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

It's also misleading as Section 1032(b)(1) states that it doesn't apply to US Citizens or Legal Aliens.

Anonymous

Are you ready for 'gestapo' types to yank you out of bed in the middle of the night and haul you off (bypassing the knocking on the door)?

Anonymous

Go back to sleep everyone~the government is in control! This is a disgrace! Where has my country gone?

Anonymous

BWWWHHHHAAAAA!!! READ SECTION 1032 you morons. does not apply to US citizens

Anonymous

Get out while you can!

Anonymous

I echo the request for a breakdown of the vote.

Anonymous

Comment 10: Then tomorrow's bill will be to strip citizenship from "terrorists and subversives."

Anonymous

What a bunch of old duckfaces is leading that nation?..

Anonymous

not taking my post

Anonymous

not taking my posts wtf???

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