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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Indefinite Detention Targeted In Democratic Bill On Handling Terrorist Suspects

Two Democrats,  Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), are introducing bills to  repeal the indefinite detention provision of NDAA.  I'm looking forward to these bills, as well as who co-sponsors them.   Anyone who isn't a co-sponsor is an enemy of civil liberties.  We need to call our Congress Critters and get them on board.

A pair of lawmakers on Thursday offered a bill that would repeallaws that allow the indefinite detention of Americans and others by the military without trial.
The power of military authorities to arrest and jail people as long as they want stems from Congress' 2001 joint resolution authorizing the use of military force against terrorists, but was explicitly codified into law last year after President Obama signedthe National Defense Authorization Act on New Year's Eve. While allowing military detention of anyone, the act mandated that certain terrorist suspects had to be held by the armed forces.
Civil libertarians on the left and right were sharply critical of the law...

Read the rest here
The Huffington Post 

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