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SC County Nullifies Federal Indefinite Detention

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NDAAby Cary Wedler,

Laurens County, South Carolina, passed a resolution recently urging the state to reject the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)’s indefinite detention provisions, making the county the eight local government in the country to resist the language, which was initially passed in the 2012 version of the military funding bill.

According to a press release from People Against the NDAA (PANDA), which has long campaigned against indefinite detention, “Resolution 2018-31 provides inhabitants of Laurens County their first legal defense against indefinite detentions since passage of the 2012 NDAA.”

PANDA’s founder, Dan Johnson, spoke to the council on behalf of the resolution, asserting it is not only the county’s right but its responsibility to push back against the still-controversial legislation. “These are fundamental rights, and you has a county council have the duty to defend and protect the Constitution,” he said at a hearing at the end of June while advocating the resolution, which passed on Tuesday.

The resolution states that Laurens County believes it to be “improper, unlawful, and therefore unconstitutional to”:

“…it is unconstitutional, and therefore unlawful for any person to:

“a. Arrest or capture any person in Laurens County with the intent of ‘detention under the law of war,’ or

“b. Actually subject a person in Laurens County to ‘disposition under the law of war,,’ or

“c. Subject any person to targeted killing in Laurens County …”

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