Senators apparently decide the U.S. Constitution, individual rights, and limits on government are “quaint concepts” in this post-911-opportunity world.
The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this presidentâ€”and every future president â€” the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. […]
The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.
The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing
Unfortunately, this is attached to a must-pass Defense bill. Senators need to vote for an amendment to strip this passage from the bill.
It’s about the drug war; it’s about the war on terror; it’s about opportunistic authoritarians looking to seize power.
We are in more danger from those who take away our rights in the name of security than we are from terrorists and drug lords.