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2012 Proposed National Defense Authorization Act and Amendments

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Within the proposed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, S. 1867) is a section that the Senate Armed Services Committee drafted in secret and approved unanimously.  The section would require the military to indefinitely detain, without charge or trial, any terrorism suspect--including a U.S. citizen or resident--who is suspected of being a member of al-Qaeda or an associated group and involved in planning or carrying out an attack against the United States.

The Obama administration opposes the section, and Senator Mark Udall has offered an amendment (Amendment 1107) to S. 1867 that would delete the provisions and require an orderly Congressional review of detention power.

Senator Kelly Ayotte has proposed an amendment (Amendment 1068) that would repeal the Executive Order banning torture.  No More Guantanamos is among more than 30 organizations that signed a letter to all U.S. Senators urging them to oppose the amendment.  Read the letter below.

 

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