State Rep. Jason Overstreet, R-42nd, has introduced a bill that would prevent any local or state official from assisting in the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and legal residents in Washington state in most circumstances.
Overstreet’s bill, HB 2759, is entitled the Washington State Preservation of Liberty Act.
It was motivated by the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 31. Overstreet argues that section 1021 of the act makes no specific exclusion for United States citizens and lawful resident aliens for conduct occurring within the United States. Even though President Obama acknowledged he had the authority to indefinitely detain citizens and legal aliens, and said he would not exercise that authority, many people believe it remains incredible that he would be given such unconstitutional powers in the first place, Overstreet said.
“Winning the war against terror cannot come at the great expense of eviscerating the unalienable rights recognized by and protected in the United States Constitution and the Washington State Constitution,” Overstreet said in a press release. “Undermining these constitutional rights serves only to concede to the terrorists’ demands of changing the fabric of what has made the United States a republic, granting the greatest number of people the greatest amount of freedom.”
Perhaps some people who were attacking Overstreet’s gold legislation will give him some applause for this one.