Tuesday evening, Senator John McCain as well as other members of the House and Senate Armed Service Committee came out with the final draft of the National Defense Authorization Act.
The 1240 page bill had a lot of things mentioned in it like Military spending, Tri-Care, and contributing to the Russian Federation (something I’m very concerned about). But what wasn’t in the bill was the Feinstein/Lee Admendment that had passed the Senate earlier this month.
I called Senator Lee’s office this morning and was told that they are very disappointed and that they would send out a press release soon. As of right now with the pressing Taxmageddon coming in just two weeks, it has been put to the side, definitely not the back.
Then making a phone call to the Armed Services Committee I was told that the Committee had adopted the House language of the NDAA. So in the end of it all someone in the House of Representatives dropped the ball in protecting citizens rights against being detained without due process.
Now the only way to stop it at this point is to call the Senate and tell them to not pass this bill. But the vote is today, and I fear that it may be too late, to change or amendment the FY 2013 bill.
Campain for Liberty wrote a scathing letter urging Congressmen and women to oppose this bill: www.campaignforliberty.org/national-blog/c4l-hill-letter-ndaa-indefinite-detention/
“On behalf of over half a million Campaign for Liberty grassroots activists across the country, I urge you to oppose the National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report for its deliberate insistence on allowing for the indefinite detention of American citizens.
Previously, Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and others worked together to adopt an amendment to the 2013 NDAA that clearly stated the 2001 AUMF construed no authority to indefinitely detain American citizens. That amendment was adopted last month by a vote of 67-29.
On Tuesday evening, reports surfaced that this amendment was stripped out in the conference committee and replaced with the Orwellian Section 1029, which is actually titled “Rights Unaffected.”
This egregious change is a slap in the face to civil libertarians, an affront to our Bill of Rights and due process, and just another example of Washington elites conferring unconstitutional authority on the President to carry out police state actions under the guise of “keeping us safe.”
Sixty-eight years ago this week, the Supreme Court authorized the indefinite detention of American citizens of Japanese descent during WWII. It’s shameful our Congress is again permitting the Executive Branch to lock up American citizens and throw away the key at its whim.
Therefore, on behalf of Campaign for Liberty’s members and in defense of our fundamental rights, I urge you to stand up for the Constitution and oppose the FY 2013 NDAA Conference Report.
The proposed final bill, H.R 4310, can be read in its entirety here: armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=cc39ef26-f338-428d-8620-ddc60cb789c6
Contact the U.S Senate switchboard and they will direct you to your State’s 2 Senators at (202) 224-3121.