In Memoriam: the US Bill of Rights?

by Admin on December 15, 2011

On December 15th, the Obama Administration announced that it would approved the controversial National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill that would allow arbitrary arrest and indefinite military detention without trial of US citizens on suspected terrorism charges. The act will legalize military detention of both foriegn and American citizens, in violation of basic constitutional protections. In summary, the Act seems to violate basic due process guarantees, the right to trial by jury, the right to habeas corpus, the right to speedy trial, the protection against cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure (among other rights).

Opponents of the Act have taken a number of different actions to prevent the Act from taking control, including forming a petition to impeach every US Senator who voted in favor of the act.

In the video below Judge Andrew Napolitano explains the Constitutional issues involved in the passage National Defense Authorization Act:

 

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