President Obama just signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law on December 31, 2011, despite startling provisions that will allow the military to indefinitely detain American citizens. It’s a travesty, defying basic principles of justice and due process in perhaps the most extreme respect our nation has ever seen.
Thankfully, several lawmakers are keeping up the fight. Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation to undo these provisions of the NDAA, in the form of the Due Process Guarantee Act. We need to urge other Senators to support it.
The Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011 amends the Non-Detention Act of 1971 by providing that a Congressional authorization for the use of military force does not authorize the indefinite detention—without charge or trial—of U.S. citizens who are apprehended domestically.
If there’s enough of a public outcry, we have a real chance of making this happen: More than 40 senators voted against the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA — and that was before the media and general public caught on to what was happening. Please urge your Senators to remedy this terrible wrong. Also, when the bill came up before the House of Representatives, half of the Democrats voted against it.
Just fill out the form found here at this website at Demand Progress to urge your lawmakers to block the indefinite detention of Americans
Here’s Feinstein’s press release on her new legislation.
Here’s the letter to the Senators that you are sending by signing the petition:
The indefinite detention of American citizens as made legal by the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act is a travesty of justice and an extraordinary violation of important civil rights enshrined in our constitution.
I urge you to remedy this by supporting and cosponsoring Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Due Process Guarantee Act.