UPDATED: Second Chance to Prevent Indefinite Detention of Americans
UPDATE: Roll Call's for both amendments are listed below the fold.
A vote could occur today on two amendments introduced to prevent the indefinite detention of American citizens as currently written into the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 1867.
Senate Amendment (SA) 1126 would "clarify" Section 1031 to explicitly state within the section that the authority of the military to detain persons without trial until the end of hostilities does not apply to American citizens. [Update: Voted down 45-55]
SA 1125 would limit the mandatory detention provision in Section 1032 to persons captured abroad, not in America. [Update: Voted down, 45-55]
While there are certainly still problems with the indefinite detention of any persons without trial in a seemingly endless "war on terror," both of these amendments will remove the worst offending provisions against American citizens and prevent turning America into a battlefield.
Contact your senators ASAP at 202-224-3121 to demand they support SA 1125 & 1126 to the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 1867 to prevent the indefinite detention of American citizens.
Below is a list of senators C4L has identified as targets for these amendments, if you live in their state, definitely make sure you contact them immediately!
- Corker (TN) 202-224-3344
- Murkowski (AK) 202-224-6665
- Johnson (WI) 202-224-5323
- Heller (NV) 202-224-6244
- Snowe (ME) 202-224-5344
- Toomey (PA) 202-224-4254
- Lugar (IN) 202-224-4814
- Rubio (FL) 202-224-3041