The Tenth Amendment Center has championed a bill introduced by a group of Washington State legislators that condemns the unlawful detention of U.S. citizens and lawful resident aliens under the National Defense Authorization Act.
The bill, introduced by State Representatives Jason Overstreet (R-Blaine), Matt Shea (R- Spokane Valley), Vincent Buys (R-Lynden), Cary Condotta (R-East Wenatchee) and David Taylor (R-Moxee), is called the Washington State Preservation of Liberty Act (HB 2759). It prohibits “any State employee, member of the Washington National Guard or any agent of a corporation doing business with the State” to cooperate in the Federal detainment or investigation of a U.S. citizen or resident alien. Though the bill acknowledges the danger of terrorism, it concedes protecting Americans cannot come at the expense of their Constitutional rights:
It is indisputable that the threat of terrorism is real, and that the full force of appropriate, and constitutional, law must be used to defeat this threat. However, winning the war against terror cannot come at the great expense of eviscerating the unalienable rights recognized by and protected in the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the state of Washington. Indeed, undermining those constitutional rights serves only to concede to the terrorists’ demands of changing the fabric of what has made the United States of America a republic granting the greatest number of people the greatest amount of liberty, justice, security, opportunity, prosperity, happiness, peace, and good ever known or experienced by humankind throughout the history of the world.
The Tenth Amendment Center, a champion of States’ rights, is encouraging U.S. citizens throughout the country to ask their State legislators to introduce similar legislation to tie the hands of the Federal government.