Last year, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The NDAA’s dangerous detention provisions authorizes the president to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world.
The U.S. House Armed Services Committee began its consideration of this year’s NDAA this week. The 2013 NDAA includes a misleading section that safeguards “habeas corpus rights,” the right to petition the courts from unlawful detention. However, the real issue with last year’s NDAA was not that it took away the right to petition unlawful detention, but that it declared indefinite military detention of US citizens as lawful. Maintaining habeas rights will not help detainees challenge illegal detention if their detention has been made legal. Furthermore, NDAA fails to address any of the public concerns over indefinite detention and offers a solution to a problem that does not exist. The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee will also take up the act for consideration on May 22, 2012.
Take action today by urging your Congressional representatives to remove problematic language in the latest National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that justifies the indefinite military detention of Americans without charge or trial, of those suspected of terrorism within the United States.
Click here to contact your representatives in Congress and ask they put end to indefinite detention.
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