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NDAA and Persing

March 9th, 2013

 A Response to Sunbury City Council from PANDA


PANDA_sm On January 28th, PANDA Pennsylvania, members from groups such as the Susquehanna Valley Liberty Alliance, Oath Keepers, and the ACLU, along with several citizens from the city of Sunbury, approached the City of Sunbury, PA with legislation designed to interpose against Sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

At that meeting, the Council requested more information, and sample legislation to vote on. Shortly afterward, Mayor David Persing spoke to journalist Anthony Antonello and said, among other things:

“well the whole concept sounds like something we’re definitely gonna support, I can’t imagine us not supporting it, but people can’t come into a council meeting and say vote on 1021 and 1022, we clearly don’t know what it is” and “for dedicated people like ourselves to vote in support of that, we just have to understand exactly what we’re voting for.”

Since the Council requested more information, PANDA National worked with our Pennsylvania team to ensure they were as informed as possible. Two weeks later, the Council was once again approached with the new information and a request to defend the right of the people of Sunbury.

Mayor Persing however, seemingly backing away from previous statements, said he thought an ordinance was too harsh and requested a resolution.

In light of the Mayor’s request, we worked as hard as possible drafting up a detailed, yet comprehensive, resolution to protect the rights of the people in your town. Yet, when the Council was approached a third time by PANDA Pennsylvania and other concerned citizens, we were met with a surprise.

Laughable Resolution

Without notifying the honorable councilmen who requested a strong resolution, Councilman Joe Bartello and Councilman Todd Snyder, the Mayor rammed a resolution through. It would be considered laughable were this not such a serious issue.

The resolution is as follows:


Whereas, the citizens are concerned about the overreach of the federal
government within Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012; and

Whereas, the members of the Sunbury City Council have taken an oath to
support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the
Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, Sunbury City Council members request
Congressman Lou Barletta to introduce, support, and secure the passage
of legislation within Section 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 that will guarantee all
citizens the unalienable rights guaranteed to us under the U.S.

Passed this 25th day of February, 2013.

David L. Persing, Mayor                          Theresa A. Sprecht, City Clerk

Todd E. Snyder, Councilman                   Kevin E. Troup, Councilman

Joseph J. Bartello, III, Councilman           James R. Eister, Councilman


Essentially, the mayor’s resolution above says:

  • The natives are restless.
  • We took an oath.
  • We’re going to ask Congressman Barletta to do something.

Acknowledging that one has taken an oath isn’t the same as keeping it.

The people of Sunbury deserve a better NDAA resolution.

Patriot Coalition / Oath Keepers NDAA Resolution for Sunbury, Pennsylvania:


The people of Pennsylvania deserve better NDAA legislation.

Restoring Constitutional Governance Act of Pennsylvania


Dan Johnson
Founder, PANDA
People Against the NDAA


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