This year’s NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) is coming to a vote in the Senate, and Rand Paul is fighting to have the bill amended to remove the authorization to detain indefinitely without a warrant, anyone suspected of terrorism, including American citizens. Rand Paul has pointed out that allowing the government to detain American citizens without a trial is a clear violation of the Sixth Amendment:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Rand Paul used the language of the Sixth Amendment to introduce his own amendment to the bill, which would protect the due process rights of Americans. Why this needs to be reaffirmed in a bill, when it is already spelled out in the Bill of Rights as a right of every American, baffles me. I guess Americans aren’t too interested these days whether they have rights, as long as the government will buy them condoms.
According to a Daily Caller article Paul said in statements regarding the looming vote on this year’s NDAA:
In fact, I’m appalled that anyone would think that we could arrest anyone in our country without charging them and giving them a right to a trial… Today, we will either affirm the right to trial by jury or restrict it… Today we will vote to affirm the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, or we will spurn it.