On Thursday May 9th the Texas House wil be voting on two very important pieces of legislation. House Bill 149, The Liberty Preservation Act, and House Bill 1608, are scheduled for a full house vote that could create yet another battle between State and Federal authorities.
by Derrick Broze
May 8, 2013
The Liberty Preservation Act nullifies certain sections of the controversial National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which allowed for indefinite detention of American citizens without trial. The bil states:
“Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 violate portions of federal law, the United States Constitution, and the Texas Constitution and, as such, are invalid and illegal in this state.”
Texas is the latest of 13 states to take on the NDAA. There are also several local, city wide efforts to nullify the unconstitutional act. While the states attempt to stay off tyranny, the case has also been taken to federal court.
Last year, Federal Judge Katherine Forrest struck down these indefinite detention powers as unconstitutional. She issued a temporary court order blocking the use of these powers. That order was revoked by the appeals court and indefinite detention powers remain while the case is currently on appeal but not decided.
When questioned on whether or not indefinite detention could still occur, President Obama’s attorneys refused to comment. This caused many to speculate that the law is still being put to use despite the judges best efforts.
According to the Texas Tenth Amendment Center’s facebook, the bill will receive a full house vote on Thursday May 9th. They warn, “the bill still can be held up by Speaker of the House Joe Straus. We seriously need your help to push this bill forward.” If the bills are not brought to vote tomorrow it could be another 2 years before they are brought to vote again.
House Bill 1608 deals with cell phone privacyy. The authors of the bill aim to determine whether Texs will respect the privacy of mobile phone geolocation data. The bill would require law enforcement to show probable cause and gain a warrant from a judge before accessing your cell phone or other digital device.
It seems ridiculous that we have to pass laws to require the government to follow its own rules and abide by the 4th amendment, but this is the situation we find ourselves in. If you believe in fighting within political channels call your Senators and demand a vote on these important topics.
The state government is one of the last areas of government where we still seem to have a legitimate effect. If you wish to wrangle the federal government down to a more manageable size I recommend fighting for change on the local and state level.
IF you support these efforts, please call and email your Rep. NOW
Find him/her here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx
SUPPORT HB 1608 (Cell Phone Privacy) and HB 149 (NDAA Nullification)
Derrick Broze is a founding member of The Houston Free Thinkers.
He writes for dev-test.intellihub.com a popular independent news website.
He can be heard on Orion Talk Radio, Local Live Houston and the upcoming Unbound Radio.