Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate passed a Defense authorization bill that contains provisions allowing for the imprisonment of Americans seized within U.S. borders, without criminal charge, for an unlimited length of time. It wasn’t just Republicans who voted for the legislation. Many Senate Democrats supported the unconstitutional imprisonment provisions as well.
Now, presidential candidate Jill Stein is challenging Barack Obama to veto the legislation, and promising to undo the Bush-era attacks on the Constitution that Obama has protected and extended.
The Stein for President campaign called out the Senate on its extreme actions, warning Americans that “The National Defense Authorization Act would eliminate protections against the use of the military against our own citizens on American soil, as articulated by the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. It would also empower the president and our armed forces to detain U.S. citizens and others without trial based on unsubstantiated suspicions.”
“Our constitutional liberties have been under attack over the past decade, a victim of this unending war on terrorism. Congress wants to authorize the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens, without charge, and that is wrong – and the very definition of un-American. If elected, I will restore our political and civil liberty protections,” Stein said yesterday.