Senate votes down indefinite detention of Americans — or does it?

The Senate on Thursday voted in favor of a narrow amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act in the hope of ensuring an end to the indefinite detention of Americans. The newest draft of the 2013 act now includes provisions which aim to protect citizens inside the U.S. from military imprisonment, thanks to an amendment introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif).Within hours of the amendment’s approval, civil liberties advocates pointed out significant problems which remain in the NDAA, while lawyers noted that the amendment may even fail to achieve its intended purpose regarding the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Under the 2012 act, any person suspected of terrorism or substantial support for terrorism in the U.S.could be held without trial indefinitely. To ensure the writ of habeus corpus, the newest draft includes the following:Continue Reading…

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Senate votes down indefinite detention of Americans — or does it?


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