Reason magazine has reported that Senator Rand Paul (It is great to know that there will be Lord willing a Paul in Congress after January!) has introduced this amendment to the NDAA:
A citizen of the United States who is captured or arrested in the United States and detained by the Armed Forces of the United States pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40) shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense…
This ought to be non-controversial. But it seems to have no support among Congressional leaders. But sanctions against Iran does!
For instance, Lieberman highlighted a proposal that he is drafting with New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, Illinois Republican Mark S. Kirk and others to impose another round of economic sanctions on Iran.
“What we’re thinking of now is that we would introduce them as an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill,” Lieberman said.
I have come to the belief that economic sanctions are immoral unless specifically targeted to accomplish the goals sought without damage or injury to innocent persons. Thus most sanctions should be abolished. Definitely no criminal penalties ought to be appropriate. Of course existing laws should be obeyed.
But we will actually find out: Would the Bill of Rights pass today’s Congress? Should be interesting debate.