Sens. Paul, McCain clash over terrorist detainee amendment

Sens. Paul, McCain clash over terrorist detainee amendment

The Hill ^ | 11/29/2011 | Josiah Ryan

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:02:26 PM by B Knotts

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Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and John McCain (Ariz.) battled on the Senate floor Tuesday over a proposed amendment to the pending defense authorization bill that could allow American citizens who are suspected of terrorism to be denied a civilian trial.

Paul argued the amendment, which is cosponsored by McCain, “puts every single American citizen at risk” and suggested that if the amendment passes, “the terrorists have won.”

“Should we err today and remove some of the most important checks on state power in the name of fighting terrorism, well then the terrorists have won,” Paul argued, “[D]etaining American citizens without a court trial is not American.”

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