Amend S. 1867 to Prevent Indefinite Detention of Americans!
Drafted in secret by Senators Carl Levin and John McCain, S. 1867, the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act contains a dangerous provision allowing American citizens to be detained by the military under the Authorization of Use for Military Force (AUMF) against Afghanistan.
Rep. Justin Amash, one of only five Republicans to vote against the House version earlier this spring, wrote on his Facebook page, the act would “permit the federal government to indefinitely detain American citizens on American soil, without charge or trial, at the discretion of the President.”
Completely ignoring the Constitution, Senators Levin and McCain are basically creating a provision giving the (current and future) President dictatorial powers to decide whom the military should arrest and whether they should be tried in military tribunals or civilian courts at the President's whim.
Thankfully, Senator Paul has introduced an amendment (SA 1062) to repeal the offending Sec. 1031 of S. 1867.
You can help stop this egregious provision from passing by contacting your senators today at 202-224-3121 and urging them to vote YES on Senator Paul's Senate Amendment 1062 to strike Sec. 1031 of S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act.
At this point, the votes on amendments to this bill could begin anytime after 5:30PM this evening, so it's urgent you contact your senators immediately!
And while you have them on the phone, another amendment to S. 1867 worth asking your senators to support is Senator Paul's Senate Amendment 1064, to repeal the AUMF against Iraq to officially bring the Iraq war authority to an end.
Don't delay, contact your senators today at 202-224-3121 and urge them to vote YES on Senator Paul's Senate Amendments 1062 and 1064!