On Wednesday, the White House reversed its position and decided to drop the veto threat, signaling that Obama will sign the bill once it reaches his desk. As a result, libertarian Republicans and liberal Democrats — who are concerned that the bill seems to directly contradict the 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments to the Constitution — are livid with Obama’s decision.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said on the Senate floor that “detaining citizens without a court trial is not American.”
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“We’re talking about American citizens who can be taken from the United States and sent to a camp at Guantánamo Bay and held indefinitely. It puts every single citizen American at risk,” he said. “Really, what security does this indefinite detention of Americans give us? The first and flawed premise, both here and in the badly named Patriot Act, is that our pre-9/11 police powers were insufficient to stop terrorism. This is simply not borne out by the facts.”
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