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This week, the House of Representatives will take up the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, H.R. 4310.  Last year, the FY 2012 NDAA contained two detention provisions, Section 1021 and 1022, that allowed for the indefinite detention of American citizens and resident aliens.  

Now is the time for Congress to fix the mess they created.  Several amendments regarding the detainee provisions will be voted on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week. 

Contact your representative and urge him or her to oppose the indefinite detention of American citizens and individuals captured on US soil by fixing the mess they created last year.


In the Senate, Senator Lieberman and Feinstein's CyberSecurity Act of 2012, S. 2105, is likely to come up for a vote. This so-called "cyber security" legislation lacks essential provisions to protect privacy and is simply another attempt by the government to gain more control over the free flow of information over the internet. 

Contact your senators and urge them to oppose the CyberSecurity Act of 2012 and any other similar legislation such as CISPA that lacks common sense privacy protections.

In addition, as Matt Hawes alerted you to last week, Harry Reid could file cloture at any moment on two nominees to the Fed's Board of Governors.  We must demand a full debate on these nominees as the term they serve is 14 years and these nominees will likely just be a rubberstamp for a more interventionist monetary policy.  While you have your senators staff on the phone, urge them to vote "NO" on cloture for the Fed nominees.


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