Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has reintroduced the Sixth Amendment Preservation Act, which “reasserts the constitutional guarantee of a speedy trial in all prosecutions.”
According to Paul’s press release, the “legislation would prevent any future authorization of military force from being used to justify indefinitely detaining any person in America without trial.”
“Giving the accused their day in court isn’t a suggestion,” said Dr. Paul. “It’s enshrined in our Constitution as a cornerstone of our judicial system. My bill reminds our government that the Founders did not put an expiration date on the Sixth Amendment.”
The act would repeal Section 1021 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act “allows our Armed Forces to indefinitely detain citizens, legal residents, and foreign nationals who are alleged to have engaged in hostilities against the United States.”
U.S. citizens “apprehended within the boundaries of the U.S. could be held indefinitely without trial.”
It’s comforting to know that we have at least one lover of liberty in the Senate.