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MORE VOICES against the Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act!

My former governor, who I voted for for both attorney general and governor, and who I supported for President in 2008 until Ron Paul announced his candidacy (the story is too weird for me not to tell:  I had JUST sent in my resume to Governor Gilmore’s email box at his posh law firm in DC when I read on the ticker on Fox or CNN that Ron Paul was about to announce the formation of an exploratory committee [I knew RP before he was cool!] and I immediately hoped Gilmore would not contact me!  He didn’t and I’d probably switched anyway!)

Well, after all that prologue, here’s what Jim Gilmore reportedly said about Section 1031:

“The provisions of this Bill undermine the basic safeguards that we enjoy as Americans. It is dangerous, and should not be supported by anyone: Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, citizen or non-citizen. Any member of Congress voting for this bill should be defeated at the next election,” Gilmore said.

There’s more Gilmore:

Added Gilmore: “This ill-considered bill is one of those dangers to our liberties by an unwise extension of military power in the homeland contrary to all law, precedent and history.”

Michigan Cong. Justin Amash, one of the bright lights for liberty in the House said that this was “one of the most anti-liberty pieces of legislation in our lifetime.”  Of course, Sen. Lindsey Graham was on the wrong side of this issue again:

Commenting on the controversial Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act — which many contend gives the federal government new powers to arrest American citizens without charge — Graham made clear this week that “1031, the statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.”

Sen. Graham has already come up with the Mark of the Beast and also offered President Obama a deal:  Give KSM a military trial so he can close Gitmo!  So it’s no surprise he’d be wrong here.  I am sorry the Ron Paul Democrat did not defeat him in 2008.  There’s always 2014!  Wonder what Bob Conley’s doing these days?

1031 should only be used for tax exchanges, not exchanges of liberty for false security!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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