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Senators Make Bid To End Indefinite Detention In NDAA

Michael McAuliff | Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators made a bid Wednesday to end the indefinite military detention of Americans in the United States.

Declaring that a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 put the country on a path to repeat the shame of World War II's internment camps, they argued the offending language should be stricken in this year's defense bill.

The authority to detain anyone on suspicions that they backed Al Qaeda was codified in law for the first time in the NDAA last winter, although the two most recent White House administrations have asserted since 2001 that the military has always had that authority, stemming from Congress' Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) passed after the 9/11 attacks.

President Barack Obama opposed the measure, but ultimately signed it after an amendment to the act muddied the issue enough to make it debatable in courts. Obama pledged to never use the authority.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who helped write that amendment, declared Wednesday that it is not good enough, and recalled seeing Japanese Americans jailed in horse stalls at a racetrack when she was a girl.

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RAND PAUL 2016

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great work Senate

Its about time they started doing something for Liberty

FYI- dont count on Obama supporting this

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?
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Call your Senator

I spoke with a very nice staffer at Senator Scott Brown's office this morning to express my desire that Senator Brown should be a co-sponsor of this amendment. The staffer was very helpful and will hopefully be passing my message along to the Senator.

For reference:
Senator Feinstein's amendment is S.AMDT.3018 to S.3254.
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_c...

What about Americans living abroad

in Europe and elsewhere? Forget the fact that ALL people deserve due process, but why are Americans living in, say, England being left out to dry?