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House Committee Hears McMillin Citizens' Rights Bill

The bill would exempt the state from taking part in arrest and detention of citizens by the federal government.

The House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee this week heard testimony on a bill, introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, to exempt the state of Michigan from taking part in the arrest and detention of citizens by the federal government without due process of law, according to a news release.

House Bill 5768 would exempt any employee of a Michigan agency or the Michigan National Guard from taking part in the detention of residents under the National Defense Authorization Act's indefinite detention provision, if such aid would place the agency or employee in violation of the U.S. Constitution, the Michigan Constitution or any Michigan law.

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, was one who offered his support.

"I appreciate the support from Congressman Amash, who has fought against the federal law that enables the executive branch to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone on U.S. soil using the slightest thread of evidence or suspicion," said McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, who chairs the committee, in a statement from the Michigan House Republicans.

"Michigan residents should not be party to what most people consider an unconstitutional infringement on the rights of citizens by indefinitely imprisoning someone under the most ambiguous of terms."

Amash was joined in supportive testimony by Shelli Weisberg, legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

"This kind of seeping detention power is completely at odds with our American values, violates the Constitution, and corrodes our nation's commitment to the rule of law, which generations have fought to preserve," Weisberg said in a statement. "The ACLU of Michigan fully supports HB 5768 and we thank Representative McMillin for introducing this important legislation and standing with the ACLU in support of protecting these civil liberties."

Additional testimony will take place at a future committee meeting before advancing the bill to the full House for consideration, McMillin said.

Mary MacMaster September 26, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Thank you greatly Rep. Tom McMillin for all your efforts to preserve our constitutional protections under the 4th Amendment. I pray that House Bill 5768 that you introduced will be solidly supported by our Michigan legislators and passed post haste! The National Defense Authorization Act's indefinite detention provision is abhorrent to our U.S. Constitution.
Peggy Thompson September 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM
11 years ago this month 19 men who were in this country illegally, flew airplanes full of people, into buildings full of more people. Killing 3,000 humans trying to go to work, injuring many more. Before the insanity that Chairman Mao gave us called political correctness (1st Amendment gone), took hold in this country we would have, looked at their M.O.’s and pursued people who were Young, Fit, Clean Cut, Male, Foreign Born, Muslims, from the Middle East who over stayed their visas, who had visited terrorist training camps. Instead we decided to punish all the people of this country who thought we could fly, without forfeiting all their rights. They decided to forcibly search us, seize our property, (4th Amendment gone) eject us from airplanes. Deny us travel rights. They would take pictures of our naked forms and if we dared object they sexually assault us while the world watched. They now freely maul our crying babies, and search a terminal cancer patient’s diaper on their final trip. They plan now to spy on us from drones in the sky. On top of that they will lock us up. Lock us up without committing a crime, without an attorney, without due process, shredding what is left of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We have a man willing to try and stop this Tom McMillin, instead of fighting him we should all demand a Representatives join him in the fight
Dennis Marburger September 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Thank you, Tom McMillin, for standing up on behalf of the people against Government kidnapping. Your HB5768 is an important step in protecting the liberty and safety of the people of Michigan. Your courageous and clear-sighted leadership is very much appreciated. Dennis Marburger

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