While Ted Cruz has done heroic deeds in leading the fight to abolish and defund Obamacare, he also recently stood against the unconstitutional tyranny being erected under the excuse of fighting terrorism. He and fourteen other Senators opposed this criminal piece of legislation that pretends to give the President license to disappear people. On December 19 the Senate renewed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which alleges it gives the President the right to indefinitely detain, without trial, American citizens he claims are dangerous to the United States.
Most news outlets, if they report on this vote, claim that the NDAA actually gives the President the right to detain Americans indefinitely. But that is not true. Neither the Senate nor the House of Representatives can give power to the President to violate the Constitution. The vote of the Senate is simply treason against the Constitution and the President signing the law and pretending to have this power is just treason on his part.
The president hasn’t signed the law yet, but it seems clear that he is going to do so (just as he signed such the law in the past).
Ted Cruz released a statement:
Today I voted against the National Defense Authorization Act. I am deeply concerned that Congress still has not prohibited President Obama’s ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens arrested on American soil without trial or due process.
The Constitution does not allow President Obama, or any president, to apprehend an American citizen, arrested on U.S. soil, and detain these citizens indefinitely without a trial. When I ran for office, I promised the people of Texas I would oppose any National Defense Authorization Act that did not explicitly prohibit the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Although this legislation does contain several positive provisions that I support, it does not ensure our most basic rights as American citizens are protected.
I hope that next year the Senate and the House can come together in a bipartisan way to recognize the importance of our constitutional rights even in the face of ongoing terrorist threats and national security challenges. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee toward this common goal.
When bodies of people, who only have authority due to the Constitution, exercise powers that are contrary to the Constitution, they effectively nullify the Constitution and turn themselves into criminal conspiracies. Whether the Senate likes it or not, the Constitution preserves and recognizes as inalienable the right to a trial. Neither the president nor anyone else in the Federal government has the right to imprison American citizens without that due process.
Ted Cruz and the other Senators who voted against NDAA on Constitutional grounds are the only ones who do not deserve to be impeached and charged with treason.