The above photograph is the first one to arrive since the event. I trust I’ll be receiving much more coverage once the dust settles. Early reports are the conference was a success. It is exciting to see Sheriffs from around the nation gather to discuss Constitutional issues as relate to their position as Sheriffs and to their obligations to protect their citizens.
We can tie in with Sheriff Mack’s Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association conference of January 2012 the current irritation called the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA-2012) and the Tenth Amendment Center’s good work toward reminding America that State sovereignty is guaranteed in the Constitution itself, and that the several States in compact retained all powers not enumerated and granted to the newly-created General government in Article 1, Section 8.
With the NDAA 2012 now claimed to be the “law of the land”, it must be contested because it places U.S. citizens on U.S. soil under military jurisdiction, which is un-Constitutional on its face. There is passionate objection within the populace to this treachery by Congress and the White House. The Tenth Amendment Center is hot into it. Their latest from their blog on this subject looks at Tennessee’s newest drafted legislation in ways which would call on the County Sheriffs to defend the citizenry of his respective County against Federal intrusion and/or Federal criminality.
Here is a longish teaser from their article. Read the whole thing at the Tenth Amendment Center’s blog –
Original article here:
NDAA Nullification: Tennessee Bills Propose Kidnapping Charges for Federal Agents
State and local resistance to the detention provisions contained in the National Defense Authorization Act continues to grow, rapidly emerging as a nationwide movement.
The Tennessee legislature will consider HB1629 and SB2669 in the 2012 session. The legislation would effectively nullify the detention provisions in the NDAA and would also require federal agents making an arrest in the Volunteer State for any reason to first obtain written permission from the county sheriff.
This bill declares that any federal law purporting to require local or state law enforcement agencies to act at the direction of the federal government or the United States military is beyond the authority granted to the federal government pursuant to the United States Constitution, is not recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state and is declared to be invalid in this state. This bill further declares that any federal law purporting to give federal agents or employees, including any members of the United States military, the authority of any state or local law enforcement agency of this state, without the express permission of this state, is beyond the authority granted to the federal government pursuant to the United States Constitution, is not recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state, and is declared to be invalid in this state.
The act takes aim at indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA. Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey called language in the NDAA vague and overbroad, pointing out that Americans should never simply trust in the good intentions and moral clarity of the president or federal judges to protect their rights.
“It falls on the states to step in and protect their citizens,” he said. “I can’t imagine a more clear-cut application of state and local interposition as a check on federal power. What could be a more palpable, deliberate and dangerous unconstitutional act than the federal government indefinitely detaining an American citizen without due process?”
The Tennessee bill also “makes it a Class E felony for any official, agent, or employee of the United States government to enforce or attempt to enforce any federal law, order, rule or regulation that is beyond the authority granted to the federal government pursuant to the United States Constitution,” and includes provisions for kidnapping charges if a federal agent were to detain a U.S. citizen in Tennessee under the NDAA.
(Snip – end teaser from article) Please Read the rest of the story here –
So the language in Tennessee’s bills which would interpose between State citizens and unlawful Federal intrusion makes it very clear that the people understand what is being attempted in the NDAA 2012, and they will not tolerate it. Good on Tennessee for this.
Now we have not only a growing number of Oath Keeping Sheriffs from around the nation; we have legislators who are finding ways to honor their Oath to the Constitution as well. We’ve still got a chance.
Power to the People.