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Sen. Paul Opposes NDAA After Right to Jury Trial Amendment Stripped

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Today, the United States Senate voted on the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), which was stripped of an amendment during the House-Senate conference committee that would have guaranteed Americans the right to due process and a jury trial.

The amendment, introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), and which passed with a 67-29 vote on Nov. 29, was designed to protect American citizens against indefinite detention. The conference committee, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) removed this provision, and in doing so, rendered the bill in violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.

"These core American legal privileges prescribed in our Bill of Rights have been observed since our nation's founding. When I assumed office, I took an oath to protect our Constitution - and in voting against this unconstitutional NDAA, I kept that promise," Sen. Paul said.

"The right to due process, a trial by jury, and protection from indefinite detention should not be shorn from our Bill of Rights or wrested from the hands of Americans. It is a dark day in our history that these rights have been stomped upon and discarded," he continued.

The NDAA passed the Senate today with a vote of 81-14.

Prior to the vote, Sen. Paul took to the Senate floor to discuss his issues with the bill.


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