RICHMOND, Va. – On Wednesday, the Virginia legislature overwhelmingly
passed a law that forbids state agencies from cooperating with any
federal attempt to exercise the indefinite detention without due process
provisions written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense
“Prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the
military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of
the United States in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution, or
detention of a United States citizen in violation of the United States
Constitution, Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or
The legislature previously passed HB1160 and forwarded it to Gov. Bob
McDonnell for his signature. Last week, the governor agreed to sign the
bill with a minor amendment. On Wednesday, the House of Delegates
passed the amended version of the legislation 89-7. Just hours later,
the Senate concurred by a 36-1 vote.
Bill sponsor Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) says that since the
legislature passed HB1150 as recommended by the governor, it does not
require a signature and will become law effective July 1, 2012.
recently passed resolutions condemning NDAA indefinite detention, but
Virginia becomes the first state to pass a law refusing compliance with
sections 1021 and 1022.
“In the 1850s, northern states felt that habeas corpus was so
important that they passed laws rejecting the federal fugitive slave
act. The bill passed in Massachusetts was so effective, not one single
runaway slave was returned south from that state. Today, Virginia joins
in this great American tradition,” Tenth Amendment Center executive
director Michael Boldin said. “When the federal government passes
unconstitutional so-called laws so destructive to liberty – it’s the
people and the states that will stand up and say, ‘NO!’ May the other
states now follow the lead taken today by Virginia.”
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