Rand Paul Blocks NDAA Over Indefinite Detention

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.


Big Creek Rising chumbawamba Mon, 07/31/2017 - 14:59 Permalink

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?

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ChanceIs chumbawamba Mon, 07/31/2017 - 15:16 Permalink

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.

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Deathrips American Psycho Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:54 Permalink

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! RIPS

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Chupacabra-322 Deathrips Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:30 Permalink


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.

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greenskeeper carl Dsyno Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:57 Permalink

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.

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SybilDefense greenskeeper carl Mon, 07/31/2017 - 19:16 Permalink

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

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Give Me Some Truth Rick Cerone Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:36 Permalink

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. 

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Akzed Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

"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.