Senators voted against 'War on Americans'

Thanks for voting against martial law, Senators Klobuchar and Franken. The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that no American citizen will be "deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law," and U.S. senators vow an oath to support and defend the Constitution upon taking office.

However, that did not stop 60 senators from voting to allow American citizens be detained, without being charged, indefinitely and without recourse. Thankfully, Klobuchar and Franken voted to protect Minnesotans from such torture and did not support the movement.

The United States has been in an official State of Emergency since Sept. 14, 2001, and like the Egyptians, we've seen our civil liberties steadily erode in that time. Now, American civilians who own multiple firearms or store more than one week's worth of food — perfectly ordinary activities for Minnesotans who hunt or prepare for brutal winter storms — can be suspected of terrorism, and sent to military prison at Guantanamo Bay. For life.

Let's not be like the Egyptians. Let's not wake up one day and wonder where our freedoms went. Let's axe this egregious provision from the final Defense Authorization bill. Thank you, Senators Klobuchar and Franken, for trying to stop this "War on Americans."

Diana Robinette



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