Scandal Alert: Congress Is Quietly Abandoning the 5th Amendment - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic
: "Most people presume that government officials would never willfully withhold penicillin
from men with syphilis just to see what would happen if the disease went untreated. It seems unlikely that officers would coerce enlisted men
into exposing themselves to debilitating nerve gas. Few expected that President Obama would preside over the persecution
of an NSA whistle-blower, or presume the guilt
of all military-aged males killed by U.S. drone strikes. But it all happened. Really thinking about all that may make it easier to believe what I'm about to tell you. It may seem like imprisoning an American citizen without charges or trial transgresses against the United States Constitution and basic norms of Western justice dating back to the Magna Carta. It may seem like reiterating the right to due process contained in the 5th Amendment would be uncontroversial. . . .
"Lawmakers charged with merging the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act decided on Tuesday to drop a provision that would have explicitly barred the military from holding American citizens and permanent residents in indefinite detention without trial as terrorism suspects, according to Congressional staff members familiar with the negotiations."
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