Another state legislator is riding to the defense of the Tenth Amendment and the Constitution. On February 21, 2012, Utah State Senator Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross, photo) submitted S.C.R. 11, a resolution calling for the Congress to “repeal or clarify Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.”
The Utah lawmakers behind this measure “express disapproval” of the NDAA, specifically the provisions permitting the indefinite detention of American citizens. The bill calls on members of Congress to uphold their oath of office and “to protect the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Utah Constitution.”
In an article in the Salt Lake Tribune, Senator Weiler explained that he has a “legitimate fear” that the NDAA will expand the power of the federal government. As a concurrent resolution, Weiler’s proposal is non-binding, but it does count on the support of two organizations rarely on the same side of political issues -- the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Utah Eagle Forum.
“Our concern is in the definition of ‘terrorist,’ ” the Eagle’s Forum’s Dalane England told the Tribune.
Also in the Tribune:
Marina Lowe, government counsel with the ACLU, said there is concern the law could lead to violations of civil rights, and the fact that there is at least ambiguity about the act means it should be reconsidered.
The text of the Utah resolution opposes the notion that constitutional liberty is a fair trade for security from terrorists. Furthermore, the vagueness of key terms in the “law” makes reasonable people wonder just how one could come to be branded a “belligerent” and exactly who would make that decision.
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