Democrat blasts ‘mind-boggling’ GOP for upholding indefinite detention of U.S. citizens

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, June 13, 2013 23:55 EDT
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Rep. Adam Smith (D-CA), a ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, blasted legislators on Thursday who voted down his amendment to end the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects.

“This is a vote against the United States constitution and it is a vote against due process,” he said in a statement after the vote. “It is mind-boggling and extremely disappointing that the party who claims to fear big government overreach has voted against an amendment to prevent the government from indefinitely detaining individuals detained on U.S. soil –- including U.S. citizens.”

Smith’s amendment to the annual defense spending bill would have repealed a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 that authorized the military to detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil without charge or trial, even if they were U.S. citizens.

The amendment was defeated by a mostly party-line vote of 200-226.

Only 19 Republicans voted with Democrats to repeal the indefinite detention provision, while 13 Democrats voted to keep it.

“Republicans have allowed a vote to repeal Obamacare 37 times because it is a so-called big government overreach, yet they won’t vote to prevent the government from indefinitely detaining United States citizens,” Smith concluded. “This is shameful.”

Though Smith’s amendment was defeated, the House did approve another amendment that upholds a citizen’s right to a court hearing.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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