The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012, also known as Senate Bill 1867, is unconstitutional because it sets forth provisions that would allow the military to override the Sixth Amendment of the Bill of Rights (the right of the accused to a fair and speedy public trial, by an impartial jury; the right of the accused to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; the right of the accused to be confronted with the witnesses against him and the right of the accused to obtain witnesses in his favor and have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense).
Should Senate Bill 1867 be signed into law, it would grant the military the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens, on American soil, without charge or trial. Senate Bill 1867 takes away the due process that ensures justice while also protecting the innocent, those who are falsely accused.
Every American citizen should always, without exception, be granted each and every right that is outlined in the Sixth Amendment, because giving the accused access to an attorney and a fair and speedy trial, along with the other rights of the Sixth Amendment, does not present any danger to our country nor to its citizens, since the accused would be detained while awaiting and for the duration of the trial. Therefore, they are in no way a threat to the safety of our country and its people.
Additionally, because Senate Bill 1867 undermines the Sixth Amendment, it also violates the United States Constitution; as President of the United States you took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States.
Therefore, I petition you, today, to veto Senate Bill 1867 and fully and completely uphold and protect the Sixth Amendment in its entirety, because it is the safeguard that protects the innocent from being punished in an unjust manner, a manner that could lead to the indefinite detention of innocent American citizens.
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