US Senate Votes To Keep Provision Allowing Military To Lock Up Americans Without Trial Or Being Charged

Author: November 30, 2011 6:47 am

Senator Udall (D-NM). Image from

On Tuesday, the United States Senate, by a vote of 60 to 38, voted down the Udall Amendment, which would have deleted a controversial provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that allows the military to arrest and lock up Americans indefinitely without charge or trial.

Fifteen Democrats joined all but two Republicans to kill the amendment. Rand Paul and Mark Kirk were the Republicans who voted for the Udall Amendment along with most of the Democrats. Bob Casey (PA.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Daniel Inouye (Hawaii), Herb Kohl (WI), Mary Landrieu (LA.), Carl Levin (MI.), Joe Manchin (WV.), Clair McCaskill (MO.), Robert Menendez (N.J.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) were the Democrats who voted with the rest of the Republican Party to kill the amendment.

The White House continues to stand by its veto threat but it is clear that Republicans want to unleash the military upon the American people. GOP Senator Lindsey Graham voted for the bill because he doesn’t think American citizens deserve Miranda Rights. “The enemy is all over the world. Here at home. And when people take up arms against the United States and [are] captured within the United States, why should we not be able to use our military and intelligence community to question that person as to what they know about enemy activity? They should not be read their Miranda Rights. They should not be given a lawyer. They should be held humanely in military custody and interrogated about why they joined al Qaeda and what they were going to do to all of us.”

There is still time to call your Senator to tell them to vote against the bill. This is perhaps the most threatening bill Americans have seen in a very long time. Under this bill, any law abiding American citizen can be swooped down upon by the military and arrested in the dead of night. You won’t be read your rights. You won’t get an attorney. You won’t get a trial. And you could spend a very long time in prison for just being suspected of being a terrorist. The only way to be released would be to obtain a waiver from the Secretary of Defense, which would not be easy. This bill is a threat to our freedom, our rights, and our very lives. We have a responsibility to demand that our Senate delete the provision or vote against the bill altogether. The Constitution and the future of America are at stake, and the stakes are too high to ignore.


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  • Second Amendment Democrat

    it should be obvious to any thinking person that the GOP really needs to let the military loose in the US, as their policies are driving Americans to civil war. Under the umbrella of 9/11, of which they were obviously complicit, and quite likely the instigators, the GOP is making its bid to steal the rest of the nation – money, land, resources, anything that isn’t guarded by a VERY large force of dedicated mercenaries. They have already given away the bulk of the monies needed to pay down the debt they caused, and are continuing to loot every available resource – see what the Fed has been doing recently…

    The result will eventually reach the point where the average middle-class American will ifinally get pissed-off enough to get serious about removing the thieves and con men from power, and then the shooting war will start in earnest. There are millions of us to a few hundred of them, so they need the armed forces to maintain their control over that which they do not deserve.

    It’s coming, people. Are you going to be a warrior or a target? There IS no other choice, the GOP will not allow it. They must have civil war in order to complete looting of the parts of the country they have not been able to touch – those of us who HAVE jobs, pay their mortgages and bill on time and are generally able to survive. A good, old-fashioned civil war will let them destroy the value of those of us who are not-yet downgraded to poverty status – remember, if you have enough food to eat, the GOP is NOT doing their job (i.e., taking away YOUR job..)

    The military is there to defend the corporations against the people. Understand this or be a victim…

  • Here is a link to the info on the bill – You can check the status of the bill and all the details.

  • James – See Senate Bill 1867

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