Franken: NDAA is ‘inconsistent with the liberties & freedoms’ of America

By Andrew Jones
Sunday, December 18, 2011 14:26 EDT
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Sen. Al Franken speaks to a crowd. Image via AFP.
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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) joined the chorus of those slamming the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this weekend.

Franken, who voted against the final version of NDAA, declared the provisions on detention in the bill “unacceptable” in a column at the website Reader Supported News.

“These provisions are inconsistent with the liberties and freedoms that are at the core of the system our Founders established,” he wrote. “And while I did in fact vote for an earlier version of the legislation, I did so with the hope that the final version would be significantly improved. That didn’t happen, and so I could not support the final bill.”

Franken was very concerned with the bill allowing U.S. citizens to be detained without charge or trial, a provision that has been changed to exempt American citizens from the requirement of terror suspects.

Earlier in the week, both the ACLU and the hacktivist collective Anonymous criticized the government over the bill.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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