Yesterday, Senator Paul penned an op-ed in the Washington Times arguing that we must not sacrifice our rights to fight terrorists. If you haven't read it yet, you're in for a treat.
The discussion now to suspend certain rights to due process is especially worrisome, given that we are engaged in a war that appears to have no end. Rights given up now cannot be expected to be returned. So we do well to contemplate the diminishment of due process, knowing that the rights we lose now may never be restored.
My well-intentioned colleagues ignore these admonitions in defending provisions of the 2012 defense authorization bill pertaining to detaining suspected terrorists.
Their legislation would arm the military with the authority to detain indefinitely - without due process or trial - suspected al Qaedasympathizers, including American citizens apprehended on American soil.
I want to repeat that. We are talking about people who are merely suspected of a crime. We are talking about American citizens.
If these provisions pass, we could see American citizens being sent to Guantanamo Bay. This should be alarming to everyone because it puts every single American citizen at risk.
And don't forget to contact your senators today at 202-224-3121 to urge them to vote YES on Senate Amendments 1125 & 1126 to prevent the indefinite detention of Americans as written into the current for of the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 1867!