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Letter: An affront to freedom

On March 13, by a vote of 337-15, the New Hampshire House passed HB 399, the New Hampshire Liberty Act. After another committee hearing and some reasonable amendments the bill is on the House calendar for Wednesday.

Nationally, New Hampshire and its citizen-legislators are legendary for standing up to abusive federal laws. The New Hampshire Liberty Act is no exception. It provides that New Hampshire officials will not aid in the enforcement of sections 1021 and 1022 of the infamous National Defense Authorization Act. This is because, by means of the NDAA, for the first time in our nation’s history, Congress has empowered the military to seize us and hold us indefinitely without access to the courts and a trial by jury.

The New Hampshire Liberty Act responds to this federal threat with a message to Washington that New Hampshire will neither aid nor be a part of this federal assault on our civil rights.

If the New Hampshire House holds its course, the next steps for the Liberty Act will be the Senate and the governor’s desk. The Liberty Act will be a relief to our law enforcement officers and the National Guard. Even the U.S. secretary of defense has expressed misgivings about the NDAA. The message sent by New Hampshire should wake up our fellow Americans and force Congress and the president to think twice before they re-enact this affront to American freedom, justice and sacrifice.

ART BRENNAN

Weare

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