The 2012 NDAA passed by Congress has held language that the Federal Government can detain any US citizen without warrant, without charge, without the right to trial, indefinitely. This is obviously unconstitutional. Senator Feinstein (D-California) offered Amendment 3018 to the 2013 NDAA which provided the following provisions: “An authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States apprehended in the United States, unless an Act of Congress expressly authorizes such detention.” This amendment, although it should have been unnecessary in the first place, protects Americans citizens. The amendment had multiple co-sponsors such as Senator Rand Paul and passed with strong bi-partisan support because of the unconstitutional implications had it not. It seems that the language of the amendment may have been too ambiguous though. There has been some talk that the amendment did not do enough to protect US citizens and that there were loop holes.
Regardless of interpretations of the language or loop-holes at least the Feinstein amendment offered some sort of protection to US citizens. Last night (Dec. 18th, 2012) the amendment was completely axed. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) made the announcement. However, it has not been replaced with anything, loop holes or not, to protect US citizens. The conference committee simply dropped the amendment and the ban on indefinite detention of US citizens and now the NDAA is up for a vote again on December 20th, 2012 with indefinite detention of US citizens. John McCain’s words on the new NDAA, “I hope that President Obama will pass it.”
It is absolutely crucial that federal representatives are contacted within the next 24 hours to voice your support of voting against indefinite detention of US citizens. You may look up your representatives here. http://house.gov/ http://senate.gov/