Amid a lively debate in the U.S. Capitol on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03) introduced legislation today that would protect Americans from being detained indefinitely without trial. Landry's bill would replace language found in Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA with the protections that our Founders enshrined.
"The Founding Fathers granted Congress specific duties; and as a representative of the people, it is my duty to pass laws that protect the Constitutional rights of all American citizens," said Landry. "Toward this end, any statute that could possibly be interpreted to allow a President to detain American citizens without charge or trial is incredibly alarming and should be cautiously scrutinized."
Landry, who served in the Army National Guard for 11 years, said it is critical Congress protect our freedoms. "I have introduced this legislation to guarantee our citizens their most basic rights under the Constitution. I hope my colleagues from both sides of the aisle and chamber will join my call for liberty."