Ted Cruz and Rand Paul agree about indefinite detention

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are working together. They may be battling on the campaign trail, but they’re in lockstep on Capitol Hill as the two Senators push to end indefinite detention of US citizens and permanent residents without charges or trial. The controversial portion of the National Defense Authorization Act gives President Barack Obama the ability to hold pretty much anybody he wants for pretty much any reason he wants.

The original intention was to make it easier to keep domestic terrorists from fulfilling their goals while investigations could be made into their activities. It had support from Congress, but recent revelations and appeals by rights groups have brought the concept under more scrutiny than the government had hoped. As a result, Cruz and Paul are working together to bring it down.

According to The Hill:

The senators note that the 2001 authorization “cannot be construed as acts of Congress that permit indefinite detention.”

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