ACLU Lens: Senate Takes Up New Detention Authorities Again Tonight – We Need Your Help!

The Senate’s back in session today, ready to begin once again on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Perfectly timed for the Senate’s return, the San Jose Mercury News ran an incredibly compelling op-ed today by Floyd Mori, the head of the Japanese American Citizens League on the bill’s detention provisions.

As Mori eloquently states:

Although the details of the indefinite detentions of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the proposed indefinite detentions of terrorism suspects may differ, the principle remains the same: Indefinite detentions based on fear-driven and unlawfully substantiated national security grounds, where individuals are neither duly charged nor fairly tried, violate the essence of U.S. law and the most fundamental values upon which this country was built.

These provisions have proven to be a huge sticking point, with the White House firmly against their passage. The Obama administration has issued a veto threat for the bill based on its opposition to the provisions and, last week, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, wrote to Sen. Dianne Feinstein outlining his concerns.

The Senate will be debating the NDAA this week and will begin voting on amendments as early as tonight. One amendment we’ll be watching for this week was offered by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.). The Udall amendment would strip the detention provisions and mandates a process for Congress to use an orderly process to consider whether any detention legislation is needed. It’s not too late to call your senator and urge them to vote YES on the Udall Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

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Anonymous

I read Levin's letter on the veto possibility. It was related to the sections in question REDUCING presidential authority. I don't understand the ACLU's position on this. I'm questioning my support of the ACLU.

Rick Whitehurst

Senators can use the bill of rights as toilet paper if this passes.

Anonymous

I'm very curious about who is pushing for powers of indefinite detention and why.

Anonymous

Is this still an issue? The version of the bill now on the LOC website doesn't have those provisions in it now:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c112:1:./temp/~c112sIcBPP:e462417:

Anonymous

Looks like the bill encountered a Cloture motion in the Senate with Udall's 1107 still pending.
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/citation.result.CREC.action?congressiona...
I didn't see any of 1108 through 1113 there.

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