On Monday, January 28th, citizens, including members from groups such as the Susquehanna Valley Liberty Alliance, the Sunbury chapter of PANDA (People Against the NDAA), Oath Keepers, and the ACLU, along with the Constable of Sunbury’s 9th Ward will be presenting the Sunbury City Council and Mayor with an ordinance to uphold the Bill of Rights and interpose against the unconstitutional indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, also known as NDAA.
In March 2012, Pennsylvania State Constable Ed Quiggle, Jr., the elected Constable for Sunbury’s 9th Ward, signed a resolution opposing, and requiring non-cooperation with enforcement of, the NDAA and PATRIOT Act. Also in Pennsylvania, two counties, Fulton County and Elk County, have signed legislation opposing the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA.
After signing his resolution, Constable Quiggle delivered copies of the resolution to the City Council and urged them to act on NDAA, but no action was taken by the City Council. Sunbury Councilmen Eister and Troup have been asked if they would consider such legislation during appearances on local radio shows. Both councilmen have stated they would consider supporting such legislation. During a recent appearance on WKOK, Sunbury Mayor David Persing said he didn’t know enough about the NDAA and asked for more information. So far, Councilman Joe Bartello is the only member of the council to show strong support for passing an ordinance to oppose the NDAA.
Outside of Pennsylvania states such as Virginia and Utah have passed legislation expressing opposition to the the NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions, and many more states are currently considering similar legislation. States such as Arizona and Rhode Island are among some of the states whose legislatures had passed legislation against NDAA during last year’s sessions, but were not fully passed and enacted. Anti-NDAA legislation is expected to be introduced in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly during the current legislative session. Cities, counties, and even Sheriffs across the country have taken action to interpose against the unconstitutional provisions of the NDAA.
The Susquehanna Valley Liberty Alliance and the Sunbury chapter of PANDA is urging all citizens to come to the City Council meeting on Monday the 28th at 6pm and urge the council to pass the proposed ordinance as soon as possible. They are also urging citizens to contact the members of the City Council and the Mayor to ask for their support of the proposed ordinance.
Constable Ed Quiggle, Jr.