Posted by on January 04, 2012 in Blog

On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012, a bill which he previously promised to veto due to provisions that potentially allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens. Despite a large public outcry about the Act’s assault on American civil liberties, and a concerted effort from a number of organizations, including AAI, to change the language of the bill, the administration agreed to sign the bill, “despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists.”

A measure put forth yesterday by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) aims to rectify some of the most glaring abuses of the NDAA, and to ensure that the bill “does not authorize the indefinite detention—without charge or trial—of U.S. citizens who are apprehended domestically.” The bill would protect the rights of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and would “state unequivocally that the government cannot indefinitely detain American citizens or lawful U.S. residents without charge.”

This is an important revision to a very dangerous piece of legislation. 32 Representatives have already co-sponsored the bill, and an identical version has also been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Please contact your members of Congress today and urge them to support the Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011 immediately.

Click here to read Rep. Garamendi’s letter.

Click here to contact your representatives.

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