Senate Rejects Amendment Banning Indefinite Detention

Today, the Senate voted 38-60 to reject an important amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have removed harmful provisions authorizing the U.S. military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians, including American citizens, anywhere in the world. The amendment offered by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), would have replaced those provisions with a requirement for an orderly congressional review of detention power.

The Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the FBI and the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division have all said that the indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA are harmful and counterproductive, and the White House has issued a veto threat over the provisions.

We’re disappointed that, despite robust opposition to the harmful detention legislation from virtually the entire national security leadership of the government, the Senate said ‘no’ to the Udall amendment and ‘yes’ to indefinite detention without charge or trial.

The next opportunity to remove the harmful detention provisions from the bill will be when House and Senate conferees meet in conference committee next week.

If the conference committee fails to remove the detention provisions, President Obama should follow through with his veto threat. Today’s vote on the Udall amendment shows there’s more than enough opposition to these provisions to sustain a veto. Stay tuned for more information.

UPDATE: The vote changed from 37-61 to 38-60. The final vote is reflected in the post.

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Anonymous

somebody please provide the language in this bill that allows the US to detain US citizens indefinitely.

Anonymous

ACLU - please answer posts 13 and 28.
thanks
Canadian

Anonymous

Oh man!

Anonymous

I hear the sound of jack boots now!

HORACE GRAY IV

THE CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN SUBVERTED...THAT IS TREASON. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. WE MUST ARREST THE SENATE.

Anonymous

Yeah, and now the T"SS"A has set up highway checkpoints in Tennessee with the intent to deploy them nationwide, Amerika is now worse than NAZI Germany.

Anonymous

Haha. whatta bunch of crap. Screw the "Government" that is trying to do "Everything in our best interest." Get ready for WW3

Anonymous

This is frightening ... what can we do? Is the supreme court going to save us? Checks and balances! CHECKS AND BALANCES!!!

Michigan Senator

This "act" goes against everything the founding Fathers had in mind for the future an integrity of the US.

Anonymous

Maybe it is time to indefinitely detain one of those who thinks having this possibility is a good idea

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