Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Andrew McCarthy: Libertarians are "extremists" for defending US Constitution and opposing indefinite detention

Now, personally, am I okay with being categorized as a "libertarian extremist" in this context:
Libertarian extremists, who purport to be the face of the tea party movement, and their pals on the Lawyer Left, whose obsession is more rights for mass-murderers, are again making common cause. Their target, once more, is the detention procedure codified in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This time the ringleaders areRepresentatives Justin Amash (R., MI) and Adam Smith (D., WA). With a new NDAA up for consideration, these congressmen are reprising the starring role played a few months back by Sen. Rand Paul (R., KY). 
In fact, it makes me downright proud that the Libertarian Party of Delaware unanimously passed a resolution opposing the indefinite detention sections of the the NDAA at our convention last Saturday:

WHEREAS, the most recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act passed the Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was signed into law by the president and,
WHEREAS, provisions in this law provide agents of the federal government and the military the authority to indefinitely detain both citizens and non citizens, on US soil, without charge and,
WHEREAS said detention can be effected solely on the basis of an unsubstantiated accusation that the detainee poses a threat and,
WHEREAS, there is no provision for due process or judicial review of said actions and,
WHEREAS, said detainees can have their right to legal counsel withheld and,
WHEREAS, detainees are denied their right to be informed of specific charges and be confronted by their accuser and,
WHEREAS, detention can be indefinite with no fixed term, and at the whim of the detaining authorities and,
WHEREAS, such authority confers upon the government of the United States unprecedented power to usurp the rights of the people in a direct violation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Libertarian Party of Delaware calls on every candidate running for elected office, national, state, or local, to denounce this abrogation of constitutional due process rights, and to do everything in their power once elected to repeal and nullify this brazen violation of Constitutional protection and natural law.

I am also thrilled to be supporting the only presidential candidate, the Libertarian Party nominee, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who also opposes indefinite detention and the Patriot Act.

I will stand on the side of Barry Goldwater in this fight every time.

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