Most Americans are unaware that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed by President Obama on New Year’s Eve. This measure comes up every year and usually defines the US defense budget. But this year, politicians added yet another little item that threatens the constitutional rights of every American.
According to this new legislation, Americans can be detained indefinitely, without trial, and without legal representation simply on the grounds of being suspected of terrorist activities. In the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 9 limits the powers of Congress. In regard to Habeas Corpus – the right a court hearing showing proof the detention is warranted – Section 9 declares ‘The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.’ Furthermore, the 6th Amendment guarantees a right to a speedy trial and confrontation of witnesses.
Ron Paul is among the few congressmen who actually understand the constitutional rights guaranteed to every American. Furthermore, he’s fighting for the America most Americans seem to have forgotten.