Senate Approves Indefinite Military Detention of U.S. Citizens in U.S.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was used two years ago to allow the government to indefinitely detain anyone, including U.S. citizens, has been approved again by the U.S. Senate. This time, however, lawmakers had the chance to add protections for Americans accused of terrorist ties, and decided against it.


A group of Democrats and Republicans pushed for an amendment to the NDAA that would have prohibited the military from detaining American citizens on U.S. soil. But then a House-Senate conference committee led by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) removed the provision from the bill.


Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) blasted McCain and others for stripping away the amendment.


“We had protection in this bill. We passed an amendment that specifically said if you were an American citizen or here legally in the country, you would get a trial by jury,” Paul said. “It’s been removed because they want the ability to hold American citizens without trial in our country. This is so fundamentally wrong and goes against everything we stand for as a country that it can’t go unnoticed.”


Minus the amendment, the NDAA easily cleared the Senate on a vote of 81-14. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill Passes Senate After Rand Paul Calls It An 'Abomination' (by Matt Sledge, Huffington Post)

Rand Paul Slams John McCain For Stripping NDAA Of Protections Against Indefinite Detention (by Jon Ward, Huffington Post)

The Final Battle (by Chris Hedges, Truthdig)

Cutting through the Controversy about Indefinite Detention and the NDAA (by Cora Currier, ProPublica)

Obama Administration Immediately Fights Back to Retain Indefinite Detention without Trial (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

Federal Judge Halts Indefinite Detention of Suspects without Trial (by David Wallechinsky and Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

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no1nefejrseys 11 years ago

Fighting for freedom, this has been our goal, no matter in the past, present and future

OhioRiver 11 years ago
The U.S. Constitution is being completely destroyed. Where is the outrage in the streets across America? We must take a stand for our freedoms. People, over the centuries have fought and died for these liberties. Might want to read this book out about Americans taking a stand against federal tyranny & end up starting the 2nd American Revolution. I recommend it cause it's about us. ( A Time To Stand by Oliver ). If only we had a way to unite Americans by finding common interests instead of looking at our differences then there could be a uniting against tyranny.
roger 11 years ago
John McCain is traitorous, especially since he was a POW in Vietnam and now supports evil detention of his fellow Americans inspite of what he survived through. A despicable criminal who keeps being re-elected. Shame on him and the Arizonans who still re-elect him.
Noir 11 years ago
Who votes these murderers into office? Who refuses to evict them? Who lets this strangulation of their rights mount? At some point, the citizenry MUST take responsibility for their own land and quit blaming 'them'.
ray 11 years ago
this is color of Law, illegal, this shows the mentality of the Senate, no confidence here, read you state constitutions and you bibles, you will see were they come from. A 12 man jury is the ultimate Law in America, not the Supreme Court
James Harris 11 years ago
Bring it on, that's all I have to say. Because this governments time is coming to an end. People are tired of their rights being violated and their pockets being picked by an unjust system that prides itself on being corporate and special interest whores. I am calling for a revolution, fight this system by any means possible and make this nation great once again, a nation for the people and by the people. A nation not beholden to the almighty dollar. I have human rights given by nature and civil rights given by the Constitution, if you try to revoke either of those I will fight, to the death if needs be.
willyc 11 years ago
If this isn't proof of tyranny, I don't know what is. Americans ARE outraged, but all of our yelling and screaming doesn't work anymore. Can't you see the total takeover by this? If they try and take the guns, Americans will be fighting a weaponless civil war. That's one for the history books.
sn 11 years ago
With the approval of NDAA DELIBERATELY without protections for US "citizens" (we are just "subjects" now) our masters in Washington DC are putting us little people in our place. At least we know how they see us now....
MichiganWoodsman 11 years ago
With this news of indefinite detention of you and me and there is no outrage from Americans! Need to read this novel out about Americans taking a stand against federal tyranny and starting the 2nd American Revolution. I recommend it cause it's about each of us. If this door of detention is opened, as we all know, then it can never be closed. This is too much for us to endure for our children.
newsens 11 years ago
So much for freedom and the armed populace - a load of bullshit.

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