Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee Slam Indefinite Detention

Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee Slam Indefinite Detention

Well, two Tea Partiers, two Libertarian senators, said something right today. They criticized President Obama's decision to hold people in indefinite detention. What makes the two senator's position admirable is that they are willing to apply American Constitutional principles to the detainees at Gitmo. These two gentlemen, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Senator Mike Lee of Utah, both of whom, I disagree with on many issues, are worthy of kudos on this issue.

President Obama, who when he campaigned for office, promised to apply American justice to all detainees, did try and was blocked by fear mongering Republicans, some of whom wanted to justify the illegal and harsh treatment of Gitmo detainees by the Administration of former President George W. Bush, and others wanted to score political points against Mr. Obama and the Democrats.

The fear mongers, aided by weak knee Democrats, painted a fearful picture of why we are afraid of our own laws, our own system of justice, to take a chance to extend it to people whom we don't like, fearful that judges and juries won't do their duty, to convict the guilty and to acquit those who are not guilty. These fear mongers, to whom President Obama has caved, send a terrible message to the world and to posterity, that it is perfectly okay to toss out the Constitution, when the Constitution gets in the way of politics.

Tonight on his web show Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks, analyzed Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) statements, criticizing indefinite detention. See the video.