Rep. Ron Paul of Texas also took a break from campaigning last week to speak on the House floor about the highly controversial National Defense Authorization Act, and to introduce legislation to strike down a key provision in the bill authorizing discretionary detention of citizens.
The NDAA was signed into law on New Year's Day by President Barack Obama and authorizes the President to detain persons accused of supporting groups deemed to be terrorist-affiliated indefinitely. Legislation introduced by Paul takes aim at Section 1021 of the NDAA which includes that provision.
Paul said last week that the bill “provides for the possibility of the U.S. military acting as a kind of police force on U.S. soil, apprehending terror suspects, including Americans, and whisking them off to an undisclosed location indefinitely.”
On Wednesday of last week, Paul lashed out at an unnamed Senator who turned out to be Lindsey Graham according to the Huffington Post, who made remarks on the bill before it was voted on in December.
"Sadly, too many of my colleagues are too willing to undermine our constitution to support such outrageous legislation. One senator even said, about American citizens being picked up under this section of the NDAA, 'When they say 'I want my lawyer,' you tell them, 'Shut up. You don't get a lawyer.'"
"Is this acceptable in someone who has taken an oath to uphold the constitution?" Paul asked.
— RT, TAAN