Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said on State of the Union Sunday that the libertarian part of him recoiled at a government-enforced quarantine, like the one successfully fought by nurse Kaci Hickox.
“The libertarian in me is sort of horrified at the idea of indefinitely detaining anyone without a trial,” Paul said. “One of the basic rights we inherited from the English and that we got from common law was the right of habeas corpus, to present the body. If the king were detaining you in the Tower of London or a governor or anybody who is detaining you, you have to have recourse to a lawyer and to a judge.”
In addition to being a libertarian Paul is a doctor, though that hasn’t kept him from misstatements about ebola.
“We have to be very careful of people’s civil liberties, but I’m not saying the government doesn’t have a role in trying to prevent contagion,” Paul added. “The libertarian in me says she has to have recourse to a lawyer, to a judge, and if she is going to be confined, it has to be through a judicial process.”
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
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