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Levin introduced legislation that would allow the US government to arrest and indefinitely imprison US citizens is being voted on today

November 29, 2011

The National Defense Authorization Act bill, which is on the Senate floor now, was drafted in secret and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, and includes this dangerous provision allowing worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial.

According to the ACLU, the Udall amendment would strip sections 1031 and 1032 from the bill and in their place, mandate a process for Congress to use to consider whether any detention legislation is needed. If enacted, sections 1031 and 1032 of the NDAA would:

1.    Explicitly authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States.

2.    Mandate military detention of some civilians who would otherwise be outside of military control, including civilians picked up within the United States itself; and

3.    Transfer to the Department of Defense core prosecutorial, investigative, law enforcement, penal, and custodial authority and responsibility now held by the Department of Justice.

The ACLU is urging people to contact Senators Levin and Stabenow immediately and tell them to vote yes on the Udall amendment, although it seems pretty clear that Levin is committed to voting for the legislation he proposed.

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