Friday, December 28, 2012

NDAA Bill Passes Senate Stripped of Prohibition of Indefinite Military Detention of US Citizens on US Soil

 

Senate Passes NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill By Matt Sledge, Reader Supported News 26 December 12 http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/15237-senate-passes-ndaa-indefinite-detention-bill

[Excerpted] The Senate passed a version of the National Defense Authorization Act that was stripped of a prohibition of the indefinite military detention of US citizens on American soil by an 81-14 vote on Friday, but only after a furious dissent on the chamber's floor by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who called it an "abomination."

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 will now head to the White House, which had earlier pledged to veto the NDAA because it prevents the president from closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. It is unclear whether the president will follow through on the threat.

The NDAA is a reauthorization of the large budget bill that sets the budget for a wide range of military activities, but it has proven most controversial for a provision that critics say would allow the military to abuse its detention powers to lock Americans away on the mere suspicion of support for terrorist groups.

In November, a bipartisan group of Senators affixed an amendment to the NDAA that would have explicitly prohibited the military from detaining American citizens on US soil. But earlier this week, a House-Senate conference committee led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) stripped away that measure....

Majia here: John McCain is a complete hypocrite. Perhaps his dementia is showing.

There have been considerable efforts to prevent passage of the NDAA bill allowing the indefinite detention of US citizens by the military. For background see

Nov 26, 2011
The ACLU wrote a letter to Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Commision on the Judiciary regarding Detention Authority Provisions in S. 1253, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 regarding Sections 1031 ...
 
Jul 21, 2012
The legislation allowing indefinite detentions is the Detention Authority Provisions in S. 1253, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The ACLU wrote a letter to Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Commision ...

It is indeed worrying that our most basic right - the right of habeas corpus - has been abridged.

In 2011 Reuters warned that "Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list'
 
Fascism names the desire by government to kill people (citizens or not) and/or detain indefinitely without trail. 
 

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