Action: Ask your senators to end indefinite detention, reaffirm due process rights

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/3/12) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking all Americans who value civil liberties to urge their Senators to support Senator Mark Udall's Amendments 3115 and 3116 to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Right now, the Senate is in its last few hours of debate as it considers this year's NDAA. While this annual defense authorization act provides valuable funding for the armed forces, it also includes several weakened provisions that fail to put an end to threat of indefinite military detention within the United States as authorized by last year's NDAA.

CAIR strongly supports provisions like Senator Udall's Amendments 3115 and 3116, as they would effectively repeal the NDAA's unconstitutional expansion of the military's authority and reaffirm the due process rights of all persons within the U.S.

CAIR applauds the Senate’s bipartisan attempt last Thursday to fix the NDAA's indefinite detention provisions by passing the Feinstein-Lee Amendment 3018. However, Amendment 3018 fails to put an end to the unconstitutional threat of the U.S. military being used to police, arrest, and indefinitely detain persons on American soil suspected of terrorism without charge or trial.

The amendment also fails to protect due process rights of "all persons," as enshrined in the Constitution. Instead, it only bars the detentions of U.S. citizens and green card-holders while ignoring the rights of non-citizens.

Roll Call Vote on Amendment 3018

With regard to Amendment 3018, Senator Feinstein and other members of the Senate have acknowledged that this amendment is a compromise to gain bipartisan consensus. CAIR however believes that the U.S. Constitution should never be compromised to guarantee the due process rights of some over others.

SEE: Due Process Guarantee Act

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact your senators today to support provisions like Amendments 3115 and 3116, and ask for real change that puts an end to indefinite detention. CAIR has provided a letter to which you may add a message of your own or simply fill in your name and address and click "send message."

To sign our letter or add your own message, click here.

For more information, contact CAIR Government Affairs Coordinator Robert McCaw at 202-742-6448 or [email protected]

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