On Tuesday a John McCain led Congress comittiee creepily stripped a provision from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was intended to shield Americans from the possibility of being imprisoned indefinitely without trial, by the military at anytime without warning for any reason. The provision was replaced with a passage that offers no such protections to citizens. The move was called unconstitutional by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
“The decision by the NDAA conference committee, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to strip the National Defense Authorization Act of the amendment that protects American citizens against indefinite detention now renders the entire NDAA unconstitutional,” Sen. Paul said.
The stripped provision that McCain and company removed was originally added by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) who said she was not pleased that her attempt to shield citizens and legal residents was stripped from the final bill.
Disappointment wasn’t a strong enough word for Senator Paul’s liking, who continued bashing the bill.
“I voted against NDAA in 2011 because it did not contain the proper constitutional protections. When my Senate colleagues voted to include those protections in the 2012 NDAA through the Feinstein-Lee Amendment last month, I supported this act,” Sen. Paul continued. “But removing those protections now takes us back to square one and does as much violence to the Constitution as last year’s NDAA. When the government can arrest suspects without a warrant, hold them without trial, deny them access to counsel or admission of bail, we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity.
“Our Bill of Rights is not something that can be cherry-picked at legislators’ convenience. When I entered the United States Senate, I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. It is for this reason that I will strongly oppose passage of the McCain conference report that strips the guarantee to a trial by jury.”
You do have to really give Senator Paul a huge amount of credit for being willing to call out McCain and his happy Bill of Rights Lynching crew on this. In fact if you have anything you want to say to John about his willingness to detain you forever, without any type or trial or reason please feel free to give him a call.
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