Skip to comments.McCain Proposes Indefinite Detention Without Trial for Citizens
Posted on 05/15/2011 10:15:18 AM PDT by Nachum
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced a bill that would allow the President to imprison an unlimited number of American citizens (as well as foreigners) indefinitely without trial. Known as The Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010, or S. 3081, the bill authorizes the President to deny a detainee a trial by jury simply by designating that person an enemy belligerent.
The bill, which has eight cosponsors, explicitly names U.S. citizens as among those who can be detained indefinitely without trial:
An individual, including a citizen of the United States, determined to be an unprivileged enemy belligerent ... may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners in which the individual has engaged, or which the individual has purposely and materially supported, consistent with the law of war and any authorization for the use of military force provided by Congress pertaining to such hostilities. [Emphasis added.]
Note that the Bush administration once said that the so-called war on terror would last a generation or more, and the U.S. military has officially classified many former Guantanamo detainees, such as England's Tipton Three, as having returned to the battlefield for merely granting an interview for the movie The Road to Guantanamo. Another five innocent Uighur (Ethnic Turkish Muslims from China) detainees had been listed as having returned to the battlefield after their release because their lawyer had written an op-ed protesting their prolonged detention without trial after they had been mistakenly picked up by a greedy bounty hunter. Writing an opinion or speaking an opinion against the party in power in Washington can and already has made some people enemy belligerents.
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What did they do to that guy in the Hanoi Hilton?
I wish McCain would just shut up and retire before he does any more damage.
Just as a heads-up, this was introduced last year and died an early death.
Apparently, McCain wants to extend Constitutional protections to foreign terrorists and eliminate them for American citizens.
Old news. This article is over a year old.
I’ve come to the conclusion that it wouldn’t have mattered who won in the last election. McCain and Obama have way too much in common.
After destroying the 1st Amendment, it looks like McCain has the 4th and 5th in his sights.
Let’s start with any Presidents, Senators or Congressman who propose or enact any laws or policies that violate their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution. And waterboard them daily, too.
Just wait until Obama declares all Tea Partiers to be "enemy belligerents."
Don't fall for the phony hero crap.
Getting captured does not make one a hero. We had may heroes during the Viet Nam conflict. Mclaim was not one of them.
I know you didn't say he was a hero but some have said it.
Some of the men there with Mclaim don't think to highly of him. Since I wasn't there I can't really say, except he is no hero that much I know.
I loathe McCain and his daughter is a nut that didn’t fall any distance at all from the tree. (not an apple, a nut)
“simply by designating that person an “enemy belligerent.”
This is too much unchecked power for the president.
I can see the detention for terrorists, as the ones we captured in Afghanistan, etc., those who are in Guantanamo now — I can see a future need for “indefinite detention”, but that should be determined by some very clear criteria, by a military tribunal, or more, it most certainly should NOT be just at the decision of the president alone, or we will be in a dictatorship as soon as this becomes law, and we can all expect that “knock on the door” and indefinite detention — any criticism of the president could be defined as being “belligerent”, not as exercising our freedom of speech. Our Founding Fathers must be spinning in their grave.
Well they sure turned his arms in to rubber seeing how far he can “reach” across the aisle.
What is really sad about this matter is were it to be enacted, I am not certain the SC would void it and surely not if (.)bama gets another sycophant onto the court.
Make that ALASKA, once Sarah is elected.
Wouldn't it be highly ironic to see those Dems getting the persecution in real life, that they've been claiming in their deranged persecution fantasies all along...? /sarc>
I thought this was the AZConservative satire at first!
I updated the header to reflect the actual published date of the article.
He sure is a strange bird.
So we can stomp all over the constitutional rights of citizens but we can’t torture? Really?
I’ll agree if they start with the Obamaloon and McKennedy.
No contact with anyone.
Oh, more votes from me if they take McKennedy’s bimbo daughter with them.
Pampered him with prostitutes, if Jack Wheeler is to be believed...
If you can’t make bail, you can be in jail for years without a trial.
Lets start with any Presidents, Senators or Congressman who propose or enact any laws or policies that violate their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution. And waterboard them daily, too.And let's end with them, too.
Let's call it the Tancredo Principle: Politicians who want to take away our rights are more dangerous than foreign terrorists.
Not just Obama. Our very "own" McStupid is right up there near the top of the list.
Don’t waste time waterboarding them, just bury them in anthills, no muss, no fuss and they won’t dream up any more unconstitutional ideas.
Isn’t there some kind of thingee about “a right to a speedy trial”?
Man you are right on the money there. Anybody who even thinks about voting for such a horrible piece of legislation should be bounced out on their ear. This is scary stuff.
I’m willing to say that anyone who endured 5 1/2 years in a Vietnamese prison and came out of it with integrity fairly intact is a hero. (And, I’m not interested in arguing McCain’s record in VN prison. Maybe he did; maybe he didn’t.).
But, that doesn’t automatically transfer to a pass on his legislative record, which is fairly mainstream except for some abysmally bad and anti-American/anti-Constitutional efforts on his part. Those anti- efforts, IMO, wipe out any moderate or otherwise fairly innocuous legislative record on his part.
Kind of like the Hanoi Hilton, huh McCain?
We had no choice in the last election for president. That means between two parties before I get all the Ron Paul Bots.
And to think that the Republican Party offered this Elitist, collectivist, statist as their candidate.
why doesn’t he just shut up and go away?
I don’t think he knows what beligerence is.
So, Obama will then be able to designate conservatives as "enemy belligerents"! I guess he can then make the North Slope of Alaska USA's Siberia.
Enjoy your new home, Freepers!
This is so Unconstitutional I was looking to see if it was satire or not!
They say it is hard to write satire these days.....
This may be old news to some that don’t study history.
Who guards the guards?
Who watches the watchers?
We do. Every day.
Yes, indeedy. Right on.
Can you imagine this guy as our President? I shudder when I contemplate the fact that I actually sent him money. The McLame “family” is another “political family” ( not unlike the Kennedy’s, Buse’s, et.al.) that needs to go away. The damage this man has done is legion, and yet the moron Republicans in Arizona just keep re-electing him. Seemingly, our only hope for turnover in the Senate is old age, or young women! Oh well, I do see that we have seven who are retiring at the end of this term. If only Hatch and Lugar would also oblige so we could get a couple of appointments before the next election.
I hadn’t heard that one. Do you have a source for that?