Jeff Sessions has been nominated by Donald Trump for the office of U.S. Attorney General, the top law enforcement official in the United States. For that reason, it’s relevant to consider how Jeff Sessions approaches the treatment of Americans under law; if there’s one thing we know about human beings, it’s that their past behavior is a good indication of future action.
As a U.S. Senator during the 111th Congress of 2009-2010, Jeff Sessions was one of the core cosponsors of S. 3081, a bill that if it had passed would have changed U.S. law in profound ways. If S. 3081 had passed, any person, including people in the United States and United States citizens, could be labeled as a suspected “unprivileged enemy belligerent” by the United States Government. Any suspected person, including U.S. residents and citizens, could be detained and held by the U.S. military without being read their constitutionally-guaranteed Miranda rights, without charges, without trial, for a term without definite end. No judicial review would be granted for individuals in this indefinite military detention.
As a cosponsor of S. 3081, Jeff Sessions proposed that the federal government be given the power to violate its own citizens’ Miranda rights, habeas corpus rights, and right to trial. Jeff Sessions proposed that on mere government suspicion, an American could be thrown into indefinite military detention without judicial review or recompense.
President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated such a man to be the next U.S. Attorney General. How does Jeff Sessions view the job of Attorney General? He answers that very question with his cosponsorship of S. 3081. In S. 3081, there are three people in the United States government who are given the power to designate a U.S. citizen as a suspect belligerent and toss them in indefinite military detention. One of those people is the President. The second is the Secretary of Defense. The third is the Attorney General.