California Governor Signs Law Defying NDAA Indefinite Detention

California Governor Signs Law Defying NDAA Indefinite Detention

Joining a growing number of states that are enacting polices against the unconstitutional NDAA, California not only targets the NDAA provisions, but also any future federal law that grants officials open-ended detention powers.

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a law barring state cooperation with any attempt by the federal government to indefinitely detain people.


The legislation targets the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Brown signed into law AB351, which goes beyond any other state in rejecting federal indefinite detention power, according to the Tenth Amendment Center.

The law reads, in part, “It is the policy of this state to refuse to provide material support for or to participate in any way with the implementation within this state of any federal law that purports to authorize indefinite detention of a person within California.”

The NDAA allows the US military to indefinitely detain anyone – sans charges or a trial – on the basis of “national security” concerns. The legislation has drawn a series of legal challenges and attempts in several states to limit its strength.


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