention

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
California Bill Would Nullify NDAA, Protect Citizens From Indefinite Detention

A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly would protect Californians from being denied basic civil liberties as authorized by the NDAA.


A bill protecting the fundamental due process and habeas corpus rights of Californians is working its way through the state assembly.

On April 9, the assembly’s Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the measure by a vote of 6-0.

The bill, AB 351, is sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-33rd District) and it specifically guarantees the right of citizens of California to be free from any federal law that would authorize their indefinite detention in violation of habeas corpus, including the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Known as the California Liberty Preservation Act, AB 351 is backed by a politically diverse coalition, including Taxpayers for Improving Public Safety; the Bill of Rights Defense Committee; the Tenth Amendment Center; the California American Civil Liberties Union; San Francisco Board of Supervisors President, David Chiu; The Libertarian Party of California; and the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors.

Specifically, if enacted, the bill would shield from federal assault several fundamental constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties, “including the right of habeas corpus, the right to due process, the right to a speedy and public trial, and the right to be informed of criminal charges brought against him or her.”

Relying on the 10th Amendment’s reservation to the states and the people all powers not specifically delegated to the federal government in the Constitution, the bill is a constitutionally sound expression of state sovereignty.

In a press release issued by his office after the committee approved his bill, Assemblyman Donnelly recognizes his duty to resist attempts by Washington, D.C., to deny Americans of their most basic freedoms.

“The NDAA gives the executive branch — under not only President Obama, but also every future president — unprecedented power to detain US citizens without due process. This runs counter to the very principles that make America great, and violates our nation’s commitment to the rule of law,” said Assemblyman Donnelly.

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