Will the Pasco County Commissioners Protect the Constitution?
Pasco County could take one step closer to liberty if the Board of County Commissioners heed the recommendations of the Florida Tenth Amendment Center and the Libertarian Party of Pasco County. Both organizations have now publicly urged the 5 member board to vote yes on the Liberty Preservation Act which would condemn the provisions in sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). These provisions, most notably, allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens. Jack Mariano has also agreed to introduce the legislation to the other board members today in an already scheduled committee meeting. Although the outcome is unlikely a favorable one this move will put the Pasco County Commissioners on record as to where they stand on liberty.
The Florida Tenth Amendment Center’s Letter to the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners
I am writing to ask again that the Pasco County Board of Commissioners pass the Florida Tenth Amendment Center county level anti NDAA non-binding resolution condemning federal kidnapping and indefinite detention. Sixteen counties across the country have already passed this resolution, also known as the Liberty Preservation Act.
The National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA, is the military appropriations bill normally used to fund the US military. In 2012, the bill contained provisions known as Section 1021 and 1022. These sections allow the President of the United States or his Justice Department to determine, based on very broad language, who is a terrorist or terrorist supporter. The provision also allows for US citizens accused of being terrorists to be arrested by the military, denied habeas corpus, probable cause and due process. They can also be sent to foreign jurisdictions for questioning. This is a gross violation of the Bill of Rights protections guaranteed to all legal residents of the United States. Further, it also repudiates three grievances found in the Declaration of Independence. The violations contained in the NDAA are real 1776 issues. They comprise part of the reason we seceded from Great Britain.
This act enjoyed overwhelming support of Florida’s D.C. delegation in a bipartisan assault on our fundamental rights. Opposition and complaints, particularly to those “tea party” congressmen who voted Aye were met with a weak excuse that the language did not mean what it clearly says. That excuse thoroughly discredited, they are now saying the military would not have received funding without the bill. Nonsense. NDAA 2013 has not gone to the Senate yet and these provisions are once again in the new bill with full approval once again by Florida’s congressional delegation.
LIBERTY, Commissioner, has been a local issue since Lexington and Concord. Federalism is based on the principle of government closest to the people being the most responsive. The Pasco County Board of Commissioners must stand up for our Bill of Rights and pass our anti NDAA resolution. I am including the text of our resolution.
Thank you for you most kind time and attention to this matter. I am available to answer any questions regarding this issue. I look forward to that day when this is indeed passed by the Pasco BOCC and we can make Pasco County the 17th county in the nation to stand up for liberty.
The Libertarian Party of Pasco County Urges Board of County Commissioners to Vote Yes on Liberty Preservation Act
The Libertarian Party if Pasco County is urging the Board of County Commissioners to vote yes on legislation that would protect the citizens of Pasco County against sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). These sections allow the President of the United States or the Justice Department to determine, based on very broad language, who is a terrorist or terrorist supporter. The provision also allows for US citizens accused of being terrorists to be arrested by the Rights.
The Libertarian Party of Pasco feels it is the duty of every elected official to protect their constituent’s constitutional rights at every level of government. We commend Jack Mariano for bringing this to the other members of the board in a committee meeting today, but we are anxious to see the Commissioners of Pasco County do the right thing and stand up for the rights of the people of our county from the overreaching federal government. The time is now to defend the constitution and the people whom they serve.
“The Pasco county Commission should accept their Constitutional responsibility and inform the federal government that detaining American citizens without due process is not in line with constitutional principles and a direct violation of the bill of rights,” Alexander Snitker, Vice Chairman, Libertarian Party of Pasco County.
The 1787 Network will follow this story closely and keep you updated on the Pasco County Board of County Commissioner’s response.