Rand Paul Blocks NDAA Over Indefinite Detention

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Authored by Jason Ditz via Anti-War.com,

Sen. Rand Paul (R – KY) has blocked a motion by majority leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) to advance the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the massive military spending bill, saying that the bill should instead face debate and possible amendments.

This sets the bill back for 6 weeks, at least.

In particular, Sen. Paul is seeking two amendments, one which ends NDAA authorization for indefinite detention of suspects, and another related to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), something that was added to the House version but later quietly removed by the Speaker.

Paul’s protest is expected to delay the NDAA vote through at least the August recess, meaning a vote is unlikely until September. While this gives plenty of time for amendments to be debated, it’s not clear the Senate leadership will allow that no matter how much time they’re given.

Indeed, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R – AZ) was critical of any delay on any grounds, insisting the bill and its huge spending increase are a “solemn obligation” for the Senate to pass without delay.

"It is unfortunate that one senator chose to block consideration of a bill our nation needs right now," McCain said in a statement.


"We must uphold our solemn obligation to provide for the common defense and give our men and women in uniform the training, equipment, and resources they need to defend the nation. Our brave service members — many now serving in harm's way — deserve nothing less."

Other Senators have repeatedly been angry with Sen. Paul for not getting
their way on bills,
but the military spending bill is such a large one
it’s likely to be particularly unpopular to debate, as quietly slipping
it through is the way these things usually go.

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Rick Cerone's picture

Pray for Rand Paul.

E-Knight's picture

He is one of the few legit people left. You have endless RINOs like mcconnel/mccain etc serving various you know whos.

ACP's picture

McStain's "solemn obligation" to death, destruction and the elimination of civil liberties.

chumbawamba's picture

Yeah, it sounds like the brain cancer is pretty well progressing. Hopefully it'll hollow out his skull and he'll drop dead on live television during one of his pathetic public rants.

Die John McShitStain. Die you horrible son of a whore.

I am Chumbawamba.

Winston Churchill's picture

Can't help but feel sorry, for the cancer that is.

froze25's picture

Oh, McCain says we must pass it? Then it must be stopped!!

StychoKiller's picture

Yeah, there cain't be that many healthy McCain brain cells for a tumor to grow in! :>D

cheka's picture

99 ziocucks and rand paul

Big Creek Rising's picture

His death will indeed benefit the nation and the world.

Happily, we have no televised access to what will surely be exhaustive MSM coverage of his life and death - just thinking of all the saccharine tributes his criminal colleagues will offer makes me hurl, but there is some comfort in knowing that Lindsey-in-a-skirt will be devastated and suffer great emotional stress.

Who will Little Lindsey dance with when zer big maverick is gone?

enfield0916's picture

I am sure the Libtars will have Johnny PedoSta deliver a few "pizzas" to Lindsey's house in a jiffy if McStain dies.

Miss Expectations's picture

Meanwhile, be on the lookout for a "Weekend at Bernies" or wheelchair genius Stephen Hawking type pronouncements from McCain. 

We may never see him again...we'll just get warmongering shit tweets from his supposed account.

ChanceIs's picture

Very cheesy.  I hate what he does as much as the next guy.  But you go too far.

I must confess that I was very close to the edge when Teddy "I didn't know she was in the trunk" Kennedy developed his brain tumor.

The sad thing is that if you show respect and grace to the Dems, they will spit in your eye.

It's OK to grind them under your boot - in fact it has to happen if we are to have peace and prosperity - you just can't smile while you are doing it.

So, so glad that the Awan brothers will pull the entire Dem establishment down with them.

StychoKiller's picture

If they had access to Decepticrat emails, then they had access to Republicon replies as well! :>(

Golden Phoenix's picture

When his egg finally cracks Pelosi will burst out.

American Psycho's picture

I'm sure this development will do wonders for McCain's stres level.  I hope he gets into the WH one day. 

Deathrips's picture

While I might not agree with rand on many things..i support this.

He addresses the NDAA which eliminated journalistic "integrity" in 2012. This has been a primary root cause of the division in the country perpetuated by scripted (((((divisionists)))).


Blocking the NDAA would put those that bear false witness in jeopardy of facing consequences for their treasonous actions.


BTW....audit the fed!



Chupacabra-322's picture


May you die an Agonizing Death. You're nothing more than a revolting, Treasonous, Tyrannical Lawless, War Criminal at Large Deep State piece of Shit!

In April 2013, GOP Senator McCain at an Idlib, Syria Terrorist Gathering Pledged US Money and Weapons to Ex-US POW Ibrahim Al-Badri of the “Free Syrian Army,”an Al Qaeda Leader Then Already Among Washington’s Five Most Wanted Terrorists with a $10 Million Reward on His Head; McCain’s Moderate Democratic Protege Badri Was Simultaneously Emir of ISIS, Styling Himself Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and Now Claims to Rule the World as Caliph Ibrahim of the Restored Caliphate — So Why Hasn’t McCain Been Indicted?
-Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.



It's about time you retort with the obvious.

Dsyno's picture


"It is unfortunate that one senator chose to block consideration of a bill our nation needs right now," McCain stated regarding his own ObamaCare repeal vote.

greenskeeper carl's picture

An honest, informative media would ask McCain et al an obvious question: if the country and our troops need this bill so badly, why not just do as Paul and many Americans ask and remove these provisions from the bill so our troops can get these things you say they need? They would then aslcmccain why it's so important to give the federal government the ability to indefinitely detain US citizens on US soil that he would deprive our troops of these things.

Why doesn't Rand Paul say that, on TV, during the many interviews he gives? Seems a simple matter that even boobus Americans could wrap his feeble mind around.

SybilDefense's picture

This is exactly how the passed to repeal the Smith Mundt act, attached to the NDAA by R Mac Thorberry that allows "the State" to use propaganda (fake news) to shape the people as Obama routinely stated.  Screw these bastards and Thank God Rand is watching.

I wished he would have won the primary but the Clinton machine would have ate him up mebbe.  Like to see him run again

WillyGroper's picture

"This has been a primary root cause of the division in the country perpetuated by scripted (((((divisionists))))."


perhaps we'll get lucky & mcstain will transmutate to his not so happy hunting ground.

"BTW....audit the fed!"

incinerate the fed...fify.

Twee Surgeon's picture

Pray for rand paul and write to Mitch MC Connell and tell him why you think what he is doing is wrong and why he should not do it.


Give Me Some Truth's picture

Hmm. Who to support here? Rand Paul? John McCain. Paul? McCain? Ron Paul's son? Lindsey Graham's hero?

Paul? McCain? Paul? McCain?

Ah, Just kidding.

Rand. F-ing. Paul.

Which means that the "beloved" McCain will receive overwhelming support from the masses, from the Establishment, from the press. After all, everything he does is "for the troops" and "for freedom."

Everything he does screws the troops (makes it more likely they end up dead or maimed or mental cases) and, as for advancing freedom, everything he does takes away freedoms at home and builds up government.


rwmctrofholz's picture

Rand Paul going to make a run in 2020?

DogeCoin's picture

Thank you Rand. One of the few representatives that cares for America.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

No, didn't you read McCain's statement? Rand Paul does not support "our troops" or "freedom." John McCain does though. By supporting more wars and a bigger surveillance/security state. 

... I read it in a magazine.

Akzed's picture

"It is unfortunate that one senator chose to block consideration of a bill our nation needs right now," McCain said in a statement.

The man has no shame, literally.

E-Knight's picture

When is this guy going to die already?

hardmedicine's picture

Die motherfucker.  Die McCain 

Bavarian's picture

Incredible lack of shame.  What a failed human being.  Another case for being unfit for duty as he can't even remember back to last Thursday. 

He should be given a complete neuological check. 

Twee Surgeon's picture

He has brain damage and should retire. He is 80 years old. These old guys are a National Security issue in themselves.

New_Meat's picture

no shame and no memory neither

East Indian's picture

ironic if not moronic. 



t0mmyBerg's picture

McCain really is a POS.  Another fine example of why US Term Limits vs Thornton was the second saddest day in the history of American Jurisprudence (the 2012 ACA decision being the worst)

Herp and Derp's picture

Maybe McCain will be dead by then.  We can only hope.

Bavarian's picture

Oh, how the deep state resents such questioning.  What, justify our defense spending?  The horror!

ONEwarrior's picture

Repeal ACA First, then Maybe.

whosyerdaddy's picture

It is unfortunate one Senator blocked the repeal of obamacare.

Mike Masr's picture

Yes, that dirty cock sucker McCain.

Die already and roast in Hell!

joeyman9's picture

Actually there were two women repubs who blocked it also (Merkowski and Snow).

Maltese Beagle's picture

"Actually there were two women repubs who blocked it also (Merkowski and Snow)."

But McCain chose to go last, to say, "FY".

GlassHouse101's picture

Rand: The Neocon antidote

AmericanFUPAcabra's picture

Nothing about removing the permanent state of emergency (that we have been in since 2001 and gets extended every NDAA). Meh.

small axe's picture

shhhhhh....they want to fund our illegal bases and war in Syria without anyone noticing.

Who needs the War Powers Act when you've got John McCain, warmonger extraordinaire

BetweenThe Coasts's picture

That is how they get around having to declare WAR for real reasons, just approperating money is a tacit o.k.

joeyman9's picture

Nothing about removing the State of Emergency from March 1933 which authorized the administrative state and denigrated the constitution and it's bill of rights either.

Tarjan's picture

Beginning to think that Rand Paul would be the better POTUS. He certainly stands by his principles.


El Vaquero's picture

Put him into the POTUS position, and he'd get eaten alive.  Do you want to start, and I mean only start, fixing things?  K Street needs to be burned to the ground.  

East Indian's picture

The first one to wade into a cesspool should not be encumbered by any principles.