While the media remains fixated with the fight over the second amendment, almost no one is paying attention to how the 5th amendment is being murdered before our very eyes. The U.S. Senate has approved the U.S. government’s ability to indefinitely detain anyone, including U.S. citizens.
In a nutshell, here’s what happened:
Lawmakers charged with merging the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act decided on Tuesday to drop a provision that would have explicitly barred the military from holding American citizens and permanent residents in indefinite detention without trial as terrorism suspects, according to Congressional staff members familiar with the negotiations.
Senator Rand Paul was one of the only lawmakers to publicly denounce the unconstitutional legislation, blasting U.S. Senator and failed presidential candidate John McCain for his support of the measure.
“We had protection in this bill. We passed an amendment that specifically said if you were an American citizen or here legally in the country, you would get a trial by jury,” Paul said. “It’s been removed because they want the ability to hold American citizens without trial in our country. This is so fundamentally wrong and goes against everything we stand for as a country that it can’t go unnoticed.”
The bill now goes to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature. Obama will almost certainly sign it, and most Americans will go about their business, still mistakenly believing that they still have a right to the due process guaranteed by the Constitution.