Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced an amendment on Tuesday to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 that would put an end to the Indefinite Detention clauses already within the bill, that were placed in there by Congress and signed into law by the President in 2012.
The Kentucky Senator said this in a Press Release on the Amendment:
WASHINGTON—Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Due Process Guarantee amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment is designed to protect Americans from being detained indefinitely, without charge or trial.
The amendment aims to end ongoing legal ambiguities by affirming and strengthening the principles behind the Non-Detention Act of 1971.
“The indefinite detention of a U.S. citizen without due process is fundamentally un-American. Our founding fathers believed so firmly in the right to trial by jury that they enshrined it in the body of the Constitution, and again in the Sixth Amendment,” Sen. Paul said. “We can and will vigorously investigate and prosecute all who seek to do us harm, and we can do so while respecting the constitutional liberties of American citizens.”
If you’d like to read the comments of the other Senators, click the above link to view the full press release. I would like to touch on one person here though. Ted Cruz sponsored this, and in it, he had this to say:
“The Constitution does not allow President Obama, or any President, to apprehend an American citizen, arrested on U.S. soil, and detain these citizens indefinitely without a trial,” said Sen. Cruz. “That’s why I have consistently supported measures to prohibit indefinite detention in the NDAA. The Due Process Guarantee amendment will prohibit the President’s ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens arrested on American soil without trial or due process. While we must vigorously protect national security by pursuing violent terrorists and preventing acts of terror, we must also ensure our most basic rights as American citizens are protected.”
This helps me with Ted Cruz, as I’ve been losing faith in him a bit. It’s nice to see him standing up for the rights of ALL American citizens. Now, if only some people in the conservative movement would follow his lead.
Overall, this amendment is for the better, as it strikes down the governments ability to indefinitely detain citizens, which as stated above, is already unconstitutional, but with how the Supreme Court is, and how screwed up things are in general in Washington DC, there was little hope then for it to be struck down in court, and if it was, well, the government wouldn’t accept the ruling.
I really hope this amendment passes, and I would hope you do too.