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Rand Paul tells students: beware indefinite detention.

During a speech to students at Bowie State University in Maryland on March 13, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) warned of a particular danger, one that gets very little coverage in the establishment media. "We have something now in America called indefinite detention," Paul told the mostly minority audience. "This means that an American citizen could be indefinitely placed in prison and sent to Guantanamo Bay forever without trial."

As for who should fear the fact that the president has assumed the power to deny citizens of their right to due process, Paul shared a bit of history with students.

   Who should be afraid of this? Anybody think that you might want to
   be afraid if you're Jewish? Have people ever seen any kind of
   animus towards the Jewish people? Anybody ever think there was any
   animus towards African-Americans in our country? Anybody who thinks
   there's been an animus towards any kind of minority in our country
   ought to be concerned about incarceration without a trial.

The indefinite detention referred to by Senator Paul was part of the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). One of the most noxious elements of the NDAA is that it places the U.S. military at the disposal of the president for the apprehension, arrest, and detention of those suspected of posing a danger to the homeland. The endowment of such a power to the president by the Congress is nothing less than a de facto legislative repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, the law forbidding the use of the military in domestic law enforcement.

"I don't think this president is going to round up people based on their race, I don't think he will do that.... I'm not questioning whether the president is a good man; I'm questioning whether you want a law on the books that requires our leaders to be good people," Senator Paul said.

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Title Annotation:Inside Track
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 20, 2015
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