NDAA closer to becoming a reality in the United States

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
By Paul Martin

R. Region Arrington

There is a growing concern in the Tri-Cities of East Tennessee over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) because it contains provisions allowing Americans to be detained without trial, and even transferred to foreign prisons and is ever closer to becoming a reality in the United States.

The government has the right, under current laws, to detain suspected criminals in local jails and prisoners of war on the battlefield until the end of hostilities. The government should not have the power or right to declare the entire globe a war zone. This allows them the authority to seize and detain civilian suspects anywhere in the world, including within the United States and to hold them forever without charge or trial.

If there is reliable evidence against a person, they should be prosecuted in our courts, which are well-equipped to handle criminal matters and sensitive national security evidence while protecting fundamental rights. If there is not enough reliable evidence for prosecution, there is certainly not enough to justify locking them up — possibly forever.

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