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

A link to the voting record would be helpful...

This is disgraceful!

Anonymous

This feels like an attempt to distract us from the fact that the WHOLE THING should be scrapped.

Anonymous

....and all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put humpty together again.

Anonymous

Get Ready For Nazi Germany in the US.

Anonymous

The price of freedom is to have some fear in our lives, to completely eliminate fear is to completely eliminate personal freedom.

Anonymous

welcome to the Animal Farm located in the New World Order-- AS ORDERED!!

Anonymous

Congress is sworn to "support and defend" the Constitution, aren't they? What happens if you violate your oath?

Anonymous

I wonder what else needs to happen in order for people to wake up?

Everything is "funny" to majority of citizens...the OWS, corporations being "people", etc. Well, it's not funny! Not anymore.

Anonymous

Millions of american lives lost in the name of freedom all in vain.

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