Senator Rand Paul Pushes To End Indefinite Detention – Is He Being Blocked By SC Senator Lindsey Graham?
As Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) continues to push to remove the unconstitutional indefinite detention of American citizens, sources say that he is secretly being blocked by South Carolina US Senator Lindsey Graham.
None of this should come as a surprise from those following this site. As we reported years ago when indefinite detention was a hot item in the alternative media but not in the mainstream media, Graham advanced the idea that those suspected of terrorism, even if they were an American citizen would not get a lawyer.
Take a look at this brief interview with Graham and let his own words speak for themselves.
That interview came in response to Graham’s own words on the Senate floor.
Paul has been arguing for years that this kind of behavior is a violation of the rights that are supposed to be protected under the Sixth Amendment.
The Kentucky senator has also been pushing for an amendment to end this unlawful conduct by the federal government in a “must-pass” defense legislation authorizing Pentagon spending that would repeal a 2012 provision giving the president the ability to indefinitely detain anyone based on the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).
However, Breitbart reports that sources believe that Senator Graham is secretly blocking that amendment.
…sources suspect that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is secretly blocking the amendment from being included in a package of GOP amendments that would be voted on and attached to the defense bill, since its inclusion requires consent from all senators.
“It is inconceivable that in 2018, a senator would block language to prevent indefinite detention of Americans. What happened to the rule of law? Lindsey Graham should own up to this and explain to innocent Americans why he’s fine with detaining them indefinitely,” said a senior Senate aide.
Breitbart News reached out to Graham’s office to confirm whether it was true, but did not receive a response on that specific question.
Graham, a retired colonel, has in the past supported the ability to indefinitely detain those captured under the current AUMF and has opposed limits on the president’s ability to conduct war.
As for Paul, he bases his stand upon the Constitution alone. The Sixth Amendment reads:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
In other words, one must be proven guilty of a crime, not assumed guilty of an alleged crime before being punished. Graham is providing the very opposite of this.
“Giving the accused their day in court isn’t a suggestion,” Paul stated in 2017. “It’s enshrined in our Constitution as a cornerstone of our judicial system. My bill reminds our government that the Founders did not put an expiration date on the Sixth Amendment.”
He’s exactly right, and when politicians think they can jump the words of the Constitution based on a twisted version of their understanding of it, then they are attacking the very Constitution they swore to uphold.
Paul is not alone though in his demand for an amendment to the AUMF. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has voiced his support for such an amendment.
“America should never waiver in vigilantly pursuing those who would commit, or plot to commit, acts of treason against our country,” Lee said. “But the federal government should not be allowed to indefinitely imprison any American on the mere accusation of treason without affording them the due process guaranteed by our Constitution.”
These men should be heard, but much of the mainstream, state-controlled media is in lock step with tyrants in DC rather than upholding the Constitution.
Let’s hope the people back men like Rand Paul and Mike Lee as they are seeking to stand for our rights and the law of the land that limits the federal government.
Article posted with permission from Freedom Outpost