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Rand Paul renews threat to filibuster the NDAA

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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul threatened again Wednesday to filibuster the National Defense Authorization Act unless the Senate votes on an amendment guaranteeing the right to trial by jury for American citizens accused of terrorism.

“In fact, I’m appalled that anyone would think that we could arrest anyone in our country without charging them and giving them a right to a trial,” Paul said in a speech on the Senate floor. “It seems so fundamentally un-American.”

The controversy stems from a provision critics have interpreted as allowing the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects. Its supporters say it only applies to those who have waged war against the United States.

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee have sponsored an amendment that invokes the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution in these cases.

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  1. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 30th, 2012

    The scary part is, I’ll bet that if this passes and someone is arrested under this law, SCOTUS would rule 5-4 that they are not entitled to an indictment, a jury trial, or counsel.

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  2. Anne

    November 30th, 2012

    Not sure that I’m with Rand on this one. Sounds too much like his dad.

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  3. MaryfromMarin

    November 30th, 2012

    If people are willing to give up some rights, they may eventually be willing to give up all rights.

    Take a stand vs. go with the flow. I know which one I choose.

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  4. bitterclinger

    November 30th, 2012

    Paul and Lee I get, but Frankenfeinstein? This is her kinda Nazi law.

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  5. anon ahole

    November 30th, 2012

    definition of “waged war against the United States?”

    Financially?? Spiritually?

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