The National Defense Authorization Act’s provisions that call for the indefinite detention of American citizens through the use of the military and without due process of law has no doubt, received concern throughout many states – to say the least. SLN has reported on states like Arizona, Washington, Kansas and now, Indiana.
S.B. 400 has gained grounds in the Indiana Senate and on Tuesday passed the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee, receiving great support from Senator Jim Banks and even vocal support from Elkhart County Sheriff Bradley Rodgers. Sen. Banks told colleagues that looking into the NDAA of 2012 and reading sections 1021 and 1022 should strike a core among civil liberties advocates – calling it unconstitutional.
James Kerner of Indiana’s Panda, People Against the NDAA, an organization dedicated to overturning the federal government’s indefinite detention provisions said, “I suggest the ACLU, Occupy movement, Tea Party movement and Oath Keepers throw their full support behind Sen. Banks. He should be made a household name like Ron Paul.” It seems that besides nullification of the NDAA popping up nationwide, so are brand new lawmakers, which happen to be following in the footsteps of former Congressman Ron Paul.
Sen. Banks legislation passed the Senate committee 8-0 and obviously received little to no opposition. In addition to nullifying the indefinite detention provisions in the state of Indiana, the legislation reads as well, “A person who, being an official, agent, or employee of the United States or an employee of a person providing services to the United States, knowingly or intentionally enforces or attempts to enforce the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA commits unlawful indefinite detention, a Class A misdemeanor.” So, any violation of S.B. 400 would result in a Class A misdemeanor charge.
SLN contacted Sen. Banks office, however due to the fact SLN carries no “accredited source” label, we were unable to get common questions answered. However, SLN managed contact with the head of Indiana’s People Against the NDAA (PANDA) team. SLN asked James Kerner, “Do you feel our liberties are truly at risk in 2013 and beyond?” Kerner went on to say, “Yes I do. Even if President Obama doesn’t abuse the authority given in the AUMF of 2001 or the NDAA of 2012 leaving vague legislation like that on the books is very dangerous for future generations. What happens if a tyrant or a war criminal reaches the Oval office? The NDAA of 2012 allows for government sanctioned kidnappings.”
Questioning Kerner more, SLN sought out whether or not he was positive about this legislation passing as well as other bills around the nation. Kerner commented, “I’m not positive. This is my perspective. I voted Nadar 04, Ron Paul 08, and Gary Johnson 2012. I’ve been arrested for protesting simply holding an umbrella in the rain on public ground, walking down the street, or standing. 7,000+ Occupy arrests without a comment from Obama suggests I may not have been the only American politically silenced. My point being if we cannot peacefully assemble on the most visible public land in my state where can we peacefully assemble? This makes the executive order Obama signed on CISPA all the more disturbing. Our tool for educating the masses, the internet is vulnerable.”