Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Good Job Wicker

Indefinite Detention Without Trial for US Citizens

Mississippi’s own Senator Roger Wicker[R-MS] is a cosponsor to The Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010, or S. 3081.

The bill, which has eight cosponsors, explicitly names U.S. citizens as among those who can be detained indefinitely without trial:

An individual, including a citizen of the United States, determined to be an unprivileged enemy belligerent ... may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners in which the individual has engaged, or which the individual has purposely and materially supported, consistent with the law of war and any authorization for the use of military force provided by Congress pertaining to such hostilities. [Emphasis added.]

Among the groups opposing the bill are the following:

Campaign for Liberty

Cato Institute

The bill was introduced by presidential runner-up Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]. The cosponsors are:

Scott Brown [R-MA]

Saxby Chambliss [R-GA]

James Inhofe [R-OK]

George LeMieux [R-FL]

Joseph Lieberman [I-CT]

Jefferson Sessions [R-AL]

John Thune [R-SD]

Roger Wicker [R-MS]

David Vitter [R-LA] (withdrawn)

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