Obama Signs NDAA into Law: Power to Detain Americans Indefinitely without Charging Crime or Trial

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — Marc Scaringi, candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, released the following statement today regarding President Barack Obama signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on New Year’s Eve:

“This past Saturday, New Year’s Eve, was a sad day for our civil liberties and our Constitution. President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, thereby eviscerating the Rule of Law and our Constitution by making the indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens without charge or trial the law of the land. This power is in direct violation of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments regarding unlawful seizures, and the requirement for a speedy trial by a jury of one’s peers. Our Founding Fathers, who fought the War of Independence against such acts of tyranny, are surely rolling over in their graves today. This new law is a direct assault on the civil liberties of every American and on the Constitution of the United States.

“I am running for the United States Senate because I want to help restore Freedom to America. I believe we have reached a critical juncture in our nation’s history: a major part of the solution in getting our nation back on the right track is a faithful allegiance to the Constitution and the freedoms it protects.”

Scaringi came out in support of Senator Rand Paul’s efforts to strike the detention of American citizens provisions from the NDAA, when the Act was being deliberated by Congress in November.


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