Ron Paul Criticizes Lindsey Graham, NDAA Detention Clause On House Floor

Posted on January 18th, 2012 in News and Commentary

Ron Paul Criticizes Lindsey Graham, NDAA Detention Clause On House Floor

From the HUFF POST:

On Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) urged his congressional colleagues to support legislation that would repeal a clause of the National Defense Authorization Act that could allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens, simultaneously criticizing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for his past comments on detainees.

In a break from his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Paul took to the House floor to speak out against the NDAA’s Section 1021, which allows the government to detain without trial individuals who have “substantially supported al Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States.” Paul and other opponents of the section’s language fear that the legislation could lead to Americans being detained without due process. …

Paul continued, “Sadly, too many of my colleagues are too willing to undermine our constitution to support such outrageous legislation. One senator even said, about American citizens being picked up under this section of the NDAA, ‘When they say ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer.’”

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