The US Senate voted to detain US citizens indefinitely without any trial. A citizen now can be detained for life just based on suspicion without even ever being charged, without the benefit of a lawyer or a trial. Here is what ACLU said last night:
“The bill is an historic threat to American citizens and others because it expands and makes permanent the authority of the president to order the military to imprison without charge or trial American citizens.”
The Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the FBI, the Director of the CIA and the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division have all said that the indefinite detention provisions are harmful and counterproductive to their work.
There are two more chances to stop this from becoming the law
- If the President is under enough pressure he might fulfill his vague promise to veto it.
- At the House-Senate conference next week, the House & Senate teams may drop this provision from the bill, a remote chance.
Call & Email President Obama
Call the President: 202-456-1111
Mail Organizational letter on your letterhead:
The White House: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
What to ask:
Ask President Obama to fulfill his promise by vetoing the Defense Authorization Bill for 2012.
Tell him you voted for him, if you did
Tell President Obama:
- No detention without a trial.
- Our freedom is non-negotiable
- Due process of law is our strength not weakness
Ask the President to restore & protect the US constitution
Call Your Senator & Congressperson to ask the President to Veto it:
Call Senator Durbin (202) 224-2152 & Senator Kirk (202) 224-2854
What to say:
Ask your senators & representatives to ask President Obama to veto the bill as he promised. Ask them to restore the due process of law as war in Iraq and Afghanistan are ending. No one should be detained without a charge, without benefit of a lawyer and a fair trial.