In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the Pat Benatar Military Appropriations Act (PBMAA) 91-6. Declaring that “love is a battlefield”, the bill would allow for traitors of the heart to be held indefinitely as enemy combatants. A similar measure died in the House last year.
Senator John Kerry (D-MA), a cosponsor of the bill, said “the bill sends a clear message to our enemies: We are strong! No one can tell us we’re wrong. Searching our hearts for so long”. The bill’s GOP cosponsor John McCain (R-AZ) agreed, stating “heartache to heartache we stand, no promises no demands”.
The bill, however, has civil libertarians alarmed. Former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) warned that the bill could be used to detain American citizens accused of infractions such as adultery, forgetting an anniversary or even leaving the toilet seat up without due process.
“By ceding so many of our liberties in the name of greater security, we send the message to our enemies: hit us with your best shot, fire away”, said Mr. Feingold, who added “we belong to the light, we belong to the thunder. We belong to the sound of the words we’ve both fallen under”.
The bill now moves on to the House, were it is expected to pass.
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