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

STUDY REAL HISTORY OF USA and 3rd REICH!

The Reich of the 4th Reich started already 1943!

Anonymous

The day this bill is passed is the day that America officially declares war on the rest of the planet.
The "new" day of infamy will be December 7th 2011.

RedCoatKiller

Come and Take It!

Anonymous

The senate is filled with traitors to their oath to uphold the Constitution.

Anonymous

amerika ubber alles! and read the small print....including american citizens if they feel like it!

Anonymous

amerika ubber alles! and read the small print....including american citizens if they feel like it!

Anonymous

Republicans surrendered to 19 dead men on 9/11/01.

Anonymous

The 'Slippery Slope' continues! Next will be a real War Mongering President, a False Flag Attack on Israel, WW3, and Martial Law in the U.S. Prepare to loose all the liberty and rights our forefathers fought and died for.

Anonymous

This is the stupidest thing ever to hit our govt as a bill or law to be passed.... Well..... yeah, we're free. OK

Anonymous

Social contract = broken.

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