Reply From My Congressman On NDAASubmitted by Alliance With None on Sat, 01/28/2012 - 16:03
Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2012. I appreciate hearing from individuals who carefully follow the proceedings of Congress and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
I voted against H.R. 1540 because I have serious concerns with language in the bill allowing for the military to indefinitely detain individuals suspected of terrorist activity. In particular, I do not believe the bill sufficiently clarifies the rights of American citizens to receive a hearing in civilian courts and potentially prevents domestic law enforcement agencies from performing their important work. Unfortunately this legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote 283 to 136 and is currently awaiting the President's signature.
During this difficult time, we must work to make the United States and its citizens safe while upholding our Nation's values and principles. Civil rights and liberties are fundamental to our democracy and American society. In order to be successful in our efforts to combat terrorism, we must remain vigilant in securing and protecting our interests against terrorist threats, but also in maintaining our democratic values and adherence to the rule of law. This includes judicial review of our government's counterterrorism activities that comports with our constitutional standards and a judicial system that ensures sufficient access to the courts and a fair trial.
Again, I appreciate hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact me about other matters of importance to you in the future.