Nearly 200,000 Demand Progress members have urged Congress to end indefinite detention in front of TOMORROW'S vote to reform the provisions of last year's National Defense Authorization Act that could allow the military to detain civilians indefinitely, without charge or trial.
Congressmen Adam Smith and Justin Amash will put forth an amendment to make it clear that the military does not have the power to arrest and indefinitely detain civilians without charging or trying them.
Ideologues on both sides of the aisle are up in arms about these provisions, and we have a real chance to knock them out through an alliance of libertarian-leaning Republicans and progress Democrats.
For more info, you can take a look at this article published in the Hill this week by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Tenth Amendment Center.
This week, Congress has the opportunity to join a rare bipartisan chorus rising across the country. An amendment to the NDAA, sponsored by Representatives Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Justin Amash (R-Mich.), has galvanized everyone from Occupiers to Tea Partiers, united by the specter of domestic military detention without trial....
Why the fuss?
Because the NDAA’s detention provisions effectively suspend due process. Sections 1021 and 1022 allow the military to detain anyone whom it -- without judicial review -- decides “substantially support[s]” al Qaeda or “associated forces” until the “end of hostilities.”