Legislation May Reverse Civil Liberties-Violating Provisions of NDAA
President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law at midnight on January 1, 2012. This legislation, passed every year, authorizes funding for the United States military. But what made it unique this year were two provisions which permitted the indefinite detention of American citizens, and the rendition of those arrested to military authorities.
As I’ve argued a number of times already, these provisions are a danger to the civil liberties of all Americans. While President Obama issued a statement saying that he would not make use of the indefinite detention provision, that is an extremely meager protection – subject to change at his whim or the will of anyone who succeeds him – against a gross violation of the rights of American citizens.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, however, there is an effort underway in Congress to repeal those provisions of the NDAA. On Wednesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first hearing on the legislation. However, the path to repeal will not be an easy one. Congress already once rejected amendments to the NDAA to repeal the offending provisions.
Check back here for more updates! In the meantime, contact your senators and urge them to support the repeal of the indefinite detention and military rendition provisions of the NDAA.
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