Time to Uphold Our Constitution
by Constable Ed Quiggle, Sunbury PA 9th Ward
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), is a bill which is passed annually, primarily to appropriate funds for the military. However, the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2012 included provisions that allow the President to order people on American soil, including American citizens, to be held indefinitely without charge or trial. These provisions, Sections 1021 and 1022, remove the Constitution and impose the law of war on people, violating liberties that have been protected since the Magna Carta. NDAA 2012, which was signed by President Obama on New Year’s Eve, 2011, is in direct conflict with a large portion of the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution.
Since then many cities, towns, counties, sheriffs, constables, and states have decided to take action by issuing resolutions and passing legislation to oppose the indefinite detention provisions of NDAA 2012. Opposition to the NDAA is found throughout the entire political spectrum. Groups as diverse as ACLU, Gun Owners of America, the Tenth Amendment Center, the Republican Liberty Caucus of America, are coming together to advocate for legislation to protect the people from the unconstitutional provisions of the NDAA. Some of the most liberal and conservative areas of the country have taken action.
Here in Pennsylvania, Elk and Fulton Counties have taken action on NDAA. The Lycoming County Commissioners are also considering their response. In Sunbury, Pennsylvania State Constable Ed, Quiggle, Jr., the elected Constable for Sunbury’s 9th Ward, became the first constable in the US to take action, by signing a resolution prohibiting the co-operation of anyone from his office in the enforcement of indefinite detention. Sheriffs and constables throughout the US are taking similar action.
Resistance from Persing
Now Constable Quiggle, along with individuals from such diverse groups such as ACLU, Oath Keepers, PANDA (People Against the NDAA), the Susquehanna Valley Liberty Alliance, and the Williamsport Tea Party, have gone to the Sunbury City Council to demand they take action on NDAA. The City Council was presented with an ordinance but, following resistance from Mayor Persing, they have now requested that a resolution be presented to them. The resolution will be considered at the City Council meeting on Monday, February 25th.
Councilman Joe Bartello has been a strong advocate of City Council action on this issue. At the last Council meeting Councilman Todd Snyder also spoke eloquently in favor of a resolution. Mayor Persing said he felt the City didn’t need to take action.
If you care about your rights under the Constitution, you are urged to attend the City Council meeting on Monday, February 25th at 6:15pm in the Sunbury Municipal Building, 2nd Floor, 225 Market Street, Sunbury, PA 17801.
Office of Constable for the 9th Ward of the City of Sunbury http://www.SunburyPAStateConstable.us
Editors Note – The NDAA was passed by a joint session of the House and Senate – supporters included Representatives Barletta and Marino, and Senators Toomey and Casey. President Obama signed it into law “despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists”.