Feinstein amendment dropped - it made things WORSE anyway #NDAASubmitted by Ian56 on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 07:36
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) announced the removal of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s indefinite detention amendment Tuesday afternoon as he described the results of a House-Senate conference on the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
“The language of the Senate bill was dropped,” Levin told reporters, according to POLITICO Pro’s Juana Summers. He said that provision and language the House proposed was replaced with language that indicates that last year’s NDAA shouldn’t be interpreted to preclude Habeas Corpus suits by persons detained in the U.S.
Levin declined to comment on the reasons for or the import of the decision. “Basically, I won’t interpret that any further,” he added.
Interestingly, that doesn’t change the essence of the interview. What Afran said still applies, especially what he said about people having a right to a trial because, if any person in the US were to be detained indefinitely, they would still face the issue of there being little to no regulations for how they would get to trial or be afforded due process diligently.
The administration of President Barack Obama has gone much farther in defending and expanding indefinite detention powers than the administrations of President George W. Bush ever attempted. With the Feinstein Amendment in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), such powers are set to be further expanded, according to Bruce Afran, a lawyer who has helped a group of individuals bring a lawsuit against a provision of the 2012 NDAA that granted the United States military the authority to indefinitely detain US citizens without charge or trial.
Afran described “under the guise of adding protection for people in the US,” the amendment offered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein makes the problem worse. If the 2013 NDAA is passed by the House and signed by the president, it will mean that people can be detained in the US indefinitely because now it will no longer be subject to interpretation. The law will expressly say people can be held in military detention indefinitely.