Before it is too late, please urge your senator to vote for the the Udall Amendment against domestic military detention
Including while away for Thanksgiving, I missed the American Civil Liberties Union‘s assertion that the U.S. Defense Authorization Bill (at pp. 359-64 here) empowers the military domestically to detain United States citizens.
Please urge your senators now to vote for the Mark Udall Amendment, geared to reverse such domestic military detention. Here is a petition with talking points.
Here is more information related to the Udall Amendment:
– The American Civil Liberties Union’s view on the issue.
– The White House opposes the detention provisions, but not necessarily for purposes of protecting detainees’ rights.
– Here is TalkLeft’s November 27 posting on the issue.
ADDENDUM (Nov. 30, 2011)- Sadly, the Udall Amendment failed 37-61. Please do not let your no-voting senators hide. Here is the vote tally. As the ACLU’s blog says: "The next opportunity to remove the harmful detention provisions from the bill will be when House and Senate conferees meet in conference committee next week. If the conference committee fails to remove the detention provisions, President Obama should follow through with his veto threat." Please push them to remove the provisions that the Udall Amendment sought to remove.