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Help Us Stop Congress From Passing Indefinite Detention Bill!

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:24pm

Earlier this week we told you about Congress trying to rush a bill to the President’s desk that would authorize the military to go literally anywhere in the world to imprison civilians — even American citizens in the United States itself — without charge or trial. Prison based on suspicion alone.

But you certainly don’t need to take our word for it. In this new video, we’ve compiled some of the most disturbing statements made by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), in support of the sweeping bill.

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Despite the fact that the leadership from all the major intelligence agencies (the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the FBI, the Director of National Intelligence, the White House Advisor for Counterterrorism, and the DOJ National Security Division head) have spoken out in opposition to the bill and its indefinite detention authority, Congress is working behind closed doors to try to jam the legislation to the president’s desk very quickly. His White House has repeatedly threatened to veto the NDAA if these dangerous provisions stay in the bill.

The bills will be on the floors of the House and Senate within days, once the House and Senate conference committee puts an official stamp of approval on what the “Big Four” — the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee — wrote in secret. A final vote on the bill could happen as soon as the middle of next week.

That’s why Congress needs to hear from you today! Contact your senators and House member and ask them to vote ‘NO’ on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012 if it includes indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Once you’ve sent a message to your representatives, help us spread the word by sharing the video.

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