Strengthening Civil Liberties With the NDAA

Later this week, the House will have the opportunity to strengthen civil liberties for all Americans by adopting two amendments introduced by Rep. Trey Radel (FL-19), and cosponsored by Reps. Justin Amash (MI-3), Thomas Massie (KY-4), and Matt Salmon (AZ-5).

Read more from their joint press release below:

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Trey Radel (FL-19) along with co-sponsors Congressman Justin Amash (MI-03), Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-04) and Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) introduced two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The first NDAA amendment offered by the group prohibits the federal government from using lethal military force, specifically the use of unmanned aircrafts, on American citizens on American soil. This amendment mirrors legislation introduced earlier this year by Reps. Radel, Amash and Massie.

The second NDAA amendment from the group requires the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress an annual report on US citizens subject to military detention. The report will include their names, the legal justification for their detention and the steps being taken to provide each with due process of law. This amendment holds the executive branch accountable by shining light into the military detention process.

“The government should be a vigilant defender of our civil liberties,” said Rep. Radel. “These amendments add yet another layer of protection to the rights of American citizens, granting them the due process they deserve when it comes to the use lethal military force and military detentions.”

“The Constitution protects Americans from being killed or imprisoned by their own government without due process,” said Rep. Amash. “Our amendments ensure that Americans do not have to fear that lethal military force will be used against them here in the United States and that Members of Congress and the public will know when the President is using the unconstitutional authority provided in the 2012 NDAA to indefinitely detain Americans without charge or trial.”

"The NDAA is another example of legislation that Congress continues to pass without regard for our Constitution," said Rep. Massie. "These amendments ensure our Fifth Amendment rights are observed, and I look forward to working with Rep. Radel, Rep. Amash, and Rep. Salmon to protect Americans' civil liberties."

“Protecting U.S. civil liberties and our constitutional right to due process is not up for debate,” said Rep. Salmon. “That's why it is important to clarify our laws and ensure these protections for U.S. citizens are never infringed upon.”

CLICK HERE for text of no use of lethal military force against Americans on American soil amendment.

CLICK HERE for text of military detention accountability amendment.

There will also be another opportunity for your representative to vote on preventing indefinite detention. Contact your representative and urge them to support these common sense amendments that serve to strengthen the civil liberties of all Americans.

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