Not everyone realizes that a new law has been passed that allows the military to detain American citizens indefinitely without a trial, the way it sends foreigners to Guantanamo now. Even though the military and covert agencies say they don’t want this kind of power, congress passed the bill anyway. Obama threatened to veto it, but let it pass with some modifications. We could be refilling Guantanamo at the same time we are trying to empty it.
On the Wired website, Spencer Ackerman writes: "So despite the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of a right to trial, the Senate bill would let the government lock up any citizen it swears is a terrorist, without the burden of proving its case to an independent judge."
Congressmen from both sides are concerned about it. Ackerman quotes Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) as saying that it "denigrates the very foundations of this country" and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) as saying that "it puts every single American citizen at risk."
On the Forbes website, E.D. Kain writes: "So much for innocent until proven guilty. So much for limited government. What Americans are now facing is quite literally the end of the line. We will either uphold the freedoms baked into our Constitutional Republic, or we will scrap the entire project in the name of security as we wage, endlessly, this futile, costly, and ultimately self-defeating War on Terror."
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