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December 3, 2012

Do you want indefinite detention “fixed” or repealed?

Quote of the Day: “No person shall… be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” – Fifth Amendment

Last Thursday, the Senate passed the Feinstein Amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. It seems to place limits on the Federal State's power to kidnap you.

Regrettably, it may have the opposite effect and make it easier for the President to detain you.

That's why I wrote this letter telling Congress to repeal indefinite detention.

The hardwired message reads…

Repeal the detainee provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (Sections 1021 & 1022).

I added these personal comments, which you may borrow from or copy …

Kidnapping is immoral. Indefinite detention is kidnapping. It’s also unconstitutional. That’s why…

Nothing less than outright REPEAL will do.

The Feinstein Amendment fails to repeal NDAA. Specifically…

* It preserves the President’s extraordinary rendition powers.

* While it appears to restore some Constitutional protections for American citizens, it doesn't protect non-citizens.

* Even this is effectively meaningless, according to Rep. Justin Amash, because the Amendment makes no changes to the 2012 NDAA detention provisions. (http://exm.nr/TA4sCG)

* As lawyer Bruce Afran notes, this Amendment actually goes further than the 2012 NDAA by explicitly affirming that people in the U.S. can be put in military custody. (http://www.businessinsider.com/ndaa-americans-indefinite-detention2012-11)

I DO NOT CONSENT!

No President should have the power to label persons “terrorists” and throw them into a gulag. This forsakes rights we have enjoyed since before the Founding.

Since the 9/11 attacks, Congress has trashed the Bill of Rights under the guise of the “War on Terror.” A whole new generation is growing up never knowing the freedoms we once enjoyed. 

By supporting kidnapping, you are conceding that the terrorists have won.

Uphold your oath of office. Don’t try to “fix” the detainee provisions of the NDAA. Instead…

REPEAL THEM!

You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.

James Wilson
Policy Research Director
DownsizeDC.org

 

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