Saturday, November 26, 2011

ACLU Letter Challenges Defense Bill Allowing Indefinite Detentions of American Citizens

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, 1032, and 1036 because they allow indefinite detentions without trail, even for American citizens.

Link to the ACLU Letter (A Must Read)

Here is a brief excerpt from the letter which explains what the sections enable:

(1) authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial civilians—including American citizens—apprehended both inside and outside the United States, including individuals who had no role in the 9/11 attacks or any actual hostilities (the bill would mark the first time since 1950 that Congress explicitly authorizes the indefinite detention without charge or trial of American citizens);

(2) mandate military detention of some civilians who would otherwise be outside of military control, including civilian suspects apprehended within the United States itself; and

(3) transfer to the Department of Defense core prosecutorial, investigative, law enforcement, penal, and custodial authority and...

read the entire article at link above

Article on the Bill

Hat tip: The Lili provided the link to the article at End the Lie

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