Sipsey Street links to an article from the ACLU. It’s titled, “Senators Demand the Military Lock Up of American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window and dated November 23.
While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.
The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is offering the Udall Amendment that will delete the harmful provisions and replace them with a requirement for an orderly Congressional review of detention power. The Udall Amendment will make sure that the bill matches up with American values.
Update: The Senate rejected the Udall amendment 38-60.”
So, the amendment proposed by Udall to weaken the bill was voted down. That means the bill is being scheduled without it – in its full form. The ACLU asks its readers to contact their Senators, demanding that the bill be defeated. Here is a link to your Senator’s contact information.
Update Rand Paul has a few words of warning about this Defense Authorization Bill. Please watch.