The Senate voted 81-14 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which lacks a ban on indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, and now President Obama must decide whether or not he will sign it, reported the Huffington Post. He had previously threatened a veto because it does not allow for the closure of Guantanamo Bay.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) railed against the lack of protections for Americans in a floor speech, claiming that the guarantee of a trial by jury for citizens was removed “because they want the ability to hold American citizens without trial in our country.”
“Don’t let the wool be pulled over your eyes to think that you have protection and that you will get a trial by jury if accused of a crime,” he said. He counters claims that Americans will have a trial by jury if they get into an constitutional court by arguing that the decision to grant such aa court is “arbitrary.”
He called the current NDAA an “abomination.”
“Is our memory so short that we don’t understand the danger of allowing detention without trial? Is our memory so short that we don’t understand the havoc that bias and bigotry can do when unrestrained by law?” Paul said.
While there was at one point an amendment to the NDAA banning the indefinite detention of American citizens, a House-Senate conference committee scrapped it.
Watch the video of Sen. Paul, via his YouTube page, below.
LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Here are some of the videos of the scene:
A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020
WATCH: Trump reveals how he can manipulate Democrats to help him put Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court
President Donald Trump spoke about his plans for the Supreme Court during a Friday night campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Trump took the stage before news was announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died and appeared to not know of the Supreme Court vacancy.
Trump explained to his audience why he had put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his shortlist for a Supreme Court nomination.
“I said, you know, I have to have someone that we’re going sure we get approved and the only one I could think of is Ted, because he’s going to get 50 Republican votes and he’s going to get 50 Democrat votes — they’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate," Trump said.
Mitch McConnell flattened by ex-White House official for plan to rush through Ginsburg replacement
Appearing with CNN host Anderson Cooper, former White House adviser David Gergen rained hell on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after he announced he would rush through a vote on a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just hours after it was announced she had passed away.
Gergen, who served in the White House under both Republican and Democratic presidents seemed beside himself with anger when he talked about McConnell who notoriously blocked Merrick Garland from the court after being nominated by former President Barack Obama.
"Mitch McConnell has just thrown down the gauntlet, we're going to have a titanic fight over this," Gergen exclaimed. "Yes, as Jeffrey [Toobin] has said, it will mobilize a lot of people on the right, the hunger still to overturn Roe vs Wade to get social issues on the 6-3 court, they will think Donald Trump has delivered on his promises."